Nice story, Bo. You come across as a real natural when you drum and sing so it makes sense that some of it is genetic. Must be lovely for music to be a point of family connection. For me, music was a gulf over which my family could only partially cross and, some of them, not at all.
As for ukes, earlier this year the band played "unplugged" at a ukelele night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUTkrfP0nXY
but it should be said that a fair few of the earlier performances were hard to sit through. The uke is a double edged sword :)
Interested in this comment of yours, Bo.
"And I've been on YouTube looking at these incredible ukulele players - like any instrument, it's being pushed beyond its island boundaries and like some drumming, it's downright scary what people are doing".
Can you recommend any links?