ONE half of the first ukelele pop band to get signed to a record label in the UK is a familiar face around town.
Logan Wilson, a musician from Hastings, spotted Martha Paton performing at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, in May this year, and the band was formed soon after. Just three months on, The Ukeleles have made the national news, signed a record deal, and recorded their first album.
Logan said: “It’s mad. The reception we get is quite amazing. When the ukeleles come out, people seem to prick up their ears and listen.”
Logan and Martha recently appeared on both BBC Breakfast, and performed a cover of Cee Lo Green’s Forget You.
Following this, their self-titled debut album jumped to number one in the Amazon Movers and Shakers chart, despite not being released until September 3.
The Ukuleles appear to have found themselves the modern day pin-ups for the ukulele, an instrument long associated with George Formby, but which is rapidly gaining in popularity among people of all ages.
“It’s an easy thing to take with you and write songs on,” Logan said.
“It has the advantage that you can play it in hotel rooms without waking people up.
He added that a lot of people wanted to learn the guitar, but cost was a factor, as was the discipline needed to master the instrument, while with the ukelele there are several chords that can be played with a single finger.
Singer/songwriter Logan, in his 30s, has been playing guitar and ukelele from a young age, particularly influenced by his time spent living in Hawaii, while Martha, a student from Fleet, in Hampshire, first picked up a ukelele after watching Jack Johnson in concert, and has since built a name for herself on the festival circuit.
Weeks after forming the band, the duo were spotted by producers Nick Patrick and Jeff Chegwin, who signed them to Demon Music Group. The Ukeleles are currently supporting The Soldiers on a tour of southern venues.