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About

My name is Ken Middleton. I am 65 years old and live in a small village in England. I am a Christian. I play the ukulele.

For 35 years I was a classroom music teacher at a high school. Now, I work as International Marketing Manager for Ohana Music Inc.  Ohana is a well-known ukulele company based in Long Beach, California.

My job with Ohana involves attending ukulele festivals and trade shows, designing instruments, talking with dealers and customers and helping to make decisions about the future of the company.

Recently, I created my own ukulele string company called Living Water Strings. These strings are made from pure fluorocarbon. I initially made them for myself. I wanted some strings that exactly fitted my requirements. They have certainly been very well received. They are available for all four sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone.

Contrary to what it says on the packet, they are made by me, in England. You can buy my strings from this website.

One of the most important aspects of my work with Ohana is to attend ukulele festivals. These events give me the opportunity to show the instruments to the public and allow them the chance to try them out.

At most festivals now I find time to teach workshops. I offer a wide range and variety of classes on different aspects of ukulele playing. This is something I really enjoy doing.

Photo by James Millar

I regularly perform at festivals too. It has been my privilege to perform with some of the world’s best ukulele players. I now count many of them as good friends and stay in regular contact. It is wonderful to keep meeting up with them in different parts of the world.

Here is a photo of Liz, my wife, at the Ohana stand at the recent Ukes for UNICEF festival at Berkhamsted, near London.

Whenever I visit anywhere I always try to make YouTube videos. Please check out my channel to see some of these videos. At the time of writing this I have made over 720 ukulele videos, as well as many more on my other channels.

Please check my calendar to see which events I will be attending this year.

I started my YouTube ukulele channel early in 2008 and since then I have
got to know many great players and enthusiasts of the instrument. Although I have not had the chance to meet many of them in person, I really value their friendship, support and encouragement.

 

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Contact

If you want to get in touch with me, use one of the email addresses below. Please be aware that I regularly attend festivals and other ukulele events and may not be able to get back to you immediately. However, I do check emails every day.

ken@livingwaterstrings.com for any matters concerning ukulele strings

ken@kenmiddleton.co.uk for everything else

Please note that it is unwise trying to contact me through social media messages (like FaceBook) as I am not always able to check these.

I look forward to hearing from you.