Ukelele fes­ti­val re­turns to Cobh

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Rior­dan

Ge­orge Formby would be proud of a fes­ti­val sched­uled to re­turn to Cobh on May 25.

It will be the third time that Cobh has hosted a Ukulele Fes­ti­val and per­form­ers will come from all over Ire­land and fur­ther afield.

In­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians Nico’o and the Ka­pi­olani Boyz from Biar­ritz will join the fes­ti­val, fol­low­ing on from their huge suc­cess and crowd-ap­peal dur­ing the 2016 fes­ti­val. The ever-pop­u­lar Ukulele Tues­days of Stag Head’s Fame were first in to se­cure their place for this year’s event which will run up to May 27. Groups from Car­ri­ga­line, Aghada and Cork city will also par­tic­i­pate.

To wel­come their mu­si­cal vis­i­tors, the or­gan­is­ers will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ event at Cobh Her­itage Cen­tre on Fri­day, May 25. The event is open to the gen­eral pub­lic too.

As part of the de­vel­op­ment as­pect of the fes­ti­val, work­shops for chil­dren and adults will take place at Cobh Li­brary and The Sir­ius Arts Cen­tre.

A free con­cert will take place in the her­itage cen­tre on the Satur­day where Nico’o and the Ka­pi­olani Boyz will head­line, with the Ukulele Tues­days and Gil­bert’s Lane in sup­port. Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noons will see Sum­mer Swing take on a Ukulele theme.

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