Here is George Formby’s last television performance on the 1960 TV programme “The Friday Show”.
He gets through quite a few of his favourites and its quite touching when you realise he died some months later.
Ok, you either like George Formby or you don’t … there are two distinct camps on this but even if you don’t like George Formby songs, he was a master of his instrument. If you’ve ever tried to play like Formby you’ll appreciate just what a wizard the man was.
Anyway, two of the most amazing techniques he introduced were the “Splitstroke” & the “Triplet” and there are a number of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to learn them but this recent one caught my eye (thanks Tommy!) and I thought it probably one of the best around.
So, if you want to play like the “Master” here’s the lesson for you.
And here’s Georgie Boy playing “The Barmaid At The Rose & Crown” mentioned in the lesson.
If you watched the BBC George Formby documentary a couple of weeks ago, you would have seen the talented Steven Sproat giving a virtuoso performance of the “Formby” style. Here it is again for for you to enjoy. Steven has been a regular visitor to Dublin to give workshops to UkeIreland members and he also appeared on the first Ukulele Hooley in 2009.