We like to offer the creme de la creme of workshops to our alumni. We have visiting ukulele virtuosos and world renowned performers come and keep our ex students abreast with the best.

Ukulele Workshop with Del Rey

Ukulele Workshop with Ukulele Blues Queen Del Rey. 10 September.

It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce Learn To Uke’s first blues workshop with with the brilliant virtuosic Blues Queen – Del Rey. She takes the ukulele to a new level, and will have you playing the blues either with chords or picking if you want to, by ear. Then, stick around and you’ll be wowed when see her play a show for you. Everyone who’s seen her comes away impressed. Don’t miss it!

 

Del Rey’s Biography:

I started playing guitar when I was four. At the age of thirteen I was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music, when a friend and I 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.

folkarts

Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival suggested I quit wasting my time playing “Stairway to Heaven” and listen to some Memphis Minnie. He put me on stage with Sam Chatmon when I was fourteen, and introduced me to Lydia Mendoza and Howard Armstrong. Lou gave me recordings that still influence everything I do on solo acoustic guitar. I soaked up country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. It was a musical education hanging around the record shop.

Thirty years later, I became fascinated with the ukulele. I try to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as on six. I expect a lot out of the little instrument.

“The ‘ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship”. (John Book)

“Virtuosic in just the right way, which is to say, in order to realize a musical idea. A very nice unlikely blend of things, accessible, slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. ” (CD Baby review, “At The Ukeshack #1)

I play solo concerts world wide and also present a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women In American Music. I also collaborate and tour frequently with Steve James, Suzy Thompson and Adam Franklin.

I’ve contributed to projects in honor of The Mississippi Sheiks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash. I occasionally write about music for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar.

My latest full-length album, featuring Suzy Thompson, Matt Weiner and Hans Teuber is Art Walk. I also have a recent ukulele and guitar duet sampler out with Adam Franklin called Rocket Red and Ruby Chard. All albums available from Hobemian Records

  • Rocket Red and Ruby Chard with Adam Franklin 2014
  • Art Walk 2014
  • Four and Six 2012
  • Hen Party with Suzy Thompson 2010
  • Blue Uke 2008
  • At The Ukeshack #1 with Matt Weiner 2007
  • When The Levee Breaks 2006
  • Tonight with Steve James 2004
  • Why Say No? with The Yes Yes Boys 2002
  • Twins with Steve James 2002
  • X-Rey Guitar 2000
  • Hot Sauce1995
  • Boogie Mysterioso 1993
  • I recorded a 45rpm record in 2010, the proceeds of which benefit Transportation Choices Coalition. With Del Rey and the Blues Gators I recorded Chartruese (Hobemian 1991) and Cafe Society (Kicking Mule 1985).

I’m sure you’re all excited now, so do…

Book a ticket to Del Rey’s workshop here. [this event was in the past]

Ukulele Workshop in London with Virtuoso, James Hill.

Ukulele Workshop with Ukulele Virtuoso, James Hill. 17 June.

James Hill and Anne Janelle

It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce another workshop with with the wonderful James Hill and Anne Janelle. If you didn’t already know, James is one of three true ukulele virtuosos that I am aware of in the world. The words ‘ukulele virtuoso’ are used liberally by some to describe guitarists who are able to hack and play lead lines on a ukulele, but I know of only three actual ukulele virtuosos. In June 2015, you’ll get to have a workshop with one of them. Very exciting!

Even better than that, you’ll get double the fun. The amazing Anne Janelle (James’s wife, and incredibly talented partner in crime – a phenomenal cellist, performer and recording artist.) will be with him. They are in town is because of Anne’s tour.

 

James Hill’s Biography:

A singer, songwriter, educator and virtuoso instrumentalist, James Hill is a man on a musical mission.  It’s a mission that reaches beyond the concert stage and into communities, homes and classrooms around the world.  After all, what’s left when the applause fades and the bright lights go dark?  Perhaps only the sound of ukuleles strumming happily into the night…

So. If all this excites  you, then you can

Book a ticket to James’s workshop here.

Uke Lounge 1

Thank you SO much to those who came, for making that first Uke Lounge Workshop a fun one! If you didn’t make it. Feel free to have a crack at these songs, and I hope you’ll join us on Wednesday! There’s a bit for everyone, whether you’re just learning chords, want to practice your strumming, or picking, or singing. It’s all here. Want to come along this week?

 

Want to see what happened in Uke Lounge 1? Here’s the audio. My version of Enjoy the Silence, and your version of Enjoy the Silence, if you’d like to play along? Here’s the (click to enlarge) song sheet:
Enjoy The Silence
Also, here’s my version of Country House. I didn’t record the guys playing it, but I’ll happily record that at Uke Lounge 2. Want to join us?
 

Uke Lounge

We (Andy, Lorraine and Nick) have been approached by lots of fellow ukers who want a chance to play in a context somewhere between a workshop and a jam session. Some brave folk are even eager to perform — in public! We know that workshops are great for continued practice and learning to play and sing together in some parts, and we all know how much fun a jam session at Ukulele Wednesdays can be; but we agree that it is time to take your feedback on board, and try something new.

We’ve secured space at The Prince of Wales Feathers and we’re really excited to pull this concept together. The idea is we enjoy a good meal then crack on into a session in which we’ll learn to both play and sing in parts, so we can perform a song as a group. Think the skill development of a workshop meets the fun group atmosphere of a jam night, with the goal of shaping a team of finely tuned musicians over 7 evenings of fun social dinners and a structured jam/boozy practice.

The details are below and we hope to see you there!

Read all about it and see all the upcoming Wednesday dates.