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Dún Laoghaire hosts the Ukulele Hooley for the 10th year running

09. 08. 2019

Yes, time flies and it is already 10th years since the highly successful Ukulele Hooley took place in Dún Laoghaire town. making it Europe’s longest running  ukulele festival.
There is a fantastic lineup of workshops, events and performances this year with the Ukulele Hooley taking place at two main locations this year; the Ukulele Hooley 2019 Festival Club & Hub at Dun Laoghaire’s oldest club, The Eblana,
and on Sunday from midday the main concert event is in the Peoples Park.
Here’s the run down for the weekend from the team behind this year’s event –
Saturday morning kicks off with a selection selection of workshops with amazing ukulele musicians.
  • Andy Eastwood – Make Me Musical – Intermediate level – at 10:30am
  • Mark Mangan – Why On Earth Would I Subject Myself To Learning Chord Theory – Intermediate level – at 10:30am
  • Ukulelezaza – Rare Tricks & Grooves – All levels – at 12 noon
To ensure your place on a particular Eblana workshop – CLICK HERE
James Hill – Lyricism and Line: How to Make the Ukulele Sing – Intermediate – at 2pm
To ensure your place on James Hill’s workshop – CLICK HERE
And you know ukulele players, there’s usually a Jam happening too.
Early afternoon the Bus Busk departs, for a trip through South County Dublin via an open top double-decker bus, for a super fun time of ukulele playing and refreshments.
Bus Busk registration will be on Saturday 17th August at the Eblana Club, (for those that have a ticket). You’ll get a stamp which will confirm you’re checked in to take part in the busk.
During the Bus Busk we will be singing songs from this year song book, and last years. Both can be downloaded from the website or you can get a copy on Saturday morning, at the festival hub in the Eblana. For a guide of which songs we might sing and when, you can download last years book here 2018 Bus Bus Song plan and we’ll be posting this years book soon.
On the Saturday night we have an Open Mic event, doors (and the list) open at 7pm, with kickoff at 7:30pm. Come along, bring your ukulele and song, and we’ll provide the audience.
All are welcome, just put your name on the list and we’ll call you up when its time to perform.
After the open mic portion of the evening ends, Sunday’s ukulele performers give a taste of what to expect on at the main Ukulele Hooley concert in the People’s Park.
There is an admission charge of €10 for the Open Mic Night.
The main concert event kicks off  in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire at 12 noon.
We have an amazing lineup of ukulele artists local and international, both new faces to the festival, and some old friends joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience. All times are approximate.
For more information see –