8 Nov 2014

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Album Diary

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The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra in a recording session

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have been delighting audiences of all ages with their unique take on pop songs for almost a decade.

Founded by Wellington musicians Age Pryor and Bret McKenzie, the band began playing in a small café, and have now toured the UK, China, Japan and Australia, with the United States on the horizon.

In two sessions, recorded in Wellington this year, the band produced their first full-length album, which came out on the 7th November 2014. Titled Be Mine Tonight after the classic song by Th’Dudes, the album features Kiwi hits done ukulele-style.

Band member and regular Radio NZ National contributor Gemma Gracewood documented the recording process.  

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Music Details

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Counting the Beat
Composer: P Judd, W Stevens, M Hough
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: E Ipo
Composer: T Teka, N Pewhairangi
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Jon Stevens
Song: Jezebel
Composer: E Howell
Album:
Label: Mushroom Music PTY

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Jezebel
Composer: E Howell
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Team
Composer: Ella Yelich-O’Connor, Joel Little
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Wake Up
Composer: A Patel, P Wadams, E Short
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Long Ago
Composer: R London, W Hona
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Slippin’ Away
Composer: Max Merrit
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Be Mine Tonight
Composer: David Dobbyn, Ian Morris
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Howzat
Composer: G Porter, A Mitchell
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Til We Kissed
Composer: B Mann, C Weill
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)

Artist: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Song: Today Is Gonna Be Mine
Composer: D Kilgour, N Roughan, T Tokona
Album: Be Mine Tonight
Label: Independent (distributed via Rhythmethod)