With our 2020 festival disrupted (like so much) by Covid-19, we just couldn’t remain quiet. We’ve been spending time making plans and raising funds and pulling people together to offer a range of free workshops and other activities. They begin at what would have been the weekend of our festival and they will continue throughout the summer. Many of the world’s events feel massive but making music and sharing our love of it is a small and good thing and we’re pleased to be able to continue to support this.
Putting Some Good Things Out Into the World
The first event includes a kind of virtual Mim’s Stage and a range of workshops from some of the UK’s finest ukulele players. In future events, we hope to feature ukulele players from around the world. We also hope to create a space for more dialogue and sharing of ideas. Don’t think of this a brief one-off virtual GNUF. Think of it as a way to open up the things we do to even more people in even more places. Long may this continue.
Events as they Happened
The Hedge Inspectors
The Hedge Inspectors led what they called a, “fun shop” which included a sing/playalong and lots of humorous stories about their songs and their GNUF experiences.
Tricity Vogue led a workshop called, “Tricity Vogue’s One Girl Swing Band” where audience members were encouraged to play along to songs normally performed by her big band. This workshop has handouts that you will find in the programme (download link above & at bottom of page).
Ringo Music Bingo
Ringo Music Bingo took place via Zoom where GNUF’s youngest ever performer won a round and Chris Nevard (of Magic Music) won multiple times. It was a live-only event.
Breakfast with the Ink Spots
Breakfast with the Ink Spots took place via Mixcloud where Ronan from Cork streamed music by the Ink Spots live as he has done in the cafés and bars of Huddersfield during our festival. It was a live-only event.
Throughout the afternoon on what would have been the festival Saturday, Mim has posted performances from festival goers and artists (one every 10 minutes). They will all end up on the Sideshow playlist when it’s done.
Shane McAlister performing live from a vintage railway car in New Zealand.
Andy Eastwood’s brand new workshop exploring chord embellishments.