2022 line-up coming soon.
Feast your eyes on last year's line-up to get you in the mood.

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Northern Ukes

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Summer Strum are very excited to present Saturday night headliners Northern Ukes.
This 7 piece Ukulele band from the Sefton area of North Liverpool will bring you tight melodic harmonies and an eclectic mix of music from the 60's onwards - 80's lovers prepare to be in heaven!
AND there are rumours that they may be "lifting you higher" with a 50 piece choir! 

The Funky Ukes

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Bringing the festival to a dynamic end,  Sunday night headliners The Funky Ukes
are a group of seasoned performers from diverse musical backgrounds. Guilty of a litany of musical misdemeanours, they are currently believed to be in lockdown in the Liverpool area, preparing their next escapade. They are known to possess ukuleles and are not afraid to use them. Funky Ukes will also introduce the Strum '21 farewell mega-jam straight after their set, so get your ukulele on!

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The Bowie Ukes

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This year, Pat, Em & the Hoylake team have handed the baton over to new festival organisers - The Bowie Ukes.

They've been working hard to recreate the glorious spirit of The Summer Strum at it's exciting new venue at The Junction, Rainford. 

 

With their foundations cemented firmly in fun & friendship, this Liverpool band of 30+ play lively sets that reflect  their mix of ages and musical tastes. 

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Ukulele Club Liverpool 

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In addition to their performances on the main stages, UCL will

lead the breakfast group jam sessions each morning. 

They are an 18+ social music club designed to prove that you

can learn to play music at any age. They run termly sessions for absolute beginners through to advanced, which also incorporate song writing, vocal training, arranging and performance skills.

 

They regularly gig at events and have played Summer Strum (Hoylake) since it's inception.

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D'Ukes of Hazzard

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Firm favourites on the ukulele circuit, The D’ukes began as a group of Ukulele Club Liverpool graduates and have collected folk from the pub along the way. Their infamous jams, held every Thursday at Ma Egerton’s, are open to anyone who wants to play the uke and sing songs. Fun is 100% guaranteed. 

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Two Of Us

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Two people, two voices, two ukes, one banjo, one flute, one guitar... oh and a melodica and sometimes a penny whistle and maybe a saw one day!

A sweet, simple sound born out of an intuitive friendship.

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Secret Ukulele Band

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Have been playing music for more than 200 years (between them). At one of their gigs, you will hear Soul and Motown classics next to up-tempo Country, by way of Led Zeppelin and high-octane Rock and Roll  mash-ups. They recently stormed the amazon download chart with an original song they wrote for Marine FC.

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Broken Strings

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Loose, relaxed and all about having fun, Broken Strings are a musical cornucopia of guitars, ukes, accordion, mandolin, flute, harmonica, bass, percussion and vocals covering everything from The Band to Gershwin.

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Grab it & Bang

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Playing a mix of off the wall covers and original songs, Grab It & Bang bring together a slice of southern gothic with a dash of alternative country & a hint of bluegrass. With an obvious love of the music they play, they truly come into their own 

performing for a live audience.

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Small Town Splitters

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The Small Town Splitters , are a three piece from the Scottish Borders - a rock covers band with a difference! They play a mix of rock, punk, classics and even the odd bit of pop in their own style. They thrive on playing live and like to think they can prove that a little ukulele can really rock!

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The Travelling Wannabes

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A 6-piece, formed at Crosby’s Stamps Bar Ukulele jam night, where they play an eclectic mix of rock n roll, blues, country and soul. At their gigs they play covers of  popular songs with a little twist. Named as a nod to one of the best super groups that ever lived (in their humble opinion), they all hail from Sefton, except Vinny, who is dead posh and lives on the Wirral.

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Rob Jones &

Rob White

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Influenced by Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles, duo Rob and Rob have been harmonising since meeting at school (with a few days off to watch footy).  Regulars at 81

Renshaw Street, they have released 2 songs on the well-received "City of Music" compilation albums.

