The ukulele — an instrument for serious musicians … behind bars.

Army News (Darwin, NT) reported on 28 February 1944 that the Red Cross had supplied some 8500 ukuleles to Australian prisoners of war in Europe over a three-year period.

The spokesman said that the Red Cross took ‘every care to look after the interests of prisoners’ who were serious about music.

In comparison to the ukulele, other instruments were not thought to be in as great demand by serious musicians.  Other prisoners (79 of them) received bagpipes, and several hundred of them got violins and other (lesser) stringed instruments.

Advertisements
Published in: on July 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://reyalpeleluku.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/the-ukulele-an-instrument-for-serious-musicians-behind-bars/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: