Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ukulele Festival of Great Britain 2012

Now that Ukes for UNICEF is done and the dust has settled, it’s time to prepare for the next big ukulele event! The famous Ukulele Festival of Great Britain will be taking place from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2012. The festival will revolve around the Cheltenham Town Hall on the Saturday and the Exmouth Arms for Friday and Sunday.

Acts from the UK and around the world will be flocking to Cheltenham for the weekend to perform and host workshops for us mere mortal uke players. Some of the acts confirmed for this year’s festival include The Re-Entrants, Ukulollo and Gerald Ross – more to be announced later.

http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk/

Tickets cost £30 for Saturday or £35 for the full 3 days.

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“Stay Awake” by Julia Nunes

Track 1 from her latest album, Settle Down.

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21 Jump Street (2012)

From the Telegraph: “….meanwhile, in real life, teenage girls reach for geek glasses and tie their hair in buns when they want to go glam, and the male heart throbs don’t play sports, but the ukulele.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/9145306/21-Jump-Street-review.html

I don’t really remember much about the original 21 Jump Street TV series. As a kid in the late 80’s to early 90’s I didn’t watch much TV and only caught the odd episode, but I do remember that it starred a very young but still very cool looking Johnny Depp!

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2012 Ukes for UNICEF: Video

Here’s a couple of videos I took over the course of the day. The first one is a montage featuring some of the very talented performers, the second is Krabbers with a rendition of his classic, Hedgehog Poo. Enjoy!

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2012 Ukes for UNICEF: The photos!

Well what can I say? The Berkhamsted Ukers put on one fantastic event and in the process raised over £2000 for the charity. Well done to all to everyone involved in making this happen and I can’t wait for next year! Here’s a few snaps from the day:

Above: A quick photo with Ken Middleton.
Below: Gotta love the impromptu jams around Ken’s OHANA stand.

Above: The infamous Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players.

Above: Big highlight for me was having a jam on KALA’s U-Bass. Gotta thank Bonsai Guitars for bringing that along, it was very addictive! Perfect for hammering out some funky blues riffs. Check out how thick the strings are!

Above: Getting the wife involved at the Ohana stand!

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 Below: Everything else! The rest of the images I’ve thumbnailed to make loading times a little easier. Click on any of them to open the larger image.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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U4U: Done and dusted!

An epic day of ukulele shenanigans at Ukes 4 UNICEF today. A massive thanks to the BURP! crew for hosting such a fantastic event! I had to leave early to make my journey home, but I’m sure the uke-thrash down at the Three Horseshoes is still going strong!

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James Hill – Heart Shaped Tattoo

In the dark it’s easy to mistake,
Love for a heart-shaped tattoo.
If only it were half that easy,
To feel my way back to you…

Regular readers of my blog already know I’m a huge James Hill fan. This is also my favorite track from his album, Man with a Love Song. In case you’re wondering, that’s his partner Anne Davison on the Cello and James is playing his custom signature model DaSilva cutaway tenor.

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