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posted by Kyle on March 21st, 2016

We made some videos for people that are bringing us to their event. Feel free to show them to your youth, post them on social media, etc… But, probably only if we are actually coming for an event. It could get really confusing otherwise.

3 minute version

shorter version

Don’t have Popple booked for an event? There’s a cure for that.

And then a girl

posted by Kyle on February 17th, 2016

Congratulations to Dan, Meghan, and Oliver! Nora becomes the first girl baby in the Popple legacy.


There are now four boys (Sebastian, Frank, Oliver, and Xavier), and one girl (Nora).

This is going to be fun!

Tulsa, OK – Summary Video

posted by Kyle on December 14th, 2015

McAfee Studios has posted a video from the middle school rally last week. It really was as fun as it looks!

DJ Dan Harms

posted by Kyle on June 25th, 2015

We had a great weekend at Steubenville Main Campus. Here is Dan speaking, but I thought it looked like he was missing some imaginary turntables.

You’re Welcome. -Kyle


DJ Dan

The Popple Dynasty Grows!

posted by Dan on December 10th, 2014

xavier paul


Congratulations to Kate and Kyle on another boy! He’ll fit in nicely alongside his brothers Sebastian and Francis.
This child has a lot of ukulele in his future. Deo gratias!

Cyber Monday at The Popple Store

posted by Dan on December 1st, 2014


NCYC 2015

posted by Kyle on August 27th, 2014

We will be at NCYC 2015. Will you?

Here is a promo video for it.


We are in the video. The first person to comment with the time stamp of Popple wins a free download of any Popple CD.

Where’s Waldo Go!

Here is a hint:


Ukulele Project Update

posted by Kyle on April 12th, 2014

Kyle’s ukulele EP is done! Just sent out mp3s to all the Kickstarter backers. Pretty happy with how this sounds!

Here is a behind-the-scenes video:

Mike Debus Fr. Pontifex Spirit Juice

posted by Dan on March 24th, 2014

Popple got to hang out with Mike Debus a few weeks ago in Kansas – he’s awesome. Mike is a live paint performance artist and a solid Catholic dude. Fr. Pontifex is obviously cooler than anyone else I know. Rob Kaz and the folks at Spirit Juice just make great Catholic media. This Lent, I dare you to spend some time searching for and praying with some awesome Catholic art.

Kyle’s Ukuleles

posted by Kyle on December 18th, 2013

Many people have been asking for recommendations on what ukulele to get. Here is what I have and I love every one of them.



Kala Tenor Cutaway KA-ASMTE-C

This is my first real ukulele. The mahogany looks and sounds amazing. I was living in California and went to a ukulele store and tried every ukulele and this was my favorite. I still prefer it, just because of how many hours I have played it. So many cities, stages, and recordings. It has been a great ukulele. I just recorded “Fanny Pack” with it, and then changed the strings to a low-g set. At first I didn’t like it, but as the strings settle, I am really growing to love it all over again.

Electronics: It came with the shadow pickup



Kala Tenor Archtop KA-JTE/2TS

This plays very similarly to how the tenor (above) used to play before I changed the strings. This became my road uke, mostly because I had a strap pin put in so I can use a strap. I never used a strap before I got this uke, and now I can’t imagine jumping around on stage without one. This sounds great plugged in and get’s lots of attention from its unique look.

Electronics: It came with the shadow pickup



Kala Soprano KA-15S*

I got this because I was looking for a less expensive ukulele to recommend to beginners, and I love the sound of a soprano. It just has a smaller sound. Like a tenor is a really cute toddler that can talk well and has such a fun voice, and the soprano is like a baby that might not be able to talk as well, but makes up for it in cuteness and the coos. The electronics in this make it hold up great on stage.

Electronics: *I had the MiSi pickup system installed in this. So the electronics are worth more than the ukulele.


banjo uke

Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele KA-BNJ-BK-C

The banjo-uke goes back to the 1920s and has such an old-timey sound and look that is so nostalgic. I had been looking at 100-year-old banjo-ukes on ebay and never pulled the trigger because I didn’t just want something to hang on the wall. This one plays great, stays in tune, and has such a unique sound.

No Electronics…. yet


Is it a ukulele?



Kala Guitarlele or Utar KA-UTAR*

They don’t make this anymore but it is a blast. It is like a classical guitar, with a capo on the 5th fret (because of the short scale), and a tenor ukulele body. The body is the exact same size as my tenor uke without the cutaway. It inspires me creatively because it sounds so different and plays differently. It is great for small hands learning guitar. My toddlers already love to play it.

Electronics: *I had the MiSi pickup system installed in this.



Kala Bass or Ubass KA-UBASSFS

This thing will blow your mind. There are lots of bass players using this now, most notably, Bakithi Kumalo, bassist for Paul Simon. It is a solid mahogany baritone ukulele body, with these fat polyurethane strings. It is the same notes and octave as a regular 4-string bass, but in a tiny package.

Electronics: not sure what the electronics are, but that is what makes this awesome!


So, obviously, I like Kala. Ever since I bought my first tenor from them, I have been impressed. Their customer service has been great.  I have become a “Kala Ukulele Artist” and visited their headquarters in California. They don’t pay me to say this, or require it as part of any deal, but I can honestly say that they have the best quality to price ratio of any ukulele company.

I hope this helps. I would recommend any of the ukes I mentioned above, but am hesitant to recommend anything I haven’t played.

If you are just starting out, I think a soprano like the KA-15S or KA-15 are great instruments. But, I do really like the tenor size. As a guitar player turned ukulele player, it really is amazing how nice of a ukulele you can get for the price of a junky guitar.


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