THE Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Sunday – and claim you’ll never think about music, humour or entertainment in the same way once you’ve seen them live.
Formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, their first gig was an instant sellout, and they have been performing ever since. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years and have performed thousands of sold-out concerts, expanding from gigs in London pubs to touring the world; from the village hall to the Royal Albert Hall.
Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the orchestra takes audiences on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.
The Ukes turn up on stage, and with only one ukulele
per performer – no gimmicks, no tricks, no vocal enhancers or any kind of wizardry – proceed to bring the house down. George Formby would be so proud. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays the Grand on Sunday at 7.30pm.
Tickets from £18, inquiries to the box office on (01253) 290190.