This event will be held over 3 days at the Gower Heritage Centre. It will be our 3rd year celebrating this great instrument and its awesome community. You can expect quality artists, workshops,open mic sessions, jamming areas, singalongs, stalls and much more...
Based in the heart of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
We have home grown world class acts, also camping, stalls, workshops, open mic and jamming,not to forget a luscious selection of fine ales and other refreshments all for
your enjoyment and entertainment,these are just a few of the many community based activities we have planned for UFOW 2018. Promising to be a fun packed weekend!
In addition to the Festival, the centre has craft shops, craft activities, old fashioned games arcade, sandpit area,adventure playground, soft play area, tractor play area, an animal farm with chicks, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep and horses and is home to La Charrette Wales' smallest cinema.
We will be kicking off this year’s Festival on the 29th June, you can download the festival songbook and timetable below so get those Uke’s ready !!!
FRIDAY 6pm- 11pm
SATURDAY 11am- 11pm
SUNDAY 11am- 5.30pm
The Amigos Gypsy Orchestra led by Gary Phillips will be playing a mix of Parisienne Swing, Traditional Eastern European Gypsy Music, Argentinian Tango, Flamenco, Rhumba and Salsa. The orchestra opened last year's BBC Prom in The Park at Swansea's Singleton Park and also performed at the annual Swansea International Jazz Festival.
Ben plays solo ukulele using fast finger styles, mixing his love of all types of music in rock, folk, pop and classical. Producing complex sounds that astound and delight.
He loves playing well known songs and also writes his own compositions.
Recently Ben has been performing with internationally renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and had the honour of playing for the Queen's 90th birthday party.
Festival favourites Dead Mans Uke are a two man band playing old blues, dirt swing and hokum tunes on double bass and a resonator uke that belonged to Tiny Tim. They have recently played shows in Prague, Austria, Germany, Paris, London’s Hippodrome, Las Vegas and... Rotherham and are excited to be playing in Wales!
Digga Digga Duo is a 4 strings duo formed by Ana Bandarra on ukulele and Eduardo Vilamaior on double bass. The couple have been diving in the American songbook in search for musical pearls from the beginning of 20th century, adapting the arrangements to suit their format. . The repertoire focuses on popular songs from the vo-do-de-o days, that were usually classified as “foxtrots” on their sheet music covers and 78 shellac labels. They´ve been playing since 2012, mostly in sunny Rio de Janeiro, where they are based.
The Fflip Fflops formed 7 years ago after meeting at the Cardiff ukulele nights jam and cabaret session. The Quartet combine funk, latin, soul and hip hop rhythms. They have performed at various venues, events and festivals around South Wales, playing a mix of unexpected covers and original tunes. These Cardiff strummers are determined to prove that a ukulele won't just make you smile, it will also make you dance!
The music band Gaudy Orde reside in South Wales and play original toe-tapping quirky music that is fun and flippant. If you're looking for a genre then you might try 'skiffle' or 'vaudeville' although neither of those trousers are a perfect fit. However you decide to describe Gaudy Orde, one thing is certain, they are a thoroughly entertaining live act.
I’m a 20 year old Journalism student at Cardiff University. I studied A Level Music at NPTC Group of colleges, and have performed at several cafes, restaurants, weddings and festivals over the past few years (including A trip to Amsterdam!). My biggest influences are Jack Johnson, JP Cooper, Kate Nash, Paolo Nutini and Scouting for Girls.
Madison Martin, now 15 years old, made her debut at our first festival in 2016 during our open mic. In 2017 she had her own performing slot on stage. She is back again this year by popular demand, bringing us her modern take on ukulele, performing numbers by Twenty-one Pilots, Justin Bieber and Ellie King alongside some of her own original material.
Manitoba Hal is a guitarist, songwriter and ukulele player. Using a combination of looping technology and effects he creates a performance that is one-of-a-kind. His combination of finger picking and strumming creates an instantly accessible sound that compliments his fresh and inventive originals and arrangements of traditional blues.
photo © Lisa Buchanan 2017
Starting life as a regular ukulele club, the Porthcawl Ukulele Bandits have evolved into a tight, eight-piece performing band that features harmony and backing vocals and the additional use of bass, cajon, electro-melodica, accordion, mouth organ and mandolin.
Be prepared to ‘Stand and Deliver’ your appreciation for a refreshing session of ukulele based music in which no musical genres are off limits.
A singer/ songwriter, Sarah Kelly has supported stars like Joe Brown, Keston Cobblers Club and Mike Sanchez. In an eclectic set, rich with live-looped layers of harmony she presents original songs, old songs and contemporary songs but always TRUE songs: “Sarah’s voice is hugely impressive bulging with tone, range and expression, delivered expertly with oodles of soul and personality.”(“Uke Planet”) - Ukulele Festival Of Scotland “New Comer Award”
The Elderly Brothers are all choristers with the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir and although they have been singing for many years it has been recently that they formed a ukulele band. They generate a lot of fun with their music which covers a plethora of styles ranging from sixties pop to rock and roll to country to blues with a few singalongs thrown in for good measure. Prepare to be entertained!
The Hedge Inspectors are an acoustic duo based in Hampshire, who play original songs and unique covers on ukulele and bass guitar. Their songs move from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again , with subjects derived from 'true' situations and the human condition. Hosts of the award -winning 'unplugthewood' jam and open-mic , they thrive on audience participation.
The Ukoholix are an established Swansea band who perform a wide range of genres from 1960's to current day hits.They have played in many festivals and were winners of The Golden Ukulele at Winchester Ukulele Festival 2017, they have also completed a tour of Jersey. Utilising a rhythm section and a funky bass, get ready to dust off your dancing shoes for some uke madness.
Skills (various) Workshops (1 hour) fee £10 per workshop. to be paid on the day.
Sarah Kelly will be running her Complete Beginner free taster workshops at the GHC classroom all the others will be held at Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill.
You can also download the Workshops Timetable pdf in the About section of the Website.
Why not try your hand at something different and come along to our amazing Samba Drumming Workshop. Fun for all the family. No experience required and all instruments provided. More information on our Website www.drumabeat.co.uk.
Learn Any Song By Ear
This workshop teaches the basics of the Circle of Fifths and how when combined with a basic ukulele tuner the participant can learn any song they want to play. Again this is suitable for beginners because we don't need to be able to play the songs well at this stage, we're just learning to identify the chords we hear as they are played on a recording. Materials needed for this workshop are a chromatic tuner and a copy of the Circle of Fifths. Handouts are provided.
Gary, who heads the Swansea String Band and Amigos Gypsy Orchestra has been teaching at schools and universities for 30 years.
He has toured the UK and Europe with many great musicians playing blues, romany gypsy, cuban, calypso, classical, jazz, ragtime, country, rock and roll, bluegrass and soul.
This workshop will be all levels, all styles.
Just turn up and Gary will answer your questions and teach you anything you like.
Right hand technique and moving forward.
A workshop for all levels from beginner up, been playing a while? just started? Feel stuck in a rut? Then this is for you.
We’ll mainly be focusing on the right hand so only simple chord knowledge is needed.You’ll learn strumming patterns, fingerpicking, showmanship and how to put these new techniques to practice for solo playing and how to orchestrate for a larger group. A fun and relaxed hour with plenty of new ideas to take away and work on in your own time.
A singer/ songwriter, Sarah Kelly is known for her passion for the fostering of ukulele at grass roots level, through her teaching business “UKE-CAN”-Ukulele Lessons. Jump aboard a free beginner session and UKE-CAN be playing and singing Rock and Roll classics in minutes! Suitable for beginners of all ages.
Ukuleles will be supplied by Sarah for the duration of this workshop. No admission fee for this workshop but donations for our chosen charity would be kindly accepted.
Sarah's workshops are FREE.
Write Your Own Blues
Ever practised a song for an open mic, only to have someone else perform it before you get the chance ? Open mic hosts The Hedge Inspectors will help you construct a totally original blues song, and pass on some invaluable open mic tips into the bargain.
Clawhammer Uke from a Banjo player's hand
Coming to the style from the perspective of an experienced Clawhammer Banjo player, this workshop will look at how the clawhammer 'bum-diddy' and a few right-hand tricks can inform and expand simple chordal accompaniment styles, without having to learn whole new arrangements. Beginners welcome!
Singing / Harmony
In this Workshop Roland will be teaching,singing and in particular vocal harmony and since Roland was brought up in a Welsh musical family, he gained much experience in singing ranging from choral to smaller ensembles. If you want to find an easy and fun way to learn how to sing harmony by ear then this is the course for you. No note reading, no bogging down in music theory, learn to sing harmony intuitively. Just come along and enjoy!
Footage Courtesy of Alun Wyn Jones
UKULELE FESTIVAL OF WALES (WEEKEND) - GOWER HERITAGE CENTER PARKMILL GOWER SWANSEA
29/06/2018 - £33.00
UKULELE FESTIVAL OF WALES (FRIDAY) - GOWER HERITAGE CENTER PARKMILL GOWER SWANSEA
29/06/2018 - £8.00
UKULELE FESTIVAL OF WALES (SATURDAY) - GOWER HERITAGE CENTER PARKMILL GOWER SWANSEA
30/06/2018 - £20.00
UKULELE FESTIVAL OF WALES (SUNDAY) - GOWER HERITAGE CENTER PARKMILL GOWER SWANSEA
01/07/2018 - £10.00
221 Oxford Street, Swansea SA1 3BQ
Camping @ GHC
Camping £8 per night.
Motorhome/Caravan £12 per night.
Motorhomes and Caravans @ GHC
It is advisable to pre book your plot to avoid disappointment.
Gower Heritage Centre,
Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 371206
Fax: +44 (0) 1792 371471
Whether you are looking for somewhere you can relax and unwind in a tranquil environment or have an exhilarating and exciting activity holiday in spectacular settings, Swansea, Gower, Mumbles
Telephone: 01792 371 441
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