The Great Ukulele Summer Strum is back and it is taking over Lattetude for West Kirby Live. Get down to one of West Kirby’s favourite coffee shops as the day of good times and Ukulele happens between 3pm and half 7.
The Wirral based musicians group have been performing for many years now and set the goal of promoting wellbeing and inclusion in the community by the power of ukulele. Spending the day with like minded people is a proven tonic for positivity and a good time. The troupe of strummers promote their excellent work saying it improves wellbeing, gives an individual a sense of purpose, creates new friendships and spreads waves of positivity throughout community. We can’t wait for them to spend the day with us at West Kirby Live.
Liverpool singer songwriter Alison Benson kicks off the takeover at 3pm. Her style is inspired by mainly folk music but has strong influences of the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel for good measure. She recently won the audience favourite award in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge with the song ‘Black Pearls (Unfinished Business)
Followed up by the musical duo of Two Of Us. The pair incorporate a lot more than just the Uke into their music as they have performed nationwide with their acoustic guitar, flute, their banjo and even a saw!- with healthy dose of Ukulele to give their sound a friendly folk vibe. Another multi-instrumentalist follows up next with Helen Maw the solo singer-songwriter has been surrounded by music her entire life learning piano, ukulele, clarinet, sax, bass and guitar. She’s got a cracking voice too performing around Merseyside for many years!
Arcadia Guitars’ Mighty Aslan graces the stage. Compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie incorporating a strong blues rock style to his performances and often weaving tales of his own triumph and tribulations into his songs. Mighty Aslan has gigged all round the North West from his native Manchester. He also makes one of a kind DIY guitars out of anything from cigar boxes to biscuit tins.
The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo helps close out the brilliant day of music. The singer, songwriter, musician, busker, performer and lover of music plays ukulele, keyboards, bass, guitar and vigorously shakes percussion to present his own unique musical style mixing contemporary and traditional acoustic music with indie pop. A key member of the Uke scene he also writes music reviews website called Uke Planet and is a regular writer for UKE Magazine.
The takeover comes as the Summer Strum Hoylake Festival enters their fifth year. The Summer Strum is a charitable Ukulele Festival held at Hoylake Rugby Club from 5th-7th July. It is a free festival with workshops, jams and performances; pop up open mic tent; vendors; beers, pancakes, pizza and much more. Be sure to check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SummerStrumHoylake/