PREVIEW: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain @ Symphony Hall, Weds 19th Feb

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - A Fistful of Ukuleles

On Weds 19th Feb, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain return to Birmingham, bringing their ‘Fistful of Ukuleles’ tour to the Symphony Hall.

The show will feature The Ukes reworking ‘music from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Reading’, with the ensemble also performing Spaghetti Western film scores. The tour’s title is taken from The Ukes’ 3rd album of the same name, released back in 1994.

Birmingham Review last saw The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain when they brought their ‘Waly Walk on the Ukulele’ tour to the city in July 2012. Read Victoria Perk’s (a fellow Uke player) Birmingham Review here.

A current ensemble of 8 ukulele players, playing in different registers with vocal and harmonic accompaniment, The Ukulele Orchestra of Greta Britain first performed in 1985 as ‘a bit of fun’. After an ‘instant sell-out’ debut, the group continued to perform – releasing their first studio album, The Ukulele Variations on Sony in 1988.

Nearly 30 years later and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have played in festivals and venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury Festival. Closer to home, The Ukes headlined the Moseley Folk Festival in 2010. To date, The Ukes have released eight studio albums and four live albums.

Sandwiched between gigs at Liverpool ‘s Philharmonic  and Leicester’s De Montford Halls, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s ‘Fistful of Ukuleles’ tour comes to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Wednesday 19th Feb.

Althea Patterson will be there for a Birmingham Review.


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