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News

  • August 29, 2014
    When this Lousy War is Over The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain marks 100 years since the ‘war to end all wars’ with a new show, commissioned by Birmingham Town Hall, exploring popular music from the time.
  • August 29, 2014
    A Smörgåsbord of cool songs, hot tunes, laughter and stomping music! The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is returning to the Regina, Uppsala. This time the show will be a return to the roots, a playful, spontaneous evening sharing fun and music with friends.
  • May 14, 2014
    We are pleased to announce that 'The Ukes In America' will make its UK broadcast premiere next week! The documentary following us around the US will be broadcast on Sky Arts 1 on Fri May 23 at 7.45pm and repeated Sun May 25 at 3.15pm. Both transmissions will be followed by the UOGB Live At Sydney Opera House.
  • April 24, 2014
    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain For One Night Only In The West End of London at The Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. New tunes from 2014, old tunes from the ukes' original 1985 show, more wit and humour and a glint of beauty will give everyone a rollickin' good time as the UOGB affectionately let all genres of music out of their boxes. Make it to the Palace on Monday the 19th of May for some tuneful mayhem!

The Ukes

 


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Audiences have a good time with the Ukulele Orchestra. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights. Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing. Sometimes a foolish song can touch an audience more than high art; sometimes music which takes itself too seriously is revealed to be hilarious. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology.


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