Welcome to the Ukulele Festival of Wales No. 2. 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 2017. 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 23rd June at the Gower Inn, you can download the festival songbook and timetable below so get those Uke’s ready !!!
Gower inn Friday 5pm .'till late free admission !!!
Gower Heritage Centre opening times:
Matt Hicks has been writing and performing his songs for longer than he is comfortable admitting. Originally a sensitive flower with an acoustic guitar, Matt picked up a ukulele ten years ago for something a little different. Since then the ukulele has become his main instrument and he has become a respected singer songwriter of blues, bluegrass and folk(ish) original songs written and performed on his Uke.
Percy Copley performs a variety of songs with a ukulele. Jazz, blues, country, folk - Fats Waller to Lyle Lovett, Blind Boy Fuller to Gillian Welch. Soprano Uke, reso Uke and tenor Uke, fingerpicking and rhythm! After drama college he worked in theatre and music as a professional actor, singer and musician. He has played festivals in the uk and Europe and recently completed 23 years at Disney in France.
Peter Moss has been involved with the ukulele on and off for the past 45 years. Today he runs successful workshops, from being virtually unknown 3yrs ago, to being in regular contact not only from the UK, but across Europe, the Far East, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia to name a few countries. Peter continues to develop his repertoire and demonstrates unique styles on both the ukulele and Banjolele.
The Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave Trio is comprised of Chris 'Ukulele' Hough on ukulele, 'Lonesome' Dave Searson on guitar and 'Brother' Bill Leach on Hawaiian guitar. They specialize in obscure 1920's and 1930`s jazz, tin pan alley songs and traditional Hawaiian music with a skill and authenticity. Hailing from Liverpool, a city with a rich musical heritage. The trio started life as all good trios do, as a duo.
Gary Phillips has performed all over the globe and will be playing a special set of tunes showing the true potential of the ukulele in many different styles including Hawaiian, Latin, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Ragtime, Blues, Old-Timey, Contemporary and more,Gary will also be providing workshops for different styles of the Ukulele for beginner and advanced at the Festival.
Chonkinfeckle shot to national fame in 2014 when their song ‘I’m from Wigan me’ became the official anthem of Wigan Athletic’s journey to the F.A. Cup semi-finals, which included the then Chairman, Dave Whelan making a guest appearance on the video!Chonkinfeckle’s songs tell of true(ish) stories of everyday life in a Northern town including work, wives, kids, even the Mother-in-law!
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”
AD Cooke Is a singer, musician, performer, songwriter and vocal coach, she started playing guitar and piano at the age of eight. Coming from a musical family, AD has developed her slick stagecraft and performance over many years of gigging with bands and musicians that now reflects in her own unique style, she has performed with The Drifters, Big Country, Edwin Star, Dr. Feelgood, The Sweet,The Grumbleweeds, The Real Thing.
The Fflip Fflops formed 6 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!
This group of enthusiastic local musicians have now launched what they believe to be a unique band to the area. Swansea String Band include all stringed instruments as well as ukuleles, including a violin section, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.They'll be playing an upbeat set including, rock n roll, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, salsa, funk, disco, ska, pop and rock classics. Get those dancing shoes on!
Porthcawl Ukulele Band opened last year's Ukulele Festival of Wales and, according to the organiser, "gave it a great kick start". Fellow performer Matt Hicks said, "they epitomise everything that others should aspire to. Their expert entertainment makes your hairs stand on end and want to get up with them to play". Their performing arm, SuperUkes, will be filling the same spot on Saturday and would love to have your company.
The Plucking Fourstrings began 3 years ago and are now resident musicians at the Andrew Buchan Bar. When they are not drinking or falling over they tear through classics and current material. They perform at festivals and various charity events and support many causes. Rumours are not true that most of the money raised is a result of being paid off by promoters after performing one or two chaotic numbers!
Workshops (1 hour) fee £10 per workshop. to be paid on the day.
Sarah Kelly will be running her 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.
American Roots Workshop
Enter the world of Woody Guthrie and Doc Watson as Matt Hicks presents the very basics of blues, country, folk chord progressions and run downs. We'll jam to Woody Guthrie and other songs and adopt some tricks to help improvise with melody patterns.This is a trial work shop aimed at intermediate players.
Performing a song
This workshop will look at ways to improve your performance when singing a song or playing in public. Tricks to learn a song, constructing a performance, intros and endings, solos and dynamics. How to get the song off the page, how to stand and use a microphone for voice and ukulele. Relax and enjoy yourself!
An introduction to fingerpicking as an accompaniment and solo style. You will learn some basic fingerpicking patterns to accompany different styles of songs and singing. Different chord shapes to get different sounds, suspended chords etc.Also picking out a lead melody on a blues tune and a fiddle tune. Guitar style finger picking and rolling patterns too.A whole new tool to play your ukulele - give your strums a rest!
Introductions and playing melody
In this workshop, you will discover how to find melody notes within most of the chords you already play. Whist this is not too taxing, it is more suited to those that have been playing for a couple of years. In 1 hour you will have your first chord melody under you belt.
Introductions and Endings
Often overlooked but a very important topic. A tune, no matter what style, slow or fast, basic or complex, requires a proper introduction to set it off. After all the work you have put into learning a new tune, treat it to a equally nice ending. Written in 4 different keys.
In This Workshop Gary will be teaching Various strumming techniques, fingerstyle melodies and musical style such as Folk,Blues,Jazz,Classical,Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime,Vaudeville,Hawaiian
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!
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.
Uke Vocal Camp
A Vocal workshop for Adult groups, learn how to improve your singing voice immediately. take your singing to the next level, also includes confidence building and performance tips.
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.
Gower inn Friday 5pm .'till late free admission.
Children 2-16 years £5.80
Adult all day £20.00
Adult all day 10am-8pm £10.00
Camping @ GHC
Minimum 2 nights £7.50 per night =£15.00
Motorhomes and Caravans @ GHC
Minimum 2 nights £10 per nights = £20.00
It is advisable to pre book your plot to avoid disappointment.
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS BY RINGING THE GOWER HERITAGE CENTRE TICKET HOTLINE ON: 01792 371206.
Your one-stop shop for accommodation, activities and attractions in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower.The friendly staff at Swansea Tourist Information Centre are available to help you with booking accommodation, both locally and nationwide. We can even make the booking for you, through our quick, hassle-free Bed Booking Service (£2 fee).
Swansea Tourist Information Centre Plymouth Street (back of Grand Theatre)
Swansea SA1 3QG
Tel: 01792 468321
Opening hours:Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 5:30pm(bank holidays 10am – 4pm)
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Just some of the business currently supporting the festival.