Ukulele: Is this the missing link?
For some time, there’s been a disputed claim that Robin of Loxley (Robin Hood) may have been instrumental in the development and popularity of the modern-day Ukulele.
It’s suggested in some quarters that Robin adapted a Lute to suit his complicated lifestyle, thus inventing the Ukulele or Lutalele as it was known then.
However, further evidence has come to light indicating that Robin’s association with music and a prototype Ukulele started at a much younger age than previously thought.
The artefact pictured is rumoured to have been discovered whist undertaking renovations of the Bowman public house in Hucknall (Nottinghamshire). Possibly the site of Robin’s childhood home.
It appears to be a fairly crude 4 string instrument made for a young Robin. Small fingers would have had trouble plucking the strings. This was overcome by using a bow.
Like many children with vivid imaginations, Robin used the bow to go pretend hunting rather than learning music.
His impressive skills with the bow and arrow soon led to high acclaim, as his musical ambitions were put aside.
It was a decade or so later, when he went a wooing Lady Marion and whilst struggling to learn to play the Lute, that he remembered the childhood instrument.
With only a few minor alterations, the Ukulele was born and Lady Marion succumbed to his charms.