Watch the cover of the Queen’s favorite ukulele group “Highway to Hell”

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They made their way to Windsor Castle, Carnegie Hall and into China. Today, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is rocking America with a setlist Tiny Tim would never have imagined: a mix of Tchaikovsky, Nirvana and “Highway to Hell”.

And that, says a longtime orchestra member, is part of what makes the little uke so awesome.

“He has no luggage,” Will Grove-White told The Post from London. “If you play the violin, people will expect classical or folk music… but you pull out your ukulele and people don’t know what music it will do. It is a strange and contagious instrument which offers a lot of possibilities. “

Since the troupe started in 1985, they have attracted many celebrity fans (“David Bowie loved our version of” Life on Mars “) and at least one contender, a German group called the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. until the British chase and win.

Since 1985, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has performed its eclectic setlist around the world, sometimes before royalty.Jamie wagg

Grove-White joined the eight-member singing and strumming group in 1989, when he was 16, having started performing a year or two earlier.

“The ukulele is a very quick instrument to learn,” he notes. “There are only four strings and you can get a wide variety of chords very easily.” It comes in four sizes, from soprano to bass, and it’s inexpensive, for as little as $ 20.

Cheap or not, the uke has a big fan of queen elizabeth ii, this is how the orchestra came to play for their 90th birthday.

“The only advice they gave us before going on stage was, ‘Don’t be speechless!’ Says Grove-White. At one point, another artist on the show asked Prince Harry to borrow one of their ukes and strum.

So how did the prince do?

Grove-White said diplomatically: “He was a perfect gentleman!”

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays Le Poisson Rouge, 158, rue Bleecker, on April 5 at 7 p.m. tickets $ 15 and $ 20; LPR.com


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