‘A major event in the European ukulele calendar, bringing the biggest, best, silliest & just plain friendly artists from around the world, to you. There are big concerts and musical jams, large and small. There are stalls and sing-alongs and open-mics and crafts workshops and loads of surprises. There are new people to meet and old friends to catch up with. There are opportunities for youth and adults and the young-at-heart to participate in the arts and music. Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is built by a small group of ukulele players passionate about the music (and who happen to like supporting artists and doing nice things for their communities).’
To say that Del Rey plays blues, jazz and ragtime fingerstyle on a metal resonator ukulele does not do her amazing talent justice. She was inspired to become a blues queen as a teenager, when she met the legendary guitarist Sam Chatmon, then in his 70s, of the Mississippi Sheiks. She plays licks on her resonator instruments that no one else can play, using 9 out of 10 fingers in the process. She tours regularly to all parts of the world and lives in Seattle. Del Rey will leave you speechless, breathless and totally clueless as to how she makes her uke sing the way it does. What they say about Del Rey: Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills … it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour. Blues In Britain Fun Fact About Del Rey: She knows how to dance the Charleston.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
“The Best of British” Michael Palin
“May well turn out to be one of the turning points of 21st Century Art.” Brian Eno
‘A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. The Ukulele Orchestra started as a bit of fun in 1985. The first gig, intended as a one-off, was an instant sell out. Since then, the Orchestra has given thousands of concerts, TV and radio appearances all over the world including the BBC (UK) and 3Sat (Germany). The music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while film clips of the Orchestra’s live concerts and TV appearances on websites such as YouTube have been watched millions of times. Collaborators include Madness, The Kaiser Chiefs, and The Ministry of Sound. The current ensemble has been playing together for almost 20 years, and in consequence has integrity and a proven unique collective fluency. The individual players have varied backgrounds but a complementary expertise, featuring strong individual voices and instrumental abilities. Their different perspectives and styles coexist in one varied yet harmonious show.’
Grand Northern Ukulele Festival’ – September 13th – 14th Huddersfield Town Hall http://www.northernuke.com