Where did the sudden fascination with these spring from? I’ve noticed the window of every music shop in Ipswich is full with them; and I’ve just heard one being played on Radio Maria NL. But when I was in school a ukelele was still viewed as a comedy instrument; especially in the UK where it is associated with George Formby.
Some time between the 1980s and now ukeleles have become “more serious instruments”. particularly amongst “indie/shoegaze kids” who previously would have played full size guitars. Although obviously smaller, They do not appear to be that much cheaper nor easier to play (although I’ve never really tried to play either). Is this a product of being in a coastal border area of Northern Europe; or is this more widespread?
Yes I can see how weird it would be having a ukelele in a shop while simultaneously hearing one played in another country. As overrun as the world appears to be getting with the little buggers I don’t think we have to worry too much about a mass George Formby revival taking place though, Hopefully lol.
I always thought it was something to do with this fat Hawaiian dude covering Somewhere over the Rainbow a few years back and spawning a rash of those kind of nauseatingly twee adverts full of whimsical ukelele music and whistling.