View Full Version : BBC News Video: Interview with London's "Duke of Uke" Owner

02-18-2010, 03:43 AM
Video caption:

Maybe best known as the instrument played by 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby, the modest ukulele is enjoying a surge in popularity.

Once considered a novelty, the prominence of acts such as The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and comedians like Frank Skinner has led to rocketing sales of the four-stringed instrument.

Matt Reynolds, owner of London shop The Duke of Uke, explains the ukulele's appeal (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8520296.stm)... with a little help from George himself.

(Just over 2 minutes (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8520296.stm))

02-18-2010, 03:57 AM
Very cool, thank you Alan.

02-18-2010, 07:45 AM
oh my, that place looks like heaven!

02-18-2010, 08:44 AM
I've been to London 3 times and never went there -- all trips happened before my uke obsession.


02-18-2010, 10:49 AM
Very nice - thanks.

02-18-2010, 11:05 AM
That was great Uki. Thanks for sharing. I agree, must go back.

02-18-2010, 12:48 PM
What a great little video.

If I didn't already have a uke (or four...) I'd be going out to buy one. I love that bit at the end - trying to explain what it is that gets people in - the Duke looks at the uke and says "it just says 'hold me and play me'".