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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Updated on August 20, 2011

Ukulele Orchstra of Great Britain

And so I almost missed out on my HubPages 30-day Challenge but it's okay I'm back again with a hot cup of coffee and this time ready to blog about a bunch of really cool bunch of musicians who call themselves the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Below is there video of their cover of Life on Mars by David Bowie but what's interesting with this cover is that they were able to mash-up the song with other songs and they did it brilliantly. They were able to mix it up with songs such as My Way by Frank Sinatra, For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder, Born Free by Matt Monro, Substitute by The Who, Someday I'll Fly Away by Randy Crawford. It's really brilliant orchestration and arrangement and they we're really able to pull it off harmoniously making it as if it's just one song. It's really such a beautiful mix.

If you liked any of the songs or artists above then you should really check out their mash-up below:


How Did I Stumble Upon them?

I think about over two years ago I watched Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, one of my ultimate movies ever. If you remember in my story of how I got into blogging and ended up making money, I explained how when I first started writing for HubPages for an old internship job I had, I used the name Wes Anderson. I just thought I'd share.

Anyways, after watching the movie, I wanted to check out the whole soundtrack. One them would be, of course, Life on Mars. There's a version in the movie that was being sung by one of Zissou's crew, an actual Brazilian singer. While I was looking for that version on YouTube, I found that version above and ended up loving it. It's really such a brilliant mix of different songs and turns out was even better than the version I was looking for.

Below is another video of theirs where they sing Fly Me to the Moon, Love Story (where do I begin), Killing Me Softly With His Song. They're really such a talented group with great dynamics. They just compliment each other. And it gets even more interesting that the instruments they are using are a bit unconventional like the ukulele.

What are you waiting for? They have a bunch of other songs up on YouTube that you can check out!

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      Harry Santos 6 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      I appreciate your comment! Thanks for dropping by! Those links are very helpful! Thanks for sharing them!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I enjoyed both of these and the second one worked best for me. I felt the jumble of songs becomes too much though. Mixing two melodies might work better than five or six. The second song contained some of my favorite songs of all time.

      I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and beautiful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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