Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
|Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra|
|Origin||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Associated acts||Flight of the Conchords|
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is an ensemble of ukulele players based in Wellington, New Zealand. Apart from a double bass the band is composed entirely of ukuleles. Their repertoire consists mainly of covers of modern popular music and some ukulele and New Zealand standards. The increased public profile of one of their members Bret McKenzie — one half of the Flight of the Conchords — combined with the use of their songs for a nationwide advertising campaign for New Zealand bookstore chain Whitcoulls in late 2008 resulted in an increase in their national profile. On 15 December 2008 their Little Bit Wonderful EP reached no. 32 in the Official NZ Music Chart. The same recording topped the NZ Indie Music Chart for January 2009.
Until November 2008, the band played a weekly early morning gig in downtown Wellington. The band makes occasional short tours around New Zealand and has performed in festivals including Womad New Zealand, Cuba Street Carnival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Big Day Out Auckland and arts festivals in Christchurch, Nelson, Tauranga and Taupo.
In November 2008, the band debuted the Tim Capper-directed video for their cover of the song "It's a Heartache".
|The Heartache EP
|A Little Bit Wonderful EP
|The Dreaming EP
|I Love You... EP
- The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra official site
- Official MySpace page
- Television performance and interview with Nigel Collins and Andy Morley-Hall (YouTube)
- "It's a Heartache" music video (YouTube)
- Concert performance of a cover version of the Outkast song "Hey Ya!"
- Whitcoulls Advertisement "Don't Take Your Love to Town" featuring a cover of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (YouTube)