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

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.

July 12th - Leisa Rea Tutorial - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
July 6th - Wuthering Heights
June 28th - A Thousand Knitting Needles Falling Down A Well - 2008 Documentary
June 26th - Around the Worls with Dave - Part 1
June 21st - Lovecats
June 14th - Queen of Sheba
June 11th - Hester's Ukulele Lockdown Playalong Part 2
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Shiver Me Timbers
They Don't Know About Us
Spinach
June 7th - Thunderball
May 31st - Slave to the Rhythm
May 28th - George's Lockdown Playalong - Part 2
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There Goes My Heart
The Tide Is High
Killing Me Softly
Ironing My Goldfish
Wednesday 27th May - Will’s Ukulele Collection
May 24th - Silver Machine
May 21st - Will Grove-White Lockdown Playalong - Part 2
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Lean On Me
Lean On Me ( Simplified )
Minnie The Moocher
My Boy Lollipop
Tutti Frutti
Wednesday 20th May - Jonty’s Bass Collection
Tuesday 19th May - Questions and Answers
May 17th - Shiver Me Timbers
May 14th - Leisa Rea Lockdown Playalong - Part 2
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Happy
Now is the Hour ( Corrected )
Wish I Could Shimmy Like my Sister Kate
Wednesday 13th May - Dave’s Ukulele Collection
Sunday 10th May - 2003 Documentary
Saturday 9th May - Leisa’s Ukulele Collection
May 7th - Hester's Ukulele Lockdown Playalong
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Dancing Barefoot
Dy-na-mi-tee
Flat Foot Floogie
Teenage Dirtbag
May 3rd - Born This Way
May 2nd - Richie's Ukulele Collection
April 30th - George's Ukulele Lockdown Playalong
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Doctor Jazz
Mr Sandman
Help Me Make it Through The Night
Lets Get Lost
Mockingbird
April 26th - The Model
April 21st - Limehouse Blues (Jonty's cut) - Jonty's full video with added commentary - Lockdown Bonus Video!
April 20th - Leisa's Freight Train Picking Pattern
April 19 - Limehouse Blues
April 17th - Peter's Ukulele Collection
April 16th - Leisa Rea Live YouTube Stream
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Don't Worry be Happy
Freight Train
Valerie
April 12th - Crazy
April 10th - Blue Skies
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Blue Skies
April 7th - Ben's Ukulele Collection
April 5th - Thank You for the Music
April 3rd - Will Grove White's Live Facebook Stream
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I Wanna Be Like You
Hot Tamales
Psycho Killer
March 29 - Higher and Higher
March 20 - Live from NYC, 2018 (full concert)