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What do you get if you cross 4 ukeleles with a plastic trombone…..

Saturday, 18 August, 2012 - Modified on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 at 11:29 pm


Despite the discordant bass hum drifting in from a nearby park The Bridge Inn proved to be an oasis of musical entertainment this Saturday night.


The Strumtroopers arrived in Brewood self proclaimed as Uke’d and dangerous but this was only part of the story. Armed also with harmonica, toy mouth keyboard and plastic trombone this sextet offered a musical experience far removed from that available at some nearby so called music fest.


With a line-up comprising 4 ukeleles, bass and percussion The Strumtroopers set comprised some well crafted, tight knit and neatly arranged cover versions. Highlights included ‘Lady Madonna’, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘Billie Jean’.


Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin on a Prayer’ provided an unbelivable uke solo and with the Early Learning Centre sponsored ‘La Bamba’ (featuring the plastic trombone), The Strumtroopers had regulars happily shaking percussion eggs and singing along with gusto.


If this were not enough the penultimate offering of ‘I’m a Believer’ segueing into ‘Mama Mia’ before shifting headlong into ‘A Message to You Rudy’ had the audience in raptures before being finally convinced of a shift to the dark side with ‘What a Wonderful World’ moving seamlessly into the recurring coda from ‘Hey Jude’.


A wonderful antidote to V but also the latest in a series of great gigs at this Brewood venue. And, there’s much more to come – keep checking back or visit our calendar for information on upcoming artists.