Festival madness!

I’ve just had a couple of months of very intense festival-ing! Starting with The Grand Northern Uke Festival at the beginning of May, I then flew off to California for a week at The West Coast Ukulele Retreat,  then Winchester Uke Fest, followed by The Ukulele Festival of Scotland, and finally (the final) Ukulele Festival of Great Britain.

Getting a little help from Dead Man’s Uke at The Ukulele Festival of Scotland. Photo by James Millar.

All of these events were so different, each really special in it’s own way. Some (like the West Coast Retreat, which isn’t a festival!) are more geared towards learning, immersing yourself in ukulele, guided by instructors, whilst others are more biased towards performances, but what struck me most was what they all had in common. Great people, great experiences (for attendees and performers), and wonderful friends. I feel immensely privileged to be in this remarkable world.

photo: James Millar

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!

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