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The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival Project

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival Pontefract

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A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is a brand new ukulele festival for the north of the UK. As well as celebrating the wealth of ukulele talent that the north has to offer, the festival will also feature international performers and opportunities to learn from some of the world’s leading ukulele workshop leaders.

The festival has three key principles: making things, making connections and sharing knowledge. There will be opportunities to create things, both artistic and musical; meet new people who share your interests; learn from others, and share knowledge in return.

The GNUF team are aiming to create a festival that is a bit different. They are working with local businesses (to help them bring their wares and skills to the festival) and are consulting ukulele players and festivals around the world as they develop what they hope will be a tremendously fin and unique event for everyone.

They also have a strong commitment to building something that is meaningful for both the local and wider communities. To this end, the team are working closely with The Pontefract Miners Recreational Charity, and Faceless Arts to engage local communities and include them in the festival.

Confirmed performers so far include Derby-based Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson (formerly The Re-entrants), The Anything Goes Orchestra from Sheffield, Wigan’s own Chonkinfeckle and probably the UK’s leading authority on the George Formby style of banjo uke, Mike Warren. International acts include Canadian blues man Manitoba Hal, Belgian ukulele wizard Ukulelezaza, and guaranteed to make you swoon, The Uke Box from the Netherlands.

More acts are still being confirmed so visit www.northernuke.com for the full line-up or click on the blue button above to access the website. There will also be a variety of workshops on offer at the festival, with something for everyone from beginners and anyone who is ‘uke-curious’ to more seasoned ukulele players.

The festival is also proud to offer some workshops that you just won’t see anywhere else. Highlights include “Everything You Wanted To Know About The Reso But Were Afraid To Ask”, “OpenTunings for Beginners” and “Spirit of Aloha-Hawaiian Style Ukulele”. There is also a strong focus on making instruments, such as “Make Your Own Diddley Bow” (one stringed guitar) and “Build Your Own Washtub Bass” as well as a “Paint Your Own Ukulele Workshop, which includes the opportunity to enter your design into a uke painting competition. Alongside these will be beginner, intermediate, advanced and banjo-uke playing workshops.

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival— the UK’s friendliest ukulele festival. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets are available at www.northernuke.com

For more information, contact hello@northernuke.com