UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
30 NOVEMBER 1990
CECIL SHARP HOUSE
Eight days after Margaret Thatcher resigned the ukes played this gig in Cecil Sharp House. That might have something to do with the jolly atmosphere. The sense of relief after eleven long years was all pervasive.
Since I’d last filmed the ukes two and half years earlier, the line up had changed significantly. Although the picture quality isn’t good enough for me to identify everyone, you can probably spot Hester on the right hand side.
In those days the introductions were longer, and the band wasn’t quite as tight as it is now, but the repertoire back then was as eclectic as ever.
Those of you interested in Bob Dylan cover versions may like to note that the ukes arrangement of Absolutely Sweet Marie owes more to Jason and the Scorchers than it does to the Blonde on Blonde original. This is the only thing I can claim any credit for, having introduced George to this version several weeks before, when we tried recording it at my flat with a Yamaha keyboard, and an acoustic guitar.
Later George and I went into Camden to get a bacon sandwich. Creativity always seemed to make us hungry.
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Water Music (Handel)
I Who Have Nothing
Piano Concerto No 1 (Tchaikovsky)
The Times They Are A Changin’
Johnny B. Goode
Away In A Manger
Roll Over Beethoven