29th Oct 2014
#188: New Show: 'When This Lousy War is Over'
remembering World War One in music and song
UOGB Press release: 'When This Lousy War is Over' - This is a new commission to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of The Great War. It is a funny, musically rewarding, touching, irreverent and thought provoking concert for all ages, giving us songs, history and a window on the world through some unusual selections from the music of the time.
'When This Lousy War Is Over' will premiere at Town Hall Birmingham on Remembrance Sunday, 9th of November and again at the Palace Theatre in London for its West End debut on Monday the 10th November, the evening before Armistice Day. A European tour is currently being planned.
The Orchestra is delighted to be working once again with Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham in presenting this new work.
The title 'When This Lousy War Is Over' is taken from a soldiers’ parody from the trenches, sung to the hymn tune 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus', where the lyrics reflect ruefully on military life. The title was chosen to reflect a common yet unofficial response to the conflict, perhaps in keeping with the lighthearted character associated with the ukulele and the Orchestra. This flags up an irreverent spirit, the ukulele as 'the people's instrument', and cheerfulness amid tragedy and adversity. The premiere will include the composer George Butterworth's setting of 'The Banks of Green Willow', in remembrance of those who, like him, lost their lives in the conflict.
The concert consists of music and songs from the period which show many different facets of the Great War, including music from several of the countries involved
This genuinely was a World War; the full list totals over one hundred countries involved in the conflict, from Africa, America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.
To take one little known example, 140,000 members of the Chinese Labour Corps were active on the Western Front and suffered huge losses. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has recently returned from a successful tour of China which allowed the performers to study and play four- stringed Chinese instruments (the Liuqin and the Ruan) which are similar to the ukulele, and so 'When This Lousy War Is Over' will also include a Chinese composition.
The music chosen reflects a range of attitudes from the time; patriotic, pacifist and feminist, and will draw from gipsy music, music hall, soldiers' songs and even a song from the then radical avante-garde Cabaret Voltaire in neutral Switzerland.
There are several overt ukulele connections in the show; the instrument initially came to prominence at the Panama – Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, after which the first craze for the ukulele developed leading to an explosion of Hawaiian themed songs.
One of the most successful recording artists in Britain during the years of World War One was George Formby Senior, the father of his now better known son, also known as George Formby. The son (who most people still associate with the ukulele) found success at first as an imitator of his father’s act. In 'When This Lousy War Is Over', the Orchestra will be strumming the song “Plink Plonk” by George Formby Senior.
In our multicultural society music from all over the world is of increasing relevance and the history of our music can illuminate our history.
This inspirational show includes stomping marches, early jazz, poignant ballads, catchy instrumental melodies and even a touch of Hawaiian music. It reveals that 'the instrument of the people', the ukulele, has a place in making this music live again as we remember both comradeship and sorrow.
The programme features The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's trademark humour, originality and passion. The musical pieces will be framed by a narrative, with stories taken from original war diaries and memoirs written by relatives of the Orchestra. One grandparent told an unusual first hand account of an incident that took place at the 'Christmas Truce' in No-Man’s-Land. Other songs have been passed down by family members, who had sung them at the time of the conflict. This is a personal show. Although the war took place a century ago its reverberations and consequences are still with us all.
Commissioned by Town Hall/Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Premier: Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2014
Birmingham Town Hall 3 pm and 7:00 pm
Box Office: 0121 345 0600
All Tickets £19.50
Birmingham: buy tickets for afternoon performance
Birmingham: buy tickets for evening performance
London West End Debut the following day Monday 10th November 2014
The Palace Theatre 7:30 pm
Box Office: 0844 482 9676
Tickets from £12.50
London Palace Theatre: Tickets kaufen
Source: UOGB Press release http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com
12th Jul 2014
#187: Ukes today on Sky Arts
Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts HD show a repeat of the Ukes double feature! Today, 12th Jul 2014, from 5:45pm (6:45pm CEST) "The Ukes in America" and right afterwards, from 7pm (8pm CEST) "The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Live at Sydney Opera House" are on again.
Of course you still can buy both documentaries on DVD from the website of the Ukes and get not only the film, but also a lot of extras.
