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. http://www.ukulelehooley.com/
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!
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.
What a fantastic night. Seeing Del and Adam play up close in the intimate atmosphere of the Trades Club was wonderful, and being asked to play the support for them was more than a bit special for this big Del Rey fan! Thanks to Mary at GNUF for making it happen.