Category Archives: Uke – Events & In The Media

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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Save Tin Pan Alley!

Denmark Street – known as the British ‘Tin Pan Alley’ – lies tucked away just off Charing Cross Road & has been the home of many important music-related businesses since the 1920s: music publishers, songwriters, recording studios & rehearsal spaces, bars, sheet music vendors & instrument shops. Musicians connected with the street include the Rolling Stones, Kinks, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John & the Sex Pistols. The NME & Melody Maker magazines had their early offices there.

For most of us now it’s the nearest place we can go to find a selection of shops to try out ukuleles & other instruments – particularly specialist guitars – before buying, rather than making purchases online. It’s still the centre of London’s music industry, with many hundreds of thousands of visitors.

With the Crossrail development cutting through the area, numerous places round Tottenham Court Road station have already been closed down & demolished. In January 2015, properties such as the 12 Bar Club and the Enterprise rehearsal studios were shut in preparation for further building works.

A petition has been raised to try to preserve this historic musical street & rejuvenate it, before it’s completely lost to becoming luxury flats, hotels or more faceless offices, with just a very few shops allowed to remain.

Do please have a read about the background to the campaign & sign the petition if you feel Denmark Street’s musical heritage should be saved. Thank you.

Trailer from RoundBoy Pictures‘ forthcoming official documentary, The Demise Of Denmark Street:




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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 it’s Father’s Day, here’s Ken Middleton & Alex Holmes with their arrangement of Father & Son by Cat Stevens:


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Do get out & vote today, folks! Here’s the Martini Encounter with I Predict A (Political) Riot:


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