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Tuesday
Jul242012

The Ukuleles - new album out on 20 August 2012

Album release: The Ukuleles
Release date: 20 August 2012
Listen: http://theukuleles.com/

A new Ukulele phenomena and revival has been happening all over the world, and has now hit university campuses, beaches and homes across the UK. This small 4-string guitar has become a symbol of laid back, relaxed, good vibes and has taken over from the recorder as the instrument that children first learn to play at school.

The Ukuleles are a new, young and exciting band who are capturing a musical moment in history. Bandmember Logan, a self taught-player, discovered his love of the instrument at a very early age when he lived in Hawaii; he honed his skills and mastered the instrument very quickly after watching the Hawaiians' finger movements as they strummed. When he returned to the UK he explored other instruments, but would always come back to the simplistic and soothing sounds of the Uke.

Fast forward to 2012, and Logan was at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton when he spotted Martha who was performing with her Uke on the ACM stage. He felt an immediate connection; they were introduced and very quickly formed a firm friendship after strumming and jamming with friends on the beach. Martha had already gained a reputation as a credible singer and Uke player on the Internet and festival gig circuit. She picked up a Uke after watching her hero Jack Johnson in concert and fell in love with it.

Logan saw a unique opportunity to team up with Martha and other ukulele-playing friends to form a band that represented the current culture of what is happening today. The Ukuleles were born.

A happy twist of fate came one Sunday afternoon when the band were jamming on the beach and were spotted by hit records producers Jeff Chegwin and Nick Patrick. They were so impressed that they signed them to a recording deal (Demon Music Group) and started recording the band straight away. The Ukuleles will release their debut album at the end of August and this will include classic tracks such as 5 Years Time, A Team, Call Me Maybe, Forget You, Rolling In The Deep as well as some great original songs.

Stripped back, laid back, the perfect summer sound.

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