Category Archives: Interesting Uke Sites

Grand Southern Ukulele Festival 2015

Grand Southern Ukulele Festival 2015
A reminder for those of you who might be interested but haven’t yet decided to attend  – the first Grand Southern Ukulele Festival is happening in Portsmouth from Fri 9 – Sun 11 Oct 2015. The main events are on the Saturday but there are workshops, performances, stalls  & jamming sessions over all three days. Artists include Phil Doleman, Aldrine Gurrero, Mike Hind, Krabbers, The Mersey Belles, Ben Rouse, Tricity Vogue & many others.

Entrance for the whole weekend cost £44 (workshops are extra) but there is currently a daily competition on Facebook to win free & half-price tickets.


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Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sep 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sep 19th

Ahoy there, me fine uke strummin’ mateys! It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day again. (I be nothin’ if not predicatble, yarr!)

That scurvy landlubber, Colin Tribe, be playin’ the Johnny Kidd & the Pirates sea-shanty, Shakin’ All Over. Batten down the hatches, a storm be a brewin’!

Long Jeanette Silver



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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

Stu Fuchs (aka Stukulele / Ukulele Dojo) is doing a new series of beginners’ videos, starting with the basics & progressing as he teaches his latest class. He says these are for anyone who wants a refresher or check to see if they need to get out of any bad habits they’ve picked up whilst playing. This first one covers strumming; keeping rhythm; accenting the backbeat; fretting chords without too much tension; & a simple strumalong to Jamaica Farewell. In Week Two he introduces 3/4 time & plays a long-distance duet with you of Amazing Grace.

There are also plenty of other interesting items & tutorials on his website, at all levels, so do have a look round.



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PLUC Weekend Workout

Uke Nut is an interesting blog, covering various ukulele resources, including links to a selection of fingerstyle tunes & practice drills. Amongst the instructional postings are some links to a useful site of tools –

Uke Nut has customised the Fretboard Memorisation Tool for a standard gCEA-tuned uke. Use it to practice identifying the notes up to the 10th fret. This will help you develop your skills, including helping you form moveable chords more readily.

Ukulele Fretboard Memorization Tool from, customised by Uke Nut

Ukulele Fretboard Memorization Tool from, customised by Uke Nut


More PLUC fretboard-relatedmoveable chord & quiz posts.


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Hollesley 2015

If you like listening to or playing the uke, if you like meeting fun-loving, friendly and knowledgeable people, all in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, then Hollesley Ukulele Jamboree was the place to be.

Friday was open mic night, where our very own Rufus gave a wonderful rendition of Blue Turning Grey Over You.

The highlight of Saturday night’s show was Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson reuniting as The Re-entrants and knocking out a better-than-Lemmie version of Ace Of Spades; the whole show magnificently MC’d by ‘Top Table’ Chris. Eat your heart out, Brucie!

In Sunday afternoon’s communal sing-song we went through forty numbers, ending with a tear-jerking version of that well known Vera Lynn WW2 ditty, Whale Meat Again.

To sum up, despite the effing weather, it was still a f***ing great weekend. And the beer was only £2.80 a pint.

Sweary Steve

See Rufus’ commentary on the 2012 event.

Here are The Re-entrants at Hollesley 2009, playing Thriller for German TV station NDR:



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Dr Crotchety’s Top Twelve Uke Tunes

PLUC founder, Simon, recently spotted an article in the Guardian by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, aka Dr Crotchety, on her top twelve populist ukulele songs. In true form, we only play one of these (see if you can guess which of our numbers it might be, before checking out the link).


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As today is Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday, here’s a nicely done version of the Harrison – Starr composition & my favourite of his solo numbers, Photograph, from LeoHareMusic. Remember to say “Peace & Love!” at midday. But don’t ask him for his autograph!


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