The Mighty Ukulele monthly email of uke events in & around London alerted me to a free afternoon ukulele festival at the Queen’s Theatre, near the easternmost end of the District Line, out in Essex. Facilitated by a seven-piece Chelmsford-based electro-uke band called the D’Ukes, it was a pleasant & relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
There were around half a dozen stalls from local music shops selling ukes, mandolins & banjos; accessories & music books plus an info stall with lists of local ukulele clubs. One stall had a free hourly draw to win an electronic tuner & I was lucky enough to win the first one (probably because I was the only person paying attention when the initial announcement was made!). Read the rest of this entry »
Just is case yer wondering where I am, I’m travelling around the Himalayas for three months.
5416m above sea level, 21 day trek, I’m at Thorong La Pass – the highest place on earth you can go without the use of mountain climbing gear. Next Darjeeling, then Kashmir. Read the rest of this entry »