What a special day we had at Pevensey’s first Ukulele Festival! There is something very special about Ukulele groups, always a warm welcome and a feeling of family, our love of that little instrument binds us together! There were some great groups and we played into the afternoon. We also met a lot of our friends that had played at our festival this year and it was lovely to be told that Pevensey was another group that our festival in Rye had inspired to hold their own. I think as time goes on we will have a summer full of Ukulele Festivals in the South East and all I can say is Yaay!
One of the great things of belonging to such a special place as Rye is that we are asked to playing is some secret places, and so it was at the recent fund raising event for Rye’s Bonfire Society. A beautiful garden tucked away behind the high street where there were many stalls selling a myriad of things, along with tea and cake what more could you want!
What a beautiful evening for our club summer party bash Friday evening! This year we combined our 4th Birthday Party with the event and Ali produced a wonderful cake along with various cup cakes for us all to enjoy as well, yum!
A great evening was had by all with lots of uke playing and games and as soon as we were replete with picnics and a sherbet or two some great separate performances and sing a longs!
We wanted to share with you a message Justine received from the inspirational Corey Bergman.
Bless you for your amazing donation to UKC-UK. We are so grateful for your support and generosity for our kids.
Also attached is a link to a TED lecture Cory gave explaining about the birth of the Charity, a Charity that is spreading far further than its origins in America where it first started. https://youtu.be/4IgyDjFAxdg
We were amazed and wonderfully happy to find out that the final total we raised for the Ukulele Kids Charity U. K. was a whopping
£ 764.81 !!
All down to your wonderful support and generosity. We can’t thank you enough for helping us raise money so sick children in hospital can learn the wonders of our beloved instrument and as they keep the ukes, who knows this may have started the career of some new ukulele stars!
We were a bit thin on the ground at this gig, who said holidays are allowed?! but we gave it our all, and enjoyed every minute…..except for when Bob broke a string…….its getting to be a bit of a habit. Mark came to the rescue with his version of Teenage Kicks.
Wow, what a fabulous Festival!
The sun gods made good, after a very wet wobbly week, so huge sighs of relief, in fact lots of sun cream was applied! Once again lots of wonderful festival goers enjoying our great bands with pizza and ice cream on the way, thank you all who came – played, sang, ate, enjoyed and supported our charity the Ukulele Kids Club UK.
Photographs are starting to come in and will be posted in the photo gallery section on Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 tab.
The wonderful news is that we raised over £328.00 on the day, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity!
Just another two whole days to go now before this year’s Festival!
Everything has been ticked off the list and lots of Hawaiian Flowery outfits have been seen in the Rye Area…..!
Don’t forget to download the big busk book under the Festival 2016 tab and bring your friends along to our Free Festival and help us support the Ukulele Kids Club UK !
Just to get you in the mood here are some piccies from last year ALOHA!
Only two weeks to go now and things are hotting up at festival HQ!
Although we have a larger number of seats than last year if you have any portable picnic chairs and or tables it would be a good idea to bring them to ensure you get seats. The grassed area in front of the stage will be set aside for seating on picnic blankets for people who want to bring them
There will be bar areas set up along with a gourmet food truck, wood fired pizza and an ice cream van, There will also be two ukulele stalls.
If you wanted to perform this year at the festival but we were full when you applied, don’t forget our open mic from about 6pm, you can register on arrival and it will run on a first come first served basis.
Also, just a reminder – if you are able to donate any preloved/new instruments/tuners to the Ukulele Kids Club UK bring them along on the day and we will make sure they get there and they know who donated them.
So Tune your Ukes, Dust off your Hawaiian outfits and get your satnav, map or whatever you use! ready to come and join us for a fun day and don’t forget to keep those fingers and toes crossed for sunny weather!
What a great time we had at Doddington Uke Fest on Saturday, We had sunshine right up until late afternoon and it was great sitting in the gardens at the George Inn. We really enjoyed watching all the other bands, it just goes to show how diverse the Ukulele is! A big thank you to Bob, Marianne and all at Doddington for arranging such a lovely day!
Check out our Facebook page for the video of our set!