"Ukulele Anthem" - Amanda Palmer Live at Sydney Opera House [YouTube Video]

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published March 5, 2014

One-woman cabaret Amanda Palmer took advantage of her recent time in Australia by stringing up streamers at the Sydney Opera House and playing an inspirational anthem dedicated to $20 ukuleles.

The song acted as both a tribute to great musicians and a call-to-arms for everyone to make art. With shout-outs to Sid Vicious who "probably killed his girlfriend" and John Lennon, the song is funny and charming in typical Palmer style, but she makes her point. Why not teach everyone to play the ukulele? After all, it only takes "about an hour." Check out the video above.

YouTube description:

In one of her most unique performances to date, punk cabaret specialist Amanda Palmer took a side-step from her Sydney Festival shows to record 'Ukulele Anthem' live amongst the Sydney Opera House sails.

Words and Music by Amanda Palmer
Directed by Jim Batt (
Shot by Brett Harrison
Costuming by Tristan Coumbe

A special thanks to all the friends, family, and volunteers who helped pull this off, especially Ashley Hawkes, Xanthea O'Connor, and Shanti Freed.



Source: SOHfesitval YouTube Channel

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