Havering and Essex ukelele band D’Ukes to play football-themed set at first round of FA Cup in Colchester

PUBLISHED: 10:24 31 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:24 31 October 2013

D'Ukes (Martin Burdikin of Hornchurch is third-left, John Mattock of Romford is second-right)

D'Ukes (Martin Burdikin of Hornchurch is third-left, John Mattock of Romford is second-right)


Ukelele octet D’Ukes, who have members from Romford and Hornchurch, have performed in barns, a brewery and the Big Brother House – but their upcoming stint at the FA Cup will be a first.

The band, which includes Romford bass uke player John Mattock and Hornchurch musician Martin Burdikin, will provide pre-match entertainment for fans arriving at Colchester’s Weston Homes Community Stadium on November 9.

The match is between Colchester United and Sheffield United.

“We will be giving a football flavour to our regular set with songs such as These Boots Are Made for Winning, Offside Down, and one for the referee – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” said John.

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