Artists

by Tony Boland

Take a look at the artists we have confirmed so far for Ukulelehooley 2016

Aisling out walking

Aisling Out Walking

Aisling Out Walking are a Dublin band specialising in oldies and goldies with a hankering for harmony.

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Andy Eastwood

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, Danny La Rue, 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 touring Britain’s major theatres with the 40s revue We’ll Meet Again, which gives him the opportunity to portray some of his showbiz heroes: film legend George Formby, master violinist Stephane Grappelli and comedian Arthur Askey.

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.

Find out more about Andy at: www.AndyEastwood.com

Casey McGill

Casey McGill

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. He plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano, blows lyrical cornet, but his most unique instrumental voice is a 6 string tenor ukulele.

Casey grew up in Southern California and has pursued his musical passion well over 40 years. He studied music at Pasadena City College with Gary Foster, lessons with Warne Marsh, further studies at Cal State LA with Buddy Collette in addition to the classical music curriculum.

MacGill has performed on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show, the movie Frances, and was in the original cast of the Broadway show Swing!, opening the show playing the uke and contributing five tunes to the score.

He and his bands have toured in Australia, Japan, played swing camps in England, France, Italy, Sweden, and South Korea.

He teaches at ukulele camps; for Centrum in Port Townsend, the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena, CA, and others.

You can find his music on CD Baby and lots of clips on YouTube.

Francesco Albertazzi

Francesco Albertazzi

AUTHENTIC ITALIAN UKULELE PLAYER

Beginning as a guitar player, in 2010 Francesco Albertazzi falls in love with the ukulele and begins 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 begins collaborating with the brand Risa, worldwide leader of solidbody ukuleles and collaborates with the Italian magazine Strumenti Musicali to promote the ukulele in Italy. Also in 2012 he makes his live debut at the international ukulele festivals held in Vicenza and Matera, as well as FIUL in France.

In 2014 he began collaboration with the Kanile’a brand to promote the ukulele and its history. Also in 2014 he begins 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.

George Elmes

George Elmes

George Elmes is a Ukulele player from Dublin. Specializing in Soprano Ukulele, he has earned an impressive following in the Ukulele community with his instrumental music showcasing his technical prowess. He also has a popular Youtube channel which features his original compositions as well as tutorials for his unique playing style, which draws influence from players such as Roy Smeck and Herb Ohta. George is excited to be returning to the Ukulele Hooley in 2016 with an energetic set of instrumental Ukulele music.

Gus & Fin Trio

Gus & Fin Trio

Gus and Fin started ukulele-based entertainment on youtube when youtube was only a few months old. They made quite a few (about 1 a week) between the years 2006 and 2011 which means there are lots of them. Some people have actually watched them all. Despite the fact that they haven’t made any for a while, they are still all available online and people still comment as if they were made yesterday “Hey dudes, you got the words wrong: its Jackie is a runt Judy is a punk, not Judy is a punk, Jackie is a runt – I hope you die in hell!”

This year at the Ukulele Hooley is your chance to catch a rare glimpse of Gus and Fin and well worth the trip across the bar to see them in action. Unlike many of their early youtube ukulele contemporaries, they are not now multi-millionaires selling out stadiums and so are still happy doing pretty much the same thing as they have always done: making top notch ukulele entertainment for the people. The ever-popular Mark Ferrie (double Bass) returns to Dun Laoghaire with Gus and Fin making them The Gus ‘n’ Fin Trio.

Hat Trick Stringband

Hat Trick Stringband

Dublin’s own Hat Trick Stringband play American Oldtime music. Their mutual passion for the music from the Appalachian mountains brings them together for their annual visit to the Ukulele Hooley Festival. Featuring fiddles, Clawhammer banjo, banjo uke, guitar and occasionally cello! Music to make ya wanna dance!

Holly Cooper

Holly Cooper

Holly Cooper is a Dublin based singer/songwriter and ukulele fanatic. A former full time busker, Holly is now venting her various frustrations over petty things into two minute long semi-comedic folk jingles.

She has just released her first EP “Rollercoaster Historian” and she is one to watch for the future with a unique and individual sound.

James Clem

James Clem

James has been a performer for over thirty years and in an authority on American Roots Music. He was inspired to learn guitar as a teenager after hearing Dick Dale play live in Los Angeles where he grew up. He got into playing blues when he heard and met many of the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Bukka White and Lightnin’ Hopkins at the Ash Grove in L.A.

Since that time James has played in about every type of combo there is from blues, soul, and rock to rockabilly. In the last few years he has focused on acoustic music from ragtime and slide guitar to smokin’ swing and blues on his resonator ukulele. His recent blues and swing ukulele recording “Sugar Moon” was named runner up for best uke CD of 2015 by Ukulele Hunt. He is a regular performer at blues and ukulele festivals worldwide and his You Tube videos are very popular. James lives in Portland, Oregon where he teaches ukulele and guitar and performs.

