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See Folk Uke! @Saxon Pub/Austin on Sat. (1/17/15) or on the World Wide Web on Thursday (1/15/15)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Upcoming FU Shows

Two Shows in One Week!

Concert Window • Web Show
We are doing another WORLD wide web TOUR this Thursday, January 15th at 7pm pacific, 9pm central, 10pm eastern, 1pm in London, 2pm in Amsterdam, 3pm-ish Maui time, Friday at noon in Sydney, and so on as time zones vary.

We will be streaming live from Cathy’s living room and traveling the WORLD wide web across millions of miles.  All you have to do is go to this link: ;

The Saxon Pub • Austin, TX
If you happen to be in Austin or near Austin or know someone who is – or maybe you’re looking for an excuse to come to the state capital of Texas, well here you go!  We’re playing a show this Saturday, January 17th at 6pm.  

Folk Uke Merch Table


Folk Uke Unicorn Rainbow Shirts
100% Organic Cotton by
Royal Apparel
8.5″ x 2.75″An exquisite piece of art that you can display on many different surfaces including bathroom walls and instrument cases.  Frame it and hang it on your wall.  Cover up that little ding on your bumper.  The possibilities are endless…


See Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie (Folk Uke) live on the world wide web TONITE!!

Thursday, December 11th, 2014


Go here to get your ticket:

Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, also known as Folk Uke, have been writing and performing together for over a decade. This duo is a unique amalgam of angelic harmonies often wrapped around edgy, surprising lyrics. Folk Uke plays folk music in its truest form with a delightfully wicked twist.

Mark your Calendars! Watch Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie live on your computer (December 11, 2014)

Monday, December 8th, 2014


Hey music lovers, here is your chance to get to hear Folk Uke, live in concert.  And you don’ t have to wait for them to come to a theater near you or travel to Austin — on December 11th, they will be performing and their concert will be streamed directly to your computers.    They will play a thirty minute set, at least, and will take requests, too.

Don’t miss this.  I’ll save you a seat up front by me.

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Folk Uke will be playing this 30 minute (or longer) show directly into their laptop, just for you!
Feel free to request songs in the chat room and leave a tip when you enjoy something.

Listen to Folk Uke, on Lone Star State of Mind Radio, with Roger

Saturday, October 11th, 2014


Folk Uke was a guest on Lone Star State of Mind Radio, and you can hear the podcast on their site.

See Folk Uke at Saxon Pub (Saturday, Oct. 11th)

Monday, October 6th, 2014


Great news for folks in town for Austin City Limits! Folk Uke will be playing at The Saxon Pub in Austin this Saturday, October 11th at 8PM.

The band would love to see you! If you’re in town for ACL, come on out!

And heck out the band’s website:

Folk Uke Video, “Nobody Blues”

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Amy Nelson borrows bubble gum in California (yeah Folk Uke is on tour!)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014


Hide your husbands and lock up the children —  Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie are on tour in California, opening for X!

Here’s the reported story on the picture:  “Amy didn’t bring her own gum so she borrowed some from the wall [BubbleGum Alley]. Don’t worry. She put it back!”

So, no theft involved.  It’s like Bike Share, only it’s gum share.  Hope that girl’s tetnus shots are up to date.


Good News! Folk Uke Tour West Coast with X in July

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Woman at Work: Amy Nelson & Folk Uke

Sunday, July 6th, 2014


Amy Nelson wraps up her show with Cathy Guthrie and Folk Uke, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. DSC_0032

Folk Uke, (good parenting, talent, beauty, irreverent sense of humor = surprising original entertainment)

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014


This is Amy Nelson (yes, daughter of *that* Nelsong) 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”

Join Folk Uke for a Live Recording Session at Saxon Pub, Austin (Saturday, February 15th)

Sunday, January 19th, 2014


Join Folk Uke (Cathy Guthrie, Amy Nelson), family, friends and fans at The Saxon Pub, in Austin, on February 15th, for a live recording session for future release.  This will be a fun night, if you live near Austin, treat yourself, bring your friends.


Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie @ Saxon Pub (1/11/14)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

photo: Winker Withaneye

“I loved it when Waylon Payne joined the ladies of Folk Uke @ the Saxon Pub, in Austin, TX for a couple songs!!! – 1/11/14 (Photo by Winker Withaneye) — with Cathy Guthrie, Amy Nelson, Folk Uke and Waylon Payne at The Saxon Pub.” — Winker Withaneye

I love their irreverent naughty songs, but I love their rendition of this song. (Thanks to John Herring for his videos from the Saxon Show).

Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie (Folk Uke!) will perform at Saxon Pub, Austin (January 11, 2014)

Sunday, January 5th, 2014


Great news for Folk Uke fans and music lovers in Austin! Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, a/k/a the folk duo Folk Uke, will perform at the Saxon Pub next Saturday, Januarary 11, at 6:00 p.m. Great place to stop by for an early drink and some music to jump start your weekend. And the duo has plans to play a show at the Saxon Pub monthly, as much as Amy Nelson’s schedule can allow. (Amy’s day job is travelling with her dad and his band.)

If you haven’t heard this band, and want to know what all the fuss is about and why their shows are so much fun, visit their website and check out their music, or follow them on Face Book.


See Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie and Folk Uke (all 3 of them) @ the Saxon Pub next Saturday night! (12/7/13)

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


Folk Uke, Saxon Pub, Ausitn (Sat Dec 7, 2013)

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke will perform at the Saxon Pub in Austin next month, on December 7th.
by:  Terry Roland

Folk Uke in L.A.:  Will it Comfort the Disturbed or Disturb the Comfortable?
By Terry Roland

If you’re a fan of folk, country or Americana, you probably know their famous dads, legendary country singer, Willie Nelson and humorist storytelling folk singer, Arlo Guthrie. But, Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie found in the midst of their friendship they could write some funny attention-grabbing songs while playing ukulele and singing some sweet country harmonies together. Over the last few years they’ve written and recorded such classics as Shit Makes The Flowers Grow, and Knock Me Up.

With tongue planted firmly in cheek and fingers strumming along on their ukes, they have just released their latest toe-tapping opus, Reincarnation, which, while it doesn’t have nearly enough swearing for their loyal fans, it is a consistent batch of songs that will entertain and could even send you to thinking, if you don’t think too hard. Most notably the song, I Miss My Boyfriend, tackles the issue of domestic violence in their own unique satirical way with dramatic help from Shooter Jennings on narration. While their past inspirations managed to get our attention with the use of clever lyrical vulgarities of the garden variety (literally), this one digs a little deeper and the results are funny and disturbing.

These two girls, with their ukulele chops and sweet vocal harmonies, are in this just for fun, but songs like I Miss My Boyfriend, may end up accidently putting them on the topical folk music map-in their own Randy Newman way. They’ll be appearing at LAs Cinema Bar on Friday 12/9 and Saturday 12/10. They’ve requested a loud Los Angeles audience for their debut gig and would prefer heckling to silence. In the interview that follows, it may be advisable not to take some of their comments too seriously. I’ll let you figure out which ones.

TR: Well, your dad’s have been life-long inspirations for me….

AN: Yeah, Cathy’s dad used to steal all my Dad’s girl friends.

TR: Really?

CG: No. We gotta stop telling total lies during interviews. Well, except for the one where my dad made me try cocaine when I was a kid (laughs).

AN: Glad you’re not hooking anymore, Cathy.

CG: Yeah, instead we took up the ukulele. Amy was trying to steal my corner!

AN: Well, we did meet on a magic corner. I was working in San Diego. We met when we were having dinner right before i was going to work there. My Mom and Cathy’s Mom were friends. She used to say, “you’ve gotta meet Cathy, you’re going to love her!” I’d say, “yeah, yeah”…My Mom exaggerates! What it really meant is “Amy needs a friend! I wonder Cathy, how is it to be my only friend!”

CG: (laughs) We also realized our parents had been friends. After we became friends we found we had been to opposite Farm Aids for years. We know that if we’d met too early, we’d been too good. We realize a lot of our charm is that we mess up on stage. But, you know that can be inspiring. If you’re too good, you intimidate people, but us, well, we leave people thinking, “if they can do it, I can.” We’ve been together way longer than we’re comfortable saying. We still play like we do when we first got together.

AN: We thought once we put a tour together with all these dates we’d be so much better, but that didn’t prove to be true. But, at least we don’t make the same mistakes twice. Then, if it gets too rough, we just stop the show and start telling a story.

TR: Isn’t that the Arlo Guthrie technique for covering mistakes?

CG: But Dad doesn’t do it cause of mistakes. It’s more because he has thoughts that invade his head and he’s got to stop and share these passing thoughts, then he forgets where he was in the song.

TR: What about your Dad, Amy? You know there’s all the stories of smoking grass and all.