Lenka - she is fabulous and her music helped me get through some tough times.
I also like Ben Folds, Christy Jefferson, The Fratilies and The Aquabatts.
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I am taking a ukulele class in a few weeks. I am super excited about it.
I played bass clarinet for many year. Its unusual in the sense that it doesn't look a like a regular clarinet. However, its expensive and not very portable.
I love the banjo and once tried to teach myself how to play it. Sadly, it didn't go to well.
How about - bagpipes, panpipes, oboe, harmonica, recorder, piccolo, accordion, crwth (A welsh string instrument) banjo ukulele (I have seen these on ebay. I am really curious about them)
I definitely recommend Ben Folds. Some of his lyrics can be a bit over the edge, but his earlier stuff is fabulous. Check out 'Whatever ever Amen' or his recent CD that he did with Nick Hornsby called 'Lonley Avenue'.
What part the States are you in? There is a Philly based musician named Christy Jefferson. Her music is mainly piano/guitar based which mellow yet fun.