The ukulele is enjoying its second golden age. Yester'Ukes have gone back in time to the first golden age of the ukulele.
Read on if you'd like to know more ...
The ukulele was popularized for a US audience during the Panama Pacific International Exposition, held from spring to fall of 1915 in San Francisco. The Hawaiian Pavilion featured a guitar and ukulele ensemble, George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet, along with ukulele maker and player Jonah Kumalae.
The popularity of the ensemble with visitors launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among Tin Pan Alley songwriters. The ensemble also introduced both the lap steel guitar and the ukulele into U.S. mainland popular music, where it was taken up by vaudeville performers such as Roy Smeck and Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards.
The ukulele soon became an icon of the 'Jazz Age' of the 1920s. Highly portable and relatively inexpensive, it also proved popular with amateur players throughout the 1920s and beyond, as is evidenced by the introduction of uke chord tablature into the published sheet music for popular songs of the time - a role that would eventually be supplanted by the guitar in the early years of rock and roll.
'Yester'Ukes - Fine Vintage', playing classic Jazz Age hits of the 1920s to the 40s and some more recent floor-fillers!
"Turning back the hands of time in a most delightful way."
The Yester'Ukes sound features ukuleles bass, harmonica and percussion. We can bring a different sound and feel to your party or event.
We specialise in these type of occasions :-
Private parties (special / landmark birthdays & anniversaries)
Club events such as summer BBQ, Christmas parties
Social Clubs looking for entertainment for a 'more experienced' audience
Sheltered housing complexes
Beer and Music festivals
Pubs and Hotels looking for 'something different to a thrashing guitar band!'