World-class artists, new works, familiar favourites and European debuts. You’ll see all this and more at the Award-Winning 2018 Grand Northern Ukulele Festival!
She made her ukulele festival debut with us last year and there was a massive buzz about her astonishing performance. She’s been nominated for a BBC Young Folk Award. She’s performed at the Royal Albert Hall and she played Cambridge Folk Festival this past summer. Amelia Coburn is a rising star and we’re chuffed to bits to welcome her back.
(photo credit: Ida Glūsič)
One of those artists you’re genuinely surprised to discover, Andrew Molina is appearing for the very first time in the UK. In his native Hawaii, he’s a respected player having performed with Jake Shimabukuro and other renowned Hawaiian musicians. Andrew is joined by his father Jay on guitar.
Andy Eastwood needs no introduction. He is genuinely the hardest working performer we know and his musical mastery is unparalleled. For this year’s festival, we’ve commissioned a brand new original piece from him. He’ll also debut, “Uke History Room: The Making of a Show” as part of our new workshops & experiences.
Grand Northern Ukulele Festival
(winner of the 2017 Best Ukulele Festival prize in the Got a Ukulele/UKE Magazine awards)
This year’s festival features Andy Eastwood (GB), Andrew Molina (US), Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer (GB), Peter Luongo (CA), Bad Mouse Orchestra (DE), Amelia Coburn (GB), Elisabeth Pfeiffer (AT), Natasha Ghosh (NL), Fake Plastic Tigers (NL+GB), Matt Griffo (US), The Ukelites (DE), Astraluna, UkePunk, Oli Mansell, Iain Glencross, Opera-lele, Andydan, Belfast Ukulele Jam, Rag House, Plastic Jeezus, Marc Gallagher, Matt Hicks, Professor Chris, Ooty & the Cloud, Belfast Ukulele Jam, Dawn & her Uke, Dave & the Isaacle, Pitsmoor Ladies Ukulele Chorale (and there’s more to be announced!). These amazing artists are performing and offering new workshops and experiences.
Festival favourites including the Mim’s Ukes Sideshow Stage, Late Night Cabaret, Unplug the Wood and silliness from Simon (biscuity goodness) Taylor will also return.
All this and there are still LOADS more artists and ace things to announce!
The festival is all of this and more!
Thursday Evening – Pre-festival open mic & jam (every year, overseas artists and festival friends arrive in town on Thursday night… this year, we thought we’d throw a bit of a pre-festival party for them). Everyone is welcome.
Friday Evening- from 5pm – There are workshops, performances and jams at venues across town.
Saturday All Day & Night- from morning until late – World-class performances on 5 different stages, a wide range of workshops including the return of our popular DIY instrument-making sessions, open-mics, jams and loads more.
Sunday All Day – from morning until teatime – Even more great performances, workshops, open-mics and jams. Things wrap up around 5pm because we know folks need to get home on Sunday evening.
New for this year, you’ll find workshops and experiences covering all things ukulele and other related things like photography, performance, comedy and more.