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Monday, October 15, 2007

The coolest bit of live music that I've seen today.

Remember when ukuleles were widely thought to be kewl?

Well, neither do I.

Truthfully, they haven't been since Tin Pan Alley days. The uke has for my entire life been a kind of running joke, usually portrayed as being strummed badly by an overweight man.

But the truth is, a real musician can make that most portable of stringed instruments do some pretty amazing things. Put seven gifted musicians on a stage, mic up their bitty guitars, and watch what happens. Oh, and you have to grant that the musicians are, as ukulele players, not afraid of looking silly. Finally, have one of 'em (a buck says he's Welsh) have perfect pitch as a whistler.

I give you the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

(Stay with it-- it starts off a little slow.)

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5 Comments:

At Monday, October 15, 2007 5:38:00 PM, Blogger Murphy said...

I'm sure then you have heard of Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo╩╗ole?

 
At Monday, October 15, 2007 6:08:00 PM, Blogger phlegmfatale said...

wow - that was fantastic - LOVED it - the Uke orch. Nifty!

 
At Tuesday, October 16, 2007 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Brandon said...

I found this video a while back and was extremely impressed. After seeing that, I don't think I'll be looking down too much on folks and their ukes. Unless, of course, they just suck.

 
At Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:57:00 PM, Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

I gotta hand it to you for this one especially.

That quickly brightened up the end of a rough day at work. That was good stuff. I'm gonna look into that; they've apparently got a lot of videos posted.

Thanks!



tweaker

 
At Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:53:00 PM, Blogger boomvark said...

Very cool. Ukes are really underrated. A good ensemble can do amazing things with them; for that matter, so can a high-grade soloist.

Couldn't get the link tag to work, but just look around YouTube for Jake Shimabukuro.

 

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