Workshops to suits all levels

We are delighted to present a really fantastic selection of ukulele master workshops for the 2018 festival.

As well as an opportunity to pick up new ways of playing, they are also great fun. There is a workshop to suit everybody, so book yours ASAP – they always fill very quickly, and you don’t want to miss out.

This is your opportunity to join a class of skilled and talented ukulele musicians.

Each workshop lasts approximately an hour.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

To ensure your place on a particular workshop send us an email to ukulelehooley@gmail.com – payment will be collected on the day.

 

Workshop Schedule

  • Casey McGill at 10.45 am – Intermediate level
  • [SOLD OUT] Poupees Gonflees at 10.45 am – All levels (including beginners)
  • Angie McLoughlin at 12.15 pm – All levels
  • Frederick Gosseens at 12.15 pm – Intermediate level
  • Ukulele Uff at 13.30 pm – Intermediate level

Swing Like Casey MacGill [Intermediate level]

Mr. Casey MacGill – The King of Swing – Intermediate level

Workshop at 10.45am

During the swing era, guitarists played simple but effective accompaniment—mainly two- and three-note chord voicings, played squarely on downbeats, four strums per bar.

The guitar is a considerably larger instrument than the ukulele, so it might seem improbable that a swing-guitar approach would transfer to uke. Quite the contrary, the abbreviated chord voicings and the ukulele’s bright tones work splendidly well, as swing musician Casey MacGill will demonstrates in this workshop.

Casey’s guidance on Swing is definitely a great tool to have at your disposal.

MY THREE STRUMS – Case MacGill

In this class we’ll cover the three strums I use in my performances.

They are:

Swing strum: Creating a swing beat with this strum to match the bass and drive the band/ensemble; get people to dance, or make an inspiring rhythm for a soloist or vocalist. We look at getting the feel, damping the strings, and talk about musical examples.

Rumba Strum: I demonstrate the strum and we break it down into 3 bite-size morsels. We play the strum in easy song examples.

Shuffle strum: After demonstrating I explain the strum; how it’s on the backbeat, where it comes from, musical examples, Louis Jordan, Elvis, Louis Prima. We look at the backstroke and bits of finesse to get the feel.

 

The workshop will suit intermediate levels, but would be an insight for all.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

To ensure your place on a particular workshop, send us an email to ukulelehooley@gmail.com – payment will be collected on the day.

[SOLD OUT] Workshop calypso, with Les Poupées Gonflées [All levels, including beginners]

Workshop at 10.45 am – All levels

Few chords, great tunes, sweet melodies, let’s go for the Calypso tour !

Valérie and Bebop conduct the instrumental ukulele workshop, Jujubi conducts the song (two voices) worshop, at the end you can sing and play in three languages (french, english, spanish) some easy famous calypsos.

Couleur Café/Color Café, Coconut Water, Rum and coca-cola, Banana Boat Song, Is like so…

This workshop will suit all levels.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

 

Five Four Two, Eyes of Blue - Frederick "Wininboy" Goossens [Intermediate level]

Five Four Two, Eyes of Blue – Frederick “Wininboy” Goossens – Intermediate level

Workshop at 12.15 pm

“Have you always wondered how music harmony works? Want to know how to put that knowledge to your own advantage? Actually, it’s pretty easy. A lot of tunes follow the same basic chord progressions.

In this workshop, you’ll discover some of the most popular and common ones and learn how to recognize and use them. In no time, you’ll become a pro at that next jam session where someone asks you to play five foot two – in any key.”.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

To ensure your place on a particular workshop, send us an email to ukulelehooley@gmail.com – payment will be collected on the day.

Strumming techniques workshop - Chris Uff [Intermediate level]

Strumming techniques workshop – Ukulele Uff – Intermediate level

Workshop at 13.30 pm

Right hand (or left!) strumming techniques are fundamental in ukulele playing.

The techniques demonstrated in this workshop are what I believe make my playing, and hopefully yours, really come alive. As well as learning some basic strums to get started you will see demonstrated, and deconstructed, strums such as the split stroke, fan stroke, tremolo and scrape.

