THE THIN WHITE UKES
The Thin White Ukes have won thousands of hearts with their passionate, handcrafted harmony renditions of the songs of David Bowie. From Space Oddity to Blackstar, the Melbourne trio’s jaw-dropping arrangements for tenor, soprano and baritone ukulele have had crowds of all ages swooning.
Betty France, Michael Dwyer and Robert Stephens became the Thin White Ukes in 2014 to explore a passion for crafty arrangements, harmony vocals and the genius of the Bowie songbook. They made their debut at the 2015 Melbourne Ukulele Festival, returned as a headlining act in 2016, and played the Dandenong Ranges Uke Fest and Deniliquin Uke Muster in between.
A hit of the David Bowie Is… exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, they have opened for Models, Robert Forster, Mental As Anything, the Blackeyed Susans and Mexrrissey, and collaborated on stage with Steve Kilbey, Jen Cloher, Angie Hart, Georgia Fields and many more. Their debut CD was produced by Australian rock legend Andrew Duffield (Models).
Put on your red shoes. You’ll be floating in a most peculiar way.
WHAM BAM GLAM SLAM WITH THE THIN WHITE UKES
The fabulous Thin White Ukes are bringing the ukulele stardust to the 2017 DRUKE Festival with a workshop devised to deconstruct and reassemble a classic David Bowie tune in three parts, for absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced players. You’ll be gobsmacked to hear how one dead easy strumming pattern, one nimble fingerpicking trick and the coolest riff in rock’n’roll merge into one monstrous feel-good glam slam! Soprano, tenor and baritone players of all ages are welcome but hurry, places are limited.