Upstairs, Downstairs Theme (Tab)

Upstairs, Downstairs Theme (Tab)


I think I mentioned before, I don’t own a TV any more. But I might get a TV license anyway just to support the BBC’s new ukulele orchestra. One member of the group is Radio 4’s Kathy Clugston (from off of the shipping forecast) and she recorded a jazzy version of this tune and inspired me to knock up my own version.

I’ve taken more liberties with this tune than I usually do. There are a lot of strings swirling around in the original that needed simplifying. I’ve also slowed it down and given it a strong 3/4 feel. In other words, it bears very little relation to the original at all.

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  1. LonnaB June 1st, 2009 2:01 pm

    No TV? What kind of paradise are you living in?

  2. Woodshed June 1st, 2009 4:00 pm

    Lonna: There’s good and bad. I’m heroically out of touch for one thing.

  3. zymeck June 7th, 2009 1:24 pm


    they play the theme to ‘upstairs’ every day on R4s ‘PM’ programme for their ‘Up Shares, Down Shares’ spot :)

  4. Woodshed June 7th, 2009 6:42 pm

    zym: Oh, hark at you listening to PM.

  5. TonyI August 28th, 2009 5:14 pm

    I’ve been in touch with PM about them playing a Uke version so I just wanted to check with you if it was OK to provide them with a link to your version as it is lovely


  6. Woodshed August 29th, 2009 10:22 am

    TonyI: Absolutely. That’d be fine with me.

  7. TonyI October 29th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Just to let you know the editor of the PM programme on Radio 4 has been back in touch and they plan to play your version of the theme next Friday, 6th November.

    It is usually on around 5.30pm or just after so listen out!



  8. Woodshed October 29th, 2009 10:01 pm

    TonyI: Blimey! Thanks for letting me know.

  9. zym October 30th, 2009 12:09 am

    woo – looking forward to hearing it :D

  10. Tony Boland October 31st, 2009 9:38 am

    I’ll be listening in Ireland Al.
    Nice one!

  11. Woodshed October 31st, 2009 10:27 am

    zym and Tony: Thanks, guys. I’m not convinced it’s going to happen, but anyways…

  12. Tim Hatcher October 31st, 2009 2:47 pm

    Very wonderful, Al! I’ve got to learn this one.

  13. Cat Green Bike October 31st, 2009 7:44 pm

    You’re going to be on Radio 4! My ambition is to be on Woman’s Hour. I WILL make it happen.

  14. cardboardfrog November 1st, 2009 11:34 am

    haha excellent woodshed, radio 4, very classy

  15. DCB November 1st, 2009 1:41 pm

    Hey woodshead, love the track. What are the chords for those who play the guitar?

  16. Woodshed November 1st, 2009 2:20 pm

    Tim: It is a really nice tune. I didn’t realise until I started playing it.

    Cat Green Bike: Good luck! I’ve always fancied being on Thinking Allowed. But I’m far too stupid.

    cbf: Classy indeed. My mum will be very impressed.

    DCB: There’s some guitar tab for the tune here.

  17. TonyI November 6th, 2009 5:56 pm

    Just heard Al rendition and it sounded lovely.

    Have emailed PM to remind them that Al was the one with the talent who played it ( I wish!!)

  18. Gordon January 21st, 2011 12:02 am

    Another fun tune. many thanks.

  19. Woodshed January 22nd, 2011 2:56 pm

    Gordon: You’re welcome.

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