Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ukulele Orchestra - Anarchy in the Ukulele (2005)

The Ukulele Orchestra is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, who use instruments bought with loose change, and who believe 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, singing, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the "bonsai guitar" and a menagerie of voices; no drums, no pianos, no backing tracks, and no banjos. A collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. See the universe in the grain of a Ukulele. You may never think about music in the same way once you've been exposed to the Ukes' depraved musicology. The Orchestra use the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom with Ukuleles, (little ones, big ones, high ones, low ones) revealing unsuspected insights into popular music. From Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Reading, the Orchestra takes you on a world tour with only hand luggage and gives the listener "One Plucking Thing After Another".

The Ukulele Orchestra (The Ukes) started as a bit of fun in 1985. The first gig, intended as a one-off, was a sell out, and after one more gig the Orchestra had been on national radio. Since then there have been hundreds of appearances on radio and TV worldwide including BBC's ‘Electric Proms’ as special guests of the Kaiser Chiefs, 'Jools Holland Hootenanny', 'Blue Peter', Radio 4's ‘Loose Ends’, Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, C-Beebies ‘Space Pirates’ and ‘The Slammer’, NeverMind the Buzzcock’s Christmas special,,, ‘Today’, ‘Richard and Judy’, XFM, and ITV’s ‘This Morning Show’, 3Sat.TV - Germany’s premier cultural station. Read more & Find >>

Playlist: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
(14 Video's)

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