Cobh says Aloha to their Annual Ukulele Festival this Weekend

By Seamus Whelehan

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It’s time to dust off your Hawaiian shirt as Cobh says ‘Aloha’ to its annual Ukulele Festival. The Great Island may not be Hawaii but, with the sun shining and ukulele’s strumming this weekend, it promises to be as tropical as the real thing.

The Festival will kick off with an official launch event in the Sirius Art Centre on tomorrow night, Friday 24 May at 7:00pm and continues throughout the weekend. At 8:30am on Saturday morning the 3,000 passengers on board the cruise liner ‘Celebrity Reflection’, will receive a special Cobh welcome from the balcony of the Sirius Art Centre as she docks at the Deepwater quay.

This year the Festival will host a series of workshops and concerts featuring international and home-grown talent.  From voice and ukulele workshops given by Dr Eva McMullan Glossop, to Ukulele Bass and Riff classes by Sean Long, including children’s ukulele tutorials by Cathy Desmond, and chord theory workshops by Mark Mangan, there is something for everyone.

“It’s not just the traditional twangs of George Formby that are on offer at the Festival” says Liz Ryan, a member of the Cobh Ukulele Festival.

“There will be music from all genres – from pop, rock through blues and classical, you name it you can play anything on the ukulele.”

Several acts will perform at the bandstand in Kennedy Park in conjunction with Summer Sing, and at the Sirius Art Centre.

Acts like Uppsala Ukulikes from Sweden, Ukelol from the Netherlands and Cobh’s U-Kan-UKe make this weekend’s event truly a worldwide music marathon.

Ms Ryan said “we have planned one of the most fun filled and entertaining Festivals we’ve ever had.”

Ukulele Tuesdays from Dublin, SNUGS- Shillelagh Northside Ukulele group and BUGS – Bradshaw Ukulele Group will be among the headline acts across the weekend.

Back by popular demand is the Brunchelele led by U-Kan-Uke at the Ballynoe Inn on Sunday between 12:00 noon and 2:30pm.

For more information visit the festivals website at www.cobhukulelefestival.ie

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