James Hill and Anne Janelle Ukulele Festival of Scotland
James Hill and Anne Janelle

Ukulele Festival of Scotland returns to Dumfries for a third year!

The weekend of 27 to 29 April 2018 will see the third Ukulele Festival of Scotland take place at the Crichton in Dumfries.

The festival has established itself as the “Rolls Royce of all ukulele festivals” and once again the Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Church and the Holiday Inn will provide the perfect venues.

Mersey Belles Ukulele Festival of Scotland

Mersey Belles

With 11 amazing concerts, over 40 international performers and 31 workshops, things kick off with a bang on the Friday afternoon. This will be followed by a full day of events and workshops to excite and entertain everybody (and their ukuleles) on Saturday. They’ll do it all over again on Sunday with another full day jam packed with concerts, workshops and fun.

There’s even the opportunity for a mass jam at Caerlaverock Castle, to do Yoga with Astrid, and go on a trip to the ‘Solway Riviera’ with the Mersey Belles for a Big Beach Busk. As you may already be aware, ukulele players are known for plenty of spontaneous jamming!

New and returning stars

Dumfries & Galloway’s very own Zoe Bestel will join the Festival again and a number of other stars will come back by popular demand. They include:

–        Canadian duo James Hill & Anne Janelle will headline the gala concert
–        American Jim D’Ville who runs his famous Play By Ear workshops
–        Opera-Lele, Tricity Vogue, Mersey Belles …..

Stuart Fuchs Ukulele Festival of Scotland

Stuart Fuchs

And of course, the Festival provides the platform for many new faces:
–        Stuart Fuchs – multi-instrumentalist and musical healer, this will be his first visit to the UK
–        Digga Digga Duo – all the way from Brazil
–        The Naked Waiters – an acoustic band from Utah, USA
–        The Morning Glories – three Dutch ladies who sing beautiful harmonies
…. and many more

Paul L. Martin will be compering the event again. You may have encountered him recently as one of the talent judges on BBC One’s ‘All Together Now’.  Paul has become somewhat of an icon of this festival!

The other regular and unique feature of the festival is the support provided by its ‘Purple Army’ – a group of around 50 volunteers, who give up their weekend to ensure visitors and locals alike have the most amazing experience.

All in all, this looks to be another fab weekend and certainly one not to be missed. Numbers are already looking to be up on last year.

Weekend and day tickets are available if you want to join the merry bands. There is also an opportunity to buy separate concert tickets for the Saturday AM Concert in the Crichton Church, as well as the Saturday afternoon Festival Concert, the Saturday evening Gala Concert. Tickets and further information are available on the Ukulele Festival of Scotland website here

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