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Tonight in London!!

Right this moment I am standing outside Royal Albert Hall in London (UK) about to go inside to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform! Posted from my Windows phone, because I’ve finally figured out how to do that…

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Southern Ukulele Square Fest

Talking of festivals (of course we were) the Southern Ukulele Square Festival is fast approaching. A first for SUS, it’s being held at the Square and Compass pub, Swanage. The fest kicks off on Friday 29th of June with the main acts on the Saturday, followed by a mass jam to cap off the fest on the Sunday. Acts confirmed so far include Mother Ukers, Krabbers, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, plus workshops and performances from other great uke artists!

Tickets cost £20 for the weekend or £40 including camping and can be purchased from www.southernukulelestore.co.uk

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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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2012 Ukulele Fest of GB: Preview

The 2012 Ukulele Festival of Great Britain kicks off this evening over in Cheltenham. Friday night’s festivities get underway at the Exmouth Arms (Bath Road) where some of the performers and hopefully plenty of you will be down to sample some of the good food, fine ale and finer music that will be on offer.

It’s too late to buy tickets online but if there’s any left you can still purchase tockets on the door, either Friday night at the Exmouth Arms or on Saturday at the Cheltenham Town Hall.

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Hedgehog Poo

So I’ve had this song stuck in my head ALL week! It’s a very catchy original by the one and only Krabbers:

One night a little hedgehog, he came into my garden,
Without as much as a do you mind or I beg your pardon.
He got into my binbag to see whathe could find,
And just to let me know he’d been, he left some poo behind…


Intro: C Em F G7
Verse: C Em F C F C F G7 (x2)
Chorus: F C G7 C C7 (x2)

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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.


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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