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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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Ooooh! What’s in the box…?

Sorry it’s been a little while since my last post. I have a couple of mates from Australia staying with me so my days have been a little busier, leaving less time for the ukulele. I still manage to get in a quick strum every day though.

In case you haven’t noticed (yeah, right) it’s only a handful of sleeps until Christmas rolls around! I’ve spent the last week staring at this box:

Oh yes, I seriously can not wait until Christmas morning!!!


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The Little Black Songbook

Ahhh the British summer. I’ve been on holidays for a little while and on my travels I picked up this neat little book at a local bookstore.

The Little Black Songbook: Acoustic Hit Songs. It’s meant for guitar and has the guitar chord fingering at the top of each page, but as long as you know the equivalent ukulele chord it’s all the same. I’ve printed out a copy of my chord chart to stick in the front for any chords I haven’t learnt yet. The book is nice and small, almost the perfect size for travel and will probably fit snugly in my uke travel case (hopefully anyway).

There’s also a Hit Songs Volume Two, plus Beatles, Dylan, Oasis, Folk Songs and many other little black book titles in the series! Should keep me busy!


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The ukulele’s Hawaiian birthday!

Today in history: Back on this day in 1879, the Portugese ship SS Ravenscrag arrived in the little island of Hawaii carrying the immigrants Joao Fernandes, Augusto Dias, Jose do Espirito Santo and Manuel Nunes.

Nothing out of the ordinary, except on this occasion, they were carrying with them a little known four stringed instrument, the ukulele. Historically, these men are considered to have introduced the humble ukulele to Hawaii and it’s people!

So there you go, a happy Hawaiian birthday to the mighty ukulele!

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Eddie Vedder – Longing to Belong

Eddie Vedder, lead singer and frontman of the legendary Pearl Jam is about to drop his second solo album, which from all reports is based entirely around his vocals and a smooth sounding ukulele. Vedder recently credited world surfing champion Kelly Slater for encouraging him to release a ukulele album.

There’s no mistaking Vedder’s trademark melodic charm and charismatic tones when listening to the first single from the forthcoming album. Longing to Belong is a vibrant yet mellow tune that I have already completely fallen in love with.

The album, conveniently titled “Ukulele Songs” brings together a collection of original material and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele.

It’s a big year for Eddie Vedder and the other members of Pearl Jam as it’s their 20th anniversary. Pearl Jam were a big influence on me as a youngster; releasing unforgettably timeless tracks such as  Better Man, Evenflow and Daughter back in the glory days of their VS and Ten albums. Watch out for re-released special edition CD and vinyl versions of those albums later in the year also!

The album “Ukulele Songs” is released on the 30th of May 2011.

The first single “Longing to Belong” is of course already available for download on iTunes.

Stay tuned for a full album review on my blog ASAP!


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I guess a “welcome” is in order?

Welcome to my blog, brand new and bouncing!

One of a billion other blogs floating across the world wide web… But I hope you stick around and continue to check it out. This is my place and you are always welcome here! I’ll just be thowing around my random thoughts about life, living, being left handed and my forays into playing the ukulele.

I guess my posts here will mainly be about playing the ‘ol jumping flea. I’m no expert, just love the underdog of the instrument world. Oh and before I go remember; the sun is always shining with a ukulele in your hand!

I’ll hit this page with more (less boring) updates shortly I promise!

EDIT: Oh and for those who followed my old blog and have suddenly been redirected to here don’t worry it’s no mistake. Blogspot was annoying me so I decided to start totally fresh with WordPress!

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