Dumfries to host first Ukulele Festival in Scotland!
Dumfries is hosting the first Ukulele Festival in Scotland and over the weekend of the 6th to 8th May 2016, some 39 performers from around the world will come to Dumfries for three days of concerts, workshops, jam sessions and much more.
This will be the first annual Ukulele Festival of Scotland and it will take place across a number of venues on the Crichton in Dumfries. This is promising to be a most fantastic event bringing you some of the best in worldwide acts as well as home-grown favourites.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be three main concerts with famous and favourite performers from the ukulele community. Acts include local artist Zoe Bestel from Wigtownshire, Canadians James Hill, and Manitoba Hal, the Lucky Leles from Germany, as well as Ceci N’est Past Ukolollo from Italy and so many more!
Alongside the concerts there will be 16 workshops for all playing abilities, jam sessions, as well as open mic and a bazaar to purchase the latest instruments and music.
For participants and visitors who are looking to see something of the beautiful scenery around the region but do not wish to miss out on some fine ukulele music there is the Big Beach Bus Busk Tour! On Sunday morning, the bus will take you on a 50-miles round trip to some fantastic local beaches – while playing the ukulele – and you will be back for the grand finale concert in the afternoon!
The weekend starts off with a buffet and jam session on the Friday evening allowing things to get off to a very friendly and sociable start.
The Easterbrook Hall and the adjoining rooms along with the Holiday Inn Hotel will be the main venues for the festival. However, the Saturday morning Fiesta Concert and the Sunday Session Concert – which consists of a youth and New Performers competition – is being hosted in the beautiful Crichton Church. What an amazing venue for all the emerging talent!
This double first has been pulled together thanks to Stuart and Linda Butterworth from Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway. The husband and wife team are a force to be reckoned with; Stuart is Mr Ukulele – he runs a number of ukulele workshops across parts of Dumfries & Galloway, with over 100 members. He also teaches music and together with his wife runs a number of local children nurseries. Linda and Stuart have four adopted children themselves and, athough not from Dumfries & Galloway, have very much taken the region into their hearts and are giving a lot to the local communities.
The Ukulele Festival of Scotland is providing a three-day family friendly event in the most stunning setting of the Crichton Estate. Whether you are an accomplished ukulele player or are just looking for some huge variety of music in one place this festival weekend is the right place for you. Weekend tickets are priced at £39.99 per adult/£29.99 for over 60’s, unemployed, disabled and under 18’s (access to all weekend activities, except accommodation, workshops, big beach bus and Friday buffet).
All in all, it is hoped that this music festival will become another regular event in the fantastic musical calendar of Dumfries & Galloway.