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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Saw The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at a packed Liverpool Philharmonic tonight. Like Weird Al Yankovich and Bill Bailey they manage to survive in a world in which music and a sense of humour are no longer combined often enough. They are more than competent musicians able to arrange a well known piece from one musical genre to another in ways that can only be experienced. Add to that a line of banter linking the songs, some great jokes and a few (deliberately) bad ones along the way and I’ve not laughed as much since I saw Hot Fuzz.

Now I was trying to pick one of their songs from tonight to highlight. Should I go with their well known version of Smells Like Teen Spirit? The excellent medley Fly me off the Handel? Perhaps the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? In the end I decided to go with my favourite cover, their swing/Yorkshire version of Wuthering Heights…

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