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Can You Dig It?

I’m always the last to know, so if you’re already familiar with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain — they’ve been around for over two decades — you can skip this post. If not, you can see some of their work on youtube. I’ll provide two samples. First, the theme song from Shaft (Hat tip: hilzoy):

Second, another theme song, from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly:

You can learn more about the orchestra at their website. Here’s the first paragraph of their self-description to get you started:

The Ukulele Orchestra is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, who use instruments bought with loose change, and who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, singing, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices; no drums, no pianos, no backing tracks, and no banjos. A collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. See the universe in the grain of a Ukulele. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology. The Orchestra use the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom with Ukuleles, (little ones, big ones, high ones, low ones) revealing unsuspected insights into popular music. From Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding, the Orchestra takes you on a world tour with only hand luggage and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

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