Manitoba Hal – back by popular demand! Wed 20th May Newcastle upon Tyne! @mbhal @thecumby

manitobahal-promo1Good to know that Manitoba Hal Brolund will be back soon!

Wed May 20th
Workshop 6:00 – 7:00
Performance 7:30 – 8:15
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Workshop only: £10
Performance only: £5
Workshop + Performance: £12!

For more information see our online flier!

Or fill in the RSVP form to book a place now!

(Here is a pdf booklet with all the info on that RSVP page!)

There are lots of other videos on Manitoba Hal’s YouTube Channel

Also, see this blog post from last year – Hal’s last workshop was fully booked and we expect this one to be just as popular!

Whether you are getting yourself revved up for this workshop or just want a great primer on how to play Blues Ukulele – see Manitoba Hal’s “Ukulele Blues Method Book“! Hal revised this for his UK Tour last year – hopefully he will be bringing more copies along this time!

As last year . . .

Manitoba Hal’s UK Tour has been organised by those wonderful, groovy people behind Northern Uke – the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival!

GNUFlogoBWbHal is one of the amazing ukulele artists and tutors appearing at:

GNUF 2015 in Huddersfield

GNUF 2015 – Tickets selling like hot cakes! | @northernuke

GNUF banner

Message from GNUF on 23 March:

“There are now only TWELVE FESTIVAL TICKETS LEFT for the full weekend and only a handful of Saturday/Sunday day tickets. We have sold out of children’s tickets, young adult tickets and other discounts.

The whole thing could well sell out this week.”

If you have been before you will know that this is a fantastic event and amazing value for money, with staggeringly good international-league main stage performers and excellent acts from across the north and the rest of the UK at the fringe venues.

Festival tickets:

£39 Weekend
£29 Saturday or Sunday Day Ticket

All the Friday night events are free entry.

Workshop tickets:

  • Some workshops have already sold out.
  • You need to have already bought a Main Festival Ticket to book a workshop:

£17 each Skills/Performance Workshop
£36 each Making Things Workshop



What’s on each day:


If you find that the Northern Uke website has crashed (due to overload from ticket buyers?) as it did today, you can still use these links to buy tickets:

Festival Tickets:

Workshop Tickets:

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Next Sunday Ukes! March 29, April 12 and 26, The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00 | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • March 29
  • April 12
  • April 26
  • more dates to follow . . .

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see:

Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

The Millstone

The Millstone

For info about the Thursday sessions at The Cumberland Arms 6pm – 8pm, see:
Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more!

(This blog post will be deleted when the next Sunday Ukes reminder is published).

2014 in review – blog stats

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sunderland “Ukes4U” now meeting Thursdays as well as Tuesdays!

The Sunderland Club, which started meeting earlier this year on Tuesdays at Hylton Castle CIU, has been so successful that Alf Scott has arranged a second session on Thursdays!

Congratulations on the rapid expansion!

Further details here:

(If you use that shortcut again – it must be all lower case to go to the right place!)

For information about most of the other clubs and sessions in the North East, and some in Cumbria too, see:


Find other ukers! List of lists!


Some suggestions to get started connecting with other ukulele players:

Local Clubs and Sessions Lists:

There are lists of Clubs and sessions on many websites and blogs – here are just a few examples:

  1. Curt Sheller:
  2. Got A Ukulele:
  3. Mighty Ukulele:
  4. Ukulele Hunt:
  5. Ukes4Fun (North East and Cumbria only):
  6. Ukukee Map and Android App: (added to this list 6 Feb 2015):

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New Ukulele Session! Sunderland – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm – 9pm, Hylton Castle CIU

Billy "Uke" Scott and Ian Emmerson

Two outstanding Ukulele Players from Sunderland

Many thanks to Alf Scott for adding information about “Ukes4U” (is this the first ukulele club in Sunderland!?) to the Ukulele Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East Spreadsheet.

Alf – your enthusiasm is infectious and it is great to know that we can now point uke-hungry Wearsiders in your direction!



“Most of people are just learning but are picking chords etc. quite easily. You don’t have to be an expert. Just come along and enjoy a bit of fun.

The ukulele is a fun instrument, it makes you feel relaxed, takes the stress off you, easy to play and when you play/sing that first song wow, did I just do that!! Meet new people.”

Time and Venue:

Every Tuesday from 7pm – 9pm
*Update Dec 2014: also Thursdays, same time, same place!

Hylton Castle Workingmens Social Club
Hylton Castle
Tyne & Wear

Age Range, Fees, etc.

  • 18 and over
  • Free
  • Most of people are just learning but are picking chords etc. quite easily.
    You don’t have to be an expert. Just come along and enjoy a bit of fun.


Email Alf Scott (Spam protected – follow link to unlock the address): alf…@g…com

Phone:  Alf Scott on 0191 5483432

Website: Not yet.

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