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A Great Ukulele Day

latestissueLast Saturday turned out to be a great ukulele day for The Night Owls.  It began with the discovery that my article about the ‘History of ukulele and it’s great players’ had been published in Acoustic magazine. As well as the main piece  it also featured a side bar about TUSC with an excellent quote from Jim, and a mention of the School Ukulele Revolution. Best of all they added a large picture of The Night Owls taken by Dave Wood.  The magazine is available from WHSmiths or online from Acoustic’s website.  This month is a Ukulele special with 14 pages of ukulele coverage.

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In the evening we got togther, suited and booted, to make our first proper You Tube video.  We choose the song ‘Sway’ and within an hour had recored a live take of  the song with close ups and an intro sequence.  So what to do next?  We were all dressed up so it seemed a good idea to head out and do a little live promotion.

We are still building up a profile on the local music scene so on Jim’s suggestion we headed out to a local pub to promote ourselves with a little impromtu live performance.  The place was quiet and the small audience of evening diners enjoyed a few of our mellower numbers.  The landlord was most complimetary and we left in good spirits with a possible gig in the pipeline.

After a flat NO from pub number two we finally eneded up in a lively tavern where the frindly landlord was most excited to hear us play a few numbers. After two songs he quickly ushered us up to a large hall behind the pub where a wedding was going on.  The bride had heard us and wanted a few numbers as an alternative to the flagging disco.  We went down a storm playing a short set of upbeat numbers to the enthusiastic wedding goers.  The pub provided us with plenty of beer and food and a quick whip round left us with £100 in our pockets, not bad for half an hours work.  A great end to a great ukulele day!

Keep Hootin’

Nipper

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Night Owls at the Ukulele Revolution with Bosko and Honey

On Monday evening TUSC moved to a new room in the Constitutional Club for what promised to be one of the most exciting ‘Ukulele Revolution’ concerts so far. First up were The Night Owls, who braved the extreme heat of the room to play a short set of 1930’s classic songs.
The evening continued with a couple of tip-top numbers from Tony, who once again sang his classic version of ‘Walk On the Wild Side‘.
Next up on the bill was the marvelous Jeff Japers who entertained us with his anarchic brand of comedy. His return to TUSC saw him bring his wonderful collection of bells, whistles and sound effects.
And finally Bosko and Honey took to the stage. They talked about their travels around the world on the ‘Ukulele Safari 2008‘ and had the audience on the edge of their seats listening to both original tunes and great cover songs. Bosko and Honey have an amazing stage presence which is really only hinted at in their You Tube videos. The music they play demonstrates the great versatility of the ukulele and together they create a sound which is both thrilling and beguiling.

I was lucky enough to make a recording of the concert and have put together a 30min ‘Ukecast LIVE Special’ featuring music and interviews from the evening.

http://nipper.ukeland.com/UkecastLIVE16bit.mp3

Click above to hear the show or go to www.ukecast.com to download it.

Keep Hootin’

Nipper