Returning to the Summer Strum for their legendary Saturday night headline slot,
Splintered Ukes are an eight piece ukulele band like ya ain't seen before.
With five ukes, a bass uke and a cajon drum, they skillfully reimagine classic and modern songs, from Steelers Wheels to Bruno Mars via Massive Attack, Technotronic and Queen. They can (normally) be found gigging at Sound City, LIMF, the Summer Strum, beer festivals in St George's Hall & Waterloo or at their regular appearances at The Pen Factory and The Handy Man in Liverpool.
Expect a masterclass in ukulele cool. It's also possible you might get roped into a conga!
Bringing the festival to a dynamic end, Sunday night headliners Northern Ukes
are a 7 piece Ukulele Band based in the Sefton area of North Liverpool. Expect tight melodic harmonies and an eclectic mix of music from the 60's onwards, but be prepared for plenty of 80's! Northern Ukes will also introduce the Strum '21 farewell mega-jam straight after their set, so get your ukuleles ready to join in!
The Bowie Ukes
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.
Ukulele Club Liverpool
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.
D'Ukes of Hazzard
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.
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.
Small Town Splitters
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!
The Travelling Wannabes
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.
Formed in early 2020, 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.
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
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 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!
Photo by Mark Lycett courtesy of Secret Circus
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.
Lee Lou, previously of River City Ukes, are a duo that have enjoyed performing at a few Summer Strums.
With his uke, Sebastien (aka Sebukulele) plays his self-penned French/Japanese infused songs. He has played in many places & festivals in France, the UK (GNUF & Summer Strum) and Japan (Ukulele Happy Hour Festival). He has made 3 LPs - Citrus Depressa (2017), Les jours heureux (2018) and Le voyage aux milles voluptés (2020).
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.
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.
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.
Sydney F Smith
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.
The Mighty Aslan
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.
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.
UKES 4 U
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.
The Happy Pluckers have played at World Ukulele Day and The Summer Strum Hoylake.
Young at Heart
Are a duo that have been playing together for about 5 years. They have played at many festivals all over the country, including Hudersfiled, Hoylake, and Colwyn Bay. They will both be 80 this year hence the name Young at Heart.
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.