'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • December 17, 2019
    We will be hopping over to Germany to tour the country in 2020. We are also adding in some additional visits to Switzerland and Austria for good measure! We are looking forward to revisiting some of these venues again and seeing our European fans too. This is where we will be visiting in January and February 2020;
  • December 15, 2019
    After our whirlwind trip to the USA and Canada, we will have our feet firmly on the ground in the UK for a collection of shows this Spring and Summer. Get your tickets today!
  • December 5, 2019
    We will be heading back across the pond to the USA and Canada in 2020. Join us for a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping show. Book your seats soon as some dates have already Sold Out! Here is where we will be;
  • December 1, 2019
    We are delighted to announce the release of our newest album. The Only Album You’ll Ever Need. Vol 3 is a new album of newly recorded but classic tracks by the orchestra which has led to millions of views online and our best selling live albums.

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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