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  • April 8, 2014
    If you missed Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on Saturday were Robbie Williams joined the Ukes for a night, you should check us out by clicking on the 'Read More' link below. Also have a look at the backstage photos and footage on our facebook and twitter pages.
  • April 2, 2014
    We will be live on Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend, helping Ant and Dec celebrate the season finale of the show. The programme will go out live on April 5 at 7pm, ITV. Repeat at 3.35pm on Sunday 6 April, ITV. You will also be able to catch it on the ITVPlayer.
  • March 28, 2014
    Our 'Fistful of Ukuleles' tour is now in full swing, dates are being added all the time so remember to keep checking our gig listing. Recent additions include a return to the Palace Theatre, London on 19 May. Tickets went on sale today for our show at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 20 September and we will be making a trip over to the Isle of Wight to play the Isle of Arts Festival on May 4.
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  • January 20, 2014
    For our fans in the UK, look out for us tonight on the Beeb. We will be performing a song on tonight's One Show. Show starts at 7pm on BBC 1. If you don't manage to catch us you could always see the show when it goes up on the BBC iPlayer.

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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