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Ukes for UNICEF 2019 - Ukulele Festival - will be on Saturday 23rd February
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...
Saturday 23rd February, 2019
Berkhamsted Civic Centre
All ages welcome
Entry will be by donation. We suggest that each adult might like to contribute £5
Hosted by BURP (Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players)
Concert acts at this year's evening concert
Chuffed to bits we've got these guys back this year. They are totally awesome! Watch, listen and weep. They're the cat's pyjamas.
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.
Back at the festival with their (un)usual mix. They are a ukulele led band playing popular songs from the 1920s to the 70s with some from the 21st century! The front line of ukuleles is backed by guitar, bass, drums, flute, sax and harmonica. There also may be solos on nose flute, watering can and swanee whistle!
The vocal harmonies add to the mix as the band crashes through the musical genres.
Delighted to welcome back UP - now a trio - who appeared at U4U6 when they were a duo
They combine two voices and three instruments (mostly ukuleles) to make one infectious and wonderfully uncomplicated sound. Expect imaginative arrangements straddling folk, blues, country and reggae
Classic rock and pop ukulele duo. Total respect for the sources; total disregard for whether it's a good idea; total focus on having fun!
Before and betwixt the main concert, we have entertainment from Teal and Red Kite
Tickets!!! (for the evening concert)
And, during the day...
Colin Tribe, Adrian Broadway, Codrut Muresan and Euan Tees will be running workshops during the day.
Colin Tribe is a self-taught musician born in 1946 growing up as a teenager with the sounds of skiffle, jazz, American rock and then the Beatle explosion. The guitar was his first love and by the age of 17 he had music published in BMG and a song writing contract. Whilst Head of Music at Highbury Grove School in London he was invited to work on Trinity College of Music's Electronic Keyboard Exams. When Victoria College of Music wanted to extend the range of exam material to diploma level they asked if he would be interested and so a very happy relationship with VCM was established.
When developing a syllabus for self-accompanied singing an addiction to the ukulele began and he created an exam for ukulele players who wanted to develop melodic fingerstyle skills. Further books were commissioned and written and workshops at music education fairs and ukulele festivals followed.
Colin's workshop will be based on material from "Discovering Fingerstyle Ukulele" as well as introducing popular pieces from his YouTube performances and incorporating some elements of "Self Accompanied Singing" so developing more variety into playing accompaniments
Like the book he will start at the beginning and help the participants in the workshop stretch their technique and musical imaginations
Have a look at some of Colin Tribe's incredible videos on his YouTube channel
Adrian Broadway will be running an Intermediate Workshop looking at alternatives for the basic chords
Local perpatetic teacher, specialising in ukulele, and function band regular Euan Tees will be running a beginners' workshop, highlighting how much fun can be had with a uke and just a couple of chords
Codrut is a music teacher from High Wycombe currently teaching in Ivinghoe.
The beginner-intermediate workshop is to make a big group of ukulele players sound like a band, using chords and different melody lines within the same song(call and response). Codrut will use an electric ukulele and bass guitar to help the band keep the pulse.
The songs will be original arrangements of well known rock songs from bands like Queen, Nirvana, Guns n Roses etc.
Robert Aldington is a fine luthier who builds fine guitars and ukuleles. If you fancy something a bit special then have a look at his display samples.
Colin Tribe will be selling his tutorial and tune books in the foyer:
"VCM Ukulele Exams"
Some recent reviews of "Discovering....":
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Featured Acts during the day...
Sarah Munro blew us away a couple of years back when she squeezed in a short set before dashing off to join Paul Carrack on his UK tour. She is a 21 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire whose music combines elements of folk, jazz and easy-listening with a strong emphasis on lyrics and storytelling. Sarah has just released her debut album 'Say Hello To You', which is available on Amazon and features 10 original songs as well as her stunning interpretation of 'Autumn Leaves'. Again, she is squeezing us in before she starts her own UK-wide tour. A rising star. Catch her at Ukes for Unicef while you can!
BURP's very own Hamish and Nick perform songs written or made famous by George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Cole Porter, Nina Simone, George Melly, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby...
Hamish has been performing on the live music scene for several decades. He set up Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP) in 2010 and it continues to be a lively group with a busy gigging contingent. He is the regular ukulele workshop host at Towersey and Bude Folk Festivals
As well as being half of Got Rhythm and a key member of BURP, Nick also plays in swing, church and barn dance bands and indulges in traditional music sessions for light relief
Other acts confirmed for the day:
BURP, Ver Players, Redbourn Ol' Packers, UkeRythmics and Larry & Martin
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!
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