Monday, June 14, 2010

A Very Special Orange Blossom: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Just a quick nod to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britian, a video of which I happened to come across this weekend. I’m pretty slow on news of this group, considering they have been playing together since 1985 (they were ukulele before ukulele was cool; maybe they are the ones who made it cool?

It’s kind of all like a Monty Python sketch, but they are also really talented ukulele players. The first video I saw had them doing the Theme from Shaft, by Issac Hayes. Search that one on YouTube, as it is really cool, but this video, which answers the musical question How many people can play the same ukulele at once, is my favorite:

According to the UOGB website, the group, which plays to sell-out crowds, is comprised of Dave Suich, Peter Brooke Turner, Hester Goodman, George Hinchliffe, Richie Williams, Kitty Lux, Will Grove-White and Jonty Bankes. They seem to have quite a few videos and CDs out, as well, so if you exhaust what’s on YouTube, you can get always get more.

-Lamb Chop

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