Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra NZ Tour

Thursday 14 August 2014

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra NZ Tour
Shortland Street Star Amanda Billing is heading out on the road with the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as part of their Be Mine Tonight album tour.

The Orchestra will be performing in 14 different cities around the country throughout Novemeber and December, with the last two shows taking place in their hometown of Wellington at the James Cabaret.

Be Mine Tonight pays tribute to the best of kiwi music, reinterpreted in the Orchestra's unique ukulele style. Billing also features on the album.

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Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Be Mine Tonight Album Release Tour

Music-comedy powerhouse The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are thrilled to announce their long-anticipated debut album Be Mine Tonight, due for release Friday 7th November.

And to celebrate, they’re taking their instant party on the road around New Zealand for the Be Mine Tonight Album Release Tour!

Kicking off in Dunedin on November 8th the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will pay tribute to the best of Kiwi music with audiences up and down the country, finishing up in the band’s hometown of Wellington where they will play two very special nights at the James Cabaret on 5th and 6th December.

Making great Kiwi songs even more singalongable, Be Mine Tonight is a winning collection of many of our nation’s best-loved tunes reinterpreted in the band’s unique ukulele style.

The album is sure to surprise and delight with its characteristically unpredictable mix of well-known contemporary and classic songs. It features special guests including Lisa Tomlins (fresh off a world tour with Neil Finn), Hawaiian ukulele artist Pi’ikea Clark and Canadian ukulele star James Hill.

Shortland Street actress Amanda Billing also features on the album and will be joining the band for every performance on their national tour.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are renowned for their unique combination of charming humour, disarmingly small instruments, sublime musicality and hilarious audience participation - a joyful formula that has been in hot demand worldwide.

Last year, the band wowed crowds at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sold out the prestigious Union Chapel in London, with UK critics raving: “These guys and girls sing as well as they play - and they play like a dream” and “The party hit of this year’s Fringe” (STV Scotland); “Great chemistry, genuine warmth; the show climaxes to rapturous applause” (Festival Journal).

In the coming months the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will be touring China, Japan and the USA, but of course their largest and favouritest tour of all will be the ‘home game’, their Be Mine Tonight Album Release Tour.

“It’s been two years since we last took our ukulele shenanigans up State Highway One,” says band member Age Pryor. “We are ridiculously excited about bringing our brand new show and album to fans new and old. It’s going to be a hoot.”

Book now to hear live on stage the songs that will become your essential summer soundtrack.

For a limited time Be Mine Tonight is available on PledgeMe as a pre-order where exclusive rewards will be available from Thursday 14th August.