Mr C's parents invited us to join them on Thursday evening to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (apologies if that link doesn't work as their website appeared to be down as I wrote this). I've heard of these guys before, but I had absolutely no idea just how funny they are! I've certainly now seen the ukulele in a completely different light and I wish Mr C could play his at this level.
They do some brilliant takes on classics songs that we all know and also some more modern stuff. My absolute favourite has to be their rendition of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. Ever since the show I've had it on almost permanent repeat on my ipod.
A version does appear to have been put on YouTube here but I think this is a bootleg from their DVD (available from their website), which I imagine is excellent. There is also a slightly scary video version in which a courting couple seem to be being stalked by a group of ukulele players – completely bizarre!
So impressed I was with what I saw that I queued up to buy a copy of the CDs that they were selling at the end of their performance. I managed to get a copy of their (hopefully named) Live in London # 1, mainly because it included the fantastic Wuthering Heights. That CD doesn't appear to be available from Amazon, but I'm pretty sure that it will be on their website. One of their albums is available on amazon though: The Secret of Life.
Although quite a lot of their material is available on YouTube for free, if you do like their music (hard not to in my opinion), then please do look to buy some of it officially. The orchestra sell quite a bit via their own website or the tracks that make up The Secret of Life are also available as MP3 downloads