Friday, 23 September 2016

23-09-2016 Uke East

The bunting is up - the fairy lights are switched on - Welcome to UkeEast 2016!! 

Uke East 2016 wil start on Friday 23rd September at The Coachmakers Arms with an evening of open mic, strums alongs and early registration. There'll also be a special Uke East menu for anyone who wants to eat.
The Uke East 2016 main event will be on Saturday 24th September at the Norwich Arts Centre. Workshops at the NAC and Cookes Band Instruments, food in the garden, the small stage, the headliners on the main stage, a raffle, stalls and more.
We'll finish on Sunday morning with a big busk on the streets of Norwich. And perhaps a pint of lunch.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

22-09-2016 UkeEast

Well, it`s the end of the traditional `festival` season, but fear not, the hidden music scene has another gem up it`s sleeve.  A bunch of my ukulele friends have arranged UkeEast, a ukulele festival due to burst into life on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September in and around Norwich.  Saturdays events take place at Norwich Arts Centre.

Well, as I am a member of Norwich Ukulele Society, I`m going to be there and I`m performing with other members during the afternoon.  All very exciting.

Strangely enough, before I began my musical journey I never really gave much thought to the amount of practice required to pull a gig together.  How naive of me.  I now realise that about 85% of a musicians time is practice, plain and simple.  Without it, the bread & butter of performance is not possible.  Practice is not always enjoyable or satisfying, it can be tortuous, it can be painful and can feel like a big waste of time BUT it is totally necessary.  From the busker on the corner outside Tescos to the Rolling Stones - putting in the hours make all the difference.

Needless to say, I have been practising with the Uke Society for weeks and weeks for a 15 minute slot during the programme.  However I know it will be worth it - it always is!

More soon - with UkeEast photos (hopefully)