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28 - 30th JUNE 2019

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Ukulele Festival of Wales No. 4

This event will be held over 3 days at the Gower Heritage Centre. It will be our 4th 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 2019. 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 28th June, you can download the festival songbook and timetable below so get those Uke’s ready !!!

FESTIVAL TIMES

FRIDAY  6pm- 11pm

SATURDAY 11am- 11pm

SUNDAY 11am- 6pm

LINE-UP

THE AMIGOS TRIO

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.

CAPTAIN CAT & THE SAILORS

Formed for a talent contest in late 2008, Captain Cat and the Sailors are a Swansea based folk outfit who perform with verve. Playing a range of styles including traditional, contemporary and shanties, their performances are rarely forgotten. Whether singing ballads, telling stories or playing their own creations they are sure to entertain.

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CORINNE FINNAN

Corinne has been treading the musical boards for a few decades now in various guises! Originally found playing six strings with her guitar partner Mark Trueman, then doing some solo work in pubs and folk clubs she began her ukulele career in 2010 playing uke rock, blues and soul and performing with the popular Nantwich band , the N’Ukes.

DEAD MAN’S UKE

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!

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DIM PROBLEM

A biligual band with a difference putting an ubeat feel to well known classics as well as originals.Dont think usual folk band.. rather a modern and upbeat amplified combo - ukuleles,banjos,bongos,cajon,guitar, handrum and unconventional instruments.

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GAUDY ORDE

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.

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NEIL STARR

Neil Starr is a musician hailing from Caerphilly, South Wales. He is usually found travelling the world playing with his rock n roll band ‘Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons’ but when he can he also likes to dust off his ukulele and play some solo shows. Neil’s set includes original songs mixed in with a blend of covers from the likes of The Beatles and Nirvana. Neil’s debut ukulele album, ‘Under the moon’ is set for release in 2019 and more ukulele shows are to follow.

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THE NAUGHTY CORNER UKULELE BAND

The Naughty Corner Ukulele Band are a three piece outfit based in Worcester. They are all-singing, all-strumming,toe-tapping Ukulele players with a diverse songbook. The band formed at the start of 2015 primarily as a group of buskers to raise money for a band member to run the London Marathon.

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OPERA-LELE

Opera-lele is a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele. Having both trained as singers at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College in London, George Bartle and Amanda Harkett have gone on individually to forge careers for themselves as entertainers of the highest calibre.

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PLASTIC JEEZUS

Plastic Jeezus are a three-piece from Bournemouth. We write toe-tapping tunes with hummable melodies and drily witty lyrics to make audiences chortle. We’re very passionate about performing original songs – there is no better feeling feeling than being onstage, watching a crowd dancing, smiling and singing along to song that YOU wrote.

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QUAINTEST SHOW ON EARTH

Quaintest Show On Earth are an alternative folk band from Wigan. They have played main stage with artists from all over the world at some of the most prestigious Ukulele festivals. Heavily featured across radio, short films and many forms of artistic media QSOE has caught the curiosity of many and gained a loyal following.

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SARAH KELLY

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.

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INDONESIAN ARCHITECTS

A band formed from a ukulele club based in Resolven near Neath, the band brings a lively, varied and foot tapping set with some ‘unusual’ songs not often associated with the ukulele. Covering songs by artists such as Elton John, The Eagles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, their performance promises to be a memorable one!

STEVEN SPROAT

Steven Sproat is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, ukulele exponent and bestselling author. His recording career began in the ‘80s and on his musical journey so far he has released 5 albums with several songs from those albums garnering airplay on BBC Radio 2, noteably by Aled Jones and Jeremy Vine.

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UKOHOLIX

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.

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UKULELE AL

Al is our resident photographer. However,alongside his passion for taking pictures Al has been a lifelong student of the blues and ragtime, learning his craft playing guitar and harmonica in local bands. This year, along with taking pictures, Al will be bringing a taste of the Juke Joints of the Mississippi Delta to the festival, echoing the styles of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, many others.

