Feast your eyes on the amazing bands and performers that played Summer Strum in 2023!
Stay tuned for 2024 band application to open after Christmas...
And this year we have Summer Strum Festival
in Hoylake July 19th - 22nd and a
Spring Fling in Rainford May 25th - 26th.
Summer Strum legends The Splintered Ukes are back to headline this year's festival with their eclectic mash-ups and fabulous floor-fillers. Never before have 3 ukes, a drum kit, a bass and the enigma that is the 'bag of noise’ created so much fun!
Famed for their versatile covers, Splintered Ukes leap from Bruno Mars to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones to Amy Winehouse, climaxing with Queen and Candi Staton.
So much fun to watch… singing and dancing along is a must!
The Major Plus
Now we are really spoiling you as Liverpool 4-piece The Major Plus take the Sunday night headliners spot for the first time. Expect everything from 80s pop to dance anthems from this awesomely-talented quartet and there's even a saxophone in the mix somewhere!
They will also be leading the mass festival-farewell-strum-along from
18.50 on The Main Stage.
Find the strum-along songs here >
The Funky Ukes
The Funky Ukes headlined at Mini Summer Strum in July 2021 and have played several festivals over the last year or so. Their set list ranges from Blondie to Al Wilson, together with a few original songs. Strong vocal harmonies, a solid rhythm section and a combination of acoustic and electric ukes make up their unique sound.
Catch them at festivals throughout the year.
Bringing their tight melodic harmonies and eclectic mix of music to the main stage, Northern Ukes love music from the from 60's, 70's 80's and 90's. AND there are rumours that this 7 piece ukulele band from the Sefton area of North Liverpool may be "lifting you higher" with a 50 piece choir!
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!
D'Ukes of Hazzard
Firm favourites on the ukulele circuit, The D’ukes began as a group of UCL graduates and have collected folk from the pub along the way. They will be leading the morning strum-along on Saturday at this year's festival. 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.
The Bowie Ukes
With foundations cemented firmly in fun & friendship, this Liverpool band of 30+ play lively sets reflecting their mix of ages and musical tastes.
Having played at festivals and gigs for the last 5 years, they now help to run the Summer Strum & can be found practicing at The Halfway House every Tuesday. They welcome anyone who wants to come and join in.
Secret Ukulele Band
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.
Get your glo-sticks ready as the Monastry of Sound takes you on a nostalgic journey deep into 90's rave. Smack bang in the middle of Friday's open mic sessions, this band will play classic anthem after classic anthem that will have you big-fish-little-fish-cardboard-boxing like there's no tomorrow. But there is, so save some energy for the rest of the weekend!
This li’l ole band just rode in from Texas on their trusty steed to be with y'all at this years Strum .
So far they’ve gotten as far as Scotland but reckon they’ll have made it down to Rainford by July with their bearded brand of rockin rhythm n blues . These boys might look strangely familiar ……. Or they might just look a little strange !
See Y’all at The Strum folks . 😎
UkeTok is an online uke club with members all over the country. They usually meet over the internet to play together, thanks to some marvellous technology. They'll be bringing their own euphoric and accessible style of play-along jam to the festival on Saturday morning, using a songbook that looks like karaoke. What better way to get everyone warmed up for an amazing weekend?
You can get the music to play along by clicking here >
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 in 2021 and she can be found performaing at festivals & gigs across the UK. In addition to her stellar performances, Alison will be running a songwriting workshop at this year's festival to let you into the secrets of her success.
Anne Renaud is a happy ukulele player from Paris, who enjoys performing pop-rock covers. She played at the Ukulele Festival of Marseille and at the Anako scene in Paris.
The Leftovers serve up a tasty mix of original songs celebrating life's rich tapestry & the sparks that connect us. Christine, Debs, Mark & Robin were 'leftovers' from the YinYanBand and they're going to spice up your life!
They will also be hosting the Yoga workshop at 11.30am on Saturday in Lorna's Craft Tent.
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. 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.
