Rockers prove uke can do it

Harry and the Ukes
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A YOUNG band playing heavily rocked-up pop covers and featuring a distorted ukulele has become one of the hottest tickets in town.

Harry and the Ukes, whose members are all students at The Deanery Sixth Form, have been deluged with interest after announcing a gig to launch their debut, self-titled EP at Indiependence in March.

The group, who play pop covers by artists such as Katy Perry turned into hard rock songs with a special role for

The band, made up of singer and ukulele player Harry Wrigglesworth, vocalist Chris Aspinall, vocalist and guitarist Chris Horrocks, keyboardist Tom Brennan, bassist Tom Robinson and percussionist Cai Rive were invited to launch their EP at Indiependence after supporting Leigh reggae act Jeramiah Ferrari there.

However, the group admitted to being stunned by the number of requests for tickets they have received for the gig, which the promoters now hope will be a sell-out.

Guitarist Chris said: “We’ve all just been blown away by it. We had thought that if we did a launch only a few people would show up but I asked people to inbox us if they wanted tickets and we were inundated.

“We’ve decided we’re not going to do many gigs leading up to March, and that will also enable us to get some more material together. We’ve got around 40 minutes of music at the moment and at the rate we’re going that isn’t going to be enough.”

The EP, which Chris describes as “original music, not by us” and was recorded with Merry Hell’s John Kettle at his Jaraf House studio, showcases the distinctive covers which have already an impression on the Wigan scene during the band’s live outings.

The band are also hoping to put together a couple of self-written tracks in time for the Indiependence gig, which is being organised by Hindley-based promoters Simfest UK.

Support for the EP launch is expected to come from Wigan rockers Junction 23 and new Hindley Green pop-punk act Trip the Light.

Harry and the Ukes’ EP launch will take place on March 2 at Indiependence. For more information, search for the band on Facebook.