Monday, 9 August 2010

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (I kid you not!) and Mama's Gun

If you had ever told me that I would use the words 'Ukulele' and 'like' in the same sentence I would have had you carted off to the funny farm before you could say....well, Ukulele...but I find that I am about to do just that! The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain were brilliant...and funny....and yes, I liked them (there I said it....but if you tell anyone I will deny everything!). I have heard the Ukulele played before and it was....how shall I put this....less than pleasant but these guys were amazing. The eight-strong ensemble took songs such as Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Shaft and Smells Like Teen Spirit and truly made them their own!! Have a wee listen....this is them doing the theme from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly....I challenge you not to smile



Mama's Gun's music has been described as retro soul and I think it's a rather splendid and very apt description. They fuse 70s soul with funk and a bloomin great job they do of it too :-). Uncut magazine described last year's debut album, Routes To Riches, as "a masterclass in blue-eyed bubblegum soul, as heart-warmingly catchy as anything from Stevie Wonder's '70s purple patch". I absolutely love them!



I won't bore you with any more music posts but I do have to share this (those with a nervous disposition look away now!). Jo, my lovely sister-in-law, was standing in the queue for the port-a-loo when one of the doors opened a little then closed. Intrigued she watched as the the same thing happened again....then about two seconds later the door burst open and a woman emerged backwards, arms wrapped tightly around a wriggling little boy. As she struggled out of the loo she uttered 'I don't care if you can still see it....your not getting it back'. Yes we laughed....we laughed lots.....

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful write up Carol and a lovely little story at the end. Made me laugh out loud here.

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  2. I think the funniest part is how all the ukelele players all look like completely sane and reasonable people. But how could they possibly be? This was great!

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  3. Ukelele Orchestra! Love it!

    And LOL to the comment from the mum.

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  4. A ukelele (what an odd word to type!) version of "Teen Spirit" sounds interesting. I've got an a cappela version somewhere, which is well worth hearing.

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  5. I'm a nerd because I've heard the orchestra before! One of my friends has a son who plays the ukulele superbly!

    Had to laugh at the story of the little boy...

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  6. Kevin - I'm very glad that you enjoyed it and that the wee story at the end made you laugh :-)

    Sue - I know...they lull you into a false sense of security with their 'we're nice and normal' personas and then wham. I thought they were fantasic and the rest of the crowd did too!

    Talli - Hehehe, bet you never thought you would type those words!

    Trousers - Yes, I noticed that it was odd when I typed it too! Their version of TeenSpirit is fantastically wrong...it's on YouTube if your curious. Ooohhh, a cappela version does sound interesting...

    LadyFi - I love that you had heard of them before! I bow down before your nerdness :-).

    Every time I think of that story it makes me chortle!

    C x

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  7. Aaaahhh, festivals - gotta love 'em. And the Uke Orch of GB, who are a class act.

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  8. It's not everywhere you can read about ukeleles! Marvellous.

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  9. Well I assume these are Youtube clips? So I can't see them (Youtube is banned in Turkey) and I can't manage a proxy either. But I did enjoy the story of the little boy!

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  10. lol at the port-a-potty story!

    I've loved your music posts, Carol. You've introduced me to some new artists and that's an amazing gift. Thank you! And while I was forced to play the ukelele in school (ugh!) and hated it, once I heard Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" I fell in love with the instrument.

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  11. Seems like the ukulele orchestra were on good Formby....
    Thanks for this fun post.

    All the best, Boonsong

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  12. Ooh, loved the ukulele clip - who'd have thought it? x

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  13. Queenie - It was the first proper festival I've ever been to (well, apart from Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon last year) and I loved it. We'll definitely be going again next year :-)

    Helen - LOL, I can't help but feel that that is probably a good thing!

    Ayak - I didn't know that YouTube was banned in Turkey...I'm not even sure where else you would be able to hear them! Sorry about that hon....at least you liked the story about the little boy!

    Talon - Awww, your welcome hon. I really enjoyed being introduced to them so wanted to do the same for the lovely people that visit my blog :-)

    So do you play the Ukulele then? (I will have to see if there is a clip of that song on YouTube)

    Boonsong - Form by....lol....brilliant!!

