Ukulele festival strums into Lancaster

L-R Barrie Marshall, Robert Whiteside, Delia Hamer, Carol Woulfe and Mike Gradwell of the Gillow Ukulele group.  Photo Credit:  Mandy Holten.
L-R Barrie Marshall, Robert Whiteside, Delia Hamer, Carol Woulfe and Mike Gradwell of the Gillow Ukulele group. Photo Credit: Mandy Holten.
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Lancaster will celebrate the ukulele craze with a day of four stringed strumming on Saturday, July 19.

The first ever Lancaster Ukulele Malarkey includes a try-out session for absolute beginners, group performances, solo spots and pub sessions, as well as a performance by ukulele and violin duo Lou Armer and Alice Brockman.

All events are free, and everyone is welcome, whether as a player or audience member.

The city’s fabulous historic St John’s Church will be the main focus for the afternoon events, lending an elegant Georgian atmosphere to the day.

There will be a short beginners workshop from 12.30pm, with ukes available to try.

Local clubs will then perform and share their songs from 2pm, including sets by players from Lancaster, Morecambe and Arnside. Each group will perform favourite songs, and lead the audience in a sing and strum as well. The nearby Bobbin pub will also welcome uke players if you like a beer with your music.

From tea time the focus shifts to the city’s uke-friendly Robert Gillow pub with solo performers and small groups taking the stage from 6pm. Lou Armer and Alice Brockman round off the evening with a performance of their original songs from 9pm.

All events are free, although donations are invited to support the upkeep of St John’s Church.

Performance and workshop places are limited and should be booked in advance. Further information can be found at www.ukulelemalarkey.com or by contacting sue@sueparish.com or call 07981 535073.