Only a couple of weeks to go now, and thought I would share some of the delights that you will see on the main stage at this years Grand Northern Ukulele Festival at Huddersfield this year.In fact, the whole weekend has SO many act performing I have to apologise in advance as I can't list videos of every performer - frankly this page would then load so slowly it would be useless - but if you are thinking of going, this is just a taster. The event also has workshops, a full fringe event with many performers of true renown playing in unusual venues around the town and lots of other surprises too.
Anyway, I have to kick off with the totally awesome headliners. I believe I am correct in saying that this is their first Ukulele Festival appearance, so a true treat for those attending. They need little more introduction from me - its THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN!!!
Also on the main stage, a performer I am keen to see who plays sublime rhythmic blues and ragtime. Again I think this is her first UK Uke Fest appearance - its Del Ray!
Next up, a band I have not yet seen live, but love their arrangements. I suspect a good many people at the fest know at least one third of the band in the shape of Paul Tucker of the Southern Ukulele Store - its Mother Ukers! ( I had to share this one - anyone covering Janes Addiction on uke is ok by me!)
One of the youngest performers at the festival, Zoë Bestel has the voice of an angel and has already been recognised as a huge talent, with comparisons being drawn to KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald
Next, somebody I am really looking forward to meeting in the flesh - I've interviewed Tricity Vogue on this blog and also reviewed one of her CD's - she performs with her All Girl Swing Band.
And for those wanting a dance - returning to the festival since they absolutely nailed their 2013 performance at GNUF, its the Anything Goes Orchestra!
Beyond that, they also have the likes of the Mersey Belles, Krabbers, Andy Eastwood, Chonkinfeckle, Phil Doleman, Some Like It Ossett, Ukulelezaza, Lionel K Hubert, Vonck and Vlam, Peter Moss, Michael Adcock, Eek, Uke Of Carl and more surprises to come. What I really like is the variety across the acts - really is something for everyone.
There are some tickets still available, but I believe it is now already the biggest uke festival in the UK with sales to date! 13-14 September, Huddersfield, UK