Two of the world's great uke teachers and innovators are coming to Summer Strum!
Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart hale from the antipodes and are keen to help you improve your uke-ing and singing with their renowned workshops.
Each week in Newcastle, Australia they teach and leader 8 ukestras and 2 choirs. That's how they earn a crust, which they figure is pretty rare. So rare in fact that they've written two books on how to do it their way. (Check that out at www.ukestration.com).
Mark and Jane are offering four different workshops each day at Summer Strum.
- Feel and Steal - takes you from zero to improvising on the ukulele as Mark leads a series of three stepped, fun and logical workshops using popular songs to equip you with new knowledge and techniques.
- Singing the Strings - Jane is a singer and choir leader extraordinaire, but through the magic of the ukulele this workshop helps us to find the natural harmonies within songs.
- Ukestration - Mark and Jane have toured their unique method at home in oz, and in New Zealand, Asia and North America. Their Summer Strum appearance follows hot on the heels of their 7th straight year in North America (this year it was turn of the Kamloops and Calgary Ukulele Festivals).
Four ukestration workshops gives you 8 of their best ukestrations from the past 8 years. This method engages all levels of players, and creates a really grand ukestra sound in performance ... but you also will learn a swag of techniques along the way.
The buttons below take you straight to the individual workshop bookings page at Eventbrite (or click the link or logo to go to a list of all of the workshops). Workshops are £10 each, (with a £1 cash rebate for each additional workshop attended).
Summer Strum Finale - we are pleased as punch to have been given the final slot at the festival, bringing together two songs from the ukestration workshops which we can all play. We'll even be able to incorporate those who have not done the workshops (but we need our workshop stars to provide the oomph and new skills).
We also invite you to come along to Gallaghers in Birkenhead on Thursday night 5 July to get a two hour early ukestration dose for only £15. By the end of the weekend you'll be sick of our accents and super-skilled up!