22nd May 2014
#186: Ukes tomorrow on Sky Arts 1
Those with a Sky subscription will be able to enjoy over two hours Ukes non stop tomorrow evening. On the 23rd May 2014, from 7:45pm (8:45pm CEST), Sky Arts 1 will broadcast "The Ukes in America", a documentary for which the Ukes have been accompanied by the Litmus Films team on their last USA tour. After that, from 9pm (10pm CEST), there is another chance to enjoy "The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Live at Sydney Opera House", a live concert recording by Litmus Films from the Sydney Opera House.
For all those, who can't watch English tv there is the option of ordering both documentaries on DVD from the website of the Ukes though. That way you not only get the films, but also lots of extras.
24th Apr 2014
#185: UOGB LIVE IN LONDON
The Ukes unfortunately have only rarely time to perform in London, therefore you shouldn't miss this one. Monday, 19th May 2014, 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Order tickets online from Nimax Theatres oder call 0844 482 9676 (24 HRS)
And here the most recent video made by UOGB...
4th Apr 2014
#184: Ukes on tv this Saturday
On Saturday, 5th Apr 2014 from
7pm BST (8pm CEST) the Ukes appear in "Ant
& Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" on itv.
Source: George Hinchliffe http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com
25th Mar 2014
#183: Win tickets!!!
Attention, fans in Germany! For next Sunday you can win three pairs of free tickets for the Ukes gig at the Pro Arte concert series in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
On Sunday, 30th Mar 2014 at 5pm the Ukes perform at the Great Hall of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt as part of the renowned Pro Arte concert series. All you have to do to get a chance to win one of the three pairs of tickets, is to answer the following question correctly and send it by email to this address:
"On which of their albums can you find the Ukes' version of the Black Sabbath hit 'Paranoid'?"
Please send your answer until Friday, 28th Mar 2014, 4pm GMT. The winners can collect their tickets at the counter from Judith Kissel.
If you are not among the lucky winners, you still can go to the concert. Tickets
can still be ordered from T: 069 - 1340-400 or online
for print@home or at the box office from one hour before the performance
See also: http://www.proarte-frankfurt.de/
14th Mar 2014
#182: Peter's new album: Adventures in Gibberish
Fans of Peter's, aka Tony Penultimate's inimitable and quirky music can look forward to a new CD, which will be officially released on the 13th Apr 2014. The title "Adventures in Gibberish" promises a lot of scat singing, gibberish and gargling.
Along with a number of musicians, that you already might be familiar with from Hester's or Will's solo albums this third solo work of Peter also got support from musicians of the UOGB.
If you can't wait that long, you can have a look at Peter's YouTube Kanal.
4th Mar 2014
#181: Neues aus dem Ukes -Archiv
The Ukes have made a new video from their archive available on youtube. "Flat Foot Floogie" by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart und Bud Green. It was filmed at a meeting of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain at the Digswell Village Hall in 1989. The players are Jo Brindley, Andy Astle, Marshall Stapleton (who also has built George's ukulele ), as well as George und Kitty.
18th Jan 2014
#180: UOGB on the BBC One Show on Monday
On Monday, 20th Jan 2014 the Ukes will have a short performance on BBC One's The One Show at 7pm GMT (8pm CET), presumably at the end of the programme.
Nearly all of them will be there, including Leisa Rea with Nick Browning (replacing Jonty) at the bass and you can expect an old Ukes hit from the eigthies.
18th Jan 2014
#179: Peters new song
The song is called "Only When You Fall In Love" and it has been written, recorded and filmed exclusively in hotel rooms on tour. It will be on Peter's next album.
If you want to check out more of Peter's songs, have a look at his youtube channel.
19th Dec 2013
#178: Christmas present: UOGB on Sky Arts
On Boxing Day (26th Dec 2013) at 10:30pm GMT (9:30pm CET) there will be another broadcast of the concert of the Ukes at the Sydney Opera House on Sky Arts 1 (und Sky Arts 1 HD).
There will be a repeat in the following night at 3:30am GMT (4:30am
CET). For those, who don't have Sky,
there's the option to buy the DVD on the website
of the Ukes.
See: Announcement on tvguide.co.uk
16th Dec 2013
#177: Spoiler-Alert! Tonight the Ukes are on...
