Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Ukulele Craze

One of the reasons I created this blog was to give myself a platform for discovering new things happening in the world of music. I can now score one point in the category of “expanding my horizons." For much too long I have been unaware a ukulele craze that for many people is old news. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, after all, has been drawing crowds since 1985.

As I’ve already learned from listening to Jake Shimabukuro for the last two years, the ukulele is an instrument that has the ability to make you smile. It appears the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has been putting that simple fact to good use in their act for several years.

May these clips you smile.

As a bonus, here's Israel Kamakawiwo'ole accompanying himself on the ukulele as he sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World."

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