The Lowry, 8 September 2011
If your grandmother kept the same almanac by her mantlepiece as mine, she’d have told you that potent brews are usually found in small receptacles.
So it also goes with musician and their instruments. In this highly entertaining concert, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain played music by the Sex Pistols, Kraftwerk, Steppenwolf, Ennio Morricone, the Undertones, Talking Heads, Robert Johnson… A slue of songs by a diverse range of artists and composers; there was, however, not one George Formby song to be heard.
It is uncanny that an instrument so small and unpretentious can yet be so versatile and so expressive. One suspects that the ukulele is not so much modest as quietly confident. Between the songs a relaxed stream of amiable banter moved proceedings along splendidly. The show ended with two encores and there could easily have been a score more.
As my grandmother – and yours too, most likely – used to say: ‘You can’t have too much of a good thing.’ And sometimes size really doesn’t matter.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are currently touring in the UK and abroad. I’d highly recommend that you mosey on down to see them when they visit your area. The tour dates are here.