...if you don't mind spoilers, read on quickly: Some of the Ukes's music will feature in today's episode of University Challenge on BBC 2 at 8pm. See: BBC2: University Challenge
Source: George Hinchliffe The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
26th Sep 2013
#176: UOGB on the radio tomorrow afternoon
Tomorrow afternoon, on the 27th Sep 2013,
from 4:30pm BST ( 17:30 CEST) you can listen to the Ukes live
on BBC Radio 3. As guests on the programme "In
they'll present their contribution to the BBC's "Sound
of Cinema" season amongst other things.
See: BBC In Tune
Listen live on: BBC iPlayer
19th Sep 2013
#175: George Hinchliffe’s Space Cadet Ukulele Orchestra
Yes, they actually exist. George Hinchliffe’s Space Cadet Ukulele Orchestra. And now the band make their debut at the Saturday
evening party of the Idlerfest 2013 in London. You probably won't
get to see as many ukuleles as the name promises, there will be "dirty rock
music" with "normal instruments". The band members, apart from George
Hinchliffe are Leisa
Rea, who's known as the stand-in player of the Ukulele Orchestra,
and Jamie Wagg.
Further performers of the evening are:
- Alabama 3 Acoustic & Unplugged
- John Cooper Clarke
- Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction
- Murray Lachlan Young
- Louis Eliot and the Embers
- Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
- Tom Hodgkinson
- Gavin Pretor-Pinney
|Date||Saturday, 21st Sep 2013|
|Place||The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London, Greater London W11 2AY|
21st Aug 2013
#174: Will Grove-White & The Others live
And if you prefer to experience Will's unusual original songs live, you can do so on Sunday, 1st Sep 2013 in The Clore Ballroom im Southbank Centre in London. Will Grove-White & The Others - only miniature instruments - Admission free!
21st Aug 2013
#173: Will's new production album "Silver Linings"
Will Grove-White has published a new production album for Universal Publishing Production Music. Production music (also library music) is not marketed towards the general public, but is offered by specialised music libraries for use in films, tv, video games and the like. Additionally Will also offers this new album 'Silver Linings', on Soundcloud for the fans to listen.
2nd Aug 2013
#172: Ukes am Sonntag im Fernsehen
This Sunday, the 4th Aug 2013 from
9pm BST (10pm CEST): Sky
Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD will broadcast a slightly cut version
of the Ukes' concert at the Sydney
Opera House from the 6th Mar 2012.
See: http://skyarts.sky.com/ukulele-orchestra-of-great-britain und http://skyarts.sky.com/listings
The uncut film can be ordered on DVD from the Ukes' website.
25th Jul 2013
#171: Another interview this afternoon
There will be another radio appearance of the Ukes this afternoon (25th Jul 2013)
from ca 4pm IST (5pm CEST) in
the show Noctor
'til Six on Waterford Radio WLR FM 95.1/97.5
See: WLR FM website: Noctor 'til Six
You can listen to the programme live on the website of Today FM
UPDATE: The interview with George (and others?) was recorded earlier and will be broadcast near the end of the programme from around 5:45pm IST (6:45pm CEST).
24th Jul 2013
#170: One more radio appearance in Ireland
Tomorrow morning (25th Jul 2013)
we get another radio appearance of the Ukes in
Ireland. From about 8:45am IST (9:45
Uhr CEST) this time
we can listen to George, Kitty, Richie und Jonty shortly before the end of
Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM.
See: Today FM website: Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
You can listen to the programme live on the website of Today FM
23rd Jul 2013
#169: Ukes morgen früh im Irischen Radio
As part of their current Ireland tour the Ukes will appear
on the Irish RTÉ Radio 1 tomorrow
morning (24th Jul 2013) at Pat
Kenny's show "Today
with Pat Kenny" from 10am to 12am IST (11am
to 13am CEST).
See : RTÉ website: Today with Pat Kenny
You can listen to the programme live on the website of RTÉ Radio 1.
23rd Jun 2013
#168: Crowdfunding: New DVD - The Ukes In America
On the 13th June 2013 Robert Stern of Litmus Films started a new crowdfunding campaign for a new Ukes DVD - The Ukes in America. After the big success of his first Crowdfunding Campaign for "The Ukes Down Under" now you again get the chance to actively support the making of an exciting DVD about the Ukes - and all that without taking any risk.
