Dave has been a compere at the Glastonbury Festivals for over 10 years and as 'Joe Bazouki' he performs with his own band 'The Missing Puddings'.
The website of the Missing Puddings is here: Missing Puddings
You can listen to some tracks from his latest album "San Bazoukistan Man" at his myspace page. This CD can be bought from the UOGB website too.
Peter Brooke Turner
Peter is a veteran of tv comedy, he's possibly the tallest ukulele player in the world, he's been a Eurovision Song Contest finalist and he's got an alter ego too. As "Tony Penultimate" he has published two albums already.
If you want to hear more, you can try Peter's
MySpace page. Peters two solo albums Mainly
Manly Music and
Soppy and the Sentimentals can be ordered via the
website of the Ukulele Orchestra or you can download them from iTunes.
Hester did solo shows and and is experienced in Theatre, dance and tv. She was with the "Hairy Marys", an all female theatre, that presented "female irish dance comedy", it could happen that you got to see two in one dress.
She has written and performed The Film Noir Show, she had a solo-programme called "The Mary Poppins Experience", where she portrayed the famous Disney character as a sharp, vain and sinister person that is in constand struggle against the wind.
In collaboration with Charmian Hughes she performed as "Elvenbitch", a comedy, that she describes herself as "Lord of the Rings from the view of pointy eared women". She played the ukulele on Pete Morton's album "One Big Joke".
page you can listen to three lovely songs of her and recently she also
has added videos of the The
Noir Show and The
Mary Poppins Experience.
Hester had attended an arts college too, she dropped out of her teacher training after a few weeks only and she has cut the hair of nearly everybody in the Ukulele Orchestra.
George founded the UOGB together with Kitty Lux and others in 1985 and is the musical director of UOGB . He has written music for tv and film and he plays the ukulele since he was eight. Apart from that he plays many other instruments, including the Hammond organ.
George was a member of several bands, such as "Adrenaline Precursor Unit", which played free jazz, the "Abstract Skulls Ensemble" which did experimental music and the "Bakelite Boys", where he played 100 songs from 100 years in 100 minutes.
Richie were in the backing bands for many famous Motown bands. They even played
with Ben E. King. And George was part of a theatre group, called the Bronte
Brothers, which made some music too.
Kitty has co-founded the UOGB with George and others, she has received a major songwriting award and the Queens Award for Industry.
Kitty was in several punk bands, such as "Sheeny and the Goys" and a band with a name, that is so rude, that it can't just be published in this text. You can read the band's name by pressing the following button, but be warned, you could find it offensive.
Richie is the "chief morale officer" of the UOGB. He is not only fantastic on the Bariton ukulele, he's a phenomenal jazz guitarist too.
He nearly became a member of the "Wombles" and in 1986 he played the guitar for "You're My Favourite Waste of Time", sung by the one hit wonder Owen Paul, which became number three in the UK single charts.
In the early eighties he and George played together in a soul band that accompanied Motown "legends" and he has played with Martha Reeves and Ben E. King.
Apart from that he played in all kinds of bands, like "Stadium", "The Rhythm Seeds" from Bradford, "Three Men & a Bass" und "Karl Terry & the Cruisers". See this video: Karl Terry - Razzle Dazzle/Way Down Yonder In N.O. (1979) -here Richie was just 23 years old.
The plastic smurf guitar of his son Jamie, which Richie still owns (see: http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com) played a major role in the origin of the UOGB.
Richie was indeed one of the very first band members of the UOGB and he played with them for about a year before he moved to Yorkshire.
Anyhow, in the following years he deputised from time to time for band members, that couldn't make a gig, usually on foreign tours.
But after he had moved to the south again at the end of the nineties, he was offered to take over the baritone ukulele and since then he's a regular member of the UOGB again.
Richie has got a cat called "Tasmanian Devil"
Will has worked as a cinematographer and director and has made award-winning movies and tv productions. His MySpace Site can be found here: http://myspace.com/willgrovewhite
He's got six fantastic songs there that you can listen to and there is even a musical saw! Will's first solo album is available now from the website of the Ukes.You can find Will's own website at http://willgrovewhite.com
Jonty has played the bass for many major rock- and blues-musicians, like Luisiana Red, Marcus Malone and Jay Fisher. He has a track record of tv and radio performances. Apart from that he is an extraordinarily talented whistler and he has made a unique contribution to Peter's and Will's solo albums too.
He is in a blues band, called the Steve Matthew's Razers and he is part of The London Blues Masters, who play with Marlo Franke in Germany. The Razers will publish a cd soon and Jonty will start to work on his first solo album in 2009.