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!
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!