The cheerful sound of a ukulele orchestra performing ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

Everyone’s favorite vacation instrument from the ’50s is actually a very capable piece of musical hardware. Hear this ukulele cover of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The ukulele has not been the first instrument most people turn to for jaw-dropping song covers. Hearing what this ukulele orchestra can do is bound to change some minds.

The song covered is The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Clint Eastwood fame. Let’s not forget that the song was composed by Ennio Morricone.

I won’t lie. When I saw the meager four strings on each instrument, I didn’t expect much. I got schooled pretty good, and happily so.

The orchestra is true to all the important elements of the original. The whistling, the percussive breathing, the signature wah-wah-wah sound. They made a masterpiece with a deceptively limited palette.

The next time you reach for your ukulele to hammer out a few simple chords, take a moment to reflect on the power of the humble instrument you are holding.