UKULELE RECORD OF THE YEAR Optimism is the fifth album from Australian uke and double bass duo Tyrone and Lesley and their best yet. It perfectly combines their highly textured, deftly played music with their humorous and silly lyrics. And the album’s overture Ukulele Sunrise is the best opening on any album I heard all year. It’s great to see people keeping the ukulele weird. Ukehunt


Their set was one of the funniest, most entertaining live performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this past year. From ‘Peppercorn’ to the ‘Moth Song’, Tyrone and Lesley manage to play music in a way which not only makes you laugh but makes you reflect on pop culture and the lyrics, or lack of lyrics that it contain. It also makes us reflect on how something that we perceive as funny can actually be very meaningful if we take the time to unpack it. broadwayworld


The skill needed to pull our emotions from amused jubilation to sombre beauty is a rare one but these guys have it in abundance…I cannot remember the last time I played a ukulele album over and over quite so much. “Optimism” is a combination of wit, charisma, expertise and grace consummated into a superlative album. It’s cliched but I genuinely mean this, if you only buy one ukulele album this year… It truly is absolutely top class. UkePlanet


…wonderfully crafted… defies genre boundaries …Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will leave you with a smile and a song in your heart. Backstreet Brisbane
With its gentle, unpretentious humour, clever musicianship, airtight timing and deep commitment to gag motifs, Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot is an eccentric and delightful night out.  BrisbaneStage

Tyrone rocks the ukelele; he sure knows his material and has masterful comedic timing. nothingeverhappensinbrisbane

“Few ukulele duos are as personable and quirky as Brisbane, Australia’s Tyrone and Lesley” Ukulelemag

…the two were just pure magic together… it would be a sin to miss it. thecreativeissue

“…like Leunig with a ukulele”

…their set exuded optimism… warm our hearts and make our stomachs ache with laughter…a gentle and loveable hour of amusing music… I’m excited to see where this charming pair goes next… downstagediscernments           

A unique and adorable production theupsidenews

this show carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home. Stage Whispers

“Tyrone and Lesley are a uniquely Australian duo – a little bit Lano and Woodley, a little bit Kransky Sisters, a little bit Franciscus Henri … Their jaunty, whimsical repertoire often invites you to up gentler, sepia times you weren’t alive for, encapsulating the highs and lows of human existence.” Cecile Blackmore,

“their lyrical act is a heart-warming series of musical vignettes.” Ralph Shaw

‘…Ukulele Heart is full of inspired silliness…Whether you’re eight or 80, Ukulele Heart will make you smile.’ Kamuke Ukulele Magazine Issue 4 Sept 2012

Gentlemen Songsters is like the big brother to Ukulele Heart… More mature in its tone… ‘All Dressed Up’ can be seen as an analogy for the entire record – inspired by tunes from the 1930’s, it’s a swinging dance anthem that evokes images of Tyrone and Lesley in tuxedos, drinking martinis, and staying up way past their bedtime. Kamuke Magazine Issue 7, May 2014

“…Tyrone, and his beautiful, psychologically rich show Bear with Me.” Sally Chance

…sweetly hilarious songs…

…consummately performed… a wealth of riches hidden in this theatrical mountain… a kind of magic ticket to another world: imaginative, fun and visually striking. Nigel Pearn, Review of Ukulele Mekulele, Lowdown Magazine 2005

“Bear with me was one of the best, most well thought out shows I have ever attended. Absolutely brilliant!” Patron comment, ‘Bear with Me’, Out of the Box, June 2012 QPAC

Tyrone…from Brisbane made a strong impression with his unique brand of performance art. He did four or five songs on his uke whilst showing slides of dog shows and Aussie suburbia from the 1960s! It was as strange as it sounds, but in a funny way it worked. Onya, Tyrone! Ukulele Guild of Hawaii

…a fascinating performance from the Brisbane artist, combining songs, slideshow, comedy and, of course, uke.

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