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Who Knew? A Ukulele Groupie

Updated on April 16, 2014
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ocfireflies is a retired teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in English/Minor P&R.

There is a lot of blank space at the bottom of this hub.

I have tried to remedy the situation.

Just wanted you to know I am aware of this issue.



Dave Suich, Peter Brooke Turner, Hester Goodman, George Hinchliffe, Richie Williams, Kitty Lux, Will Grove-White, Jonty Bankes

Uploaded on Dec 30, 2007

"Fly Me to the Moon", "Love Story (Where Do I Begin)", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Hotel California", "I Will Survive"
Playlist UOGB:

Uploaded on Dec 30, 2007

Ukulele Orchestra of GB


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change.


The Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, but the first gig was an instant sell-out, and they've been performing ever since. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution.

After all of this time, I have discovered my calling. Who knew? A ukulele groupie!

If I could be a groupie for a year

Then I would follow around


Yes, my Great B friends

You have a special gem

I just happened to stumble upon

You tubing while page hubbing

Go with me on this tribute, this tribunal

Listen to these videos I copied and pasted

Join me in this wondrous journey

Where voices accompany ukuleles

Uke along with me

Take in some of this vast world as we go

Listen to the women splashing water in the Congo

Take the pulse of the planet

Count the beats of the Blues in downtown Chicago

But whatever you do, come along with me

Even if it is for just one minute

Listen to The-Ukulele-Orchestra-of-Great-Britain

Let them take you over the

Silver skies in “silver machines”

Watch “Supple wrists” “Play[ing] mean pinballs”


Can play them all –

Now a bona-fide self-described groupie

Perhaps, you think I am mad with this plan of mine

But I say, “Hey, hey, hey”

I am ready to get out the motor home crank

Turn the lever that makes the wheels come down

Hook it up to a transit that’s going to manage it

Driving down roads blocking highways

Creating chaos among commuters and road crews

Until finally reaching the Atlantic…

To cross the sea just to be with

The- Ukulele-Orchestra-of-Great-Britain

How the GB Ukelele members will be impressed

To have a middle-aged woman following them around

I will have my own special cards made

So everyone will know I now have a mission

I am following my passion

I am riding my “Orange Blossom Special”

To be with my beloved-new found band

The- Ukulele-Orchestra-of-Great-Britain

These ukulele players

Are for real

But I do not see them

On any USA Venue

Any time soon

For I checked out their calendars

And it seems to me

They will be spending

The majority of their time in Germany

Now some of you may think

I’ve completely lost my wits

To think I could be a groupie

Hanging out with these Brits

And while I know beyond a doubt

I’ll never play an instrument, much less a ukulele

Have a singing voice or a super sense of humor

At least I would be around these

Been around awhile awesome newcomers

If only my home on wheels

Could go all Bond and turn into

A ship I could just take

across the Atlantic

On an over-the-top ukulele trip

In the end, if I must

I will float hanging onto a raft

Just so I can hear and see a live performance

Of my new favorite band

The- Ukulele-Orchestra-of-Great-Britain

© 2013 ocfireflies


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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You. When life gets back to normal, I will be visiting your page.

      My dad is in his second week in the hospital following open heart surgery and this is the first opt I have had to access net.

      Many Blessings and Hugs to You as Well,


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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Kim, I love this and the and I love all music, you did a wonderful tribute to Ukulele music.

      Blessings and Hugs


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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love my uke-got my first one when I was six and loved them ever since--love a Hub that brings back memories!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      PLEASE ACCEPT MY HUMBLEST APOLOGIES. All I can say is that I have been battling lots of things which kind of got me off track. If you or someone you know battles depression, then you and/or they know how easily one can become paralyzed. Not an excuse, just wanted to let you know why I must have missed your comment and to tell you, "Thank You" and how much I appreciate you.


    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      A Brilliant hub Kim and thanks for sharing.

