Window of Opportunity
We love our Window of Opportunity. Over the years, and from small beginnings, it’s become a real highlight of the festival , and has seen some truly great performances . This year is no exception – we have (so far) three fabulous and talented acts, and can safely say that if you haven’t seen them before, you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future… Be sure to catch them on the UKE Magazine stage at the Norwood.
The Lucky Ukes
We’re delighted to welcome The Lucky Ukes all the way from Dortmund in Germany. This talented bunch of musicians plays in a variety of styles from Mozart to Bossa Nova, from pop to folk and jazz. With a grooving acoustic sound, they present their uniquely fresh vocal arrangements, all combined with that unmistakable Hawaiian ukulele sound that we all love so much. In September 16 they released their first CD, No. 1. Introducing the band: Maik Fuhrmann on vocal and ukulele; Julian Schlitzer on vocal, ukulele and guitar; Thomas Gross on vocal and percussion; and Frank Gerstmeier on vocal, ukulele and guitar.
The League of Ukulele Gentlemen
The League of Ukulele Gentlemen is a scintillating ukulele trio made up of two electro-acoustic ukes, bass uke and keyboard. Morphing out of the stripy suits of Feckless and Fuddle six months ago, they combine intricate 3-part vocal harmonies with a big lyrical sound, and are known for big songs and big arrangements of classical, rock, folk and pop.
They intersperse their own powerful compositions with covers to which they have given a League of Ukulele Gents special touch.
Over the last year they have performed up and down the country, touring with Dead Man’s Uke, Taimane, and Mike Hind. They had their own stage at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland and played other festivals along the way!
They are thrilled to be playing the “Window of Opportunity Stage” at the amazing Ukulele Festival that Cheltenham is!
Sunny Side Up
Father Tim and son Harry make up this great ukulele double act, writing and performing their own music, under the influence of reggae, world, folk…in fact any music with sunshine running through it. They also cover songs by artists including Simply Red and Billie Holiday, as well as Gentleman’s Dub Club, Bob Marley and many others. They describe themselves as ukulele nuts, and have been playing venues all over south-west England as well as a few in Europe. They recently released their debut single Slow Down from their upcoming EP Michael Fish, and this has been played on three local radio station as well as the BBC introducing programme.
Matt Stead & Rob Ash
Matt Stead and Rob Ash are an ukulele and bass duo based in the South West. Last month they released their debut album The Wend, an instrumental ukulele album inspired by places around the Forest of Dean and Bristol. The album has already gained much attention and was given a glowing recommendation by Cool Cat Ukes’ Simon Taylor (review at http://www.coolcatukes.com/
You can find out more at their website: the-wend.com