    Amanda - Hehehehe, I know exactly what you mean!

    C x

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  14. Oh, I've heard about the Ukulele Orchestra so many times but didn't realise how zanily wonderful they are... the clip has *actually* chased away the rainy skies!

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  15. They're fun!

    I was introduced to them some time back by another weblog friend--and I've found them joyously entertaining since. And talented beyond beyond.

    What a great start to my Tuesday!
    Thanks for that!

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  16. There seems to be a resurgence of ukelele music going on everywhere. A favourite radio show host on CBC here is a fan of it, and has had a few shows dedicated to new players and clubs. Love it! Great post.

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  17. Carol, I have loved this and the two previous posts and have watched and listened to all the wonderful performance videos included - WOMAD sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing your festival experience.

    The Ukulele Orchestra are terrific - also like the humour of their publicity pic. x

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  18. Spiral Skies - I am so not surprised that they acutally chased the grey skies away!! They are utterly magical :-)

    Mel - I'm going to have to buy a couple of thier albums...i think it would be utterly impossible to be in a bad mood whilst listening to their music.

    Jennifer - That's one of the things I love about radio...the non-mainstream stations anyway. Glad you enjoyed the music :-)

    Sea Blue Sky - I'm so happy you've enjoyed the last few posts! I've discovered all sorts of artists, musicians and authors through people's blogs that I just had to share :-). You should book tickets and come along next year...it's been confirmed that it will be happening here for the next five years.

    Hehehehe, I liked the publicity pic too :-)

    C x

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  19. Thanks for posting clips. Love the story at the end. Poor woman..:)

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  20. L'Aussie - Awww, your very welcome hon. It's hard to describe music so I thought I would post the clips too :-). Hehehe, we did feel sorry for her once we had stopped laughing!

    C x

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  21. Very good - my lad plays the Uke - really well too.

    I think we are going to Didmartin bluegrass festival - just up the road from you too

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  22. I've finally got the head space to read blogs again!
    Love this post. Good smiley music
    Ypou should check out Beatnheart on my blog roll she is in a Ukelele trio in California!

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  23. I was lent a DVD of The Ukulele Orchestra in concert and I loved it!

    Hope all is well Blu...still getting back into the Internet post op.

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  24. Ha ha thank you! YOu have added a brightness to my day (just starting it off, coffee at my side, children sltill sleeping) both songs were well worth the listen and I think I may just have to buy this second group's album! They are great!

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  25. Mark - So your lad plays the Uke and you play the banjo....I hope you both don't practice at the same time!!

    I didn't know there was a Didmartin Bluegrass festival...will have to google it!

    Fire Byrd - It gets like that sometimes doesn't it! Ooohh, I shall definitely check out her blog...(Who knew I would ever get enthusiastic about the Ukulele!!)

    Blu - They are just great and I love their music :-)

    I'm so sorry hon, I didn't realise you were in for an op...I knew things had gone very quiet on your blog but because I was out the loop for a couple of months when I was trying to get everything together for my assessments I had no idea! Hope it went well and you are on the road to recovery.

    Juniper - They are totally impossible to listen to without smiling! I've bought Mama's Gun album and you won't regret getting it...it's fab!!

    C x

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  26. I don't think I've ever heard anyone play the ukulele, but what a fun word to say...

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  27. That was bloody brilliant - the Ukelele Orchestra! I kept wondering, oh lord, what if the whistler's lips dry up and he can't get that whistle out, and then he packed up laughing - Priceless - love it that they have such a great sense of humour.
    And loved your little story at the end - LOL!

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  28. Sharon - I always thought it was a kind of aquired taste till I heard the Orchestra...they were just sooooo good :-)

    Nicky - Hehehe, I know!! And did you ever think you would find yourself typing those words?? There are more clips on UTube...Shaft is entertaining listening :-)

    C x

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  29. We've watched a few videos of these guys and they are great aren't they! talented and funny. My hubby (a guitarist) does have a ukelele but is not quite up to this standard ;-)

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