Peter Delaney has been playing the ukulele as his main instrument for longer than anyone I know in Ireland. As anyone who has seen and heard Peter will tell you he’s a fine singer/songwriter and this new album “Witch Bottle” has some beautiful tunes. Check it out.
At last the sunshine is back so it’s that time of the year again – time to announce Ireland’s ukulele festival :
The Ukulele Hooley 2013 in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday and Sunday August 24/25
We have a grand lineup of ukulele artists from all round the world but as usual the whole emphasis of the “Hooley” is to have a celebration of the ukulele and a fun get together of ukulele friends from all over. Its going to be a weekend of ukulele fun and laughter…and a lot of wonderful music!
The Ukulele Hooley website is currently being updated and will be up and running in the next week so keep checking back.
So start making your plans to get yourself and your uke to the Ukulele Hooley By The Sea!
Don’t miss out
A terrific version of a traditional irish tune “The Fisherman’s Hornpipe” played campanella style on the ukulele by Tim Keough. We’ve featured Tim’s wonderful playing on the blog before but this is his latest posting to his youtube channel “ukuleletim”.
Tim also has a very useful website for ukulele players called Ukulele Secrets The catchphrase for Tim’s blog is “Play ukulele like a badass!” – Check it out
Great news for the many Irish fans of the Ukulele Orchestra of Gt. Britain they will be appearing at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on July 25th, UCH Limerick 26th, Theatre Royal, Waterford 27th and finish off at the Cork Opera House on 28th. Tickets have already gone on sale and I’m sure they will sell out pretty quick so don’t miss out – book now !
The concert is being promoted by Pat Byrne (a member of UkuHooley).
Not to be missed – the fabulous Minnie & the Illywhackers for a night of Ukulele Swing and Good-Time music at Kilmainham’s Patriot Inn on 12th April. Free admission
Just to let you know that Ukeristic Congress will be playing in McCloskeys in Donnybrook this Friday evening after the Fúttball i.e. from around 9.30 – 10pm til late. Admission is free so come on down – win or lose they’ll be knocking out the tunes with the roof on or off!
They’ve been around for a couple of years but just came across them today, Track Dogs are a band of Irish and Spanish musicians with great songs and some nice videos. Check them out on YouTube.
Nice version of a Smeck piece by talented George Elmes from Dublin.
Here’s George’s fingerpicked version of “12th St. Rag”.
Just recently came across Italian blues singer and uke player Blue Dean Carcione. Good bluesy voice and like the suitcase foot percussion
The wonderful Hot Potato Syncopators at last August’s Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire.