'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

    Today the crowd funding campaign for Art on a Ukulele was launched on phundee.com! We have combined forces with Art on a Postcard, Mick Rooney RA and Pete Howlett Ukuleles to help raise funds for the Hepatitus C Trust.

    30 ukuleles have been painted by some of the worlds leading contemporary artists and will be put up for auction. But before they are sold they will be played by the orchestra at an intimate fundraising concert at the Jazz Cafe, London.

    To get the project past the finished line, Art on a Ukulele have launched a crowd funding campaign to help to raise £6000 to pay for the production costs. Couriering the instruments around the UK and Europe, creating bespoke display stands and cases to exhibit and carry the ukuleles and putting on the event are still costs they need to find.

    The Crowdfunding campaign has lots of great rewards on offer, including a chance to perform with the orchestra in London at The Jazz Cafe, signed merchandise, tickets and a chance to own Art on a Plectrum, a complimentary project to Art on a Ukulele.

    There are 30 days to reach the goal. We believe that with just this extra bit of help we can bring together a truly unusual audio visual project and the crowdfunding alone will have helped spread precious awareness for the charity.

  • Art on A Ukulele

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are excited to announce a fundraising project they are working on with Mick Rooney RA and arts charity Art on a Postcard who have transformed themselves into Art on a Ukulele. The project brings together some of the best known names in contemporary art and music.

    One of Mick’s submissions to the RA Summer Exhibition 2016 was a beautifully handcrafted ukulele, painted in his instantly recognisable rich, poetic style. The instrument opened Mick up to a world of ukulele enthusiasts and gave him the idea to create an orchestra of painted ukuleles. There will be a total of 30 ukuleles, 8 of which have been made by our friend Pete Howlett, that will be painted by some of the leading names in contemporary art.

    The Ukes are delighted that they’ve been asked to play the finished ukuleles at a performance in London at the Jazz cafe on September 12 and that they’ll be sharing the stage with some very special guests. (Ticket details to follow.) The ukuleles will later be available to purchase at a special auction and the money raised will go to The Hepatitis C Trust.

    Art on a Ukulele is launching a crowdfunding campaign on 3 May to help fund the project. Find out more about the project, including the fantastic incentives up for grabs which will include gig tickets, festival tickets and lots and lots of arty plectrums. Sign up and follow the project at artonaukulele.com

  • ‘Bang Bang’ Hits 200k plays on Spotify

    The Ukulele Orchestra joined forces with Dominic Bentnor and Ibiza Air to release an EP of remixes of their track ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ One track off the EP, 'Bang Bang (YuYuMa Chill Out Remix) was picked up by Ravin and used on the Buddha Bar XVIII album released by George V records last year. The track has now reached 200,000 plays on Spotify!

    The full EP featuring 4 remixes and the original Ukulele Orchestra cover can be purchased from our website or downloaded from iTunes.

    The compilation album Buddha Bar XVIII mixed Sam Popat & Ravin is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

    Another track off the EP Bang Bang (Daniel Vernunft Remix) is included in the Sony Compilation #afterhour, Vol. 7 which is available from Amazon

  • Uke Magazine Awards

    Uke Magazine, in association with gotaukulele.com launched it’s inaugural Uke Magazine Awards in 2016 by asking it’s readers to nominate and then vote for their favourite ukulele artists and brands across a number of categories. The results were announced in Issue 9 of Uke Magazine this week and we are very happy to say that we were voted ‘Best UK Ukulele Artist’ and ‘Best Ukulele Live Act’.

    As wonderful as it is to receive recognition from the public and fellow ukulele players it is more satisfying to see such a thriving, talented and varied ukulele scene in the UK. A scene that Uke magazine showcases in every edition. As the magazine’s Editor Matt Warnes explains “These awards were designed to help celebrate just some of the talented acts and great brands in the UK’s ukulele world and further afield. The winners and nominees represent just a small part of that ukulele scene, all of which should be celebrated for the impact that music has on our lives.”

    Rather than produce trophies Matt donated the cost to the musicians charity of choice and we were very happy to pledge the donation to Radio Lollipop. An international children’s charity who provide care, comfort, play and entertainment to children in hospital.

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