The Mighty James Hill and The Mighty Uke

Last night I played ukulele with James Hill. I should add that unfortunately it wasn't a private jam session with James, cellist Anne Davison and me - instead I formed part of the small but eager audience that travelled to Brighton on a windswept Tuesday evening to see The Mighty Uke Roadshow.
     The film has been touring for over a year now but this is the first time it's reached Sussex. I'd heard great things about it and it didn't disappoint, though it provides a distinctly North American perspective on the global ukulele phenomena so there is little focus on the UK ukulele scene and no mention of the highly influential Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain or key uke websites. 
     The night was beset with technical hitches meaning our precious jamming time with James and the film's director Tony Coleman was regrettably cut short. I wish the Roadshow had come to Worthing or to one of our neighbouring towns of Shoreham-by-sea or Littlehampton (all places with keen and thriving ukulele groups) as I know local uke fans would have turned out in their hundreds - as they did for Wukulele Festival - and given The Mighty Uke Roadshow the kind of packed, enthusiastic and downright jolly reception it deserves.
     The film is currently touring the UK and if it comes to a town anywhere near you I urge you to go along. James Hill's easy charm and ukulele virtuosity make it an unmissable experience. The high point of the evening for me was Hill performing his amazing version of Billie Jean.


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