Ukes for UNICEF 2017 - Ukulele Festival

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Ukes for UNICEF 2017 - Ukulele Festival - will be on Saturday 25th February

In aid of UNICEF

A grand ukulele festival with, from 11.00 to 17.30, workshops, mass strum-alongs, open mics, featured acts, stalls, raffle, snacks, teas, coffees, bar... and a fabulous evening concert with The Fog, ENNÈ and Ukolade. From 19.00

Saturday 25th February, 2017

Berkhamsted Civic Centre

All ages welcome

Entry will be by donation. We suggest that each adult might like to contribute £5

Tickets for the evening concert are now available!

Hosted by BURP (Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players)

Sponsored by:

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Ohana banner Southern Ukulele Store banner Living Water Strings

Concert acts at this year's evening concert

The FogThe Fog

Brilliant. What can I say? Love these guys to bits. Once again, we are proud to present...

The Fog are a three piece ukulele band from Bishops Stortford. Apart from original songs, a lot of their music is from the 1920's and 30's featuring songs by Blind Blake, Muggsy Spanier, Willy McTell etc. The Band comprises Jeff Carpenter, ukulele, Taropatch and vocals, Frog Goddard, Cajon drum and washboard and Graham Ansbridge ukulele bass. Jeff and Frog have been playing together since 1970 when they had a record deal with EMI and were together in the successful college circuit band 'Giggles'. Frog continues to work in the UK with many successful country bands. Jeff worked in the USA during the 80's with Sheena Easton, Gerrard Kenny and Bruce Hornsby; he now teaches guitar and ukulele full time in Bishops Stortford. Graham worked in dance bands in the 1960's and later with British country bands 'Spellbound' and 'Honeysuckle Dew' along with session work for EMI and some of the major publishing houses in London. As you can tell from the dates above all of the band are seasoned pros who after all these years of playing still relish going on stage and playing their unique style of music.


Ennè is a singer, song creator and poet based in London. With one of the most varied vocal ranges around, Ennè works to thrill and surprise her audience in equal measure. Her different cultural influences blend together, creating an original mix of Reggae and Soul which also draws inspiration from the R&B, Jazz & Blues traditions.

The elegant melodies of the ukulele add to this quirky performer's sound, creating a unique Islandy tones and Caribbean beats. Her wonderful presence captivates audiences, bringing them closer to the music, to her and to her wonderful sense of humour. Ennè believes that it is this connection that brings such an abundant energy to her shows. No performance is ever the same - each one is a unique experience to be savoured!


Back at the festival with their usual mix of ukuleles and other instruments, some conventional and others truly unconventional. The vocal harmonies add to the mix as the band crashes through the musical genres.

Tickets!!! (for the evening concert)

And, during the day...


There will be workshops from Ken Middleton 'Use your ears, not your eyes', Phil Doleman's workshop will be on fingerpicking and Keef Jackson's will be a blues workshop. Also Colin Tribe will present complete beginners' tab.

Keef Jackman

Keef Jackman is a highly talented, original singer songwriter, with a reputation for holding the audience in the palm of his hand, with his self-penned and heart-wrenching tunes, with blues being his preferred genre.

For ten years Keef ran the successful Acoustic Club at the Half Moon in Bishops Stortford, which he started as he had a desire to play blues music acoustically on the guitar, but had no stage to do so!

After picking up the ukulele in 2007 he admits to becoming a Ukaholic and now runs several Ukulele Groups, the main one being BSUS (Bishops Stortford Ukulele Society).

Keef also performs as a solo Ukulele artist and runs workshops teaching participants to play in many styles, including blues.


Some very special ukuleles, many at very special prices from:

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Some very tasty prizes... watch this space!!!

Featured Acts during the day...

Phil Doleman Phil Doleman

Phil’s voice is as big as his ukulele is small, and his love of blues, hokum, jug band and jazz shines through in his intricate picking and driving rhythms. Known as one of the leading lights of the ’3rd wave’ of the ukulele, Phil travels all over the UK performing and leading workshops at festivals, theatres, clubs and events. He has appeared on several albums, performed on BBC radio and TV, and shared the stage with some of the world’s finest players.

Ken MiddletonKen Middleton

Ken has been a great supporter of Ukes for UNICEF throughout our five years and we are proud to welcome him back. He'll not only have an Ohana stall with some very special ukes at special prices and his Living Water Strings - endorsed by BURP - but he'll be playing for us and running a workshop. Come back to this site to know what that's going to be about!

Other acts confirmed for the day:

VER Players

Katie's Jumping Fleas



No Direction Hot Boys

Up Uke Duo
Up Uke Duo

Sarah Kelly
Sarah Kelly

BSUS at Barnston Farmers' Market Oct
Keef and BSUS (Bishops Stortford Ukulele Society)

BSUS meets on a Wednesday evening at the British Legion in Stortford where 25+ other ukoholics gather each week. BSUS has supported Boom Town Rats (honest, but it was at the other end of the day), played festivals and weddings as well as gigging locally. Last year BSUS had the privilege of playing the same stage as The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, at Uke Fest Essex, in Billericay.

If you would like to learn more about BSUS, please visit their Facebook Page – Bishops Stortford Ukulele Society (BSUS) or to see a performance, please go to YouTube and search for BSUS Woodfest 2016.

For Keef's bio, see workshops

2015 official video:


There is no parking near the venue during the day (except that for guests and stallholders). If you're only coming for the evening concert then behind Tesco's and down Lower King's Road towards the station are available. During the day there is short stay parking (up to three hours) behind Tesco, but we suggest that festival goers who intend to stay for the day should park at Berkhamsted station (see map under "Where is...") and walk to the venue. Parking is £4.20 per day. To reach the town centre turn right from the front of the station and follow the road (Station Approach - Lower Kings Road) to the central traffic lights. Turn left onto the High Street and the venue is about 150 yds on the right - look for the banner. There is very little free parking on the streets around the venue and traffic wardens are vigilant. If you are travelling by bus rail or bike - well done!


The programme:

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