WHAT’S ON

FRIDAY 21st June

2:00PM STREET EVENT

4:00PM UKULELE CEILIDH

8:00PM CONCERT AT THE MICK LALLY THEATRE

SATURDAY 22nd June

11:00AM WORKSHOP

12:00PM WORKSHOP

1:OOPM FLASHMOB

2:00PM WORKSHOP

3:00PM THE BIG BUSK

4:00PM GOLDEN UKE (OPEN MIC)

8:00PM CONCERT AT THE MICK LALLY THEATRE

SUNDAY 23rd June

11:00AM WORKSHOP

12:00AM WORKSHOP

3:00PM WIND DOWN SESSION

6:00PM SURPRISE CLOSING EVENT (TBA)

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Tracy Bruen      If you like your folk like Joni Mitchell and your pop like Kate Bush, multi instrumentalist and spellbinding vocalist, Tracy Bruen is your only woman. In 2017 Tracy released her debut album, Mirror, to critical acclaim (Galway Album of the Year, Galway Advertiser) and many songs received airplay on national and regional radio.      2018 saw her complete a hugely successful tour with her band in Ireland and Europe, headline a gig at the Galway International Arts Festival and play a storming set on the main stage of Body and Soul at Electric Picnic. 2019 brings with it an upcoming single relase and another Irish, UK and German tour. Tracy has played many major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Sunflowerfest and The Galway International arts festival and has supported well known artists including John Smith, Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery. Tracy writes on guitar, piano and ukulele and is very much looking forward to sharing her ukulele songs with the audience at the festival this year.    "A spellbinding blend of indie, folk, prog, country, and roots topped off by her powerful, and varied, vocal abilities...her honesty and vulnerability create something quite moving" Kernan Andrews, The Galway Advertiser      "...a lovely sliver of pop" The Point of Everything Blog      “A voice of husky, whispery, and sky-reaching heights is unapologetically Kate Bush-like and the blend of hill-walking candle-lit voyaging and blues guitar make it both timeless and fitting with the current music trend.”

Tracy Bruen

If you like your folk like Joni Mitchell and your pop like Kate Bush, multi instrumentalist and spellbinding vocalist, Tracy Bruen is your only woman. In 2017 Tracy released her debut album, Mirror, to critical acclaim (Galway Album of the Year, Galway Advertiser) and many songs received airplay on national and regional radio.

2018 saw her complete a hugely successful tour with her band in Ireland and Europe, headline a gig at the Galway International Arts Festival and play a storming set on the main stage of Body and Soul at Electric Picnic. 2019 brings with it an upcoming single relase and another Irish, UK and German tour. Tracy has played many major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Sunflowerfest and The Galway International arts festival and has supported well known artists including John Smith, Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery. Tracy writes on guitar, piano and ukulele and is very much looking forward to sharing her ukulele songs with the audience at the festival this year.

"A spellbinding blend of indie, folk, prog, country, and roots topped off by her powerful, and varied, vocal abilities...her honesty and vulnerability create something quite moving" Kernan Andrews, The Galway Advertiser

"...a lovely sliver of pop" The Point of Everything Blog

“A voice of husky, whispery, and sky-reaching heights is unapologetically Kate Bush-like and the blend of hill-walking candle-lit voyaging and blues guitar make it both timeless and fitting with the current music trend.”

 
MARC GALLAGHER      Previously played at Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Berlin Ukulele Festival and Munich Ukulele Festival.With three pop solo albums and hours of covers at his disposal, Marc prides himself on his versatility. Whether you want to dance on tables to pub-rock or laugh with nostalgic fondness over underrated hits of your childhood, Marc has something for everyone.

MARC GALLAGHER

Previously played at Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Berlin Ukulele Festival and Munich Ukulele Festival.With three pop solo albums and hours of covers at his disposal, Marc prides himself on his versatility. Whether you want to dance on tables to pub-rock or laugh with nostalgic fondness over underrated hits of your childhood, Marc has something for everyone.

OPERA-LELE      The Award Winning Opera-Lele has rapidly established itself as one of the most innovative and exciting new acts in the world.    Opera-Lele is a crossover act specialising in singing music from Opera and Musical Theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understanding twang of the ukulele.    Having both trained as singers at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College in London, George Bartle and Amanda Harkett have gone on individually to forge careers for themselves as entertainers of the highest calibre.    Since 2016 Opera-Lele has been counting the standing ovations at festivals, theatres and even castles across the UK and overseas.

OPERA-LELE

The Award Winning Opera-Lele has rapidly established itself as one of the most innovative and exciting new acts in the world.

Opera-Lele is a crossover act specialising in singing music from Opera and Musical Theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understanding twang of the ukulele.

Having both trained as singers at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College in London, George Bartle and Amanda Harkett have gone on individually to forge careers for themselves as entertainers of the highest calibre.

