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We've recorded heaps of songs. Find out about our CD releases on our recordings page
The Classic WIUO tee:
Our Classic Tee features the WIUO logo designed by Sam Auger.
Colour range: Turquoise Blue for fellas; Fuchsia Pink for ladies, Black for goths and everybody. Sizes available: MEN: Small, Med, Lge, XL, XXL. WOMEN: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL Price: $50
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NEWSFLASH: we are updating our Kids Tees – photos coming soon!
Limited Edition Dick Frizzell tee:
Celebrated artist and budding ukulele player Dick Frizzell designed this limited edition t-shirt just for us.
Colour range: Charcoal for fellas; Silver for ladies.
Sizes available: MEN: Small, Med, Lge, XL, XXL. WOMEN: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Price: $50 email us to order one now!
To celebrate our first show at the Edinburgh Fringe (and our first show in the northern hemisphere), here's our newest music video! Directed and edited by Megan Vertelle, with puppets by Maiangi Waitai (aka Who Is Dead Martin?). It's a puppet frenzy.
We are off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and we need your help to get there! Check out our PledgeMe crowd-funding campaign, and help us to put the "international" into Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra!
Done and dusted! Thanks to everyone who came along to our incredible tour with the Amazing James Hill and his secret weapon, Anne Janelle. Unforgettable.
Andy and Nigel recorded this version of Nick Cave’s “Breathless” during a 95bFM Roundhead Session. Nigel is wearing pants. The song is available to download at iTunes and Amplifier.
We recorded this version of The Bats' Boogey Man for 95bFM's In Session series at Roundhead Studios during our last New Zealand tour. Nigel is not wearing any pants.
Our lo-fi, totally budget video making history continues with This Charming Man. We filmed this video entirely on our cellphones during our recent trip to Australia. The song is on our "I Love You..." EP. There are two sets of nipples - see if you can spot them! (They are male nipples, so it's SFW.)
By popular request and in response to Francis' Fashion Tips for Men, read what
the ladies of the band have to say about style, hair, makeup and Chris Knox's
By popular request, band member Francis Salole noted down his fashion tips for
men. "You have testicles so use them to wear what YOU want to without needing
the approval of others." Click here for the rest of his masterpiece!
We are delighted to release our fourth and longest-playing EP, "I Love You..."
Recorded in Wellington, New Zealand and featuring amazing artwork by Maiangi Waitai, we reckon it's pretty choice. Head on over to our Recordings page to find out how to get your hands on it.
Made in 11 minutes with a budget of $5.98 made on our New Zealand Tour after a show at the Boathouse in Nelson, we proudly present our new music video to go with our interpretation of the Coral's 'Dreaming of You':
Ukes on the telly pimping an upcoming tour and CD, and teaching the lovely Samantha Hayes to play the Ukulele - check it out on TV3's Nightline
Twice in one night. Go Wellington! Not just in a public transport kinda way, but in an almost unstoppable mexican wave kinda way. Thanks to our two x 2000+ strong audiences who seemed to LIKE IT, and our appreciators, for their glowing feedback.
It has been pointed out to us that there have been some serious grammatical errors on our website since late 2008. We take this matter very seriously. It's like having food between your teeth all night and your friends not saying anything. It's a good way to work out which fans really love you. Thanks Peter.
But the bragging doesn't stop there; oh no.
Age Pryor features on the Woolshed Sessions at #3, Bret and the Conchords are #9, and Dan our bassist plays on another album in the top 10..
Wellington music is the clear winner at the end of the day - 8 out of 10 of the top albumns in Jan. Kia ora for that!
Our Not So lazy Summer Tour was a complete sellout! Sorry to those who missed out. We promise to play bigger venues next time so that you don't miss out again!
Hey sugar, take a walk on the wild side with Howe Gelb.
We have a sneaky new song only available on myspace! Check out our myspace page for more details.
It's a Heartache Video
On its first day on Youtube, our video was #1 - Most Viewed, #2 - Top Favorited , #2 - Top Rated and #3 - Most Discussed of New Zealand Music. Cool.
The Heartache video is special to us for so many reasons. It was made by our hypertalented friend Tim Capper from Another Planet, set in the Official Home of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra - Deluxe Cafe in and shot on the occasion of our penultimate Deluxe Morning Gig, commemorating the end of 3 years of playing the first Thursday mornings of every month.
We hope that you love it, and share it with your friends (especially those folks who braindrained our city, buggering off overseas to earn the big bucks. Hopefully it will seduce them back!).Thanks to all our devoted Thursday morning gig fans, and the dangerous and sexy staff of Deluxe.
Sigourney Weaver came to our last private gig, launching the Intersect Network, which made front page news. We were delighed to have her hubby Jim up on stage with us for a few tunes.
8th May 07
Oh what a night...Forgive the name dropping, but thanks to Chris Knox, Don Mc Glashan and Annie Crumber for making it so memorable. And thanks to our audience for documenting it...
On 27 June 2009 we played two magical shows at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. From that show, we made two lovely videos for you in which we perform John McDougall's 'I Love You, Raylene' and Randy Newman's 'Short People'. We'd like to thank everyone who came to the show, and everyone who helped us make it happen, including these magical people...
Cinematography: Warren Green, Neil Stichbury, Marty Williams, Tammy Peters, Grahame Sydney
Crew runner: Zelda Edwards Editor: Jonno Woodford-Robinson Editing facilities: Cubic Studio, Wellington, NZ Sound recording: Andrew Dalziel and Radio NZ Concert; Brett Stanton
Sound mix: Brett Stanton Stage design: Megan Vertelle
Lighting design: Jennifer Lal
Hair: CHOP, Wellington, NZ
Makeup & Costumes: Models' own Event management: Kate Mulligan and her crew (Karen Blyth, Chris Morley-Hall & Jacqui Pryor).
Produced by The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra