Cornwall Ukelele Festival
....then you’ll be sure to get yourself along on Saturday March 3rd to the third Cornwall Ukulele Festival, an event that will attract a multitude of four-string strummers from across the South West.
The popularity of the ukulele, traditionally the sound of the dancehall and vaudeville, is on the march with more people than ever taking up the quick-to-learn instrument.
This year’s Cornwall Ukulele Festival returns the Heartlands, Pool, where more than 200 enthusiasts gathered last year to take part in workshops, jams, watch performances and share songs.
Members of west Cornwall’s Dancing Flea Orchestra, who organise and sponsor the festival, have promised to build on last year’s success.
Dancing Flea Orchestra member Dave Ireland said: “It is clear that the ukulele is an increasingly popular instrument. This year’s festival will be bigger than ever and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more ukulele-ists to Heartlands.
Players, singers and supporters of all ages are welcome to come to the festival and will be entertained to a mixture of performance spots, jam sessions, break-out rooms, open mic slots and workshops.
Penzance-based Music Box will once again provide ‘Dr Uke’ advice and repair sessions and local ukulele bands will be playing throughout the afternoon including outfits from Camborne, Constantine, St Merryn, Looe, Lostwithiel and Liskeard.
Dave added: “Back by popular demand, Cornwall’s own and great ukulele-stylists Sunny Side Up will close the festival at 6pm, with something for everybody. What great fun to round off an amazing family day!”
The licensed Red River Café will provide and food and refreshments throughout the day, and there will be a repeat of last year’s raffle of high-quality prizes, to raise funds for a local music charity.
The Cornwall Ukulele Festival takes place on Saturday, March 3rd, with the doors opening at noon. Tickets are £3 for adults, with free entry for accompanied children under the age of 12.