Feast your eyes on the amazing bands and performers we've got in store for you this year.
The Splintered Ukes
Summer Strum legends The Splintered Ukes are back to headline this year's festival with their eclectic mash-ups and fabulous floor fillers. This amazing 7-piece are skilful masters of reengineering classic and modern pop songs. From Queen to Betty Boo, there's something to get everyone doin' their do.
As well as The Summer Strum you can catch them at Liverpool's Sound City, LIMF, St George's Hall beer festivals, The Pen Factory, The Handyman Brewery & Sir Thomas Hotel.
It's amazing they've got time for anything else!
Expect a lesson in faultless ukulele cool. There's also a high possibility you'll get roped into a conga!
Now we are really spoiling you as Sunday night headliners Northern Ukes bring their tight melodic harmonies and eclectic mix of music to the main stage. Love music from the from 60's, 70's 80's and 90's? Then prepare to be in heaven!
This 7 piece ukulele band from the Sefton area of North Liverpool will also be leading the farewell
busk-a-thon to close the main stage in style.
AND there are rumours that they may be "lifting you higher" with a 50 piece choir!
Pat & Em
Two of our favourite ladies and the original organisers of the Summer Strum Festival at Hoylake, without whom none of this would be possible. Their usual bands Broken Strings & The Two of Us can't perform this year, but this pairing of absolute legends will definitely make up for it.
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 their foundations cemented firmly in fun & friendship, this Liverpool band of 30+ play lively sets that reflect their mix of ages and musical tastes.
Having played at festivals and gigs for the last 3 years, including the Summer Strum when it was at Hoylake, they can now be found practicing at The Halfway House every Tuesday and welcome anyone who wants to pop along 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.
Ukulele Club Liverpool
Based in the heart of Liverpool, UCL was founded in 2012 and comprises of ukulele players of all ages and abilities. With a repertoire of over 100 songs from the 1920s to the 2020s, UCL will be arranging an epic set list for the return to their festival scene to have you off your seats dancing and singing along.
Secret’s Out is a “supergroup” formed to bring a bit of unity and 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
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.
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.
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.
Yin Yan Band
YinYan Band love to spread joy through the positive power of music with ukuleles and more!
Set up by pop up wellbeing specialists yinyan.co.uk - the band perform at all sorts of events & festivals and provide beginner ukulele classes & workshops.
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.
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.
Midlife Crisis Club
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.
Just One Cornetto
Midlife Crisis Club are a trio from Liverpool who play a mix of covers and their own songs
Jensen Parker, is a 19 year old singer, ukulele player, cosplayer and aspiring actor.
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.
Fabulele5 is a ukulele band based in the Northwest we have been together 3 years and enjoy playing a variety of songs from all era’s and genre’s!
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.