SATURDAY 11th JUNE 2022  WINCHESTER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB North Walls Park, Hillier Way, Winchester SO23 7SU
Dead Mans Uke Dead Mans Uke are an award winning two man band playing dirt swing, hokum and old blues tunes as well as crazy cabaret set including music, magic and comedy and anything else they fancy on double bass and a resonator ukulele that belonged to Tiny Tim... They play shows in bars, music venues, parties, theatres and are festival favourites with shows recently across the UK and in Prague, Dublin, Austria, Paris, Berlin, Poland, Bavaria, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and even Saudi Arabia! “Don’t miss the dead men live” - Will Grove White - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain “The ukulele kings of cool” - UKE Magazine “World class performers” - Mary Agnes Krell - GNUF “Truly unique - the best kept secret in the business” - Paul Stone International show producer, Las Vegas “Outstanding talent!” - Kycker Records “Authenticity nailed.” - Honey Bee Blues Club
Amelia Coburn BBC Radio Young Folk Awards Nominee (2017) and UKE Magazine Best Newcomer winner (2021) and now English Folk Expo Mentor Scheme participant, Amelia Coburn is a truly stunning solo performer. She bears comparisons to Kate Bush and Nick Drake with beguiling original folk and jazz influenced songs (many of which have received national airplay on 6music, BBC Radio 2 and RTE1 in Ireland - she can count Mark Radcliffe and Tom Robinson as big fans) and who has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk in Ibiza and numerous other events including sell out solo shows in her native North East. Elsewhere, she has also supporting a diverse range of artists including The Wedding Present, Steve Harley and the late folk legend Vin Garbutt.
Mother Ukers Pioneers of Ukular Fusion Playing songs from throughout the ages on their Ukuleles, the Mother Ukers are a three piece Ukulele band based in Dorset / Hampshire The Band take on modern day classics (1960's - present) with their tiny ukuleles and forge them into timeless wonders of a bygone era.
Rocket Kings Original songs. Top tunes. Ukuleles. Melodies. Harmonies. Rocket Kings are a 5-piece from Reading. Formed in 2016, the band comprises three singers, three ukuleles, bass and drums. The band released the 'Spellbound' EP in 2018 and their album 'Everyday Adventures' in October 2021. This is the sound of 'ukepop'!
Ukulele Simon Ukulele Simon is a singing / beatboxing ukulele entertainer from Norwich, England, who from a young age was labelled as a natural performer, so becoming a musician seemed to be the best option. His signature sound comes from the using effects / beatboxing, and vocals to bring you a high energy performance that is guaranteed to have you singing along. From Stevie Wonder to The Prodigy, there is nothing this man won’t try on the ukulele, just you wait and see.
Matthew Quilliam Matthew Quilliam Ukulele is a popular and award-winning musical- comedy act that has thrilled audiences everywhere he has been! 20s skiffle, 30s trad jazz, 40s sing-alongs, 50s rock ‘n’ roll, 60s rock, 70s hits, 80s pop and originals all blended together to create the ultimate feel- good experience and an unforgettable show! Matthew will be performing with his backing band.
Kit and Their Baritone A Salisbury-based singer songwriter writing from a relatable but unique experience. Unafraid to approach difficult topics, their captivating voice is complemented by a mellow baritone ukulele. Dreamy soundscapes lay beneath vulnerable lyrics about love, life, and self-image. Their music as vibrant and individual as their hair!
The Yoko Mainwaring Experience The Yoko Mainwaring Experience will bring their unique mayhem to Winchester. A four-piece trio and regulars at events around the UK they play some original tunes mixed with classic sing-alongs, often so changed that they may not be recognisable. When pressed they will tell you that this is a deliberate act on their part. Using such instruments to supplement the ukuleles as a phono fiddle, a theremin, a triangle and the world’s only kazoosaphone, they make music fun.
The Splendid Strumalong with Unplugthewood Mike Krabbers and his wife Caroline (aka The Hedge Inspectors) will be leading another ‘Splendid Strumalong’ in the afternoon. Last time over 120 players filled the club house for an amazing musical extravaganza. There will be plenty of room for all, so bring your ukes and be prepared to join in.
Winchester Uke Jam Formed 9 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.
Opera-ele 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 unique comedy music act specialising in performing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of their ukuleles! Having 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. In 2016, Opera-lele burst onto the music scene with a Main Stage festival performance. The audience was stunned and excited by what they saw and heard. Opera-lele received a standing ovation and were described by many as the hit of the festival. Since then, Opera-lele has been collecting standing ovations at festivals, theatres, churches and even castles across the UK and overseas. Their performances include Canterbury International Arts Festival, Music on the Marr Festival, Halesworth Arts Festival, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, South Downs Folk Festival, Polish Ukulele Festival, Austrian Ukulele Festival, Tropical Winter Ukulele Festival (Finland), Czech Ukulele Festival as well as nearly every ukulele festival in the UK. They have toured extensively around the UK with their critically acclaimed full-length theatre show 'Access All Arias'. In 2017, the National Treasures In Waiting were voted 'Breakthrough Ukulele Artist' by the readers of UKE Magazine. “Opera-lele brought the house down with their clever and thoroughly entertaining show! Simply brilliant.” Matthew Wetmore, director, Halesworth Arts Festival “Opera-lele is like nothing you’ve seen before. Brilliantly funny and supremely talented. Bravo!” Camilla Hastings, The Queen’s Hall Theatre "Audience members and artists alike actually begged for them to return. Opera-lele is truly one of the best acts in the ukulele world." Mary Agnes Krell, director, A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival "Vocal virtuosos Opera-lele stole the show for me with a heart- warmingly funny yet totally professional performance that brought the house down." Christine Turner, UKE Magazine “a solid, brilliant, well rehearsed, well written, smart, funny, charming, professional and incredibly well performed show.” Mike Hind, International Ukulele Soloist
Strumdiddlyumptious Strumdiddlyumptious are a contemporary ukulele band based in Hampshire who combine a blend of harmonies, drums and bass, with a handful of ukuleles and bags of energy to deliver a foot stomping, sing- along extravaganza of eclectic and surprising covers, spanning the 1960's through to the present day. Strumdiddlyumptious are guaranteed to provide top class and fun entertainment and have delivered high quality performances for a wide variety of events over the last few years including weddings, functions and festivals such as The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Winchester Ukulele Festival and Victorious Festival.
Phil Doleman Phil’s love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time, and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics with his intricate picking and driving rhythms on both ukulele and banjo. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by. “massively entertaining”Blues Matters Magazine “Genuinely good-time music from ukulele stalwart, who also plays a mean banjo”fRoots Magazine