I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
You probably never expected to see the words ukulele and superstar in the same sentence and I bet you think it's unlikely that anyone would describe ukulele music as "the best musical entertainment in the country" (well, they were talking about Britain). They're a cult YouTube and performance group around the world. Even David Bowie thinks they're "wonderfully clever". What is all the fuss about? You'll find out in 2012 when the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain tours Australia for the first time.
Ukuleles may seem like unlikely instruments for a subtly subversive attack on the pretensions of rock, pop and even classical music, but in the hands of these eight sharp and shameless comic musicians (or are they musical comedians?), that's exactly what they become - weapons of mass deconstruction.
Unlike their thousands of fans throughout the world I've only just recently discovered this "bonsai guitar" orchestra. They've been playing together for almost twenty five years and have had many sellout tours and performances throughout Europe and North America, including London's prestigious Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall. From Talking Heads' Psycho Killer to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights, and from the Rolling Stones Satisfaction to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music their musical re-interpretations cross boundaries and genres.
Cost: $89 to $99 (Adults); $79 to $89 (Concession and Students).
They will rock you with their expert musicianship and have you rolling in the aisles with audience participation and the sheer fun and hilarity of it all. After all it's a bit difficult to take any music too seriously when performed by eight plucking ukulele maestros without props, backup instruments or grand special effects.