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Ukulele Hooley 2015 – Just two weeks to go!

Ukulele Hooley 2015 Logo


Well, Ukulele Hooley 2015 is almost upon us and it’s shaping up to be one of the best festivals yet!

In just two weeks time ukulele players from all over Ireland  will be be meeting up with fellow ukers from abroad in Dun Laoghaire for a weekend of ukulele fun, music, singing and jamming.
All the hotel & guesthouse accommodation in Dun Laoghaire have been fully booked up since early in the year.

This year’s festival has all the usual events and elements that have made the Ukulele Hooley one of the most friendly and  popular ukulele festivals in Europe and we hope you’ll be able to come along and join in the Aloha spirit of the weekend.

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The Ukulele Workshops
The weekend kicks off on Saturday morning 22nd of August with some fantastic ukulele workshops by some of the most highly regarded ukulele Maestros but all of the workshops are accessible to anyone who has been playing in a club or group or just playing at home by yourself so grab this opportunity to hone your ukulele playing skills. The workshops are all listed on the festival website so check them out.

Ukulele Hooley Bus Busk
The Ukulele Hooley Bus Busk is a load of fun and makes for one of the highlights of the weekend. It always sells out quickly – and there are only a few seats left (it had actually sold out but we “found” 6 more) so don’t miss out book now!

Ukulele Hooley Open Mic
The Open Mic happens on the seafront in Dun Laoghaire and its your opportunity to perform that song you’ve been working on in front of a highly receptive and encouraging audience of fellow ukers. Its an experience you’ll always remember!

Ukulele Hooley Festival Club
The festival club will start at 9pm in the Oak Room Bar at the Kingston Hotel and runs until late. There will be ukulele playing, singing, performing and jamming until the early hours and plenty of time for nattering and catching up with old friends (not to mention making new uke ones!).


The Big Ukulele Concert in the People’s Park

Its the highlight of the whole weekend, 7 hours of fantastic ukulele bands, groups, soloists from all over the World will be performing in lovely setting of the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. The show starts at twelve noon and runs until 7pm in the evening. There’s a wonderful lineup this year and you can see them all here on the Artists Page of the Ukulele Hooley website. We’ve really pleased to be able to feature more Irish ukulele performers this year.
The concert in the park has become a big day out for families and last year over 15,000 people came through the People’s Park gates during the day. Its a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most entertaining and accomplished ukulele musicians and performers and its a lot of fun.

Children’s & Beginners Lessons in the Park
There will be children’s and beginners ukulele lessons in the People’s Park on Sunday afternoon and they will happen in a special area at 3pm . The lessons will be given bySheilagh Fox (founder Rugs).  Sheilagh is a very experienced and entertaining teacher who runs her own ukulele training school, Sheilagh’s Ukulele School

Uke Raffle in the Park
Every year some of our kind sponsors donate some beautiful ukuleles as prizes for the Festival raffle. This year we have some stunning instruments so make sure to get your tickets on the day to give yourself the opportunity of going home with the instrument of your dreams.

Sunday Night At The Festival Club
Finally don’t forget the Sunday Night Festival Club at the Oak Room at Oliveto at the Kingston hotel. Its the night we say goodbye to all our new ukulele friends and get together for the final night of Ukulele Hooley 2015.

We hope to see you at the festival over the weekend and if you could also go on to our Facebook page and “like” and “share” our posts for the festival, you will be helping to spread the word.

The Ukulele Hooley is a completely voluntary non profit festival for the ukulele community in Ireland and is funded by a grant from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

So see you all at the Hooley Folks!

Hotspot Ukes are “Brewing Up A Storm” For The Homeless

Pat Byrne of Greystones “Hotspot Ukes” has just sent us this video of the Hotspot Ukes doing a great version of “Brewing Up A Storm” which they just recorded as a single to raise funds for the Homeless at this very difficult and bitterly cold time of the year. Its a good cause, let’s support them.

The Hotspot Ukes

Pat says “Calling all Ukepluckers!
The Hotspot Ukes have recorded a single “ Brewing Up A Storm” by The Stunning for the homeless
so please watch it and if you think its good, like it! and if you really like it?…..tweet it and go to https://thehotspotukes.bandcamp.com/releases and pay €1 or more and we will pass it on to homeless charities.”

Celebrate with Minnie & The Illywhackers !

2013 has been a great year for Minnie & The Illywhackers – their third album was released to great critical acclaim.

A stonking appearance at Ireland’s Ukulele Hooley in August, and just last week played a series of brilliant shows on the Pokey LaFarge Irish tour.

And it doesn’t end there, on December 19th they are hosting (with the Blood Red Mountain Band) a “Grand Christmas Barn Dance” at the Grand Social – So help Minnie & the gang celebrate and get your butt down to the “Social”!

“Since Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley Hooloey “

“When Maggie Learned the Hooley Hooley” is a 1916 Tin Pan Alley song inspired by the impact of Hawaiian culture at the 1915 San Francisco Worlds Fair. Tin Pan Alley was quick to cash in on the new “Hula” craze and in that year alone over a hundred songs from and about Hawaii were published. Composed by George W. Meyer (responsible for many song hits of the period) with lyrics by Edgar Leslie, Bert Kalmar “When Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley Hooley was published the following year 1916. It was recorded by Marguerite Farrell a vaudeville performer and singer. Hear the original recording from the US Library of Congress here.
It was a hit at the time but the lyrics are typically Tin Pan Alley of the period, when I first them I cringed! but gradually over the last few years the novelty factor has grown on me :-)

The brilliantly named Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra (headed by Mick Moloney) brought “Maggie” back when they titled their 2011 album “When Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley Hooley” and featured the song. (cracking version)