Shrewkfest 2019


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Camping - Parking - or Pedestrian access,

Workshops, Performances, Food, Drink, Stalls

All-Day open mic/jam session in the local pub, Meet and Greet,
Original Song Competition & much more

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And here's the full line-up for Shrewkfest 2019 in playing order with approximate times:

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Friday 26th July 2019:-  
Meet and Greet Bring your ukes and join us in front of the main stage area from 13:00 to 16:00 for a chance to meet everyone, say "Hi" to old friends, meet new friends and jam along in an informal jam session.
This proved to be very popular last year so we have decided to make it a feature of each Shrewkfest.
Ukulele Jukebox Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 16:30
Ukulele Jukebox

Based around Lancaster, we are a 3 piece band,
playing an eclectic mix of music including punk, rock,
psychedelia, folk and grunge.

Ukulele Jukebox has three members:
Mike on ukulele and vocals;
Kizzy on ukulele, vocals, melodica and a range of percussion;
Bob on bass.

Charlie Beer Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 17:30
Charlie Beer

Charlie is an up and coming blues and ukulele artist
who has impressed audiences up and down the country
with his fresh and new take on playing blues on the ukulele.
Charlie puts on a killer show for anyone interested in
Blues, Jazz, Swing and Ragtime.
photo by 
James Millar

You can find and contact Charlie at,

Instagram: @charliebeerukulele

Facebook:Charlie Beer ukulele


Shifnal Ukes Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 19:00
Shifnal Ukes

Shifnal Ukulele Group meet up every Thursday evening in a local pub

to sing, play, chat and laugh.

It's a very friendly, fun group that welcomes people of all abilities and ages.

High & Mighty Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 20:00
High And Mighty "High And Mighty" evolved from its monthly meetings in High Ercall.
The group started in 2015 and had monthly meet -ups at
The Cleveland Arms.

After the closure of the pub they moved to The Tiddly in Ellerdine
and High Ercall Village Hall.
The band has a fluid approach
with many band members taking the lead.
The music is an eclectic mix of modern and old time tunes
with a strong bass leading the way.
Cat People Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 21:00
Cat People

An up and coming trio from the misty parks, red brick docks and industrial waters of Liverpool.
Making their debut in
Liverpool this year, Gemma, Elaine and Danny are Cat People.
Sit low, kick back, relax and get comfy.
Take it from the King of the Cats, the Korova Milk Bar junkie.
Cat People are B-Movie Blues with a feline focus.
Hollywood Cinema noir-folk with a bit of hocus pocus. Original arrangements and compelling covers; baritone, ukulele and bass in 3-part harmony -
if that sounds up your street, then so are we.

Not Quite Dead Yet Mainstage Friday 26th July 2019 22:00
Not Quite Dead Yet

Not Quite Dead Yet started in 2015 when 3 Old Punks from the West Midlands discovered they had ukuleles that they never played.
It started out as a bit of fun to entertain ourselves but has now escalated somewhat!
We started playing just Punk songs but now just play songs we like. 
We started practicing in a conservatory but grew pretty quickly so ended up in the local pub.
We were joined by a friend who had a double bass, another friend who played guitar and another friend of a friend turned up with a saxophone and later an aerophone!
There are now about twenty people in the band (no-one is actually sure how many) because if you turn up with a uke you’re in!
We have now started to write our own songs which we are hoping to record at the end of the year and are gigging around the
West Midlands
Punk and Ska are probably our main influences, but as more people joined, more ideas for songs came too.
Not quite Dead Yet have been described as:-
“a tin of Punk Rock Sardines spilling onto the stage”
Our main aim is still to entertain ourselves - fortunately people seem to like us too!
Our motto is "This is not a Band it’s a Support Group!"
{Neil Myatt, Founder}

  Paddock Stage Friday 26th July
Workshop with Phil Doleman Paddock Stage Friday 26th July 2019 16:00
Arranging for Uke Groups Phil Doleman will be holding two ukulele workshops over the weekend, this being the first, and the second being on Saturday. This workshop is called 'Arranging for Uke Groups'  
Bored with your group or club all strumming the same thing at the same time? Want to add more interest, colour, rhythm and polish to your playing? This is the workshop for you! Suitable for:
All levels
Chili Monster & Friends: Paddock Stage Friday 26th July 2019 19:15
Beginners Workshop part 1 Chili Monster, Jock Henderson & Clive Butterworth, along with Stuart Palmer and Maddy Brine from 'The Shrewsbury Ukulele Jam' will hold a Workshop for complete beginners - Always wanted to learn to play Ukulele but never got round to trying?
This workshop will lead you gently into the world of Ukes, teaching you a few basic chords, strumming and eventually playing and singing a few songs as a group, culminating in a live performance on the Paddock Stage on Sunday at 15:30 for those who feel confident enough!
Saturday 27th July 2019:-  
Side By Side Ukes Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 11:40
Side By Side Ukes

A fundraising ukulele band formed a little over Three and a half years ago.Based in Telford, Shropshire.
Amongst our players we have
Ukuleles, Harmonica, Banjolele, Washboard ... and Spoons.

