Latest industry research indicates that the trusty ukulele has become incredibly popular
It was once considered the very height of twee, but the humble ukulele has been enjoying something of a renaissance lately.
The profile of the uke has been slowly building for a good while, but a recent survey conducted by industry mag miPRO revealed that the dinky instrument’s popularity has accelerated rapidly in the last year or so. 42% of dealers questioned at the MI Retail Conference & Expo claimed that they’d seen more sales growth from the ukulele than any other instrument, with it currently outshining both keyboard and acoustic guitars.
Long gone are the days when the four-stringed chordophone was only associated with it’s Hawaii homestead (and George Formby, of course), and school kids have started abandoning their mainstay recorders in favour of the learner-friendly ukulele in their droves.
Ukes have been flying off the Dawsons shelves in the last few months as they’re the perfect instrument to take along to a festival. Small and light enough to fit easily in your backpack, they’re great for a campfire sing-a-long, plus pick up one of the most affordable models and you shouldn’t be too devastated if you happen to loose it in the mud!
And you won’t just find ukuleles all over festival campsites this year; turn your attention to the stage and you might well spot one too… The Medina Ukulele Orchestra recently played at the Isle of Wight Festival – watch a video of them performing a cover of Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full of Lead.
We stock a massive range of ukulele, from the entry-level Redwood S10 Ukulele (which comes in a range of bright colours) to the Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele, which you can play through an amp. Check out our entire ukulele range to find the perfect one.