Where can we see you?
Look at our Calendar for tour dates. If there are no tour dates showing, it's because we have no shows coming up. If we have no shows coming up, it's because we are doing some other things but we're looking forward to bringing you a show soon.
We want to book you for a festival / show / outdoor event in New Zealand.
Fantastic! We love festivals / shows / outdoor events. Contact us with some details and let's discuss.
We want to book you for an overseas festival / tour.
Fantastic! We love overseas festivals / tours. For all USA bookings, please contact Eric Amada at Arts Management Associates: firstname.lastname@example.org. For other parts of the world, contact us with some details and let's discuss.
Will you perform at our conference / award ceremony / end of year celebration / team-building exercise?
We would be delighted to quote for your conference / award ceremony / end of year celebration / team-building exercise. Please email us with the following information: date, venue and reason for the occasion, size of audience, shape of event.
Please note that the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is best suited to being "the main act" rather than "background music during cocktails". The band comes as the full package - due to the way our show and songs are arranged, we cannot cut the group's size down to suit smaller events or budgets.
We can perform for anywhere between 20 to 90 minutes, in one or two sets. Unless your event has fewer than 30 attendees, we perform amplified and can provide a technical rider with which you can obtain quotes from sound companies.
Will you play at our wedding?
We love weddings, but we don't play them. Mainly because we'd never have a weekend free and our families would get a bit grumpy. Congratulations on your betrothal! We hope your nuptials are unforgettably lovely and we wish you all the joy in the world.
Will you visit our school?
We love visiting schools, but because there are so many of us to coordinate, we generally organise our school visits around our tours, and even then it needs to be on a day without too much travel.
If your school is in Wellington, it's just possible that one or two members might be able to swing by. Bear in mind that everyone has other jobs as well as being a Ukulele Player so it's entirely dependent on schedules. Drop us a line and we'll keep you in mind next time we are headed your way.
Can we have your music on our ad/film soundtrack?
We would love to talk about having our music on your ad / film soundtrack.
We have done soundtrack work for film (Vincent Ward's Rain of the Children), documentaries (Grant Lahood's Anzac Songs, The Sir Howard Morrison Story), a TV sitcom (Diplomatic Immunity) and a major New Zealand advertising campaign for Whitcoulls. Our musical director Age Pryor is also a seasoned solo soundtrack artist. Contact us to discuss what we can do for you.
If you would like to licence one of our existing cover recordings, you will also need to clear the rights with the relevant composer's agent. (Which is us, in the case of our original recordings.)
How can I learn to play ukulele? What sort of ukulele should I buy? Do you offer lessons or workshops?
What sort of ukuleles do you play?
We have a really interesting range of ukuleles in the band, and we are picking up new ones all the time. Our ukes range from a cheap and cheerful Mahalo soprano (that's Francis' yellow uke, modified with a low G string), to super-fancy Beltona resonator concert size ukuleles (Steve's yellow one and Gemma's white one).
We also have a few nice Kapono koa wood soprano ukes made by John Hewitt in Auckland, a Tony Francis Weissenborn reconstruction made in Wellington, a Martin resonator picked up at Matt Umanov's store in New York, a ukulele made by Rodney Stedall especially for Megan from recycled wood, a Bean Sprout banjo ukulele made for Francis, a left-handed Beltona baritone uke for Sam, and lots more besides!
I have a different question from all the questions above. Will you answer my question?
Awww. Send us an email and we'll do our best.
F.A.Q. about the W.I.U.O.
We are frequently asked questions about ourselves. Some of those questions are asked more frequently than others. Here are some of the more Frequently Asked Questions about the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.