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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!

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Nipper

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Ukulele on the BBC

banner_somersetThis evening The Night Owls played a couple of live songs on BBC Somerset. We were asked on to the Drive Time show 14ca7bd10d9962ad9706f51e686b90with the lovely Elise Rayner to promote our gig at the Brewhouse Bar on Sunday. We played fully suited and booted with Pat taking lead vocals on ‘Sway’ and Nipper singing ‘Shine On Harvest Moon’. Pat also successfully handled the interview even managing to mention the website.

After the gig we made our way to ‘The Lamb and Flag’ Blagdon Hill, where, fortified by several pints of Otter Bright, we entertained the appreciative pub goers. Thanks to Richard the landlord for letting us play.

I have up-loaded our appearance on BBC Somerset for your listening pleasure. Click on the flash player or download the Mp3 directly from HERE.

http://nipper.ukeland.com/nightowlsbbc2.mp3

The Night Owls Live on BBC Somerset Drive

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Nipper

Night Owls on the BBC

Yesterday The Night Owls appeared on BBC Somerset Sound to promote next weeks Bosko and Honey Gig at TUSC. So here is the performance of The Hypnotist. The mp3 is thanks to Arch, in Australia, who got up at 3:10am to hear us and recorded the broadcast.

http://ukulelenightowls.googlepages.com/NightOwls_BBC_20080724_64k.mp3

Click to hear the show

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Nipper