Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sam Brown launches fun ukelele festival

HOW many ukulele bands can you fit into Nettlebed Village Club over one weekend?

HOW many ukulele bands can you fit into Nettlebed Village Club over one weekend?

You can find out soon when Sam Brown’s Fabulous Ukulele Club holds its first festival of fun, frivolity and food.

The FUC is the umbrella name for all Sam’s ukulele enterprises and the event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, when the club’s two halls will host concerts, ukulele workshops, technical help, singing, mass ukulele busking and a few surprise events.

Each day has a full programme running from 11am to 10pm. There will be great food on offer too.

All Sam’s local bands will be performing a set, plus one from London, as well as smaller groups formed by members of some of the bands. Workshops include lessons for beginners, on better strumming, and a session for amplified rock ukulele given by Sam’s brother Pete Brown.

Technical expert and band member Dave Plummer, of Apex Music in Reading, will also be giving tips on stringing and looking after instruments.

Sam is the former singing star and daughter of pop legend Joe Brown. She lost her voice in 2010, so began teaching ukulele in her garden shed in Sonning Common. Since then the whole enterprise has grown as the ukulele has become ever more popular, even outselling the guitar.

Sam’s bands have played on a Joe Brown album, toured Paris, appeared at Cornbury Festival, played at innumerable local events, concerts at the Kenton Theatre in Henley and, most recently, opened the Henley Poppy Appeal.

The full roster of bands appearing at Nettlebed is: the North London Ukulele Collective, Pure Fluke, the HotCups, the Surprise Singers, Locum, the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common, the Jumping Fleas, the Cuxham Ukulele Players and the People’s Ukulele Brigade.

Tickets cost £12 per day, or £20 for the weekend. For more information or to  book, email or visit

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