MIGHTY UKE followed by a special Uke Boogaloo with acclaimed Uke Player Jim D'Ville!
Directed by Tony Coleman
United States. 76 minutes
Documentary SUN OCT 17 @ 12:30pm | Salem Cinema
Film Host Sponsor: Salem Ukulele Strummers
Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, the tiny instrument first captured the musical imaginations of the Hawaiian royal court in the 1880s and with the dawn of the radio broadcasting age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity, until now. In the internet age, the ukulele is making a comeback, MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other.