festivals

UKES ARE AOK - so why?

Can we all learn something from the recent popularity of ukuleles?
I’ve been chatting with our friend Mike, who runs a local ukulele group. He’s just returned from the Cardiff Ukelele Festival, held at one of the city’s most prestigious venues, St David’s Hall. This was the third annual festival, and the crowds have doubled in size each year – to the extent that the vast St David’s Hall had to close the doors at 1:30pm as there were simply too many people to fit in! Unusually, the surging crowd covered the generations as well.

So what was pulling in all these people? The publicity promised wide ranging ukulele talents from around the UK, soloists and bands, and chances for everyone to join in playing or singing. And let’s not forget the stalls selling ukes and uke paraphernalia.

In June, the 3-day Ukelele Festival of Wales will be...

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