• What we'll do
The Ukulele Melee is a wonderful festival of ukulele players hosted by the Ukulele Union, Cutler School and String Jam.
We are featuring Amy Kucharik on our main stage this year. Kerrville New Folk winning, ukulele-slinging songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik energizes swing dance, folk festival and listening room audiences alike. Drawing from blues, folk and Vaudeville traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy transports her audience to a place both timeless and familiar, but nevertheless innovative. Amy explores the full range of her instrument's capabilities as a tool to convey a complex array of subjects and moods: Whether humorous, topical or intense, she steers listeners away from the ukulele's perception as a twee novelty. Based in Somerville, MA, she tours and performs as a one-woman band with foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with her Boston-based bands Friends With Benefits and Tiger Moan. Amy was a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, and WFMT Folk DJ Rich Warren’s pick for the DJ showcase at NERFA in 2016. Her second full-length album of original music, "Until the Words Are Gone," will release in late spring of 2018.
The Palm Court Serenaders will be back! Ukulele Fusion will be performing as well! Also, String Jam will be there rocking the house.
• What to bring
Ukuleles, Music Stands, Tuners,....
We have three excellent raffles this year!
1. Raffle Ticket sales will be limited to 50 and will sell for $10 each.
Robin Conant is donating a beautiful handmade ukulele. Face: Terrified Sitka Spruce. Back & Sides: Guatemalan Rosewood. Fingerboard & Head Stock Veneer: Rosewood with Mother of Pearl inlay.
Robin Conant has worked in woodworking off and on most of his life from custom millwork to furniture. Over the same period of fifty years, he has played stringed instruments both professionally and for pleasure. Sparked by a request to make a tenor uke from a kit for his sister-in-law, Robin fell in love with the luthier craft. It didn’t hurt that his older brother, a college professor, had been making guitars for years. Robin’s ukuleles are now in their third year and will be on display at the “melee.”
2. Raffle Ticket sales will be limited to 50 and will sell for $10 each.
Music Emporium donated a Martin ukulele worth almost $500.
3. General Raffle will be unlimited. Tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes in the general raffle will be:
* Snowshoe Ukulele is donating a beautiful red hard case.
* Kala donated an 8-string tenor ukulele.
* Kala donated a concert Waterman ukulele.
* Wood and Strings donated a blue beginner ukulele.
* Minor Chord in Littleton donated a red soprano Makala.
* UKC is donating a beautiful soprano ukulele, hand-painted with the Ukulele Melee logo by Dan Mathis.
* Ukulele Underground DVD
To see workshop descriptions, open mic lists, and the draft of the schedule of events, go to the following link.
* Amy Kucharik will be teaching a performance workshop.
* 1920s Music and Strumming Workshop - Chuck Goldstone
* Song Workshop - Jeff Bellin -
* 1950s and 60s Rock and Roll Strum Along - Jerry Dallal
* Folk Songs - Molly and Dan Watt
* Playing Folk Songs by Ear Around a Campfire - Dan and Molly Watt
* Transposing songs - Anne Ku
* Fingerpicking on the Ukulele Instructor: Paul Sedgwick
Open Mic list and schedule is in the link above.
We will be selling snacks, pizza, drinks, t-shirts,.....
There will be some raffles as well, to raise money for the Ukulele Kids Club. We will have a whole group strum along again this year. There will be a raffle. • Important to know
Tickets will be $10 per adult and $5 for kids 7-14. Snack food will be sold and t-shirts.
Proceeds will go to the Ukulele Kids Club.