Honoka & Azita
Internet sensations and ‘ukulele phenoms, Honoka & Azita are taking the world by storm with their dynamic and energetic performances. These social media superstars have amassed millions of views and have a growing fan base across the globe. These young ladies are the 2013 International ‘Ukulele Contest Grand Champions and were awarded the prestigious title of MVP. In 2015, the girls recorded on the Island Style ʻUkulele 2 album, which received the 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Compilation Album of the Year. The dynamic duo released their self-entitled EP album in 2016, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Top 100 World Music Albums Chart and are currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated full-length album set to be released in 2018. Honoka & Azita are honored and humbled to team up with Kanile’a ‘Ukulele and look forward to sharing their music and aloha with the world. They have traveled to Japan, Czech, New Zealand, Niue, Austria, and most recently performed in the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival and the Saleforce Dreamforce 2017 Conference in San Francisco. The duo has opened for International acts including 5 time Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter James Taylor, One Republic, The Wailers, MAGIC!, and Jimmy Buffett. Honoka & Azita supports charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish Hawai’i and often visit hospitals, care homes, shelters, orphanages and schools sharing their gift of music and hope. Although Honoka & Azita have thousands of adoring fans and travel around the globe, these young ladies are far from an overnight success story and live a pretty normal life. They’re soft spoken, humble and hard working individuals, that just so happen to play the ‘ukulele... And do it well together!
United Kingdom, http://www.andyeastwood.com/
Born in Lancashire to a musical family, Andy Eastwood entered showbusiness as a child and studied classical violin and piano. But he also developed a passion for jazz and pop and went on to make history at Oxford University by becoming the first musician ever to give a degree recital on the ukulele! He is now described as one of the world's foremost exponents of the instrument. Andy has traveled the world in cabaret, performed at many of Britain's most prestigious theatres in a variety of productions, including the hit wartime revue We'll Meet Again, with which he has toured the country ten times - giving over 800 performances - portraying one of his showbusiness heroes, George Formby! In addition to his usual act, Andy has worked as compere, musical director, and as an actor on both stage and screen; as well as being a popular name in variety and pantomime, he also makes regular cabaret appearances at top hotels around Britain and aboard cruise ships worldwide. Andy's specialities are the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar (but he plays also piano, keyboards, drums, bass, and washboard), and in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.
Les Poupées Gonflées
Elles s’amusent, avec une complicité communicative et jubilatoire, à créer un univers sonore inédit, coloré et ludique, où l’harmonie vocale a la part belle. Les voix se font instruments, les filles se font interprètes, les tempéraments font le reste ! Les Poupées Gonflées domptent aussi fort bien la langue française… Elles la manient avec délice et impertinence dans leurs chansons pétillantes aux textes ciselés, ouvertement féminines, volontiers ironiques ou tendrement poétiques. Aucun tabou musical pour ces drôles de dames qui, armées de leurs instruments (ukulélé, Ubass, guitare, concertina, accordéon, percussions improbables…) et de leurs cordes vocales, se frottent aussi bien à Django Reinhardt qu’au tango ou au french cancan, dans une polyphonie proprement funambulesque !
Elisabeth Pfeiffer is a solo ukulele player with a strong background in classical guitar. She studied at Lawrence University in the USA and HfM Würzburg, Germany, majoring in classical guitar. In 2013 she took up the ukulele and never looked back. Since, she has written three method books on strumming and picking techniques and fretting concepts. On stage she mostly performs solo pieces, but throws in the occasional song, always looking to add something personal to a piece or a song. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to Jazz and Rock covers, as well as contemporary classical music.
Elke & the Cool Girls
Four ladies, four ukuleles and a lot of fun - Elke & The Cool Girls are a band from Berlin who captivate through beautiful voices. They sing and play whatever they like: a cappella songs in fifties style, disco hits from the seventies, rock, reggae and pop from various decades. These four ladies just love music. They are not only equipped with ukuleles and bass, they also bring along kazoos, percussion and other special instruments. Elke & The Cool Girls have their own unique style and they love surprises.