Travelling arround Shropshire, busking and performing at private events
with all monies raised donated to charity.
Charities helped over the years include: Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer support,
Severn Hospice, Clic Sargent, Guide dogs for the blind, Prostate Cancer UK,
The Blood Bikes Charity to name but a few.

We are a fun loving ukulele band which is reflected in our song playlists.Our motto is: “We are the fun in Fundraising”.

The Wandering Ukes Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 12:30
Wandering Ukes

A mishmash of random troubadours
(usually found frequenting clubs between
Land’s End, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton)

coming together to provide a programme of
altered ukestral images

Ukes On The Edge Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 13:20
Ukes On The Edge

Ukes On The Edge hail from the ancient village of Kinver in South Staffordshire
and take our name from the sandstone outcrop known as Kinver Edge.

The group is a section of Kinver U3A and was started approx. three years ago and now number around 40 members, in addition we also have a beginners group which currently numbers approx. 12 members

We meet up on Friday afternoons for a good singalong session and we perform at gigs around the Midlands area.

We are a very friendly bunch and welcome new members,
you don’t even need to have your own uke as we can loan you one.

Cool And Uke Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 14:10
Cool And Uke

The creational godfather of Cool and Uke was Colin Smith.
Started in 2013 in Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge as a chaotic community club
with a sense of fun to play music from “our years”!
Now six years on we are well established, we’ve even been on TV
(Come Dine With Me) and Shropshire Radio!
We continue to stretch the boundaries of music played on a Uke…
Playing music from all genres, our passion is for music from the 70s and 80s.
Made up, mainly but not exclusively, of Ukuleles and Banjoleles…everyone is welcome who wants to get involved.
Our songbooks include songs from The Cure, James, REM, The Undertones ,
Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beautiful South, The Specials and even George Ezra
to name but a few.
Check out our website to get an idea of what we do... and join in!

Smelly Cat Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 15:00
Smelly Cat

Smelly Cät Club are Rachel and Alan.
Original members of the Frankton Five group, they only got together as a duo in 2018 but are now a popular band on the
Shrewsbury music scene with a devoted and growing following.

They play modern, geeky folk music, on a number of instruments - and their pockets are full of memorable original songs, showcased to great acclaim earlier in the year. By the time of Shrewkfest they hope to have completed their first studio recordings.

It all started by playing in people’s front rooms - and they’ve never quite got over their addiction to tea and cake.
So let’s have a party!


Four Strings and Mr Blow Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 16:00
Four Strings and Mr Blow  A five piece Ukulele and Harmonica band…

On vocals and ukes…
Dave Sudden-Wheatley with Amelia Grant and Clive Wilson;
Mr Blow (aka Tony Edwards) on Harmoica;
and Simon Grove on Bass Guitar.

We have fun with bass lines and harmonies together with harmonica on covers of songs from our musicial heroes
Bowie /Weller /Lennon & McCartney /Paul Heaton & many others.
Gabriela La Foley Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 17:00
Gabriela La Foley Gabriela was a frustrated musician all her life, with no talent for playing any musical instrument - until she acquired a ukulele about 15 years ago.
She describes it like the Blues Brothers ‘seeing the light’.
All of a sudden, it ALL made sense!
She had found her portal to a a life of Friends, Music, Fun and Adventures around the Northern Hemisphere.
Novelty songs, Stories, Jokes and Poems are her trademark, but her real trademark is the audience. The closer Gabriela is to the audience, the better.
She has been described as ‘Happiness In A Hat’.
In 2006, she was voted one the most popular guests on Chris Evans’ Drive Time show, and was invited to play at Chris’ last Drive Time broadcast at the Millennium Dome.
The Ukulele Ladies Of Gothenberg Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 18:00
Ukulele Ladies Of Gothenberg

Once upon a time, in 1998, we were 9 ladies who found each other
through music and ukulele playing.
We all love to sing in harmonies and over the years a variety of tunes have been especially arranged for us to fit our voices.
We offer a mix between Jazz, Evergreens and Modern music like ABBA.
Mostly we play in
Sweden but we have also been on tour to Norway,
England (Blackpool), Czech Republic and Spain.
Our objective is to make the audience happy and delight them when we are playing.
We hope that you will enjoy listening to us.

