Ukulele album is inspired by town

Stephen Corless' debut album Eh!
Stephen Corless' debut album Eh!

A WIGAN musician hopes to raise a smile with his debut album of light-hearted, Lancashire-themed songs, verses and ukulele playing.

Stephen Corless, who took up the miniature guitar five years ago and is a member of Wigan Ukulele Club, has released Eh!, with 16 tracks of songs and poems casting a humorous look at life, love and the world of music.

The album contains everything from songs praising fine views of Wigan and odes to the town’s rugby league heroes to witty parodies and tributes to Irish and American music.

However, although his chosen instrument may be associated with one name above all, especially in Wigan, Highfield musician Stephen is anxious not to be linked with the most famous uke player of all.

Stephen, 59, said: “I respect what George Formby did but he doesn’t inspire me.

“Most of my songs and poems are about Wigan and its people. It’s just little things that come out of nowhere.

“I wrote Wigan Warriors because I went to Hull KR and Leeds and the fans had a song before the kick off, and I decided we needed one too. I was also in a pub one night and I heard three lads teaching another guy to say ‘dirty purple curtains’. It was like Pygmalion backwards, so I wrote a song about it.”

Eh! was recorded at a studio in Burscough with backing from the Blackpool Ukulele Mafia, and several of the songs can be seen on Stephen’s YouTube channel. The album costs £5 and is available from Stephen by emailing