Yes, it’s that time of the year again – Ukulele Hooley time!
Over the weekend of August 23/24 Dun Laoghaire will again play host to Ireland’s 5th international ukulele festival Ukulele Hooley. Over the past five years the Hooley has become one of the biggest ukulele festivals in Europe and last year nearly 20,000 people attended the 9 hour long concert in the People’s Park.
The festival features :
Ukulele Workshops (chance to improve your playing skills)
Big Ukulele Open Mic (an opportunity to perform in front of an appreciative audience of uke lovers)
The Ukulele Bus Busk (what could be more fun than joining an open topped bus of ukulele players as they travel around the Dun Laoghaire playing and busking?)
The Big Ukulele Event: Nine hour concert in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring some of the world’s best ukulele players. This has turned into a great family day out with people coming and picnicking with friends and family while chillin’ to the strains of the ukulele.
On a beautiful sunny Bloomsday (the recently christened) 64 Wine Ukulele Ensemble played an hour of songs that were straight from the original Bloomsday period. The suitably attired audience (it WAS Bloomsday!) seemed to enjoy it so much the ensemble were asked to play again the following day.
The ensemble were Dan McNulty, Nicola Reeves, Nuala Dempsey, Pat Connolly, Tony Boland, Julia Fox, Sheilagh Fox, Jill Siddall and finally thanks to Maestro Tommy Sheridan for his hard work.
A good day was had by all.
Tommy Sheridan is either about to conduct Dan and Nicola or levitate.
Learn how to play the uke!! New 5 Week Beginners Courses starting after Easter.
Our good friend, talented ukulele player and teacher Nora Artola, runs ukulele lessons for beginners and intermediate players on a regular basis in Rialto D8. Nora has two weekly beginner classes starting just after Easter :
Beginners Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30(29/04/14)
Beginner Saturdays at 10:00 am(Starting date 03/05/14)
5 weeks €65
Rhythm and Strumming
10 Basic chords
Reading Tabs for melody playing
Uke facts, history & more!
We constantly get enquiries for ukulele lessons on the website so if you know anyone who is thinking of learning to play the uke, perhaps you could let them know about Ukulele Lessons In Dublin
Well it WAS only a matter of time before the ukulele would take its place in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its fitting it should be in an Irish Parade. Our good friend and fellow uker, Ciaran Allen has been approached by DLRCOCO about the possibility of a ukulele group taking part in the first ever Stepaside Patricks Day parade. Ciaran is putting together a book of ukulele standards for the parade and a joint group from UkuHooley in Dun Laoghaire and Rugs in Rathfarnham are practising to take part. Ciaran says he would welcome any ukulele players to come along and join in “It will be starting at 1.00pm on Monday 17th (groups to be there at 12.30pm) opposite Kilgobbin Church (Kilgobbin Lane) and then walking into Stepaside where we will be playing on stage.”
Cait Ni Mhurchu, Holly Ni Ghrada and Georoid Mac Lochlainn are ukulele players from Belfast and they do fine versions of the Billy Holiday blues song “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and Tom Waits “Jockey Full of Bourbon – in the Irish Language!!
The Rathfarnham Ukulele Group started last year in Rathfarnham. This is their first video – Elbow’s “One Day Like This”. A great bunch of ukulele players and newcomers are welcome. RUGS meet on Mondays @ 7-9.30 in the Educate Together School on Loreto Avenue Rathfarnham.
Contact 0879882213 for further details.
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