Next Saturday a special train leaves Dublin for Castlebar. but this is no ordinary train, it will be filled with happy & enthusiastic ukulele players who have been invited to Castlebar to play at the annual “Dancing At The Crossroads”. There is a great buzz in Castlebar about the Ukulele Train and the visiting ukers.
The ukulele train has been organised by Sheilagh Fox of RUGS ukulele group in Rathfarnham and founder member of the Flukey Ukes who will also be playing at “Dancing At The Crossroads”.
There is a special Ukulele Train Songbook so there will be lots of strumming and singing aboard the train.
Over the weekend there are a number of ukulele workshops to cater for all levels of playing and of course there will be lots of jamming and performances by the Flukey Ukes. So if you’re looking for something exciting and fun to do this weekend then grab your uke and join the Ukulele Train.
All the details can be found on the Ukulele Train Facebook page:
A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE FROM UKULELE HOOLEY 2013 !
Thanks to everyone for helping to make Ukulele Hooley 2013 the best we’ve had!
We were blessed by glorious weather and it was fantastic to see the Peoples Park packed with happy people enjoying the whole event
Thanks to all the fantastic artists for brilliant performances at the “Ukulele Hooley Concert” in the Peoples Park on Sunday – we were overawed by the generosity of spirit of you all.
Thanks to everyone (and there are many) who helped in so many ways to make it all happen.
Thanks to everyone who came to all the events over the weekend, Workshops, the Bus Busk, the Open Mic on Saturday night, and of course to the 8 hour “Hooley” concert in the Peoples Park!
A special thanks to all the friendly ukers who came from overseas – we loved having you and hope you’ll come to Ukulele Hooley 2014!
We’re all thrilled (and greatly relieved) that it went so well – just a bit knackered – but we’re really looking forward to seeing your videos and photos .
A special thanks to the folks at DLR Co. Co. who make the whole event possible with their support each year.
We are already being asked for the dates for Ukulele Hooley 2014 and as soon as we know – you’ll know!
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!
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).
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a very talented ukulele player and songwriter who’s quietly been working away, steadily honing her craft. Her new album Her new album ‘Like a King’ is releasing June 5th, 2012.
It is available for pre-order here: http://danielleatethesandwich.com/index.php/store-2/
Download this track NOW, here:
She is playing one of those “ten a penny” Myna Moe Ukuleles …(just a tinge of the “green monster” erupting here- I’ve been fancying one of those beautiful ukes since I first saw them)
Remember the name “Danielle Ate The Sandwich”:-)
Ukulele Hooley, Ireland’s ukulele festival is gearing up for its 3rd year and is happening on the weekend of August 18/19th in Dun Laoghaire (with the support of Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown County Council).
Its shaping up to be a great weekend of ukulele workshops, jams, open mics, and a fantastic line up of artists from both sides of the Atlantic. There is a lot more exciting stuff to be announced yet (including more artists tba) so mark the dates in your diary now!
The website is now live but there is a lot more information to be announced, so keep checking ukulelehooley.com for updates.
“Ukester Brown” is great at picking old songs that really suit ukulele accompaniment. His nice easy playing and singing style is a pleasure to listen to.
If you haven’t already done so, check out Ukester’s website as he puts the chords or tabs up there : www.ukesterbrown.com
Stephin Merritt, the founder and songwriter of unconventional American indie band the Magnetic Fields, visits the Guardian studio with his ukulele to perform a live version of his tragic love song Andrew in Drag. He tells how the song was forged from late evenings in the pub – and also the reaction in Germany to his playing the ukulele.