We will also look at some ways to play melody lines while strumming. Some of these techniques may or may not be mastered in the workshop as they take time, though you will leave with a good understanding of how they work, how to use them and also diagrams of the individual strums.

If you know all the songs but just need some fancy bits under your belt, then this is the workshop for you.

 

Chris Hough aka ‘Ukulele Uff’ is a highly accomplished ukulele player in the traditional style. He hails from Liverpool, England, a city with a rich musical heritage and its very own mythical bird.

Since 2012 he has been in demand all over Europe from Birkenhead to Barcelona, from Preston to Paris either as a solo artist or more often than not alongside ‘Lonesome’ Dave Searson on guitar and ‘Brother’ Bill Leach on Hawaiian guitar as ‘The Ukulele Uff Trio’. The trio often mesmerise audiences with their speed, dexterity and authentic renditions of jazz age rarities. They have one album of fourteen tracks available which has had rave reviews with none other than the Netherlands celebrated ukulele maestro Ukulelezaza describing it as ‘one of the best ukulele related CDs ever released’.

Famous for his lightning fast right hand, Chris’s ukulele style is inspired by the ukulele greats of the 1920s and he lists Jesse Kalima, Johnny Marvin and Roy Smeck amongst his biggest influences.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

To ensure your place on a particular workshop, send us an email to ukulelehooley@gmail.com – payment will be collected on the day.

Wrestling the Alligator: Song Writing on the Ukulele - Angie “Minnie” McLaughlin [All levels]

Workshop at 12.15 pm – All Levels

Song writing can be a tough old boot! Songs misbehave, leaving you writing something completely different from your initial intention. They have a strong will of their own and sometimes need to be coaxed, threatened and pleaded with, in order to bring them to completion. Kind of like wrestling an alligator!

Ms. Angie “Minnie” McLaughlin will take you through the paces of song writing on the ukulele. In talking about her own song writing process, she will address:

  • getting started,
  • wrestling with the inner critic,
  • building confidence,
  • writers block,
  • reality testing.

The workshop will be interactive so don’t forget to bring along your ukulele’s. All levels welcome. (See you at the swamp).

 

Angie “Minnie” McLaughlin Bio

About  17 years ago, way back in San Francisco, California, Ms Angie “Minnie” McLaughlin received a surprise gift of a ukulele for Christmas. Puzzled and charmed, she learned her first 2 chords which released her from years of mediocre guitar playing. This little instrument finally gave her permission to indulge her passion for old vaudevillian style numbers and inspired her to write some of her own.  With her ukulele in hand, she stepped onto the stage and into a persona previously only played out  behind locked doors.

In 2004, she moved back to Dublin where she  co-formed The Sick and Indigent Song Club with Gary Fitzpatrick entertaining Monday night die-hards at the Ha’penny Bridge Inn.  The ukulele has featured in their latest album of songs from the sea, “Shinbone Ally”, released September 2017.  She has performed in many different countries, cities, and backwaters, as well as being a regular act at many festival venues, including The Electric Picnic, Body and Soul and of course, Ukulele Hooley By The Sea. She spent 10 days, by invite of the Irish Consulate, in Shanghai in 2016 performing at numerous Paddy’s Day events, including a half hour spot on Shanghai radio with co-performer, Gary Fitzpatrick. Her second project, Minnie and the Illywhackers, released their first album ‘Make Me Yours’ featuring McLaughlin’s original material. The Illywhackers not only opened for Pokey La Farge but entertained President Higgins and his wife Sabina at their annual garden party in Aras An Uachtarain.

No matter her stage, large or small, she always delivers, sharing with her audiences her passion for the music, and joy in the complicated love affair between performer and audience.

All workshops take place in the Eblana Club on Saturday 25th and are €15 each.

To ensure your place on a particular workshop, send us an email to ukulelehooley@gmail.com – payment will be collected on the day.