Thursday, July 21, 2011

" Ukes Play On In The Rain!"

Had a superb BUT exceedingly wet time on Sunday evening!

The fabulous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain appeared in driving rain ( but as you see, under cover!) at Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire ( NB. its wonderful black/white timbers) and the Ukes gave the audience over 2 hours of sheer delight.

They'd already gigged at Gawsorth 2 yrs ago BUT it was pretty clear that lots of the audience came for a repeat performance...and yes, we'll be around for their next!

The Ukes were formed in 1985 and it's true to say they're an all-singing plus all-strunmming orchestra ( 7 in all, featuring a variety of ukes) They've travelled worldwide ( USA, Japan, NZ, Europe) playing all genres : rock, jazz, "oldies" (to bring tears to your eyes...."Autimn Leaves" did this for me! ) plus film scores, classics , eg. Tchaikovsky...
And all the time, the Ukes sit in elegant chamber group format....talking with us, cracking jokes and having lots of fun.

A Superb Evening! ( It HAS to be said twice!!)


Blogger cheshire wife said...

I hope that the audience was under cover as well as the performers.

10:39 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Cheshire Wife:
Well covered! But outside was awash! However the rain was no problem and we enjoyed it HUGELY.

2:54 pm  
Blogger Sarah Laurence said...

How much fun! Too bad they couldn't extend the awning to the audience. I've seen some damp outdoor Shakespeare myself in England. I'm back in the USA now.

3:16 pm  
Blogger Anne S said...

How coincidental! My last post was on The Ukeladies - an harmony, ukulele playing duo, who specialise in Hawaiian/Calypso music.

3:37 am  
Blogger Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

We went to see them when they visited Dunedin last year - wonderful!

4:46 am  
Anonymous marly youmans said...

My daughter has been playing a little blue ukulele all summer...

3:28 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Sorry! I didnt make it clear we WERE undercover.
Outside was VERY VERY wet!
We were on the front row and I must admit got slightly wet feet/knees but no problem!

The Ukeladies SOUND GREAT!
Have they hit the UK??

Im glad you agrre with me. They were fantastic, were they not?!

Marly: Still wishing I'd met you when you were over!!

11:31 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

How do you get to hear about all these things, Jan? That sounds like it was fun!

10:33 pm  
Blogger Jennyta said...

We saw them about three years ago in Liverpool - indoors! But they are fantastic and well worth seeing.
Thanks for visiting my blog, too.

8:34 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Things JUMP OUT at me!!

Good to hear from you!

5:03 pm  

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