Ukulele Hooley Festival 2024 line up

It’s our 13th festival, and we’re really excited that in 2024 we will have an amazing line up of ukulele stars to entertain and inspire you; with both new faces to the festival, and some old friends that have helped us make the festival what it is, joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend.

Daniel Ho

Originally from Honolulu and based in Los Angeles, Daniel Ho is an ʻukulele player, Hawaiian slack key guitarist, pianist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and record company owner. He is a six-time GRAMMY® Award winner, twelve-time GRAMMY® Nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian music honors.

Daniel made ‘ukulele history when his solo album of fingerstyle compositions Pōlani (Pure), was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2010. His ‘ukulele-toting collaborations transcend genres, and his recordings span traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music to world music with Taiwanese aboriginals and Mongolian nomads, to duets with Pepe Romero the maestro of classical guitar, to contemporary jazz and rock with Tak Matsumoto of the Japanese supergroup, B’z. His music has alsobeen featured in film and television (The Descendants, Soul Surfer, Carlos, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Waterman, Hawaiʻi Five-0, NCIS: Hawaiʻi).

As an artist and clinician, Daniel performs concerts and teaches workshops in North America and abroad. He has toured as a musical ambassador and arts envoy for the U.S. Department of State to Asia, Australia, Greenland, Mexico, and Brazil. He is the co-designer of the Romero Creations Tiny Tenor ‘ukulele, and Ohana Bongolele and Shakerlele percussion instruments. Daniel’s Spalted Mango Tiny Tenor ‘ukulele is currently on display at the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles.

Daniel is excited to be a part of the Ukulele Hooley and looks forward to sharing his love of music and appreciation for all things ‘ukulele!

Dublin Ukulele Collective

Dublin Ukulele Collective bring the party, with high calibre interpretations of pop and rock classics. This tight ensemble marry the humble Ukulele with harmonised vocals, pulsating bass, drums and strings. With as many as 30 players depending on the show, they create a powerful and infectious energy wherever they play live.

The band has flown the flag at festivals such as All Together Now, Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope and Wild Roots and shook the floor of sacred Dublin venues Whelans, Sugar Club and Christchurch.

“… they build an atmosphere as hot as the sunshine.” – Golden Plec

Sage and Zaza

Sage Harrington and Ukulelezaza (Remco Houtman-Janssen) are a ukulele duo that swings. Their set features co-writes of their original songs in which they channel both the jazz that Sage grew up loving, and the Hawaiian music that permeated Remco’s childhood. With Sage’s vocals soaring above the duo’s sweetly plucked ukuleles, they create a fun atmosphere as if inviting a refreshing musical breeze to waft through.

Going by the moniker Ukulelezaza, Remco is well-known in the ukulele world for his delicate and virtuosic playing style. It has been said that he is “truly one of the greatest players of our era. That assessment takes in not only [his] playing/musicianship, but [his] arrangements and showmanship as well. [He is] the real deal.” Having published 5 volumes of tablature books for solo ukulele, people all over the world play both Ukulelezaza’s original compositions and arrangements of Hawaiian and jazz classics.

Sage Harrington is an inventive, playful singer and songwriter in love with swing music. Hailing from the USA, you can hear her deep love and appreciation of both jazz and American folk genres in her ukulele playing and singing. With a voice informed by the smooth vocal precision of Alison Krauss and the passionate swing of the great Ella Fitzgerald, Sage will have you singing along not only with the catchy gems of the 1920s, but also to the sweepingly beautiful melodies of her own compositions. Sage currently resides in Berlin.

Ukulele Tuesday

Ukulele Tuesday is the gigging offshoot of The Stag’s Head’s weekly ukulele session of the same name. They are a lively bunch, who mash-up contemporary and classic hits, and take the ukulele into uncharted waters. Guaranteed to melt some faces.

UkuHooligans

UkuHooligans is Dun Laoghaire’s Ukulele Club which was establised in 2008 to enable ukulele players get together. It evolved into a weekly meetup for ukulele players in Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas.

We meet every Saturday morning at the Eblana Club on Eblana Avenue Dun Laoghaire to play ukulele, jam together and share songs. It’s a great opportunity to meet other enthusiasts in a friendly and social setting. Anyone with an interest in playing, learning or just having fun with the ukulele is welcome (no matter where you’re from!)

THE UKULELE UFF TRIO

The Ukulele Uff Trio is comprised of Chris ‘Ukulele’ Uff on ukulele, Pete Price on guitar and ‘Brother’ Bill Leach on Hawaiian guitar. They specialise in obscure and wonderful 1920s/30s jazz, Tin Pan Alley songs and traditional Hawaiian music, performed with a skill and authenticity that is rare today.

When Ukulele Uff discovered the ukulele there was no stopping him. He practised day and night for years developing his own original style, until he felt ready to unleash his talents upon the world. Uff appeared on the ukulele scene overnight, when footage from his debut performance in a variety show at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall was uploaded to YouTube to much acclaim in 2012.

In 2014 Uff teamed up with lap steel virtuoso ‘Brother’ Bill Leach, who brought with him hair raising renditions of jazz age Hawaiian classics and beautiful traditional melodies and, together with Dave Searson on guitar, the Ukulele Uff Trio was formed. Since 2021 the amazing international blues and roots guitarist Peter Price has temporarily replaced Dave on guitar.

The Ukulele Uff Trio were featured on the front cover of “Uke Magazine” in 2016 and have released two CDs which have received excellent reviews, as have many of their live performances.

