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The joys of touring

Duck!

After an enjoyable evening at Hastings & Bexhill's lovely new venue, we're now cooling our heels before the Crawley gig. Our campsite has some built in entertainment, as we're positioned bang, slap wallop next to the runway at Gatwick Airport.  Tony has his plane spotter's app running, and I keep dashing outside to view the departing aircraft. I've caught one on camera, and you will see the caravan roofs at the bottom of the picture.  Touring is certainly never dull!

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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