The best of Bowie played on ukes

Augusta Margaret River Times
The Thin White Ukes bring the best of Bowie to The River early next month.
Camera IconThe Thin White Ukes bring the best of Bowie to The River early next month. Credit: supplied

Fans of the infernal instrument known as the ukulele will be excited to learn Melbourne band The Thin White Ukes are coming to Margaret River — and running a workshop for enthusiasts as well.

The band have made a name for themselves playing David Bowie covers exclusively, rejigged and reworked for the Hawaiian ukulele.

While critics said the instruments were seemingly ill-suited to the task, the band employs three, precision-tuned and expertly orchestrated ukuleles with voices “entwined in ravishing harmony”.

From Space Oddity to Life On Mars, Heroes to Golden Years, the Ukes have spread the love of the Thin White Duke to all corners of Australia and beyond — and taught hundreds of bedroom strummers to strut and wail like Ziggy Stardust with their famous all-in Glam Slam Ukulele workshops.

The Ukes play The River on January 9, starting from 8pm.

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But enthusiasts can book into the band’s workshop held earlier that afternoon, also at live-music venue The River.

For more information, visit www.thethinwhiteukes.com.

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