THE LEAGUE OF UKULELE GENTLEMEN

Are a dynamic and imaginative trio, consisting of 2 electro Ukes, Bass Uke and keyboard, and with their rich 3 part vocal harmonies they have this year thrilled audiences all over Europe and the Uk. They constantly strive to show what a lyrically beautiful instrument the Ukulele is, as well as a rhythmical one.

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UKULELE UFF TRIO

The Ukulele Uff 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.

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WORKSHOPS

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.

SATURDAY 

SARAH TAYLOR - SHAW

DRUMABEAT SAMBA 

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.

SATURDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 12.00 pm

LIAM KIRBY

CLAWHAMMER TECHNIQUE

Liam has been playing Clawhammer banjo longer than he’s been making ukuleles. In this workshop we will explore rhythmic approaches to Clawhammer ukulele informed by old-time Banjo playing, and look at accompanying American fiddle tunes in a way that suits the feel of the music.

SATURDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 2.30 pm

STEVEN SPROAT

INTRODUCING THE SPLIT STROKE 

Gentle introduction to a very complex technique ,Easing in with splitting beats/explanation of splitting beats (no upstrokes at this stage) Gradually adding the upstrokes once the ‘split’ is being understood. Not just for Formby songs but any genre that has a beat or jazziness, can be played slow, medium or fast.

SATURDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 3.45 pm

SUNDAY

SARAH KELLY

BEGINNERS

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.

SATURDAY: GHC classroom -1.00 pm  -  SUNDAY : GHC classroom -1.00 pm

CHRIS UFF

MY FAVOURITE TECHNIQUES

In this workshop i intend to dissect some aspects of my own playing. I will be explaining some of my favourite techniques including strums and finger picking and how to use them. In other words i’ll show you some fancy stuff! 

SUNDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 1.00  pm

OPERA-LELE

JOIN OPERA-LELE'S OPERA CHORUS

Ever wondered if you could sing in the opera? Well, Here’s your operatunity! George and Mandi from Opera-lele will teach you a famous opera chorus which you will then have the chance to perform on stage with Opera-lele. Here is your big chance to break into the opera - next stop, Covent Garden Opera House!

SUNDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 2.15 pm

ROLAND EMMANUEL

HOW TO SING HARMONY

This Workshop Roland will be teaching,singing and in particular vocal harmony 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!

SUNDAY : Mount Pisgah Chapel Parkmill - 3.30 pm

GALLERY

A Selection of Photos by Damien Rosser and Alun Wyn Jones

MEDIA

Footage Courtesy of Alun Wyn Jones

UFOW -  2016
UFOW - 2016 pt2
Percy Copley, Matt Hicks & Michael Addcock
Sarah Kelly 
Jam Session 
Chonkinfeckle - Brew Time
Michael Adcock
Chonkinfeckle - Alrite
Worried Man Blues
Porthcawl Ukulele Band
Pirate 
Captain Cat and the Sailors
UFOW 2017 AD Cooke & Peter Moss
UFOW 2017 Chris Hough
UFOW 2017 Percy Copley
UFOW 2017 Madison Martin
UFOW 2017 Swansea String Band
UFOW 2017 Sarah Kelly
UFOW 2017 Ukulele Uff
UFOW 2017 Chonkinfeckle
UFOW 2017 Peter Moss

TICKETS

Derricks Records

DERRICKS RECORDS

Ticket hotline: 01792 654 226 

221 Oxford Street, Swansea SA1 3BQ

info@derricksmusic.co.uk

CAMPING

Ticket concessions and Camping/Motorhome hotline: 01792 371206 ( Gower Heritage Centre)  

CONTACT

Gower Heritage Centre

By Post:
Gower Heritage Centre,
Parkmill,
Gower,
Swansea,
SA3 2EH,
Wales, U.K.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1792 371206

Fax:
+44 (0) 1792 371471

Email: reception@gowerheritagecentre.co.uk


Tourist Information

 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

Web: http://tourismswanseabay.co.uk 
Email:
info@tourismswanseabay.co.uk
Telephone: 01792 371 441

Supporting

Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.

Web: http://www.tyhafan.org

Sponsors