Thursday, 20 August 2009

Anarchy in the Uke K

The ukulele may not be the biggest or the most dynamic of musical instruments out there, but when eight of them, and their pluckers, gathered in a small semi-circle upon the stage of London's majestic Royal Albert Hall two nights ago, six thousand promenaders and thousands more radio listeners were totally enthralled.

And when it came to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's rendition of 'Anarchy in the U.K.' they damn near blew the roof off.

So the jumping flea made the big time.
And what a gig it was!

Promenaders were encouraged to take their own ukes along for a participatory number.
And when over a thousand ukes play Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' with the other five thousand promenaders clapping along it truly is a joy to behold.

Warms the very cockles...

But of course the collective's real strength lies in their genre subversion.
Bowie, The Beatles, The Stones, Shirley Bassey, The Who, Talking Heads, Robbie Williams, Hot Chocolate and more all get the subversive uke treatment.

The segue of 'Ride of the Valkyries' into Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine' is just pure bloody genius.

And if you haven't heard their version of Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights', well, that is well worth the download alone.

So, no matter where you are, what you're doing or what you're into; this is guaranteed to place a right big grin across your chops.
And let's face it, we could all do with a bit of cheering up, right!

And believe me, you'll be humming 'Puffin' Billy' for ever.
If you don't already...

Now pass me that ukulele...
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Prom 45: Royal Albert Hall (18/8/09)

Puffin' Billy
Anarchy in the U.K.
Ride of the Valkyries/Silver Machine
Life on Mars medley
Teenage Dirtbag
Danse Macabre
And Did Those Feet
Psycho Killer
Ode to Joy (Extract Beethoven's 9th: Choral)
Pinball Wizard
Dam Busters March
Sympathy for the Devil medley
Wuthering Heights

Immaculate Rip direct from digital broadcast.
Gorgeous quality.
If burning remove pauses for best effect.
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. said...

Nice blog. And this looks like fun, and it's something I never heard (of) before, which is a good thing.
Thanks! I hope you get tons of comments if that's what you want.

roy rocket said...

Nice picture!
What is it I want?
Now that is a question...

Anonymous said...

excellent - read review in yesterdays paper - annoyingly I was passing thru london on the day and didnt realise it was on - have long admired these guys [and yes I own the complete works of George Formby!]

roy rocket said...

Yes, it would have been great to have been there; but still, there is this semi-crystallization.
They're playing in Swansea next month, so I'm looking forward to seeing them then.

And as for Formby: O yes!
Not only a wonderfully subversive entertainer but was also a vociferous campaigner against apartheid; coming about due to a disastrous tour of South Africa back in the day.
Not a lot of people know that...
Regards, roy

Bill.Bo said...

just 1 word: GREAT!!! your blog as well as well as the music you present.

and another word for the Ukulele concert: Incredible.

thank you very much for the presentation.

may your days be sunny : Bill.Bo

Anthony said...

Man! This is excellent. Thanks.

roy rocket said...

Link fixed!