Five Fringe shows featuring ukuleles

This article is from 2017

Five Fringe shows featuring ukuleles

Credit: Mindy Tucker

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.

Margarita Dreams
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.

Margarita Dreams

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The Protégés Dave is on the beach, in Mexico, drinking margaritas. He drifts off… into a whirl of absurdities. Cross-dressing, phone-induced paranoia, a four-way divorce, a spirit-reading summoning a flasher, String Theory explained, the modern technology-addled brain (with robotic legs), a very strange romance…

Learn to Play Ukulele With Tricity Vogue

Rae Macintosh Musicroom and Tricity Vogue Rae Mac’s welcomes back cabaret diva Tricity Vogue for more ukulele fun. Learn basic ukulele in under an hour, then relax with tea and cake while listening to Tricity perform. The second half of the workshop will teach you to play along with Tricity's own swinging tunes, ready for…

Charlie Dore With Julian Littman

An evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore, one of the UK's most respected songwriters, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. They swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano, autoharp and stories as they showcase Charlie's new album Dark Matter, while dipping into her…

Reformed Whores: Grand Ole C*ntry

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Reformed Whores If Dolly Parton and Flight of the Conchords got drunk and had a baby, you'd get the hilariously irreverent and melodically masterful musical-comedy duo Reformed Whores! These All-American gals don’t beat around the bush as they skewer and celebrate country music at this rib-tickling hoedown. Armed with an…

Ukulele Death Squad

The Death Squad are pushing the boundaries of the small four-stringed instrument. Formed by South Australian musicians Ben Roberts (The Timbers) and Julian Ferguson (The Coconut Kids), after these ukulele aficionados realised they both had the skills and energy to create a unique live show. With their own uke style…