George Harrison was one of the world’s most famous ukulele players (plus he was in some band from Liverpool) and to celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday legendary venue The Cavern are hosting their second ukulele festival in his honour on 25th February. Pop over to the website for further information. I am terrifically excited as, yes ratfans, I have been invited to perform! How exciting is that! To perform in The Cavern in honour of George Harrison! Knock me down a proverbial feather! This is my first gig…read more
Regular readers (Mum?) will know I like to post a little something at the end of the year to reflect on the previous and ponder the new. Well 2017 has been good to The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo. After a shaky start in the studio resulting in a complete re-record in my home studio, “Naranja” was released on download and CD. I’ve just listened back to it for the first time in a while which has given my overly critical ears time to rest and you know what? I…read more
Summer Strum really is a terrific ukulele festival. Now in its third year in its Hoylake home this Wirral based wonderland of music is an outdoor weekend of fun, ukes and charity fund raising. At Summer Strum the acts play for free, the organisers work for free, it’s even free to get in. Yes indeed, free is the magic number (sorry, I couldn’t resist). So if you attend do enter the raffle, pop some pennies in a collection, attend the fundraising events and support the deserving charities of MIND and Wirral…read more
I have lots more gigs and events coming up this year and here are some of the hi-lights so far! Radio Deeside: Oh yes! The Cheesecutters are a local folk band who host a show on Radio Deeside and they’ve asked me to come in as guest on Wednesday June 21st to chat and, I presume, perform a few tunes! I cannot wait for that one! Celebrate Holywell: This is a day of decades to celebrate the town and I have stepped up for ukulele players everywhere and taken on the 1920’s and 1930’s…read more
As a ukulele festival goer, I am excited. As a ukulele music journalist I am very excited. As a ukulele artist I am over excited for it’s just over a week before the wonderful 5th instalment of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival and this year, I get to perform! I’ve been a musician much longer than I’d care to comment and I have a lot of gigs under my belt yet I cannot remember a time when I was more delighted to be booked to play somewhere. GNUF, despite being a sprightly 5 years young, has…read more
Well! It is my genuine and very great pleasure to announce I will be supporting the legendary Manitoba Hal at Conwy Folk Club on April 15th! Tickets will be available around 30 days from the event from the Folk Club website priced £7.50. Aside from the fact that Hal is a terrific performer, it is a personal privilege to open for him as he was just about the first ukulele player I came across when I first started out who showered me with inspiration. Watching Hal’s videos made me think “wow, you…read more
Gigs for 2017 are starting to come in so I thought I’d post a few key dates so far which include [drum roll please]… a spot at the outstandingly legendary GNUF – a Grand Northern Ukulele Festival… I am SO excited!!! I shall also be playing at the wonderful Summer Strum, you can of course catch me at Blukulele every month at Blue Bell Inn Halkyn and I shall be heading deeper into Wales in January to visit the lovely people of Colywn Bay. And there’s more to follow! Did somebody…read more
It was my VERY great pleasure to perform with The Ukelites over the weekend both as support act and part time bass player at The Blue Bell Inn and at The Tap ‘n’ Barrel in Wigan where I reprised my honorary bass role. Thank you to everyone who came to the shows and gave their enthusiastic support, thank you to venues for putting on the gigs and a HUGE thank you to Miri, Steffen & Luckie for coming over from Munich to perform for us. You guys were utterly sensataional and…read more
A few photos from this years’ Summer Strum. It was a brilliant weekend, I saw some fabulous acts on both the main stage and in the party tent and I was lucky enough to perform three times! A hearty bravo goes to the organisers and sound guys.
It is my very great pleasure and indeed honour to play support for The Ukelites this August at a one off show at The Blue Bell Inn in North Wales. The event is free, the beer is excellent and I am genuinely over the moon at getting to hear The Ukelites play live… not to be missed this one! For full details head over the Uke Planet website or join the Facebook event.