It was a real pleasure to be a tutor at Sore Fingers, and wonderful to be surrounded by so many amazing musicians. The really good news is that I’m doing it again in October! The shorter October camp (21st and 22nd Oct) is an ideal opportunity to come and study uke with me and to meet other musicians, jam, and generally immerse yourself in great music in the beautiful Cotswolds!
Booking is now open, all the info you need is here:
I just got back from my first visit to the States, where I was a tutor at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat on the Monterey peninsula, along with Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox, Kevin Carroll, Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg and Dave Egan and dynamic organiser Elaine de Man.
What an amazing event! Going on for 90 students, a full timetable of hugely diverse workshops, plenty of opportunities for the students to perform and for us all to socialise and talk ukulele!
Who would have thought that when I picked up the uke all those years ago it would take me quite so far!
There’ll be a full write up of my experiences there in a future issue of Uke magazine.
On the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August, I’ll be in Ireland, for the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire. Really looking forward to performing alongside all the other fabulous acts.
On April 8th I’ll be at The Food Company in Colchester, where there’ll be a 2 course meal, strumalong and a Q&A and perfomance from me. Tickets are £25 from 01206 214000.
I’m really pleased to be back at the Grand Northern Uke Festival again this year, along with over 30 other acts, including Aaron and Nicole Keim (The Quiet American), Manitoba Hal, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Zoe Bestel, Dead Man’s Uke, Adam Franklin and Ian Emmerson. If you’re um-ing and ah-ing about coming, don’t wait. It’s just £39 for a weekend ticket, which is getting pretty close to £1 an act!
There are, of course, workshops too. I’m running a brand new workshop called ‘Jamming Essentials’, which will teach you how to get stuck in playing with other people, even when you don’t know the song, without having to go searching on the internet for the chords!
See you there!
The reviews for my EP are coming in, and people seem to like it! The first two are from Fatea Magazine and Got A Ukulele? (click the links to read). Thanks for taking the time to do a review!
Mike ‘Uncle Elvis’ Hind is coming all the way from Bermuda to do some gigs, and not only will we both be at the Big House in the Country festival at the end of Feb, we’ll also be doing a double-header gig at the Queen’s Head, Belper on Sat March 14th. Tickets are £7 from Ticketsource.
This weekend I’ll be travelling up to Cumbria to play at Omega Music’s Yuketide Christmas Party at Dacre Hall, where I’ll be joined by Feckless and Fuddle (and will have a lovely Christmas dinner, too)
On Saturday 22nd November I’ll be at Muzik and More’s Ukulele Day, at The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Buxton SK17 6PY. The day (11am to 4pm) is free, but you’ll need a ticket if you want to come to my beginners uke wokshop (only £6!). More info from www.muzikandmore.co.uk
On Sunday 9th November, Omega music have arranged for a steam train to run from Pickering to Whitby and back, full of happy ukulele players and singing and strumming! When they get back, there’s a concert in Pickering featuring me, The Anything Goes Orchestra, Ooty and the Cloud and Zahra Lowzley.