'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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Ukulele Lockdown 2

The Ukulele Orchestra of Self Isolation

Normal activity by the Ukulele Orchestra GB is of course currently suspended owing to the measures introduced in response to the Covid-19 virus. One hopes that something like normal activity will resume eventually, though of course there may be unforeseen long-term consequences.

For the moment we are all in our own homes. The performers in the orchestra are finding ways to make music together. They have been interacting.

Viewers who enjoy the orchestra’s unique blend of friendliness, entertainment, humour, anarchy and “infotainment” (which is sometimes known as “utter piffle”), may enjoy the videos and other material which have been assembled for episodes of the orchestra’s “Ukulele Lockdown”.

Perhaps we could all benefit from some joy, fun, life-affirming sentiment, morale-boosting solidarity and an antidote to isolation, fear, boredom, doom, gloom and feelings of pointlessness.

Join the orchestra for a laugh, a song, and a way of connecting with others which doesn’t involve potentially risky social proximity. Stay at home but join the orchestra as they find ways to tap their toes and make beautiful music together.

We are lining up videos of the orchestra, solo appearances, Q&A sessions and other interactive elements. Link up with us if you like this. There is more to come every week.

April 18th - George's Ukulele Playalong - 'Old Dusty Road', 'Hey Joe' and 'Sunny Side Of The Street'
April 11th - Smells Like Teen Spirit
April 4th - You Don't Bring Me Flowers
March 28th - Orange Blossom Special
March 21st - Danse Macabre
March 14th - Q&A with George Hinchliffe
March 7th - Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
February 28th - Misirlou
February 21st - (I'm a) Road Runner
February 14th - Love Machine
February 7th - Will's Ukulele Lockdown Playalong
Download the chord sheets
La Vie En Rose
You're No Good
January 24th 2021 - Gimme All Your Lovin'
January 17th 2021 - Woo-Hoo-Yeah-Yeah-Yeah-Rocking-Goose-Mash-Up
January 3rd 2021 - Happy
December 27th - 2020 The Ukulele Lockdown Year
December 26th - Jingle Bells
December 25th - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
December 24th - Good King Wenceslas
December 20th - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
December 13th - 9 to 5
December 6th - Leisa Rea - Festive Ukulele Playalong
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Let it Snow
Santa Claus is Coming toTown
Walking in the Air
November 22nd - Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
November 15th - Minnie The Moocher
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