“This joyous string band swing like the proverbial hairy clappers and are guaranteed to gladden the hearts of all but the most dedicated of miserable begrudgers. Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe!” http://www.frootsmag.com/

“Have seen these guys twice now and both times they didn’t just get a standing ovation, they got a standing-on-chairs ovation.” Matt Warnes editor of UKE MAGAZINE http://worldofukes.co.uk/

Bad Mouse Orchestra

The Bad Mouse Orchestra is a German ukulele and guitar trio playing swing and jazz tunes from the 1920s to 40s. Playing instruments as old as the songs themselves and always dressed in high waisted pants and flat caps or boater hats, they revive the sound of the small, hidden bars and speakeasies of prohibition time America in which Shimmy and Charleston were danced until the early hours.

Charlotte Pelgen

Since 2017 the German musician Charlotte Pelgen has been touring internationally with her different bands, amongst them the “Bad Mouse Orchestra”. In autumn of 2023 she released her debut solo album “My Beetle & I” with original songs that are now the focus of her first solo live program. Many of them are inspired by early 20th century swing, its typical rhythms and harmonies, but her love for folk music and German “Chanson” also unmistakably seeps into her compositions.
Her songs tell small, personal stories, are sometimes poetic and complex, sometimes cheeky and swingy. They are a homage to the composers of bygone eras, but always enriched with Charlotte’s very own perspective and take on music.

Fred Goossens

Ukulele Hooley is proud to present the iconic, symbolic, explosive Fred Goossens!

Frederik discovered the ukulele through his love for old jazz and tin pan alley songs of the 1910s/20s His ukulele career find him playing solo and with his bands Winin’ Boys and the Left Hand Band.

Fine, accessible songs, bathed in a humorous sauce, recognition, trip down memory lane, but above all: great fun to watch and listen!

RUGS

Following on from their acclaimed pop-up performances at the 2022 Forever Young Festival, RUGS (Rathfarnham Ukulele Group) are delighted to bring their blend of foot-stomping tunes to the 12th Ukulele Hooley by the Sea.

From humble beginnings in Sheilagh Fox’s kitchen, RUGs weekly ukulele session now has up to 80 ukers jamming together on a Monday night. The group has a wonderful community spirit, with monthly performances in Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. In addition RUGS has been involved in supporting organisations such as the Samaritans, Special Olympics Ireland, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, LauraLynn, Unicef Ireland and HIV Ireland.

The off-shoot RUGs Performance Group has been slowly building a loyal fan base over the past few years, with performances at Bloom, the Cobh Ukulele Festival, Darkness into Light, Battle for the Bay and most recently the Forever Young Festival. Their setlist includes a diverse range of covers from Snow Patrol, American Authors and George Ezra to David Bowie, Marc Almond, and The Beatles – all performed with our own unique RUGs twist.

For many of the group, the ukulele odyssey began at the Hooley so it’s an absolute pleasure to return to the Main Stage.

Polythene Jam

Inspired by George Harrisons love of Ukulele, Polythene Jam have performed the seminal Beatles Album Abbey Road on ukulele.

Polythene Jam have performed at the Great Northern Ukulele Festive, All together Now Festival and the Dublin Beatles Festival.  Delighted to be bringing this act to the Eblana Cabana at Ukulele Hooley, prepare to get polyjamorous and join in.

Andrea Booth

Andrea Booth & Niall Toner have been singing and writing songs together since just before the outbreak of covid. They have appeared at the Bluegrass Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, the Seantai Bar in Waterford, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Howth Roots Festival, and many other music venues in Ireland. Andrea plays Ukulele and Tenor Guitar and Niall plays Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin.

Andrea with Niall will be performing on our Saturday Stage ‘Eblana Cabana’ at the Eblana Festival Club HQ.

RWC

In February 2020, the best possible time to start a new live performing act, a German, a Frenchie, an Italian and a Portuguese walked into a pub and formed a band. No joke, this group of mischievous music makers are hell bent on bringing good mood and great tunes to the island of Ireland. You’ll be surprised how much ukuleles can rock, and their harmonies will leave you wanting more.

RWC will be performing on our Saturday Stage ‘Eblana Cabana’ at the Eblana Festival Club HQ.

Almost Pi

Almost Pi are Darren, Joh and Seán. They performed for the first time together at the 2019 Ukulele Hooley! They headlined Whelan’s in April 2022 at The Night of Too Many Ukuleles.

They combine a number of different musical styles in their quest to bring ukulele music to strange, new places. Recently, they have been joined by Jenny, who has helped them square their musical circle.

Almost Pi will be performing on our Saturday Stage ‘Eblana Cabana’ at the Eblana Festival Club HQ.

The Sunday Stage

Sunday 25th August, in the People’s Park, performers take to the stage

Join us in the People Park, Dun Laoghaire, for the main performance event of the festival, on Sunday 25th August.

Proceedings kick-off before midday – 11:30am.

We will be continuing our tradition of presenting talented ukulele performers and groups from around the world.

Big Hooley Jam

A must for ukulele players – grab your uke and come along to be part of the “The Big Jam @ The Hooley“!

Festival Raffle

Try your luck in our ever popular Ukulele Hooley festival raffle, with some fabulous ukulele related prizes to win.

Retail Therapy

Check out our ukulele merchandise and instrument stalls, to find that perfect gift for you or the ukulele people in your life.

Relax in the Park

Relax in Dún Laoghaire’s magnificent People’s Park, a beautifully landscaped oasis of calm, enhanced with the sounds of ukuleles.

Children’s/Beginner’s Workshop

Children’s Workshop will at the dlr LexIcon, Saturday 26th August.

Uke Factor Competition

Enjoy the ‘Uke Factor‘ competition winners, performing on the festival Sunday stage. Such a treat to experience the talent of the future.