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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Photo courtesy of The Warwick Arts Centre.

George Hinchliffe’s Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain – one night only, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Review by Anne Cee.

Multi-tasking musicians from The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain gave a superb show of music and comedy last night at Warwick Arts Centre. What other band is as capable of dropping so beautifully into so many well-known tunes whether by Shaggy or Shirley Bassey? And to play those tunes with such clever wit, skill, and well-judged timing? This classy ensemble of seven were on top form on Saturday 28 October with head banging and banging tunes all part of the show.

In a glorious team effort, yoga, hip hop and a banana were woven into their own brand of quirky musical magic, and I loved it all, especially the tribute to The Cranberries. At times it’s hard to decide what is more impressive, the superb original harmonies, the vocal range of the members or their ability to make such under-valued instruments rise and shine. The ukeleles are thrown into the lamplight and they thrive in the space.

From the blues to bluegrass, from hip hop to Handel, the Orchestra galloped through a range of pieces much in the style of a Morecambe and Wise variety show, except they do it better. The evening whizzed by and we left for home with broad smiles and brilliant songs dancing through our heads.

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