Cobh Ukulele Festival This Weekend

By Seamus Whelehan


It’s time to dust off your Hawaiian shirt, as East Cork says 'Aloh'a to its annual Ukulele Festival.
Cobh may not be Hawaii, but with the sun shining and Ukuleles strumming this weekend, the Great Island promises to be as tropical as the real thing.
From tomorrow, Friday 25 May to Sunday 27 May, the Harbour Town will host its third Ukulele Festival, which is proving to be a Worldwide musical marathon with various artists performing at several locations.
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 McMullin Gossop to rhythm and strumming classes by Kevin McNally and children’s Ukulele tutorials by Kathy Desmond, there’s something for everyone.
Nicos and the Kapiolani Boyz from Biarritz and the Ukulele Tuesdays from Dublin, are among some of the headline acts.
The Riverview Players of Ballyporeen, the Ukidukes from St John’s Primary School Carrigaline, the Shandon Ukulele Ensemble and the East Cork School of Uke, along with Cobh’s own U-Kan-Uke and Gilberts Lane will also perform right 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.