PREVIEW: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – ‘Waly Waly On The Ukulele’ @ Town Hall, June 28th

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are exactly what they sound like; an 8 piece ensemble of ukulele players from Great Britain.

Formed in 1985, the Uke’s (as they are mercifully called for short) perform interpretations of classic and contemporary music, breaking down each composition to be delivered in their own inimitable style.

The current lineup has played together for over 20 years, with appearances at venues from the The Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall to The Big Chill and Moseley Folk Festival.

Releasing their first album in 1988, with their last – a Christmas special, in 2008, the Uke’s have eight studio and three live albums currently under their belt.

The ‘Waly Waly On The Ukulele’ show has been specially commissioned by the Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and will explore the ‘songbook’ of Cecil Sharp; the British born music enthusiast, who has been heralded with reviving traditional English Folk music back in the early 20th Century.

Promoters promise ‘…stomping tracks and tear jerking ballads, English dance music and dust kicking Americana, from the origins of today’s popular music’, performed with the Uke’s ‘customary light hearted showmanship, and tender yet tough musicianship’.

The Town Hall & Symphony Hall hope to tour the ‘Waly Waly On The Ukulele’ show across the UK and beyond. The Birmingham Review will be following their progress.

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, perform their ‘Waly Waly On The Ukulele’ show at the Town Hall on June 28th.

Victoria Perks will be there for the Birmingham Review.

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For more on the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, visit http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com

For further information about the Town Hall & Sympony Hall, including full event listings, visit www.thsh.co.uk

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