League of Ukulele Gentlemen
Velká Británie, https://www.leagueofukulelegentlemen.com/
The League of Ukulele Gentlemen are an exciting and dynamic Ukulele trio who strive to show how versatile the instrument is in all genres of music. This year they have been thrilling audiences on the continent and all over the Uk with their lively, engaging stage presence and unique style. Their set will include big rock anthems, delicate classical pieces, foot tapping folk numbers and several of their own compositions all interlaced with some witty banter!
United Kingdom, http://www.tricityvogue.com/
Charming, offbeat musical cabaret from a vintage songstress with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a colourful history of romantic misadventure. Ukulele strumming cabaret performer Tricity Vogue has cut a swathe through the UK cabaret scene with hit Edinburgh Fringe shows in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and a host of London cabaret productions under her belt. She was nominated for a London Cabaret Award in 2012 and 2013, her solo show "Calamitous Liaisons" had a sell out West End run in October 2013, and her 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show "Songs For Swinging Ukuleles" was selected as Edinburgh Discovery for Chelsea Theatre's Not Television Festival in August 2014. Tricity regularly appears on variety bills across the UK and Europe, teaches ukulele lessons, and provides sparkling musical entertainment at weddings, parties and events, both solo and with her All Girl Swing Band. Tricity Vogue presents her own blend of slink and sass - the music she likes to call "cheeky jazz". Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails.
Česká Republika, http://elismraz.cz/
Elis je třiadvacetiletá česká zpěvačka a skladatelka. V soutěži Český slavík Mattoni 2014 zvítězila v kategorii Objev roku a někteří si ji určitě pamatují jako semifinalistku populární soutěže Hlas Česko Slovenska. V dnešní době tolik vyhledávaný moderní americký feeling v doprovodu latiny a reggae rytmů z ní dělá výrazný a zároveň ojedinělý talent české populární scény. Šátek ve vlasech a na krku ukulele – to je Elis, která překvapí i šokuje zároveň!
Bad Mouse Orchestra
How did it sound, when in 1927 three friends grabbed their ukulele, guitar and washboard to play the favourite gramophone records right there in their living room? How did it feel to hear Roy Smeck perform his virtuousic uke arrangements live in the Vaudeville-theatre? The Bad Mouse Orchestra takes you on a journey right back in to the roaring 20s. Dressed in knickerbocker pants and flat caps of that era they are playing on instruments as old as the songs themselves. And just like that, old original arrangements, that can now only be heard on gramophone records and in historical movies, are brought back to life. Besides lesser known jazz classics and typical charleston songs of the Tin Pan Alley in the New York of the 1920s, original Roy Smeck arrangements are an extraordinary live experience and a rarity on stage. After the concert you will go home still feeling the swing in your body, wondering how fast the time went by.
United States, http://www.nelliemckay.com/
Nellie has released five full-length albums, including Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers and Normal as Blueberry Pie (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times). She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, Gasland. Nellie’s music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers and Nellie contributed the forward to the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review. A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.
Gabriela la Foley
The wonderful Gabriela is a familiar face at the Czech Ukulele Festival where she has amazed with the most astounding open mic sessions. It is a pleasure to get this wonderfual joy filled person back and on the program.
4 ladies from Únětice who fell in love with the ukulele during the first Czech festivals and started to form a band. Their repertoir is gradually growing this year we expect fireworks.
United Kingdom, https://www.opera-lele.co.uk/
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. 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. In 2016, Opera-lele burst onto the music scene with a performance on the Main Stage of the 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 music festivals, theatres, churches and even castles across the UK and overseas. In 2017, Opera-lele was voted 'Breakthrough Ukulele Artist' by the readers of UKE Magazine.
United Kingdom, http://www.thefabulousukuleleclub.co.uk/
After the loss of her singing voice in 2007, Sam Brown (Stop, Jools Holland, Pink Floyd to mention but a few! ) had to find a new way to earn a crust! In 2010,some friends wanted to learn the ukulele, and so she began teaching in her front room! Interest ballooned, and now, 7 years later, there are 7 ukulele clubs,including 2 new clubs run by her brother Pete Brown. There are well over 160 members in total…. All under the umbrella of The Fabulous Ukulele Club. www.thefabulousukuleleclub.co.uk Sam has discovered a brand new talent…. Helping adults to discover music and themselves. Come and take a step into the world of ukulele.
United Kingdom, http://www.merseybelles.co.uk/
The Mersey Belles are cousins Nancy and Pearl who take you on a trip down memory lane infusing the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics from the 20's right up to the 50's, while making songs from the 21st century sound even better than they do on the wireless radio!
United States, http://geraldross.com
Gerald Ross is comfortable with just about every type of “roots” music there is, from western swing, bluegrass, Hawaiian, blues, jug band music, jazz standards, Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans rhythms to boogie-woogie, and he plays it all on guitar, lap steel, dobro and ukulele. He’s performed in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble, Riders In The Sky, Brownie McGhee and many others. He appears in the award winning film documentaries “The Mighty Uke” and the PBS syndicated “Wheatland – The First 40 Years.” Gerald won the Solo Artist Category of the 1993 WEMU Jazz Competition and has appeared many times on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Today Gerald is one of America’s best-known performers, entertainers and advocates for the ukulele. He’s released seven solo CDs, published instructional Gerald Ross (USA) Gerald Ross materials, and is very much in demand as a music festival instructor in the United States and abroad.
United Kingdom, http://zoebestel.co.uk/
Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics describes award winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel, hailed as one of the countries most exciting emerging talents. With her first EP, 35 Missed Calls – released in 2012, when she was just 14 – reaching number three in Amazon’s folk chart, and two years later her self released debut album, Sir Lucas and the Moon, awarded Album of the Week by the Scottish Daily Record, she is winning admiration both from national press and the wider folk scene, having been invited to support such artists as The Peatbog Faeries, Emily Smith, Paul Brady, Bella Hardy and Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly. As well as numerous BBC radio performances, Zoë has also played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.
Peter, now 57, has been playing the ukulele since his 8th birthday. After teaching the basics, Peter’s father introduced him to his mentor, Ray Bernard, who played solo chord melody. From that moment on, Peter became focused on this style and also was also influenced by the recordings of Roy Smeck from the USA. At 12 years old, Peter was the first person to perform the William Tell Overture, winning a national competition against seasoned players. After a break of 30 years exploring other instruments and various recording projects, 5 years ago he returned to his first love, the Ukulele. Peter has since toured in America and Canada and appeared on BBC Radio and Television. In 2016, he turned professional and was invited to the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and Melbourne ukulele festivals in Australia. 2017 took Peter back to the Sunshine Coast, to also include New Zealand for the first time as part of his evolving career. Today Peter hosts combinations of workshop and concert, sharing the Joy of the Ukulele worldwide.
Our good friend Ukulelezaza is the mentor of these three young talents from Finland, Kerttu, Iitu and Sanni aged bewteen 15 and 19 have been playing for 3 years and have proved eager to learn and improve their skills on the ukulele, both in the tradional style and in new ways. They have been working on their own arrangements of a wide range of music incluing Frank Zappa, this will be their first international appearance so we have to give them a big welcome.
ZŠ Járy Cimrmana
A group of children from the Jára Cimrman's primary school in the neighbouring village of Lysolaje, led by their teacher Jarka Tomajková. Getting these kids to open the show is for us organisers the joy and the main reason for creating this festival, let's see their progress and what they will be playing in 10 years time.
Česká Republika, http://www.ukulele-troublemakers.cz/
Skupina Ukulele Troublemakers je naprostou raritou nejen u nás, ale i ve světě. Na rozdíl od jiných ukulelových formací, které využívají jeho charakteristického zvuku a přizpůsobují mu repetroár, Ukulele Troublemakers se naopak snaží dokákázat, že na ukulele je možné zahrát prakticky všechno a z tohoto malého nástroje je možné dostat neuvěřitelné zvuky. Všichni členové se snaží dát do každého vystoupení maximum energie a vtipu a málokdo by uvěřil, že lze hrát světové hity na ukulele s takovým drivem. V repertoáru mají například hity od AC/DC, The Clash, Rihanny, Rammstein, Michaela Jacksona, Guns´n´roses, Nirvany, The Beatles,The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers a mnoha dalších. Mimoto se kapela věnuje i vlastní tvorbě a v roce 2015 vydala své první album "Rande". K pestrosti přispívá různé ladění ukulelí, jak tradiční, tak kytarové. UTM používají pro dosažení barevného zvuku širokou škálu nejrůznějších modelů a značek ukulele, sopránová, koncertní, tenorová...