SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2017 WINCHESTER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB North Walls Park, Hillier Way, Winchester SO23 7SU
Unplugthewood  Mike Krabbers and his wife Caroline (aka The Hedge Inspectors) joined, no doubt, by an assortment of talented musicians will be leading a ‘splendid strumalong’ in the afternoon. There will be plenty of room for all, so bring your ukes and be prepared to join in.
Andy Eastwood   Andy’s act is an upbeat blend of dazzling instrumental artistry, foot-tapping songs and bright and breezy humour. Born in Lancashire to a musical family, Andy began performing at an early age, studying classical violin and piano.  But he also developed a passion for jazz and popular music, and having taught himself ukulele he made history at Oxford University as the only musician ever to give his degree recital on the instrument!  He is now considered one of the world’s foremost ukulele players and is proud to have contributed to its continuing popularity. The legendary Ken Dodd gave Andy his break into theatre, and he has made over 300 performances with the great comedian, as well as working with stars such as Max Bygraves, Joe Pasquale, Frank Skinner, Des O’Connor and Roy Hudd. Andy’s one-man show is a popular attraction for cruise liners and corporate functions, and his tour schedule of major theatres and cabaret venues worldwide prompted The Stage to call him ‘the busiest man in showbusiness’.  Audiences too have taken him to their hearts: two award- winning summer seasons in Blackpool have earned him the title of the resort’s ‘Top Solo Artist’. Recently Andy has been portraying uke legend George Formby in the touring show We’ll Meet Again, and his festival appearances over the past year have taken him to Northern Italy, Prague, Finland and Oklahoma City, USA. Andy is also a popular pantomime comic, and in between stage appearances he finds time to present Andy’s Attic on the internet radio station Retro Jukebox.
Opera-lele   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. They have rapidly established themselves as one of the most innovative and exciting new acts to hit the music scene since their performance on the Main Stage of the 2016 Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Audiences were stunned and excited by what they saw and heard, they received a standing ovation and were described by many as the surprise hit of the festival. Since then, Opera-lele has been counting standing ovations at Uke East, Yorkshire Dales Ukulele Weekender and D’UkesFest to name just 3. They are delighted to be attending the Winchester Ukulele Festival 2017 and look forward to seeing you all there.
Phil Doleman & Ian Emmerson   A big welcome back to Phil Doleman who this year is reunited with his old partner Ian Emmerson as they mark a 10 year anniversary of playing together. Old-time, good-time, ragtime blues from Phil (vocals, ukulele & banjo) and Ian (acoustic guitar & harmony vocals), featuring the songs of blues, jazz, jug band and hokum legends such as Blind Blake, Jelly Roll Morton, The Mississippi Sheiks, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller and more. Between them they have over 60 years gigging experience, touring all over the UK and venturing into Europe and the US, in venues ranging from tiny clubs to huge festival stages. Their almost telepathic tightness and groove makes it hard not to tap your feet, and their song choices are designed to raise a smile. If you think that blues is all about misery, these two will change your mind! “Phil and Ian have regressed to the glory days, stomping out 1920s anthems like Blind Blake’s ‘Police Dog Blues’... as if fuelled by slugs of corn liquor.” Acoustic Magazine “some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time” Dan Phelps, US Delta blues artist.
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The Mother Ukers  Back by popular demand after taking last year's festival by storm, the Mother Ukers are a ukulele band performing covers and original material for your pleasure. Using ukuleles of all shapes and sizes the Mother Ukers take you on a musical journey through time and space. Mixing up sounds captured in the minds of mortals from over a hundred years to create their unique ‘Ukular Fusion’. With songs & flavours of Modern pop, Punk, Classic rock, the Swinging 60s, Fabulous 50s blended together and marinaded with the sound and rhythms of the roaring 20s and seasoned with a touch of the blues in a swamp grass melody. The Mother Ukers unleash the power of their humble little four string ukes and guarantee to tickle your ears, kiss your soul & get them feet a tapping!
UP  UP combine 2 voices and 2 instruments (mostly ukuleles) to make one infectious and wonderfully uncomplicated sound. Expect imaginative arrangements straddling folk, blues, country and reggae. The 'Ukulele Project', or 'UP' as it became, was borne of a casual conversation between two ex-band mates several years ago, around playing ukulele-based songs at open mics for fun.  However, audience and venue reactions suggested it shouldn't stop there and UP has since earned an impressive and varied CV.  Eddie Dorey (vocals, ukuleles, harmonica) and Rob Nicholls (vocals and ukuleles) have collaborated for over a decade, which accounts for their ability to play to each other's strengths.  UP has enabled the duo to reimagine both classic songs and originals from their shared history, whilst returning to their individual musical wishlists for further inspiration.
