The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Commissioned by Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Explores The Cecil Sharp Songbook: “Waly Waly On The Ukulele”

Thursday 28 June 2012

Town Hall

This event is archived

  • If you require a wheelchair position (subject to availability) please call the Box Office on 0121 780 4949.

Popular musical traditions of England and America, combined with the hugely popular and entertaining orchestra and their hugely popular instruments. The usual ‘Ukes’ world tour includes the North Pole, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and a host of other concerts across the globe. Here, see what the rest of the world won’t see, a show unique to Town Hall.

The ‘Ukes’ travel the world with their ultra-portable ukuleles, and in this show, they remember Cecil Sharp, the collector who travelled extensively in England and America finding songs during the early 20th century. With his material they bring key ingredients of folk and pop music into focus, and tradition up to date.

The ‘folk’ songs Sharp found and popularised however have gone on to be huge hits in pop music and in film. Without Sharp, would we have had Scarborough Fair, The House of the Rising Sun, or even the soundtracks of The Wicker Man and Remember the Titans?

In this show you’ll encounter stomping tracks and tear jerking ballads, English dance music and dust kicking Americana, from the origins of today’s popular music, explored with the customary light hearted showmanship, and the tender yet tough musicianship of the ‘Ukes of GB’. They will give you an unforgettable musical experience, and a glimpse into the mechanisms of musical history, with their presentation of Cecil Sharp music and what became of it.

£18*
20% discount for full and part-time students

Town Hall

  • Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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