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Review: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Thirty Plucking Years

By Steve Jadd | 19th June 2015

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returned to York Grand Opera house to celebrate thirty years of ecstatic plucking!

When you look at what comprises the various members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain the term eclectic certainly springs to mind! Founder member and director of the orchestra George Hinchliffe has worked with minimalist composer Michael Nyman, Brian Eno, Mary Wells, The British Youth Choir, Ron Geesin, The Anjaana Asian Music Group of Bradford, Snake Davis and the Alligator Shoes. Kitty Lux has worked with Impact Theatre, Brendan Croker, post-punk bands The Mekons, and The Gang of Four. The orchestra also includes a member who played at the Cavern Club with Thin Lizzy and was a roadie for Frank Zappa – a glorious madness prevails!

With a repertoire comprised of ‘uke’ variations of David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Ennio Morricone, Black Sabbath, Pharrell Williams and George Formby. Bowie’s “Life on Mars” is an incredible fusion of Bowie with “My Way” Sinatra plus "For Once in My Life", "Substitute", and more. It’s brilliantly executed – it’s daft!

The sound of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is like a soup of mixed vibrations – delivered in a way you simply marvel at the experience. You find yourself immersed in the bizarreness of it all - just enjoy the ride! Let’s hope that this celebration of Thirty Plucking Years leads to yet another thirty years of plucking!

P.S Sadly – no Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Cure or The The?

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
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