It’s our 11th year, and we’re really excited to bring you a fun filled musical weekend.
Here’s where you will find an overview of what you can expect over the weekend at the Ukulele Hooley. As we are busy planning the festival many of the following details may change, so keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.
The Ukulele Hooley is located at two main locations;
- the Ukulele Hooley 2020 Festival Club & Hub at Dun Laoghaire’s oldest club, The Eblana,
- and on Sunday from midday the main concert event is in the Peoples Park.
We are very grateful to our hosts the Eblana Club for their generosity in making the club available to us for the festival weekend.
Saturday @ the Ukulele Hooley 2020
(Many of the details below relate to the 2019 festival for reference. We will update for 2020)
Doors open at 10am, and Saturday morning kicks off with a selection selection of workshops with amazing ukulele musicians.
Workshop Schedule – (2019 schedule listed for reference. 2020 details to be announced)
Eblana Workshop Schedule 2019
- Andy Eastwood – Make Me Musical – Intermediate level – at 10:30am
- Mark Mangan – Why On Earth Would I Subject Myself To Learning Chord Theory – Intermediate level – at 10:30am
- Ukulelezaza – Rare Tricks & Grooves – All levels – at 12 noon
Ukulele and the Brain
Join Dr. Jane Bentley (Musician) and Kirti Ranchod (Neurologist) for a talk in the Eblana Club at 12 noon. There is no charge for admission.
dlrLexicon Workshop Schedule
- James Hill – Lyricism and Line: How to Make the Ukulele Sing – Intermediate – at 2pm
And you know ukulele players, there’s usually a Jam happening too.
Afternoon (4pm) the Bus Busk departs, for a trip through South County Dublin via an open top double-decker bus, for a super fun time of ukulele playing and refreshments.
Bus Busk registration will be on Saturday 22nd August at the Royal Marine Bandstand, (@ 3.45pm for those that have a ticket). You’ll get a stamp which will confirm you’re checked in to take part in the busk.
During the Bus Busk we will be singing songs from all three song books, Volume 1, 2 & 3. All can be downloaded from the website or you can get a copy on Saturday morning, at the festival hub in the Eblana. For a guide of which songs we might sing and when; you can download the plan 2019 Bus Bus Song plan.
On the Saturday night we have an Open Mic event, doors (and the list) open at 7pm, with kickoff at 7:30pm. Come along, bring your ukulele and song, and we’ll provide the audience.
All are welcome, just put your name on the list and we’ll call you up when its time to perform.
After the open mic portion of the evening ends, Sunday’s ukulele performers give a taste of what to expect on at the main Ukulele Hooley concert in the People’s Park.
There is an admission charge of €10 for the Open Mic Night.
Sunday @ the Ukulele Hooley 2020
(Below are the details of the 2019 festival. The details for 2020 will be updated)
The main concert event kicks off in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire at 11:30am.
We have an amazing lineup of ukulele artists local and international, both new faces to the festival, and some old friends joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience. All times are approximate.
Ukuele Hooley Concert RUNNING ORDER 2019
Andrea Booth Trio
Dublin Ukulele Collective
Gus & Fin Trio
The BIG SEA JAM at the Hooley
Bad mouse Orchestra
Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave Trio
(All times are approximate)
The concert ends around 6pm, but the fun continues back at the Festival Club & Hub at the Eblana, for those looking to continue the ukulele party.