Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra announce debut album
By Noise PR
October 2, 2014 5:41 PM
Making great Kiwi songs even more singalongable, the wildly popular Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have created a classic soundtrack for the coming New Zealand summer, perfect for barbecues, baches and beverage-o’clock.
Their first ever full length album - BE MINE TONIGHT - will be released on iTunes and via all good record stores on November 7th. As a special sneak peek into the fabulousness to be found on the album, three songs - Be Mine Tonight, Today Is Gonna Be Mine and the lead single Wake Up - are now available to stream on the Orchestra’s website.
When fans pre-order the album from iTunes from October 3rd they will receive Wake Up instantly as a thank you for their fantastic taste in music, rapidly followed with Be Mine Tonight delivered on the 17th and Today Is Gonna Be Mine delivered on the 31st.
Named after the classic song by Th’ Dudes, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s album BE MINE TONIGHT pays homage to great songwriters and performers from the past 100 years of NZ music, from Princess Te Rangi Pai’s 1907 lullaby Hine e Hine (the "Goodnight Kiwi song") to Lorde’s 2013 mega-hit Team. Wake Up is of course Aaradhna’s hit single, and Today Is Gonna Be Mine comes from Dunedin legend David Kilgour.
Be Mine Tonight Tracklist:
Be Mine Tonight (Th’Dudes)
Wake Up (Aaradhna) - featuring James Hill on lead ukulele
Counting The Beat (The Swingers)
Long Ago (Herbs) - featuring Lisa Tomlins on vocals and Pi’ikea Clark on rhythm ukulele Today Is Gonna Be Mine (David Kilgour) - featuring James Hill on lead ukulele
Jezebel (Jon Stevens)
E Ipo (Prince Tui Teka) - featuring Amanda Billing on vocals Slippin’ Away (Max Merritt & The Meteors)
Something in the Water (Brooke Fraser) Second Chance (Liam Finn) Till We Kissed (Ray Columbus and the Invaders) Hine e Hine (Princess Te Rangi Pai) In addition to the outstanding set of recordings, the band’s stage show is famous for madcap hilarity and spontaneous audience participation. Behind the hijinks is a finely-tuned musical group who have truly cemented their place on New Zealand’s entertainment scene. Their unique sound - a choir of gorgeous voices set to magnificent ukulele riffs and licks - is now in hot demand worldwide.
Between tours of China, Japan and the USA the band will tour BE MINE TONIGHT around New Zealand. They are joined by regular guest-star Amanda Billing (Shortland Street’s recently departed Sarah Potts), whose impressive vocal skills feature all over the album. Other guests on the album include Wellington singer Lisa Tomlins, acclaimed Canadian ukulele star James Hill, and Hawaiian ukulele maestro Pi’ikea Clark. BE MINE TONIGHT was engineered in Wellington by Neil Maddever and produced by Age Pryor.
The Be Mine Tonight Album Release Tour: 8 Nov - Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
9 Nov - Stadium Southland, Invercargill
10 Nov - Alexandra Memorial Theatre
11 Nov - Lake Wanaka Centre
13 Nov - Ashburton Trust Event Centre
15 Nov - Roy Stokes Hall, Christchurch
21 Nov - Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
22 Nov - TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
23 Nov - Great Lake Centre, Taupo
25 Nov - MTG Theatre, Napier
27 Nov - Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga
28 Nov - Wintergarden, Auckland 29 Nov - NZ Ukulele Festival
30 Nov - Turner Centre, Kerikeri
5 & 6 Dec - James Cabaret, Wellington All ticket info can be found at http://www.ukulele.co.nz/tour.html.