Film And Music Preview: Mighty Uke

Dave Newbury
By Dave Newbury Last edited 86 months ago
Film And Music Preview: Mighty Uke

A movie celebrating the amazing comeback of a musical underdog, Mighty Uke, opens for a three date tour of London along with live performances by ukulele virtuoso James Hill.

The ukuele phenomenon has been unavoidable recently with appearances on countless whimsical indie songs and the festival goer's instrument of choice, so audiences are invited to utilise their fireside practice and join in when Hill’s performance turns into a mass ‘strum along’.

Mighty Uke is a documentary telling the story of the ‘people’s instrument’ by independent filmmakers Tony Coleman and Margaret Meaghe which travels across the world to discover why so many have taken up the inexpensive and easy to play instrument, and includes a spot of ‘Swedish punk thrash uke angst’.

It features interviews, archive footage and animations and travels the world, from the Redwoods of California to the gritty streets of New York, mapping its history since being brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants.

Showings take place from 25 November at Hackney Picturehouse before moving to Clapham Picturehouse, 26 November, then The Lexi Kensal Rise, 27 November. It then goes on a national UK tour. Certificate 15

To get in the ukuele mood you can check out London uke news and societies at or head down to the wonderful Duke of Uke, 88 Cheshire Street E2 6EH.

Last Updated 14 November 2011