Ukulele Festival


Following the big success of the very first Southdowns Ukulele Festival held in September 2018 as part of the hugely popular Southdowns Folk Festival, the 2019 event will return to Sunny Bognor Regis between 20th and 22nd of September. As happened last year, there'll be a whole variety of brilliant themed ukulele workshops, ukulele sessions and jams at a number of different Town Centre venues, some first class concerts in the Festival's dedicated Ukulele Marquee on the Place St. Maur and a whole variety of ukulele groups (and several others) coming from further afield. All in all, it promises to be a superb three days of fun, great music and a hugely enjoyable time for everyone.

Further details, and more band details, are to follow.

The Stevedores | Saturday 17.15-18.05 & Sunday 16.30-17.15
The Stevedores are a Ukulele Trio based in Kent, playing a mix of original material.
The three members have all played at professional or semi-professional level across the UK and Europe since the '70s and pride
themselves on bringing top level musicianship, great songs, along with a dash of comedy and a great rapport with the audience.
The Stevedores

Pompey Pluckers | Saturday | 16.30
The Pluckers are a diverse group of people living in and around Portsmouth, who love playing the ukulele and welcome new members of any ability.
Since they started performing in 2010, they have been responsible for raising over £55,000 for local charities.
This year they're supporting three charities: Age UK Portsmouth, 'MAKE' from Aldingbourne Trust and 'PARCS' Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service.

J'Ukebox | Saturday | 12.05-12.55
J'Ukebox is a six piece ukulele band who like to provide a very wide range of music from folk to jazz and pop to comedy. Their songs span the forties to the naughties with many well known numbers, but they also play songs you may not have heard before and many that you probably won't have heard on the ukulele.

Pebble Beach Band | Sunday | 11.45 - 12.45
The Pebble Beach Band are Bognor Regis based and aim to provide a wide range of songs, with the emphasis on fun and entertainment. Having all retired from full time employment they spend their time doing things that they enjoy, especially singing and learning to play their instruments.
Pebble Beach Band

Qukulele | Sunday | 12.00-12.30 & workshop (Mashups and Harmonies) 10.30-11.30 at RAFA Club
Nine women forgot their guitars were dry-clean only, discovered a sale on Hawaiian shirts at Beyond Retro, and the sheet music for 'Take A Chance On Me' floated towards them on the breeze. Thus Qukulele were born.
Their repertoire proves that any song can be given a Qukulele makeover: it's not all about cleaning windows. They sing, rap, play and kazoo their way through covers and mashups of Girls Aloud, KD Lang, The B52’s and Taylor Swift.
Qukulele

3 Tenner's And A Fiver | Sunday | 12.10 - 12.40
Further information to follow.

Phillipa Leigh | Sunday | 15.55-16.35
Further information to follow.

Opera-lele | Sunday | 16.45-17.30
Opera-lele is a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele.
Opera-lele

Also featuring Quayside Ukes + The Coustics

View the Ukulele Festival 2019 Programme

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