\ ˈyük How to pronounce uke (audio) \

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Eddy’s aggressive approach to the material is understood, and echoed, by a frantic chorus of singing, dancing, uke-strumming denizens of the show’s central location, the Kit Kat Club. Christopher Arnott,, "A Coarse, Cacophonous, Compelling 'Cabaret' In New Haven," 26 June 2018 But ukes are popular for their light weight and ease to play, and music booklets had waterproof covers, just in case the rain prediction came true. Janet Eastman,, "'Table Rock Rocks': Ukuleles over the Rogue River (photos, video)," 21 May 2018 The sale will feature soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukes and all accessories. Laura Groch,, "North County Business Briefs, Dec. 14," 14 Dec. 2017 Flashes of vintage Swift shine through the album’s 12 tracks, which has much grander musical ambitions than VanderWaal's uke-strumming may have initially shown. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Grace VanderWaal's 'Just The Beginning' shows a Taylor Swift in training," 2 Nov. 2017

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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