Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain — Brisbane 29 Feb, 2012

I had the privilege of seeing the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, live in Brisbane last night — from a front-row seat.

It was a very fine performance from exceptional ukulele players (and singers, and whistlers). I was a little surprised to see that most of the UOGB used plectrums (Plectra?)  instead of the finger method during the evening, although there were some nice examples of finger strumming from time to time.

I enjoyed the entire evening, but I was particularly impressed by the five players of one ukulele (each additional player adding meaningfully to the melody produced on the uke), and the Russian take on ‘Leaning on a Lamp-post’ as George Formby never did it.

Those of us who brought our ukes along got to play Beethoven, and I took the extra opportunity to wear my “Doesn’t Play Well With Others” T-shirt.

If you get the chance to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, I recommend that you take it.

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  1. I’ve seen them twice and they are great entertainers and musicians. I think they use plectrums for volume. They performed at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Their BBC DVD of the performance is well worth investing in.

    • I think you are right. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Thanks for the heads-up about bringing a uke along – I am seeing them next week and would never have thought to come to the concert with an instrument.

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