Minnie and the Illywhackers

Minnie and the Illywhackers

Vintage Ukulele Swing and Good Time Music.

Normally you would have to cruise the clubs of New York and San Francisco for the pleasure of hearing this vintage Americana sound. However, Minnie and the Illywhackers have their feet rooted firmly in the Dublin music scene. Vaudevillian influenced singer and ukulele player Angie McLaughlin draws on the talents of her ex Sick and Indigent Song Club band mates Shane McGrath (guitar, mandolin), Christian Volkmann (double bass, harmonica) and Sheila Sullivan (fiddle) to perform her original material. Her songs sit comfortably in their set alongside forgotten classics from the first half of the 20th century. The line up is augmented by exquisite cornet player, Carl O’Byrne, a veteran of the Dublin music scene, whose melodic lines are the perfect compliments to McLaughlin’s vocals. Echoes of swing, Hawaiian, gospel, jazz and blues are evident in the tunes which are performed with inventive arrangements. McLaughlin is both playful and passionate in her performance and with excellent musicians to back her up The Illywhackers are a truly joyous live experience.

The Dublin Ukulele Collective

The Dublin Ukulele Collective

The Dublin Ukulele Collective (DUC) is a fifty piece Ukulele band. This band has a high feel-good-factor and watching them perform, the fun is obvious. Members range in age from 16 to 70+ and perform a diverse repertoire of songs which reflects this age span. Within are a seriously talented range of Dublin musicians including; experienced choir harmonisers, sexy middle-aged rockers and
electric teenage funksters. Expect upbeat, fun and rhythmic songs with loads of harmonies and a little nostalgia including songs from Elbow, Cold Play, Talking Heads, Amy Winehouse, Erazure, Leonard Cohen, Jason Mraz and more. This is very much a join-in gig. Bring the family!!

The Jive Aces

The Jive Aces

The Jive Aces – The UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band

Legendary swing, jive and skiffle group, The Jive Aces, are renowned worldwide for their high-energy music and spectacular stage show. They are perhaps best known as the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent” and for their award winning viral video,“Bring Me Sunshine”, which has 3 million views online and is so uplifting it’s even been prescribed by a doctor!

This swinging sextet average 300 shows a year and have performed for The Queen, as well as working with Van Morrison and John Travolta. They’ve played to capacity crowds at the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Glastonbury Festival, The London Olympics and have graced stages in 40 countries, including major theatre tours in the USA.

They famously cheered up a grumpy Simon Cowell and wowed the judges on “BGT”. Other TV appearances include: “Strictly Come Dancing”, “Children in Need” “Good Day Los Angeles” and “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”.

The Mourning Glories

The Mourning Glories

‘THE MOURNING GLORIES’ are a Netherlands based trio, with members from Canada, France and The United States. Their distinctive style is graced by intricate, three-part ‘Boswellian’-style vocal harmonies but, unlike the Boswell Sisters’ often bright-eyed and bubbly delivery of the 20’s and 30’s, these galsconvey a hushed defiance, a knowing lilt. Their individual roles within the group are wonderfully
undefinied, exchanging instruments and hardware amongst themselves throughout a performance aswell as often taking turns at the soprano-, alto- and baritone vocal parts. Accompanying themselves on Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Washtub Bass, Washboard and Singing Saw, their voices entwine to narrate hairraising tales of lamentation, shout revelatory spirituals towards the heavens above and even fearlessly revive the much-neglected tradition of western yodeling. A most particular and noteworthy group of ladies worth listening to and watching closely.

The Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave Trio

The Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave Trio

The Ukulele Uff Trio is comprised of Chris ‘Ukulele’ Hough on ukulele, ‘Lonesome’ Dave Searson on guitar and ‘Brother’ Bill Leach on Hawaiian guitar. They specialise in obscure 1920’s and 1930`s jazz, tin pan alley songs and traditional Hawaiian music with a skill and authenticity that is rare today. Hailing from Liverpool, a city with a rich musical heritage.

They have played and presented workshops at venues and festivals across Europe from Birkenhead to Barcelona and have performed on BBC RADIO and TV. Last year they released their debut CD which has received much critical acclaim.

The trio started life as all good trios do, as a duo. Chris (who takes influence from ukulele greats such as Roy Smeck and Ukulele Ike) and Dave appeared on the ukulele scene over night when footage from their first public performance in a variety show at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall was uploaded to YouTube in 2012.

Since then, their high energy and skilled playing has earned them a reputation as top entertainers performing at festivals across Europe. In 2014 Chris and Dave teamed up with lap steel virtuoso Brother Bill, who brought with him hair-raising renditions of jazz age Hawaiian classics and beautiful traditional melodies.

Fitting in perfectly with Chris and Dave’s nimble finger work, the group now sounded better than ever! Expect to tap your feet furiously and maybe even dance when you hear these three play. May your spirits (and eyebrows) be raised and may you return briefly to a time