From the very first note, the joy that the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain gave to its audience was tangible, and the magic never left. The setting was the city of Bristol’s Christmas Spiegeltent which is on the waterfront. The group dealt with the small and intimate surroundings with aplomb and showcased both their humour and their brilliant musicianship that their many fans are now accustomed to.
They have a repertoire that is both unique and vast, and fans who follow them around claim that they never play the same set twice. This show kicked off with Hooray for Hollywood, which gave way seamlessly into Princes’ Kiss. These were followed by the Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK, Robert Johnson’s Hot Tamales and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
The show literally had something for everyone, and even if they are playing your old favourites you will hear them with a different appreciation thanks to the skill, speed and accuracy of this musical collective. There was even a ‘guess the intro’ section where the Ukes kick of a song with voices, strings, whistling etc and the audience realised as one what was happening when it turned out to be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
If you ever get the chance to see the ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain perform then it will be money and time well spent. This is a unique show that will make everyone appreciate so much more the humble ukelele and what can emit from those few strings.