Saturday, August 08, 2009

Financial Times on the Uke

Continuing the trend of ukulele stories popping up in the mainstream business press (of all places) is this piece on the UK uke scene from the Financial Times. Includes some scandalous errors for such a highly regarded rag (Blackpool Rock, not Brighton, fer George's sake), but they are square on the Masonic reference. (You'll just have to take my word on that one.)

Now if we can just make the cover of The Economist, we will have arrived. Link

1 comment:

ronhale said...

I don't think I've ever come across "chordophone" before, probably never will again.

Formby's appeal was limited? Everything I've read or heard in my limited uke-world experience claims otherwise, that he was a large part of the glue that held people together during the dark days of war. And the risque side of him pales in comparison to today's world, of course. --- Kids, when asking your parents to buy you that special uke, please don't show them videos by that Micucci woman as evidence of what you, too, will be able to do after just a few quick, easy lessons.

I'll take your word, Gary, for the Masonic blazers & ties reference.
Dress codes sure have changed though, as Amanda Palmer, Creep (song), so kindly reveals in the video you recently posted.

"Nerdy" is much too kind a word to describe ukulele string fetishists.
"Aquilas! Worths! Sunrise, 10 paces..."

The question of whether the ukulele is a posing prop or an instrument to be played is a very interesting one. Perhaps Amanda Palmer, Creep (song) can enlighten us.

George, stand loud & proud in the campaign to replace the recorder with the ukulele, not just in schools, but everywhere. No surrender, no prisoners!

Outre, perhaps, but uncool?

And George, Amanda, Creep (song) wants her knickers back.

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