This week, everyone’s been watching the footage from America’s Got Talent of ‘next Taylor Swift’ Grace VanderWaal. Aged only 12, the youngster accompanied herself in quirky but impressive original song I Don’t Know My Name – on a Luna Concert ukulele. She then said some good stuff about the ukulele as a serious instrument in an interview with radio.com, so, all in all, I think this girl is great. I also think this is a great opportunity to check out some other young talents in the ukulele sphere, Hawaiian and otherwise (NB- my list of British Ukulele players you should know contains some young UK players, so have a browse of that before you berate me for leaving out Zoe Bestel or Michael Adcock!)
They may not all be quite as young as Miss VanderWaal, but they’re definitely all good enough to spend some time listening to. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favourite uke players under 30:
So there you go: plenty of options for your listening pleasure. Let me know in the comments section below if you think I've missed anyone, and remember - if you like something you hear, buy it! These people need our support to carry on doing what they're doing, and nobody makes decent money from YouTube without playing Minecraft or doing makeup tutorials.
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Related: 10 British Ukulele Players You Should Know
Jon Allen: uke teacher and occasional songwriter