Folk Uke, a fantastically irreverent take on folk music by two wellborn ladies

Folk Uke

This is Amy Nelson (yes, daughter of *that* Nelson) and Cathy Guthrie (and, yes, daughter of *that* Guthrie). They have been writing songs and performing together, as Folk Uke, for over 13 years.

Together, they present a rather irreverent take on folk music, creating songs like “Motherfucker Got Fucked Up” and “Knock Me Up” (a funny little number about getting pregnant by most any means possible). Cathy plays the ukulele and Amy plays the guitar, sweetly harmonizing together, and, despite their songs’ somewhat coarse content, they charmingly perform everything straight.

In a 2007 interview, Amy says they “kind of piss people off” with their silly songs. Cathy says, “We have a song for everybody.” Amy agrees, “Yeah, we are equal opportunity offenders.”

Interestingly, they didn’t meet until 1990 (amazingly and totally coincidentally, they were both working at a restaurant in San Diego), even though their parents have been friends since the 1970s. Having both been raised on the road, they bonded quickly over growing up similarly: “sleeping in guitar cases, riding tour buses, and joining their dads on stage.”

They have two albums, Folk Uke (2005) and Reincarnation (2011). The latter features Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Shooter Jennings, and Cathy’s brother, Abe Guthrie.

If you’re headed to Austin, Texas soon for SXSW Music, you will have a chance to see these talented ladies perform live at 6 PM on March 15, 2014 at The Saxon Pub (no wristband required!).

In the meantime, enjoy these videos by the talented duo:

“Motherfucker Got Fucked Up”

“Knock Me Up”

“Shit Makes the Flowers Grow”

Folk Uke toilet

Even Snoop Dogg approves,

“Off the motherf–ckin’ chain…Dope as f–ck.”

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