What a amazing day we had last Saturday, all the bands were fantastic and so was the weather. It was great to see all our ukulele friends enjoying themselves along with everyone else that came for a great day. I want to say a big Hello and Thank You for coming to Miina and Tiina from Finland, who came especially for the event! Along with having lots of fun you very generous people gave an phenomenal £504.94 for The Ukulele Kids Club UK, Thank you so much.
All the photos we have received so far of the day you can find under Festival 2017 Photo Gallery on this website, more will be added as they come in. Also lots of videos of the bands on our Facebook page and also on YouTube. Just to say once again thank you for coming and making our Festival 2017 such a success!
The Gazebo is up, the Bunting is hung, the fun begins from 11, music all day ’till 6 at The Cinque Ports Arms Inn Rye. Looks like an Ice Cream Day to me!
Just thought we would tempt you Folks with the Bands playing at the Festival on Saturday! For your enjoyment and delectation……….
Hall and Blokes
The Ukulele Conservatoire
Cool Hand Ukes
Doddington Ukulele Movement (DUM)
BIG Ukulele Jam
Pevensey Ukulele Group (PUG)
and of course RUE!!
Along with our 1967 themed Big Busk for all to join in, it is looking to be a family fun day for all to enjoy along with all the extras of food, ice cream, musical instruments and items to buy, ice cream, leis, ice cream, kazoos, ice cream, bubbles, ice cream, drinks and…….did I mention ice cream?
Not forgetting we are aiming to raise lots and lots of money for charity with our wonderful raffle and tombola, so be there or be square!
Just look at our Grand Raffle Prize! A beautiful Kala Concert ukulele, signed by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! All proceeds to The Ukulele Kids Club UK.
Come and get your tickets at Rye Ukulele Festival on Saturday 8th July!!
Not long now until our Festival,and we are all getting very excited and checking lots of lists! We are once again supporting the Ukulele Kids Charity UK, everyone was so generous and supportive last year and we raised an amazing amount, we hope to do just as well this year!!
Another exciting piece of news is that we have a concert ukulele signed by, wait for it,…………… THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITIAN!!!! to raffle on the day, so make sure you get your tickets folks! As of last year we have two amazing food vendors, along with Noah Ukuleles, and the Music Trading Company, as well as all the other festival paraphernalia and of course Ice Cream, no festival would be the same without it! Recently we were told we are listed on the best ukulele festivals 2017 in ukulele music info.
Don’t forget to download the Big Busk Book from the website, copies will be for sale on the day if not, and start digging out your Threads for our 1967 theme, we are expecting a very colourful day! If anyone is unsure of the details of our free entrance festival it is being held at the Cinque Ports Pub in Rye on Saturday 8th July from 11am, be there or be square!
Here we are after playing at the RSPCA Open Day event recently in Hastings, great day there, next stop Festival, Yaay!!
We had a busy April, playing at another two venues, the first was at Iden’s Ship to Shore Variety show where the Experiment played the matinee and evening performances. The audience joined us singing along with a selection of sea inspired songs and sea shanties!
We followed this by playing at the Heffle Cuckoo Fair at Heathfield a Fair held to raise funds for Demelza Children’s Charity, a really well attended fair with lots of interesting stalls and various events.
We had a great time at all of the April venues we played at and are busy rehearsing ready for our next venue which is the RSPCA Open Day on 28th May at Bluebell Hill in Hastings, check out our What’s On page for future events, looking forward to seeing you there!
What a great afternoon we had in East Farleigh on Saturday, here we are after our set. Thank you for inviting us Caramellos!
We are happy to report that all the preparations are well underway for our 3rd Ukulele Festival!
Our theme for this year is the music of 1967 in honour of 50 years of Sgt Pepper release, so dig out your hippy garb, twiggy dresses, floppy hats et. all and we will have a groovy time!
You can access The Big Busk Book for the day here, on our Facebook page and also under the Festival 2017 header page on this website.
We will be supporting The Ukulele Kids Club UK again this year
a very worthwhile Charity that supplies Ukuleles and tutors to sick children in hospital to help with recovery.
There will be food and, of course, ice cream vendors as well as Noah Ukuleles and The Music Trading Company there for your enjoyment and perusal and we are so looking forward to welcoming friends old and new for another fun filled happy day.
So, BE THERE OR BE SQUARE !!!
Last week saw the return of The Scallop Festival in Rye and RUE enjoyed playing a variety of Sea related songs for our lovely audience. Also our very talented crew performed solo spots and some songs written especially for the evening by Floris.
Thanks to Jonathan and his team at the Queens Head for the delicious scallop dishes and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards The Ukulele Kids Charity UK. Below is a photo of some of the Band with Olly Campion who organises the festival and supports this website with his technical knowledge for us.
In 2016, we played at over 20 events……fairs, festivals, fetes, and open days. The charities we supported included The Music Well, St Michaels Hospice, Dementia Awareness, Sue Ryder, The Sara Lee Trust and the RSPCA. In addition, we independently raised £245.24 for St Michaels Hospice, and £873.64 for The Ukulele Kids Club UK. We met many new friends and had lots of fun along the way!
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us and put coins (and notes!) into our buckets. Let’s see if we can improve on that in 2017!