      Voted up.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      "Psycho Killer"

      not bad either

      Merry Christmas Eve,


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Benton!

      Good to see you.

      Great Idea:

      "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly":



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      Benton Arnschluke 

      5 years ago

      Great hub! You should listen to their version of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for stopping by. I really like them all, but "Shaft" was just so cool. Thanks for calling me classy. I really appreciate that.


      Glad to bring the ukulele back into your life. Smile.

      Genna East,

      I am glad to find someone else who finds the group as fascinating as I do.

      Thanks for calling my poem "clever."


      Your support is most appreciated. Thanks for the vote and loving the hub.

      Blessings to all,


    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great hub and music. Love ukeleles.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a fascinating group. I loved that they started as fun, but became successful…and they’re still having fun! They truly show the versatility of the range of the Uke when played well…I thought the ‘Shaft’ rendition was a delight. And I loved your clever poem! Thanks for the intro. :-)

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      5 years ago from Louisiana

      I haven't hear a ukulele in years. My grandparents used to listen to people play.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      Interesting Kim, I played a ukulele on one of my tracks before. It has a unique and distinct sound. Glad you appreciate the group. How about that, they played some of Shaft. Enjoyed the videos. You are very classy.

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      5 years ago


      Thank You.


      Thanks for calling the hub awesome and your willingness to share.


      If they stop by there, would you have a floor maybe I could sleep on? :-)


      Thank you for associating talent with me in any form.


      Thank you for the vote and share...and loving the ukulele. Smiles.


      I am pretty sure the space is the result of selecting the basic article format. I just could not get those capsule inserts to go where I wanted them to go. I am always interested in angels. I will definitely check out the link. Thank You.


      As self-appointed groupie, I will suggest a trip down under. Thanks for the vote my friend and loving the blank space-lol.

      What a wonderful way to begin my day with nice comments.

      Blessings to one and all.


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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great band Kim, I see why you are inspired to become a groupie for them as well as wrote a poem about it. Great stuff. They have a very unique concept. Hope they come to these shores one day. Voted up. p.s. love the blank space at the end of your hub lol.

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      Romeos Quill 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi NC Kim,

      Well who would be worthy to fill in the blank space at the end of your unique and engaging write?

      Saw these two angels a while ago performing a dedication to their dad which I thought was really pleasant, which you may enjoy:-

      Best Wishes,


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      LOved the poem and the videos, funny! Have always loved ukelele. ^ & sharing.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      5 years ago from Alabama

      I do love the instrument. What talent and your own talent shines greatly in this poem.

      Sharing this.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Do you think they will stop by the Bower's Mansion Bluegrass Festival next year! Just kidding. Great hub.. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome Kim! Love the ukelele and your creative poem. What an interesting hub! Up and more and sharing Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      like this .. Kim

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      If I made you smile, then my work is done here. BIG SMILES!


      Somehow I knew you would join me as a groupie. Thanks for the Bravo.


      I am still listening to their compositions, but I have yet to hear them do a Hawaiian tune which is kind of interesting since generally speaking, when one thinks of the ukulele, Hawaii comes to mind.

      Thanks to all for commenting on this piece. I really needed to do something fun. I am glad you enjoyed it as well.


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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great! My first hearing of ukulele music was back in 1948 when my wealthy aunt had just returned from Hawaii.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      OMG Kim! I love this hub! I had a ukulele when I was a child. All I could play was "My Dog Has Fleas! LOL I love this British band. They are so talented. Do you know how difficult it is for all of them to sing their different songs sitting next to one another. They are amazing! You have discovered something quite grande here. I will certainly join you as a groupie! I think they are our ages anyway! LOL And your poem is so cute. No I don't think you have lost your wits! This is just so entertaining. I have really enjoyed reading and listening to this one. Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How cool is that? I love ukuleles....I smile when I hear them and I loved the video...and of course your poem made me smile. Well done my friend.



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