Francesco Albertazzi   Beginning as a guitar player, in 2010 Francesco fell in love with the ukulele and began an in-depth study of it with some of the most important musicians worldwide, approaching all different styles and genres from the 1920s to today.  In 2012 he began collaborating with the Risa, the worldwide leader of solid body ukuleles and collaborated with the Italian magazine Strumenti Musicali to promote the ukulele in Italy. In 2013 he produced  “Ukulele...The Real History” - a live, unique documentary about the history of the ukulele with international guests such as Paul Moore and Shelley Rickey. In 2014 he began collaboration with the Kanile'a  to promote the ukulele and its history and he began a live solo project to present styles and techniques tied to the ukulele. An instrumental journey to learn about genres and styles from early Hawaiian music to the most recent, and expert musicians. Presently he is an instructor of “UKULELE IN THE CLASSROOM”, a worldwide project of ukulele instruction, available for courses, clinics, and workshops in Italy and abroad.
Ennè Ennè is a singer, song creator and poet based in London, England. She was born with a high-pitched scream that her family long suspected would develop into a powerful, soulful voice, destined to resonate on the world stage. With one of the most varied vocal ranges around, Ennè works to thrill and surprise her audience in equal measure. Her different cultural influences blend together, creating an original mix of Reggae and Soul which also draws inspiration from the R&B, Jazz & Blues traditions. The elegant melodies of the ukulele add to this quirky performer’s sound, creating unique Islandy tones and Caribbean beats. Her wonderful presence tends to captivate audiences, bringing them closer to the music, to her and to her wonderful sense of humour. Ennè believes that it is this connection that brings such an abundance of energy to her shows. No performance is ever the same - each one is a unique experience to be savoured!
UkePunk! Formed in Ramsbottom, Lancs in July 2009, UkePunk are a 3 piece original ukulele punk band.  Paul Davies (Uke) Andy Moore (Bass) and Murf (Percussion) sing songs about everything from the North, girls, politics, and gravy. Their 2014 album ‘Punk Police’ and subsequent EP ‘From The North’ gained rave reviews from Louder Than War, Vive Le Rock & even GotAUkulele! "It just shouldn't work, but it does!" Ed Tudor Pole "Uke Punk have a real original sound, in fact a terrific original sound and much of it is due to that wonderful ukulele tone that’s so brilliantly spliced into some great punk song writing." UkePlanet
Del Rey Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four. At thirteen she was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music, when she stumbled into a concert at Folk Arts Rare Records in San Diego. About 20 people were sitting on the floor under the record bins listening to a kid named Tom Waits play his original songs. Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival suggested she quit wasting time playing “Stairway to Heaven” and listen to some Memphis Minnie. He put her on stage with Sam Chatmon when she was fourteen, and gave her recordings that still influence everything she does. Soaking up country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie she received a musical education hanging around the record shop. Thirty years later, she became fascinated with the ukulele, playing the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as on six. She plays solo concerts worldwide and also presents a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women in American Music.  She tours regularly and has contributed to projects in honour of The Mississippi Sheiks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash. She writes about music for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar, and has recently released her latest album 'Solo'. “Del Rey, one of the ukulele’s most important players and teachers”  - Ukulele Magazine 2016  “The ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship”. - John Book “Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine “Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists.“ - La Hora del Blues Barcelona
Winchester Uke Jam   Formed over 3 years ago, the Winchester Uke Jam has brought smiles to faces at dozens of charity events in and around the city, from the Hat Fair to village halls and the Cathedral grounds. The WUJ has turned into an enthusiastic, eclectic and sometimes enormous band. From a small handful of players to dozens of ukes, with the odd guitar and some silky kazoos, the band entertains with favourite songs old, new and revived. Hosting the Winchester Ukulele Festival will, once again, be a real highlight.  
Hampshire Music Ukulele Band   Hampshire County Council’s Music Service has been a keen supporter of ukulele teaching in schools across the county. School ukulele clubs, lessons and, more recently, School Ukulele Festivals continue to be part of the great variety of opportunities they provide - to give every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music together. Once again a band made up of children from local primary schools will be opening this years festival. What a great way to start.
SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2017 WINCHESTER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB North Walls Park, Hillier Way, Winchester SO23 7SU