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2012 Ukulele Fest of GB: Saturday

Saturday’s proceedings revolved around Cheltenham’s Town Hall. The stage was graced with numerous talented British and international uke acts throughout the day. The clever Ukulolo / Virtual Krabbers duet was a favorite of mine.

Inside the “ukulele village” of vendors was a top place to hang out, test a swag of new ukes and generally shoot the breeze. If you’re a termnal UAS sufferer it was also the perfect place to part with some hard earned cash. Risa’s electric stick  is certainly a strange piece of kit:

I didn’t come away with a new ukulele, although certainly not for lack of models to choose from or drool over! But alas, I settled on buying myself a tin kazoo, hehehe! Talking of new gear, I also aquired a set of Ken Middleton’s new Living Water strings. Officially made in heaven.

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked – especially of the acts – as I was way too busy enjoying myself. Enough talk for now though, here’s the rest of my Saturday photos:

    
     

     

     

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Vintake ukulele player pics

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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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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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