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Alison Benson

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Alison is a singer/songwriter and ukulele player. She is also the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2019 winner. Her debut EP, Paths & Stories, was released last year and she can be found performaing at festivals & gigs across the UK. In addition to her stellar performances, Alison will be running songwriting workshops to let you into some of the secrets of her success.

Big John Healy

& his Manlele

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Having played guitar from aged 15, John got his first uke a couple of years ago & was invited to play on the stage at The Liverpool Empire. He joined The Bowie Ukes, playing at Summer Strum (Hoylake) & Bickerstock festivals. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Neil Young, Big John takes the stage solo this year, accompanied only by his manlele!

Corinne Finnan

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Corinne originally played six strings in a guitar duo, then solo guitar and vocals in pubs and folk clubs. She took up ukulele in 2010 playing rock, blues and soul and performing vocals with Nantwich band, the N’Ukes. Since 2015 she has been part of the band Rebuked, adding a bit of reggae and indie to the mix. She sings gentle singer/songwriter numbers, but there will always be blues!

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Nana Funk

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Nana Funk is a singing songwriting whoknowshowoldarian who shows that being awesome transcends age.  Nana brings together music, improvisation and clowning to create her own versatile and unique style. As well as her perfomances on the main stages, Nana will be corrupting... erm... entertaining the kids with her storytelling.

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Lee Lou

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Lee Lou, previously of River City Ukes, are a duo that have enjoyed performing at a few Summer Strums.

MAD Ukes

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Formed in 2015,  Maghull And District Ukes is a community ukulele group of around 50.  Friendly & welcoming, they meet each Friday in Maghull Baptist Church Hall.  All players are encouraged to participate in public performances.

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Ukulele Jukebox

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Ukulele Jukebox consists of Mike Gradwell Concert, Kizzy Felstead Tenor, melodica, percussion and hammer and chisel, Bob Sapey Bass. They perform covers and originals

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Ma Machetes

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The Ma Machetes are a fierce, female lead ukulele band based in Liverpool. They produce empowering original songs and cover songs from all eras in their own unique style. They are a force to be reckoned with and can be booked for all of your celebrations.

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The Cassidys

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If you’re looking for slick & polished, look elsewhere!

Ian, Sara and their 3 young kids bring their own unique style of rough-around-the-edges chaos. Expect rave anthems, pop and indie classics and a massive dollop of fun.

Secret’s Out

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Secret’s Out is a “supergroup” formed to bring something different at uke festivals. Comprised of members of ‘The Secret Ukulele Band,’ ‘The D’Ukes of Hazzard’ and ‘The Travelling Wannabees,’ they perform original, upbeat songs written by Secret Ukulele Band member Dave Laing.

Ukulele Eric

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Deciding on a whim about 7 years back to start learning an instrument, Eric took up the uke. He’s now busked and played in various situations & feels ready to perform on a stage with a larger audience. He enjoys older music and comic songs, but plays a wide variety of music from all sorts of genres and eras.

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Miss Petalface

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Miss Petalface is a quirky & expressive singer-songwriter from Liverpool, who fumbles through life and writes to deal with that. 

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Sydney F Smith

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Sydney started playing ukulele at a young age and over the years this joyful instrument has brought him some great experiences. He's a regular guest and singer on BBC Radio Merseyside's Linda McDermott show, appeared on the Liverpool Empire with BGT and joined the late Sir Ken Dodd on his 'Happiness Show' at the Floral Pavilion.

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The Spinoffs don’t take themselves too seriously and the enjoyment of playing together remains at the core of the band. Playing songs that allow them to use their strengths has created a broad repertoire .

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Ukes at the Wharf

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This 12-piece perform covers from the 40’s through to the 90’s, but favour early rock n roll. They’ve played many venues including The Atkinson, Rainford Uke Fest, Chevasse Park & Summer Strum Hoylake.

