About Me

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Copyright Josie Elias 2018

My name is Samantha Muir, or Sam. After many years as a professional classical guitarist I fell in love with the ukulele. I play and arrange instrumental ukulele music, including classical, folk and traditional music. I have self published 11 ebooks of arrangements ranging from Bach, Carulli, Sor and Giuliani to sea shanties and Christmas songs. Please visit my personal website for more detailed information about all of my ebooks and CDs. In 2015 music publisher Schott commissioned me to arrange a book called 35 Scottish Tunes for Ukulele. This book includes a CD of all 35 arrangements. My new works for classical ukulele are published by Les Productions d’OZ.

Here’s my arrangement of Annie Laurie from 35 Scottish Folk Tunes:

This is me playing my arrangement of Prelude BWV 1007 by JS Bach:

 

I am also interested in the history of the ukulele and play the machete de braga – one of the forerunners of the ukulele. In the photo below I am playing a machete made by Carlos Jorge Pereira Rodrigues of Funchal. The machete de braga, or machete, is from the island of Madeira where nowadays it is called a braguinha.

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I am based in Sherborne, Dorset, UK.

This is my personal website:

http://www.samanthamuir.com