The Travelling Wannabes
It was the summer of love when Buzz Cadillac, Clare Corvette and Bobby Buick met in a Garstang scrapyard. Over two glasses of wine and a bottle of coke they discovered their shared passion for playing the ukulele and singing out of tune. Now, after 50 years of practice they have mastered Dirty Old Town and are ready to play the ukulele circuit.
The band’s ambition is to live together in the same nursing home.
Buzz Cadillac and the Lightning Rods
The Walkeleles are a fun lovin', raucous band from Dublin. At an age when inhibitions (and sometimes dignity) take a back seat, the Walkies are out to help you find your inner happy, clappy self through the medium of ukulele. Get ready for bangers spanning two centuries, from artists as diverse as Gorillaz, McFly, Nutini, Beach Boys, Yazz & The Cure. We can't wait for this noisy, badly drawn rainbow (also known as the 5th best ukulele band in Dublin) to hit Summer Strum's main stage this July.
The Pandemic Pluckers is a band of misfits from around the world. Formed by accident during the nightly Zoom Ukulele Jams, they forged a lifelong friendship for each other and the love of the ukulele. Last year they gave Summer Strum a massive injection of fun. Can't wait to see what they get up to this year.
Enthusiastic and eclectic, The UkeStars began life as a community ukulele group based in Alt Valley Community Trust in Croxteth. Strumming together for just under a year, The UkeStars aim to spread joy and music wherever they go.
Exactly what it says on the tin! They are ALL misfits and they are lead by Maggie!
Lots of fun.
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.
Fabulous solo artist performing at Summer Strum for the first time.
Ormskirk Ukulele Band
Ukuladies are a 5 piece uke band of lifelong friends who have been playing together for just under a year. They sing and play songs which shine a light on female songwriters and musicians from the 1960s to the present day.
The Quay Notes
This band of like-minded players play for fun and for charity events. Based at the Lock and Quay Community pub in Bootle, the band is available for hire for gigs or private parties. Their music ranges from old 60s and 70s classics through to modern pop.
Forming in Lostock Gralam, Northwich in 2016 they have steadily grown in number, confidence and technique in their short life to become, possibly, the most-fun ukulele group in the district!
During 2022 we played for 81 organisations including 14 performances in 11 days over the Queen’s Jubilee.
Tickety Boo are a duo consisting of Elaine & Erica who are in loads of other ukulele bands too!
The Barkla Buskers Ukulele group
The Barkla Buskers hail from Widnes, where they have played many community gigs over the last five years. All pensioners who love to play weekly, they have performed at Sefton Park Bandstand and onThe Antiques Roadshow.
Wild Pear are a duo who have performed at Hoylake Summer Strum. As well as playing, they will also be feeding all you strummers with their delicious idli and chai.
Kit is a solo artist who is looking forward to performing at Summer Strum for the first time this year.
Junction Ukulele Group
The Junction Ukulele Group was established 9 years ago & meet every Thursday at the Junction pub, so Summer Strum is on their manor! They have played every year at Bickerstock festival.
Formed during lockdown, Lockstock Ukes have been performing together since 2022 and are delighted to be playing their first Summer Strum. They perform regularly at Liverpool's Strawberry Fields & played at BUFF 2022.
This band refused to let lockdown stop them practicing and so they took to the underpass under the motorway and the M62s were born! Hailing from many different bands on the ukulele circuit, this will be their first Summer Strum performance as the M62s.
Based in Southport, this band have fun playing all genres of music for charities and audiences around the Merseyside area.
Established in 2022 from existing members of the Junction Ukulele Group, Ukey Blinders have done a couple of local gigs. They are REALLY looking forward to playing at Summer Strum this year.
Previously of Wirral Ukulele Fanatics before going rogue, Steve is just a 50 year old bloke with a uke and a harmonica. He plays what could be described as a musical path less trodden.
The EasyBees are made up of a pinch of Pandemic Pluckers, a dash of Travelling Wannabes with a little D'ukes of Hazzard thrown in for good measure.