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Sprouts

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Ian Campbell and Charlotte Penn are a duo playing a variety of covers and their own songs. Mostly slower type songs with baritone uke and melodion, and some faster instrumentals with banjo uke and melodion.

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Go with the Flow

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Go with the Flow are a 5 piece band playing covers of great music from the 50’s up to the present. They featue a variety of instruments and musical styles.

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Grateful Fred’s Ukelear Deterrent

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Grateful Fred’s Ukelear Deterrent was formed 9 years ago & has played at ukulele festivals & gigs throughout the North West. Ukes, bass & percussion & a wide variety of songs ensure this nine-piece band will keep you entertained, at least for a little while!

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The Mighty Aslan

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Josh Galloway also known as 'The Mighty Aslan' is a songwriter, musician and luthier from Manchester. Often compared to the

likes of Tom Waits, Woody Guthrie and Steve Earle, he performs a wide range of traditional folk and blues music, weaving in his own original songs and stories. Josh also builds bespoke electric cigar box guitars. Be sure to stop by his festival stall.

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Ukes Alive

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Formed in 2016, Ukes Alive play at various festivals, private parties & fundraisers.  They promote the ukulele as an instrument that  helps to get children involved in music – one of the ideas behind their creation of the Parbulele ukulele festival.

Ukulele Buddies

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Ukulele Buddies has the aim of bringing people together who want to enjoy the opportunity to play ukulele and sing. They are a group of mixed abilities from beginners up, based in Ainsdale, Southport.

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Liverpool Music Lab

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A group of musicians who like to play music together, grow their skills, write, create, perform and socialise! They meet weekly on Mon and Wed, usually in a pub, to jam together and work out arrangements for a repertoire of songs. All abilities welcome!

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Opera-lele is a unique comedy music act specialising in performing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of their ukuleles.

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UKES 4 U

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UKES 4 U is comprised of Bob on uke & vocals with Chris on bass. Previously members of the LUO for 7 years, this duo can now be found entertaining residents and staff in care homes free of charge and raising money for their chosen charity Marie Curie.

Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra

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The Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra are an established band who have been in existence for almost 10 years, having started as the Rock & Roll Society. We are based at the Conservative Club in Huyton and meet every Wednesday from 8 pm.

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Helen Maw

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Helen Maw is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool who has released several original songs. Her latest, "Playing with Fire" is available to stream on Spotify.

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Palacefields

Ukulele Group

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The P.U.G are made up of 20 members who had never played a ukulele before and now they can't stop! It all started 5 years ago through the Wellbeing Enterprise Scheme.

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Idle Ukes

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Formed in 2018 by UCL members Kate & Gillian, two working mums on a part-time musical mission. Later joined by   husbands, Dave &  John, who handily brought some keyboard & drum skills to the party. They play punk through country to folk, rock and  pop.

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The Remnants

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The Remnants are a six piece band from Wirral who formed in the spring of 2017. They are a cover band playing a mix of Country, Celtic, Folk and Americana music.

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Algorhythmics

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A new band that has been practicing during lockdown, though members have performed at previous Summer Strums with D’Ukes of Hazzard and Liverpool Music Lab. 

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Happy Pluckers

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The Happy Pluckers have played at World Ukulele Day and The Summer Strum Hoylake.

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A duo of 2 young lads aged 10 and 18 who like to belt out some oldies. Strummer Boys busk in the city centre regularly and really enjoyed playing at World Ukulele Day.

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Strummer Boys

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Wild Pear

This talented duo have played at Summer Strum, Hoylake a few times and will also be running the Hanky Panky pancake stall at this year's event.

Wigan Ukulele Club

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Established in 2009 Wigan Ukulele Club have around 90 members & normally play around 60 gigs a year, such as the Southport Flower Show and various steam rallies. They enjoy themselves and raise £12,000 a year for charity.

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