The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2017 - Preview

After missing GNUF for the last four years, Cool Cat Ukes was there this time!


The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2017


What people like about GNUF

We had great fun, including some biscuit based fun, vox pop videos and more. More videos are still to come.

There were so many artists there - we were able to watch them perform and met and chatted with many of them too.

Here is the latest flyer for the festival, you see 50 acts here.

That's an incredible number of acts, all of them world-class.

There are workshops, run by the artists who are appearing. You'll get up close and personal, and have the opportunity to learn things, too.

Many of the artists have been interviewed by us, there are loads that we haven't even seen yet, but Mary Agnes Krell, the festival director assures us that all of them are fantastic. Maybe we'll bag a few more interviews during the festival.

Click the poster to see a full-size version.

We can't wait!

We've helped in publishing a songbook which you can download from here, but full details of course are at the main GNUF website.

We've recorded a run through of the songbook in case you want to know how the songs might sound. Mike & Caroline (of The Hedge Inspectors), Richard (an Unplugthewood stalwart) and myself run through them here. There's an index so you can wind through to any particular song of interest.


Page 2 - 00:02:15 - Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin
Page 3 - 00:04:40 - All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor
Page 4 - 00:09:00 - Things Have Gone To Pieces - George Jones
Page 5 - 00:11:53 - Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
Page 6 - 00:15:25 - Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis
Page 7 - 00:18:55 - Hazard - Richard Marx
Page 8 - 00:23:20 - Heroes - David Bowie
Page 9 - 00:27:10 - Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
Page 10 - 00:30:26 - Tip-Toe Through the Tulips - Tiny Tim
Page 11 - 00:33:30 - You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
Page 12 - 00:37:50 - Dakota - Stereophonics
Page 14 - 00:44:35 - Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones
Page 16 - 00:48:35 - Wagon Wheel - Ukulele traditional...
Page 17 - 00:51:50 - Call Me The Breeze - J.J.Cale
Page 18 - 00:54:10 - Pop Musik - M
Page 19 - 00:57:30 - Deep Elem Blues - American traditional
Page 20 - 01:01:25 - Kiss - Prince / Tom Jones
Page 21 - 01:06:20 - Country Roads - John Denver
Page 22 - 01:10:45 - Good Riddance / Time Of Your Life - Green Day
Page 23 - 01:14:20 - Walk Tall - Val Doonican
Page 24 - 01:18:05 - Worried Man Blues - Woody Guthrie / Roots traditional
Page 25 - 01:22:55 - Mama’s Got A Squeezebox - The Who
Page 26 - 01:25:55 - Tie A Yellow Ribbon - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Page 28 - 01:28:50 - Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Page 30 - 01:32:20 - Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Page 31 - 01:35:55 - Brand New Key - Melanie Sakfa

Just before Christmas, the people at GNUF announced a few artists, and we made a few silly videos. If you can bear them, re-live that in the links below.


The 12 days of GNUFmas...
Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers
Eat My Uke
Plastic Jeezus
Opera-lele
Phil Doleman & Ian Emmerson
Poor Boys Of Worcester

 


Why couldn't I go? - it always seems to be Coustie, our 'Outside Broadcast' cat who goes to these things.