Ken Middleton – Ashokan Farewell

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YouTube Channel: KenMiddletonUkulele

From his notes: Although it is in the style of a Scottish lament, this beautiful tune was composed by Jay Unger in 1982. I have just used the tune and worked my own arrangement around it. It has not been my intention to copy any existing version.

The title refers to the village of Ashokan, in the Catskills, which is now covered by the waters of a reservoir.

I am playing an Ohana TK-35CG. This is my favourite ukulele to play and the best all-round tenor uke of any that I use (including very much more expensive instruments).

This arrangement is quite difficult to play as you have have to be very precise with the fingering and dynamics.

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  1. Steve February 8th, 2013 6:47 pm

    I’m a novice ukelele player but I look forward to learning this wonderful, very American, work of beauty.

  2. Harley Auty March 5th, 2017 6:50 pm

    What a beautiful piece of music and what a fantastic interpretation!
    I, too, look forward to learning and playing it on my O’Hana tenor uke
    with a low G string.

  3. George Isherwood June 22nd, 2017 8:35 am

    Dear Ken,
    I heard your wonderful version of the Ashokan farewell and was wondering if you could send me the version to practice on my banjo-uke.

    all the best,
    George Isherwood

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