As on their last Australia tour Robert Stern has accompanied and filmed the Ukes on both their latest USA tours. This time the production of the DVD will be funded through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
The supporters of the campaign pledge to contribute a particular sum, for which they will get a reward, if the campaign is successful. But they only have to pay if the campaign is successful. The possible rewards include for example:
- from £10 you can get a "Thanks to... "credit at the end of the DVD
- from £20 you can get "The Ukes in America" as digital download
- from £25 you can get the double-disk DVD "The Ukes in America" including extras and a "Thanks to... "credit at the end of the DVD
- and for £250 you can get all that plus a 15 second video clip of yourself on the extras DVD.
To end successfully the campaign must reach the sum of £30000 until the 21st July 2013. If this goal is not reached, there will be no DVD, but then nobody has to pay anything. See Robert's advert for the campaign here:
23rd Jun 2013
#167: Small Fry Launch Party on the 14th Jun 2013
Due to technical problems I wasn't able to announce Will's Launch party for his second CD "Small Fry" in advance, which took place on the 14th Jun 2013 at the Horseshoe Pub in London. So now here are some video impressions from the party.
Will Grove-White & The Others: "They Swims" - Small Fry Launch Party
Will Grove-White & The Others: "I Feel for You" (Chaka Khan) - Small Fry Launch Party (Video © Viola Streich)
Will Grove-White & The Others: I Wanna Be Like You.. Small Fry launch party
Will Grove-White & The Others: Shaddap You Face (Joe Dolce) - Small Fry Launch Party
9th Jun 2013
#166: Tomorrow: Ukes'n'Lutes in Spitalfields
Ukes'n'Lutes is what a collaboration of members of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and the Theatre of Ayre is called. Together the ukulele players and the lute players of the Theatre of Ayre explore what Robert Johnson, the composer of the 16th century, and Robert Johnson, the blues legend of the early 20th century have in common.
Tomorrow, on Monday, 10th Jun 2013 between
7:30pm and 9:30pm is an opportunity to listen to the result
at the Spitalfields
Festival in the Shoreditch Church (St. Leonard's), London.
For more information and tickets see: http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/whats-on/summer-festival-2013/the-devil-at-the-crossroads/
EDIT: 21st Jun 2013 Here you can watch a video montage of a Ukes'n'Lutes concert (© Litmus Films)
27th May 2013
#165: Two new CDs
From now there are two new CDs of the Ukes available, both with a special connection to Germany.
"Ukewerk" is a compilation of live recordings
from concerts in Germany, with two added studio recordings, Rio
Reiser's "König von Deutschland" and Harold
Faltermeyers "Axel F". For the complete track list seealbums
Ukewerk is available from the UOGB's website
For "Bang Bang" some German DJs
located on Ibiza have created four remixes of the Ukes' cover
Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down". These versions are available on
CD as well as for download on iTunes. The CD also contains the original version
of the UOGB (originally by Sonny & Cher).
The remixes were made in cooperation with Yuyuma
(Michael Kunzmann, Thilo Wacker, Dominic Bentner), Ibiza
Air, Daniel Vernunft and Estevez.
For the full trackliste see albums
Bang Bang is available from the UOGB's website and on iTunes.
23rd May 2013
#164: UOGB bei Stefan Raab
Something for the German fans! The Ukes will be in Stefan Raab's show TV Total on the German channel Pro Sieben next Tuesday, the 28th May 2013 from 23:10pm CEST (10:10pm BST).
Quelle: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
16th May 2013
#163: UOGB in Saint Denis D'Anjou
If you don't want to miss the only opportunity for this year to see the Ukes in France, you should quickly order tickets for the Festival d'ukulélé de Saint Denis d'Anjou next weekend. The concert of the Ukulele Orchestra will take place on Saturday, 18th May 2013 at 9pm and on Sunday, the 19th May 2013 George Hinchliffe will offer a workshop at 11am.
Apart from that, the weekend will keep you busy with open mics, ukulele sellers and makers, a Tahitian dinner with music by Yan Yalego, Adrien Janiak und Le Grou(m), a tahitian dance demonstration with Mana'o Tahiti, a Tahitian dance workshop with Maimiti Florentin und on Sunday evening a dance party with the Ukulele Social Band.
