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Workshops at the Grand Northern Uke Festival

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!

March centrefold!

I’m honoured to be the cover artist in the first issue of the UK’s first ukulele magazine, which is being published by Omega Musician March. You can order it now from their website.
STOP PRESS! Order now and you’ll have a chance to win a fabulous Kala resonator uke! Don’t worry if you’ve already ordered, everyone’s name will go into the draw.

Omega Ukulele magazine issue 1

CD reviews and exciting gig news!

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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

So 2015 is here, and I’ve got some exciting stuff lined up. I’m already working on my second EP, in March (and one date in Jan) I’ll be joining Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret on tour, and I’m also working on setting up a gig with Mike Hind when he comes from Bermuda for his UK tour. Festival-wise, I’ll be at The Big House in the Country Festival in Cumbria in February, I’m really pleased to be returning to GNUF in May, plus I’ll be at Uke Power in Drax (also in May), and Wigan Ukulele Festival in June. On top of that there are loads of ‘to be confirmed’ gigs still be thrashed out and a top secret project too!

Looking forward to bumping into you!

New EP “Old Is The New New” out now!

My new EP was released this week. It has 5 tracks; 2 studio, 2 live and the song I recently recorded on wax cylinder. It’s just £4 plus p&p, or you can download it (the whole thing or individual tracks) in a variety of formats.
Old Is The New New CD Sleeve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has a great cover pic taken by J.J. Beardsley, too.

“Easily my favourite CD by a chubby, bald, pork pie hat wearing, ukulele playing musician. Easily.” Rufus Yells

Pop over to my Shop page, where you can listen to samples and order!

New CD

My new CD “Old Is The New New” will be out on December 1st, and you can order it now. It’s a 5 track EP that includes the song I recorded on wax cylinder recently, two live recordings and two studio recordings.
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It also has a fab cover photo by J.J. Beardsley

It costs £4 (plus £1 p&p in the UK and £2.00 everywhere else)

CLICK HERE TO BUY (UK)

CLICK HERE TO BUY (OUTSIDE THE UK)

If you are an established radio station playing blues and jazz and would like a copy to play on air, please get in touch!

Double-header gig with Dead Man’s Uke, Belper, Derbyshire 18th October

Really looking forward to this gig! Not only is it at my local venue, the hidden gem that is the upstairs band room at The Queen’s Head, Belper, but I’m sharing the bill with Dead Man’s Uke.
Dead Mans Uke is a stripped down ukulele and bass combo that plays blues, Americana, old and new covers and anything else they darn well please on resonator ukulele and double bass. We’ve played together at various uke festivals around the UK, and they always get the place swinging. They get their name from the uke that Tim plays, which used to belong to ukulele legend Tiny Tim!

Tickets are £7 from the venue (The Queen’s Head, 29 Chesterfield Rd. Belper DE56 1FF), or you can buy them online here…
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/123662

It’s going to be a great night!

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2014

GNUF 2014  And wasn’t it grand! I had such an amazing time, both performing and watching the other acts (what a line-up!) It was a real privilege to be able to perform alongside some wonderful players and great to catch up with good friends.  Huge thanks to the organisers,
it was a weekend  I shan’t forget in a hurry!
And tickets are already available for next year’s festival (22nd-24th May 2015). I’ll be there!

Mainstage Mashup
On stage with all of the main stage acts. We’re playing ‘Bottle Up and Go” lead by the magnificent Del Rey.
Finale
The Grand Finale
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The brilliant Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain bringing the festival to a close, with two fabulous sets.
GNUF 2015
GNUF 2015

The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain

What a weekend that was! I’m just about recovered from the late night jams and early morning workshops at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. I’m bound to miss someone off (sorry!), as it was absolutely packed, but it was a pleasure and a privilege to play on the bill with so many brilliant players from all over the world. Liam Capper-Starr, Ben Rouse, Piers Partridge, Jono And The Uke Dealers, Dead Mans Uke (always cool to meet up and jam!), Mother Ukers (thanks for the T shirt!), Tomoki Sato and his band, Ukulollo (great CD, thanks!), U.K.E, Ryo Natoyama, Craig Chee (thanks for the chocs!) The Hot Potato Syncopators, Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave (and the fabulous Bill on steel guitar), Sarah Maisel (it was so much fun to play lap steel with you!), and Taimane Gardner & Jazzy Jazz- every single one of you blew me away!
All the people who came to my workshops, you were so good, and so up for trying everything I threw at you!
Massive thanks to the organisers (Alison Jarvis, Phil Collins, Tony Hodder and Judith Baker) for inviting me and all of their team of helpers who made everything run so smoothly- you made a great thing happen (again!)
Thanks to Daniel Eastwood, Rachel Holmwood and all the crew who made the sound amazing for both the performers and the crowd, and spent hours setting it all up and breaking it all down again.
It was great to meet up with so many old friends, and finally meet people who had, up until now, only been a tiny icon on my facebook feed!
Another triumph!

There I am, on the right playing lap steel with the fabulous Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel and James Agg!
There I am, on the right playing lap steel with the fabulous Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel and James Agg!