Commemorating the centenary of The Great War ‘When This Lousy War is Over’ is a funny, musically rewarding, touching, irreverent and thought provoking concert for all ages, giving us a window on the world in 1914-18 through the popular music of the time. This inspirational show carries the Ukulele Orchestra’s trademark humour, originality and passion through stomping marches, early jazz, poignant ballads, catchy melodies and even a touch of Hawaiian music. It reveals that 'the instrument of the people', the ukulele, has a place in making this music live again as we remember both comradeship and sorrow. The musical pieces will be framed by a narrative, with stories taken from original war diaries and memoirs written by relatives of the Orchestra. This is a personal show and although the war took place a century ago its reverberations and consequences are still with us all.
The Orchestra is delighted to be working once again with Town Hall Birmingham in
touring this work originally commissioned and performed in 2014.