Updated Post May 2017: See Richie’s custom steel string Lichty Ukulele
We never know who will come a-knocking at Lichty Guitars’ door. Our latest visitors were a couple from the UK, Richie and Jenny Williams. Beyond the fact that they are super nice folks and we had a wonderful time getting to know one another, Richie has the distinction of being a very fine ukulele player. In fact, he tours from one end of the world to another with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain playing baritone ukulele. Given we have been HUGE fans of the band for years, Richie and Jenny’s visit was really a treat.
Jay gave Richie a tour of Lichty Ukuleles, from the Django archtop to the new Ziggy modified baritone to the little concert uke. Richie even took a turn on Jay’s archtop guitar. Which one was Richie’s favorite? Well, Richie and Jay both love playing a steel string baritone uke so the myrtlewood steel string bari that we have on hand that is Jay’s personal uke is the one that stole Richie’s heart. Great minds think alike!
Our visit flew by but we look forward to more to come. Until next time, Jenny and Richie head back to England and then Richie is off on another leg of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s ongoing-whirlwind-world-tour.
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In our book, Richie Williams has super-star status. As one of the original members, Richie was on the scene when The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain came together in 1985. Their first gig was a sell-out and they haven’t looked back since. Now, 30 years later, they have played for thousands of sold-out venues around the world including stops along the way at Carnegie Hall, the Sidney Opera House and even playing for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. Their YouTube channel currently has over 20 million views!
If you know them: you love them. If you have never heard of them, be prepared for a real treat!