The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

We were out again on Friday night watching the amazing Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) as they performed a sell out gig in Cheltenham town hall. Well over 800 people took up just about every available seat to hear the orchestra run through some of their better known numbers. We were lucky enough to be able to grab some video and some pictures while we there.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Cheltenham Town Hall - September 2010The Ukulele Orchestra has 8 members playing all sizes of ukulele. They play a wide range of music, usually taking well known tracks and playing them in a different style. Their most famous song is a re-make of Ms Dynamite’s track, Miss Dy-na-mi-tee, which they took to number 81 in the UK charts in 2005. Other popular tracks that have had the Ukulele Orchestra makeover include “Anarchy In The UK” played in a Simon and Garfunkel style and Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights re-made in a swinging jazz style.

Other songs they played at Cheltenham included:

  • Psycho Killer
  • Teenage Kicks
  • Anarchy In The UK
  • Teenage Dirtbag
  • The theme from Shaft
  • Miss Dynamitee
  • Je T’aime.. Moi Non Plus
  • Melange (which reveals how all the key rock songs are variants of one theme)
  • The Theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Hot Tamales, They’re Red Hot
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Slave To The Rythmn
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Satellite of Love
  • Whistling Bach (Whistled)
  • The Dambuster’s March

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - The Secret Of Life CDAll 8 members of the orchestra sing, and each one takes their turn to introduce a number or to tell an anecdote between songs.

The Ukulele Orchestra have several CDs out, but most are difficult to get hold of, however, you can buy their Secret Of Life CD from base.com

Tags: , ,