Since 2016 Opera-Lele has been counting the standing ovations at festivals, theatres and even castles across the UK and overseas.

NORIANA KENNEDY      Noriana is best known as a singer with band The Whileaways who were nominated for two RTE Folk awards last year. She has appeared several times on RTE's Late Late Show, and recorded four critically acclaimed folk and self penned albums to date. The Irish Times described her vocals as “a knockout: translucent and tenacious in equal measure”.         For the Galway Ukulele Festival Noriana will perform songs from her upcoming new ukulele album 'Swing n Turn'. Returning to the heart and start of her voice, Swing n Turn is a joyful songbook of folk, ragtime and country where her quirky ukulele banjo sends listeners to New Orleans, Appalachia, the deep south and back again. For this performance she is joined by her good friends Noelie McDonnell (Guitar) and Kelvin Busher (double bass).

NORIANA KENNEDY

Noriana is best known as a singer with band The Whileaways who were nominated for two RTE Folk awards last year. She has appeared several times on RTE's Late Late Show, and recorded four critically acclaimed folk and self penned albums to date. The Irish Times described her vocals as “a knockout: translucent and tenacious in equal measure”.


For the Galway Ukulele Festival Noriana will perform songs from her upcoming new ukulele album 'Swing n Turn'. Returning to the heart and start of her voice, Swing n Turn is a joyful songbook of folk, ragtime and country where her quirky ukulele banjo sends listeners to New Orleans, Appalachia, the deep south and back again. For this performance she is joined by her good friends Noelie McDonnell (Guitar) and Kelvin Busher (double bass).

THE GOLDEN UKE      ARTISTS AND GROUPS FROM ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL BATTLE IT OUT FOR A GOLDEN UKE! (OPEN MIC STYLE)      DROP US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK OR TURN UP ON THE DAY!      DONATION ON THE DOOR

THE GOLDEN UKE

ARTISTS AND GROUPS FROM ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL BATTLE IT OUT FOR A GOLDEN UKE! (OPEN MIC STYLE)

DROP US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK OR TURN UP ON THE DAY!

DONATION ON THE DOOR

 

ALL WORKSHOPS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE

GALWAY ARTS CENTRE, 47 DOMINICK STREET, GALWAY

book in advance for 10 euro click here
12 euro on the door

SATURDAY

11AM - Syncopation Station by Marc Gallagher

Polish your strum patterns! Marc will explore the intricacies of off-beat strumming, looking at the theory behind your inner groove. Together we will learn strum patterns for Reggae, Samba and Rock, and you shall be able to work out and create whatever strumming patterns you wish! Ukuleles required, suitable for beginners / intermediate

2PM - Singing and Strumming with Opera-lele.

We work on tricks, tips and techniques to improve your singing as well as look at a different approach to learning songs. Ukuleles are required – suitable for beginners/intermediate.

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Ok, so we all know the form. You decided that you fancied learning an instrument and the ukulele seemed cheap to buy and easy to start. BUT you never realised that there would be so much singing! George & Mandi from Opera-lele will teach you some tips and tricks about singing while you play. You will leave with some great practice ideas and we’ll help you to tackle any weaknesses! Wear loose clothing and bring your ukes!

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SUNDAY

11AM - Got a ukulele - What next?

Join Festival Director Gerry Savage and learn simple strumming, rhythms, first chords and play your first song (or two)! Just what you need to get off the ground and take your first flight with your ukulele. Suitable for those who have just started or want to start playing - bring your Uke and Tuner

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12.30PM Workshop in American Roots on the Uke

Noriana Kennedy shares her joyful songbook of bluegrass, oldtime roots and blues on the ukulele.

Learn three songs. All three chords tricks with simple rhythms. All Levels welcome. Ukuleles required.

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UKULELE CEILIDH

The festival will officially open with the ‘Ukulele Ceilidh’ on Friday where ukulele players of all levels are invited to drop in to the Festival Hub at The Dew Drop Inn to kickstart the festivities (Songbook will be provided).

21st June, 4pm

DONATIONS ON THE DOOR

WINDING DOWN

The Wind Down Session will take place at the Festival Hub from 3pm on Sunday. Join us to celebrate the final day of the festival with some tunes (Songbook will be provided)

Dew Drop Inn From 3pm

DONATIONS ON THE DOOR

THE GOLDEN UKE

‘The Golden Uke’ is an open mic style event which will see artists and groups from around the country battle it out for a Golden Uke and fun surprises. Venue TBA.

4pm, Sat, 22nd June

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THE BIG BUSK

The ‘Big Busk’ will also see the best of Galway’s Ukulele group take to the streets over the weekend.

Time/Place TBA

FLASHMOB

The highly anticipated return of the “Flashmob” which went viral last year on facebook with over 100,000 views.

Time/Place TBA