'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • Kitty Lux, recordings and compositions.

    July 2021 marks four years since Kitty Lux, co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra died. Before her death several different re-mixes of her singing, (worked on by a renowned European group of Ibiza DJs), taken from her recording with the orchestra of the song “Bang Bang, You Shot Me Down”, were released.

    Given that Kitty started off drawing attention with her own song and group “Sheeny and the Goys”, and the punk classic “Pretty Girls”, and that she went on to make recordings with the acclaimed ahead-of-its-time Leeds indie band “Really”, (album available here, including contributions from George Hinchliffe and UOGB and “Really” co-founder, bass player and composer David Bowie ) and that the Ukulele Orchestra (as well as releasing its own products) has had releases by Ministry of Sound, Volume, Cosmosonica, The Big Chill, Longman, Takyon, CBS, Sony, Discethnique, and other entities concerned with contemporary sounds, it is only appropriate that the voice of Kitty Lux (and Lux is her real name, not an onstage concoction), continues to have a contemporary effect on listeners years after her death.

    This video shows vintage shots of Kitty Lux and the Ukulele Orchestra and features the original UOGB recording of “Bang Bang, You Shot Me Down”, the song made famous by Nancy Sinatra, Sony Bono, Cher and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

    You can read about the CD of all of the Ibiza remixes, and the original UOGB track here, where the CD of all of them is also available for sale. These remixes were also released by Buddha Bar, and have made waves as choice chill-out tracks.

    Kitty’s voice and original compositions are also prominently featured on all the tracks on the 1989 LP recorded by the Ukulele Orchestra: “Hearts of Oak”, which the Guardian reviewed, proclaiming: “At last, the ukulele has found its avant-garde”.

    Kitty Lux, co-founder, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
    Born 28 October 1957; Died 16 July 2017

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  • UK 2021 Gig Dates

    We are thrilled to be heading back on tour this July, we can't wait to see you all! Our first stop in Shrewsbury is almost sold out, but we still have a few more dates to be announced for 2021, so stay tuned!

    Sun 18 Jul - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury - Tickets

    Fri 13 Aug - Broadstairs Folk Week - Tickets

    Tue 17 Aug - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh - Tickets

    Wed 18 Aug - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh - Tickets

    Fri 1 Oct - The Lowry, Salford Quays - Tickets

    Sat 16 Oct - New Theatre, Peterborough - Tickets

    Tue 26 Oct - White Rock Theatre, Hastings - Tickets

    Wed 27 Oct - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea - Tickets

    Fri 5 Nov - St David's Hall, Cardiff - Tickets

    Wed 10 Nov - Buxton Opera House - Tickets

    Fri 12 Nov - Playhouse Whitley Bay - Tickets

    Thu 18 Nov - The Anvil, Basingstoke - Tickets

    Fri 19 Nov - Wycombe Swan Theatre - Tickets

    Fri 26 Nov - Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts - Tickets

    Sat 27 Nov - Exeter Corn Exchange - Tickets

    Thu 2 Dec - Dorking Halls - Tickets

    To be alerted when we announce to play in your area and request for us to play in your city you can track us on Bandsintown.

    Track us on Bandsintown here.

  • Anarchy in the Ukulele

    Many fans have purchased this full-length concert as a DVD. Get it here online at lower cost, for unlimited viewing for 5 days.

    Watch Anarchy in the Ukulele Here!

    Filmed at The Barbican in London in 2005 before an enthusiastic sold out audience (can you spot the celebrities in the audience?), this classic video features the early line up of: David Suich, Peter Brooke Turner, Hester Goodman, George Hinchliffe, Kitty Lux, Will Grove-White, Jonty Bankes, plucking, singing and whistling the reputation-making “twisted covers” and mash-ups through which the Orchestra became a viral sensation in its journey from village hall to Carnegie Hall and Glastonbury Festival, and with which the group established its unique repertoire, including such favourite performances as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, ”Life on Mars”, “Macarthur Park”, “Teenage Kicks”, “Le Freak”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (in which Kitty steals the show).

    Lighthearted, thought-provoking, hilarious, spontaneous and authentic.

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