Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ukuele Fight!!

It is impossible to play a song on a ukulele and not make it sound happy and bouncy as anyone who has seen the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will agree as they run through such songs as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and make them sound like super cheerful nursery rhymes.
As we now know though, things are not quite as serene as they seem in the world of Ukulele's as the Great British Ukulele Orchestra face new competition from the Great British Ukulele Orchestra who they are taking to court over infringement of their name.
Not that there is much in it, the UOGB has been around for 30 years and the new boy's in town, the Great British Ukulele Orchestra, are not even from these islands, they are German so the court case over the name should be a short, sharp one with the result being the Germans being told to change it but a legal battle with the background of Ukulele's just isn't right.
The name does summon up thoughts of George Formby and his little stick of Blackpool Rock but the Ukulele has come a long way since then, thankfully a long way from the hands of northern men singing about Chinese Air Raid Wardens.

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