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Ukes for UNICEF 2020 - Ukulele Festival - will be on Saturday 29th 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...
...and a fabulous evening concert with Operalele. From 19.00. Tickets
Saturday 29th February, 2020
Berkhamsted Civic Centre
All ages welcome
Entry will be by donation. We suggest that each adult might like to contribute at least £5
Hosted by BURP (Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players)
Concert acts at this year's evening concert
"Opera-lele brought the house down with their clever and thoroughly entertaining show! Simply brilliant." Matthew Wetmore, director, Halesworth Arts Festival
"Opera-lele is like nothing you've seen before. Brilliantly funny and supremely talented. Bravo!" Camilla Hastings, The Queen's Hall Theatre
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.
Phillipa Leigh is an award winning singer songwriter and ukulele player.
She graduated from RADA and was the winner of the Ukulele Festival of Scotland Rising Stars Competition 2018.
Her music has been played on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Two, MTV, Propeller TV and her album "Don't Walk Away" received critical acclaim in Uke Magazine in 2019.
She has performed around the world from Bucharest to Brazil and closer to home in venues throughout London including Ronnie Scotts, Oxo Tower and The London Eye.
Phillipa supported Joan Armatrading MBE on tour after Joan herself approached Phillipa whilst she was busking at Waterloo Station.
Phillipa sings with and accompanies the wonderful Alison Wheeler from the chart topping band The Beautiful South in their new band Southern Beauty which puts an acoustic jazz twist on re-imagined versions of the original bands classic songs along with well loved jazz standards.
Before and betwixt the main concert, we have the local talents of Teal, a duo renowned for their exquisite finger style ukulele playing and beautiful harmonies. They play a range of covers with both folk and rock influences
Tickets!!! (for the evening concert)
And, during the day...
Improvers' Workshop at 14.15
Phil is a regular contributor Uke Magazine, has composed pieces for the
London College of Music ukulele grade syllabus, and is the author of the
book "How Music Works on the Ukulele". In 2018 he released his first
solo album in 15 years, "Skin & Bones" which was closely followed by
2019's all-original album "Keep Drinkin' That Coffee!", the acoustic
hokum EP "Hot Nuts!", and most recently the all-banjo EP, "Might Never
Phil will be presenting his Jug Band Jam: A great fun workshop! You'll learn some standard jug band chord patterns and riffs that will have you playing great old songs by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, The Memphis Jug Band, The Hokum Boys, and lots of other songs that work in the same way, and then you'll be able to write your own jug band song! Whilst these songs are not technically difficult, this workshop is all about injecting energy and fun into your playing and performances (whilst he sneakily teaches you about the music theory behind them).
These songs are not difficult, and whilst you will try them in different keys, the chords used should be familiar to anyone who has ever strummed along with a ukulele club, so confident beginners will also enjoy this workshop.
Improvers' Workshop at 15.30
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
Beginners' Workshop (all welcome! No previous experience necessary) at 12.30
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
Old Buzzard Ukes
Ukuleles for all, from the beginner to seasoned enthusiast/professional, with prices ranging from £40.00 to £850.00.
Brands include Laka, Lanakai, Kala, Eddy Finn and Pono.
There will be a small selection of accessories available, and there will also be a 10% discount on all ukuleles purchased at the event!
They are also offering a very pretty Eddy Finn koa concert ukulele for the raffle
Lots of good stuff... including a very pretty Eddy Finn koa concert ukulele kindly donated by Old Buzzard Ukes
The day's provisional running order:
- 11.00 - 11.10 BURP!
- 11.10 - 11.25 Pixies Hill School
- 11.25 - 11.55 Redbourn Ol' Packers
- 11.55 - 12.10 Westfield School / Berkhamsted Ukulele Club
- 12.10 - 12.20 Noah
- 12.20 - 12.50 UkeRythmics
- 12.50 - 13.05 Open Mic
- 13.05 - 13.40 UkieToones
- 13.40 - 14.15 Corinne Finnan
- 14.15 - 14.50 Ver Players
- 14.50 - 15.30 The Fog
- 15.30 - 15.45 Open Mic
- 15.45 - 16.20 Phil Doleman
- 16.20 - 16.55 Katie's Jumping Fleas
- 16.55 - 17.10 Strum along Raffle
- 17.10 - 17.30 BURP!
Featured Acts during the day include...
Phil's love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time, and jug band music shines
through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to
classics with his intricate picking and driving rhythms on ukulele,
5-string and tenor banjos. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with
many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by.
"massively entertaining" - Blues Matters Magazine
"Genuinely good-time" - fRoots Magazine
Corinne has been treading the musical boards for a few decades now in various guises! Originally found playing six strings in a guitar duo, then solo guitar and vocals in pubs and folk clubs, she began her ukulele career in 2010 playing uke rock, blues and soul and performing vocals with the Nantwich band, the N'Ukes. Since 2015 she has been part of the six, now five- piece band Rebuked, continuing in the same musical vein with a bit of reggae and indie thrown in. She has played solo uke spots on the main stage at the Ukulele Festival of Wales, the Summer Strum, Hoylake and Strum Like a Pirate Day. She adds some gentle singer/songwriter numbers into the mix, but there will always be blues!
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.
The Ol' Packers
The Ol' Packers have been playing together for five years and play a mixture of well-known ukulele songs and a sprinkling of more modern popular songs to rouse their spirits and those of the audience. Their approach is if it's not fun they don't play it. All the players belong to Redbourn U3A and meet and rehearse near Redbourn next to a field of alpacas, hence the name. They have played at various clubs and society's annual events and for a number of local care homes thus raising funds for their nominated charity which is currently St Francis Hospice at Berkhamsted.
Katie's Jumping Fleas, KJF, The Fleas... whatever you call thems (and they'll answer to pretty much anything!) are a 17-strong (at our most mighty) uke 'super-group', aiming to have fun playing music from this century and the last (yes, they're that old), to entertain all those they meet - or that happen upon us in the street - particularly those that cannot easily get out to enjoy music.
They've been playing together since 2013, have entertained the Bishop in Southwark Cathedral, been offered drinks from Ken Bruce's drinks trolley, and played for the assembled masses at the St Albans Street Festival. They donate the vast majority of funds raised to supporting local and national charities.
Noah is a singer/ songwriter who has played at the Berkhamstead Ukelele Festival twice before. The first time he played in his school group, and last year he played two songs on the open mic session.
Noah played Shotgun, was asked to do an encore, and played another song by George Ezra. This year he has been given a ten-minute set so this will be his first-ever gig!!!
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 is good (but may fill up quickly).
Note that the temporary car park on The Moor is usually closed.
Also note that the car park off Lower King's Road is closed for building a controversial multi-story car park (grrr!).
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 £6.00 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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