For further information see: http://www.ukeasaintdenisdanjou.org/
7th May 2013
#162: UOGB on BBC Radio 2
Next Friday, on the 10th May 2013 the Ukes will do a live workshop and will play some live music on BBC Radio 2. Sharing the title "2day", all programmes from shortly after 7am to 9pm will feature the topic "orchestra". On the BBC website the Ukes' workshop is currently announced as being part of the programme from 12pm with Jeremy Vine. This may not be correct, it is expected, that the Ukes' workshop and their performance will take place after 3pm and 5pm.
EDIT 10th May 2013: As the Ukes have just announced on their facebook page, today's performance will take place today between 2pm and 3pm GMT (3-4pm CET).
You can listen to the live stream of BBC Radio 2 on the BBC's website from everywhere in the world.
15th Apr 2013
#161: Early-Bird Offer - Admiralspalast Berlin
Ordering within the next two weeks will get you a 10% price reduction on all tickets you buy for the UOGB's concert on the 26th Oct 2013 at the renowned Admiralspalast in Berlin. Simply say "A fistful of Ukuleles" when calling the ticket hotline +49(0)1805-2001. The offer is valid up to and including the 28. April 2013.
Source: Viola Streich The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
24th Mar 2013
#160: Ukes on US tv
EDIT 26th Mar 2013: Apparently this report about the Ukes has been postponed and is supposed to be broadcast tomorrow.
On the occasion of the upcoming USA tour the CBS breakfast tv show "This Morning" will broadcast a clip about the Ukes on Tuesday, 26th Mar 2013, which has been recorded in Chatham on Saturday. CBS This Morning is aired on weekdays from 7 to 9am EST.
Most associated local stations in the Central and Mountain time zone are
broadcasting a delayed recording of the show also from 7 to 9am in the respectable
time zone (CST and MST).
A version with updated live reports is broadcast in the Pacific time zone
(PST). However, the rest of the
world has to hope for a video clip on the CBS This Morning website.
See CBS This Morning
13th Mar 2013
#159: Tonight: Ukes on German tv
Tonight from 6pm CET (5pm GMT) a 12 minute
piece about the Ukes, which has been recorded in Lübeck yesterday, will feature
the locally broadcast programme Schleswig-Holstein on the
German tv channel NDR.
web page of the NDR programme Schleswig-Holstein including media links for the last broadcasts
Source: Viola Streich The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
24th Feb 2013
#158: Ukes on the Radio
On Tuesday morning from ca 8:30 Uhr NZST (Monday evening 7:30pm GMT or 20:30 CET) the radio station Classic Hits in Hamilton will broadcast a live interview with some of the Ukes .
The breakfast programme Bunty & Jus In the Morning is broadcast from Hamilton for the Waikato area weekdays from 6am to 9am New Zealand time.
22nd Feb 2013
#157: Ukes on New Zealand Breakfast tv
As is well known, the Ukes have just left Australia and are currently on tour in New Zealand. For Monday morning a short TV appearance for TVNZ is planned from about 7:30am NZST.
You can assume, that it will be part of the breakfast programme of the TVNZ channel "One". "Breakfast" is broadcast from Monday to Friday between 6am and 9am New Zealand Time. That means, from the European point of view the Ukes's appearance will take place on Sunday, 24th Feb 2013 in the evening from about 6:30pm GMT (19:30 CET).
The website of TVNZ offers a live stream of the programme, but I have no information, if that will also be accessible from other parts of the world. The recent broadcasts are available from outside New Zealand though, for 7 days after the respective broadcast. Therefore it is expected, that the complete programme from next Monday will also be available for fans from anywhere in the world not later than a few hours after the live broadcast.
George Hinchliffe, Viola Streich
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
11th Feb 2013
#156: Tomorrow: Ukulele Cabaret Valentine's Warm Up with Will
Tomorrow evening Tricity Vogue invites for her monthly "Ukulele Cabaret" at the Lincoln Lounge, at the north side of King's Cross Station in London. Special guests will be Will Grove-White and The Bobby McGees. Entrance is free.
12th Feb 2013 8-11pm
52 York Way,
Kings Cross, N1 9AB
See: Ukulele Cabaret Valentine's Warm Up facebook Seite
4th Jan 2013
#155: Hesters Solo CD
After I have forgotten to add Hester's solo CD to the albums page so long ago, I'm now catching up on making the overdue entry. Of course, this album can't be missing from the list and I can highly recommend it. If you want to listen to more than only 30 second samples, you can listen to three of her pieces on Hester's MySpace page.