Five Fringe shows featuring ukuleles
- Brian Donaldson
- 19 July 2017
This article is from 2017.
Plucking awesome musical shows that put ukes in the spotlight
The ukulele isn't just the domain of the uber twee or the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. With more and more acts embracing the uke, it's only natural that this has seeped into Fringe shows. Here are our pick of five Fringe shows featuring ukuleles that you shouldn't miss.
Reformed Whores: Grand Old Cuntry
Can you imagine a scenario where Flight of the Conchords and Dolly Parton had a child together? If so, then you're reasonably close to the vibe when Katy Frame and Marie Cecile Anderson take to the stage for their accordion and uke-infused hoedown.
Reformed Whores: Grand Old Cuntry, Sweet, Grassmarket, 4–27 Aug, 9.50pm, £7 (£5).
Ukulele Death Squad
Talented Aussie duo Benjamin Roberts and Julian Ferguson do a decent job at reinventing the uke by playing everything from folk to flamenco in frenetic and death-defying style.
Ukulele Death Squad, Leith Depot, Leith Walk, 9 & 10, 13 Aug, 9pm, £6 (£5).
Charlie Dore with Julian Littman
The ukulele is just one of the stringed instruments wielded here by Steeleye Span's Littman, and Dore whose tunes have been covered by the likes of George Harrison and Celine Dion.
Charlie Dore with Julian Littman, Acoustic Music Centre @ UCC, Royal Terrace, 16 & 17 Aug, 5.30pm, £13 (£11).
Learn to Play Ukulele with Tricity Vogue
In a mere two hours, your musical life could well have altered forever as Tricity teaches you the uke basics, plays some tunes and invites you all up for a group finale. One for the young and not-so young alike.
Learn to Play Ukulele with Tricity Vogue, Rae Macintosh Musicroom, Shandwick Place, 26 & 27 Aug, 1pm, free.
A singing theoretical physicist attempts to explain string theory with a ukulele in one scene from this revue show written by Richard Sparks, who is most famous for Rowan Atkinson's 'Schoolmaster' sketch.
Margarita Dreams, Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, 5–28 Aug, 2pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.50.