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Ukes for UNICEF 2018 - Ukulele Festival - will be on Saturday 24th February
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
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.
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
Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics describes award winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician, Zoe Bestel, hailed as one of the country's most exciting emerging talents.
As well as numerous BBC radio performances, Zoe has also played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.
Inspired by everything from folk to post-rock, Rag House is an experimental ukulele trio producing original, atmospheric soundscapes. Formed by three members of the same family, their unique sound is based around Stephen Wragg's imaginative fretwork, Rachel Wragg's soaring, elegant vocals and her warm harmonium. Add in Andy Sharman's rhythmic beats and bass and you have a group that seeks to go beyond the standard ukulele concept. Rag House emerged from a community group in St Albans and they have since performed across the length and breadth of Britain. They mostly perform their own compositions but can't resist working occasional, timeless covers into their quirky sets.
Before and betwixt the main concert, we have entertainment from Teal, Red Kite, and Martin Harris
Note that Ben Buckton, who had been booked to play in the evening concert, has had to pull out due to work commitments.
Phil Doleman, Sarah Kelly and Colin Tribe will be running workshops during the day. Colin Tribe will be doing a workshop based on his new book Discovering Finger Style Ukulele. Not yet sure what delights Phil is planning for his workshop, but they're always brilliant. Useful and fascinating whatever level of ability you have. Last year Sarah ran a workshop for beginners which we are asking her to repeat this year:
Sarah Kelly is famous for her passion for fostering ukulele at grass roots level, through her teaching business UKE-CAN-Ukulele Lessons. Join this session and UKE-CAN be playing and singing rock 'n' roll and pop songs, in minutes, using harmonies that suit your voice. All abilities, including beginners WELCOMED!
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.
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!
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.
Sarah Kelly, member of "The Jigantics", has performed solo, at all the major mainland UK Ukulele festivals and abroad. A covert singer-songwriter, overt ukulele obsessive and eclectic song collector, Sarah loves to perform original songs, old songs, contemporary songs but always TRUE songs. "Sarah's voice is hugely impressive bulging with tone, range and expression, delivered expertly with oodles of soul and personality." (Uke Planet); Ukulele Festival Of Scotland "New Comer Award" Winner; Cheltenham festival Of Performing Arts - Open Singing Championship Winner 2016; Winner of the Musician's Union instrumentalist trophy 2017.
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!