Eva Olivia Samuelsson: conductor, song, ukulele, guitar
Eva Simmons: song, guitar and ukulele bass
Ewa Elvira Leyman: song, ukulele, banjo ukulele,
Mimmi de Broen: song, ukulele, percussion
Helene Särnholm: song, ukulele
Mari-Anne Bogren: song, ukulele
Ingrid Bröms: song, ukulele, percussion
Christel Berver: song, ukulele, percussion
Ann Rudenbrandt: song, ukulele

Matthew Quilliam Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 19:00
Matthew Quilliam Matthew Quilliam Ukulele makes his return to Shrewkfest with a show
that is even bigger and funnier than last time!

The act is like no other in that it brings some silly songs from the past few decades
out of the dark and into the spotlight once again.

As well as being a music teacher and composer, Matthew tours the country with his surprising and unforgettable act of comedy, musicianship and originality.

Facebook: Matthew Quilliam Ukulele
YouTube: Matthew Quilliam
Instagram: @quilliammatthew
The Ukey Monster Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 20:00
The Ukey Monster

Returning again this year- another much requested band!
A lively, contemporary, 13-piece ukulele collective
The Ukey Monster perform an eclectic combination of popular songs
in a quirky,
energetic and upbeat style. 
Vibrant vocal harmonies, Ukey sizzling solos,
Luscious licks and big bass grooves. 
Monsterously good tunes from Motörhead to Marley,
Bowie to Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd to Pop!
The Ukey Monster have entertained many folks at festivals, in pubs and clubs
as well as private and public functions.


Phil Doleman Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 21:00
Phil Doleman Phil’s love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time and jug band music
shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs
with his intricate picking and driving rhythms
on both resonator ukulele and 5-string banjo.
His original songs blend perfectly with the classics,
with most listeners believing them to be old songs that passed them by.
Phil tours all over the UK, and has played festivals in the US, France, Germany and Finland.
He has appeared on over 20 albums (and a number 2 hit single),
on BBC radio and TV and performed with award winning musicians.
He has a regular column in Uke magazine,
and is the author of the book “How Music Works On The Ukulele”

“Massively entertaining” - Blues Matters Magazine
“Genuinely good-time music from ukulele stalwart, who also plays a mean banjo”
- Roots Magazine

“Some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time” - Dan Phelps, Delta blues artist
“If you don’t know him already, you should!
Playing, singing and stage presence are all top shelf.”

- Matthew Fox, American roots musician and songwriter
Frankton Five Mainstage Saturday 27th July 2019 22:00
Frankton Five

Frankton Five

 Playing an irresistible mix of songs (with a twist!) from the likes of:

Billy Bragg, Crowded House, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Kim Wilde,
New Order, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Spencer Davis Group, The Housemartins, The Killers, The Kinks, The La's, Teardrop Explodes, The Trammps, Tom Jones,
Van Morrison, Womack & Womack and many more ... Five Twitter: @FranktonFive

  Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019
Workshop with Phil Doleman Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 11:30
Jug Band Jam Phil Doleman will be holding his second ukulele workshop. This workshop is called 'Jug Band Jam'

A great fun workshop! We’ll learn some standard jug band chord patterns and riffs that will have us playing great old songs by Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers, The Memphis Jug Band, The Hokum Boys, and lots of other songs that work in the same way, and then you’ll be able to write your own jug band song!
Whilst these songs are not technically difficult, this workshop is all about injecting energy and fun into our playing and performances (whilst sneakily teaching you about the music theory behind them)

Intermediate. These songs are not difficult, and whilst we will try them in different keys, the chords used should be familiar to anyone who has ever strummed along with a ukulele club, so confident beginners will also enjoy this workshop.

Young At Heart Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 13:00
Young At Heart

Young At Heart are Bill and Rosemary Checketts

Bill started to try to learn the guitar at the ripe old age of 68,
then at 70 came across the ukulele and is still playing at 77.

Rosemary joined him 4 years ago, self taught, they are still doing their thing.

Bill talked Rosemary into getting on stage
and now they really enjoy what they do,
showing that there is always time for anyone to strut their stuff -
age is only a number!

Two of Us Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 14:00
Two Of Us Two of Us was born on a green leather Chesterfield in a pub on the Wirral
during an open mic night when Tom dared Em to sing a song about undie sniffing.

She took up the gauntlet with gusto and 'In Spite of Ourselves' was their first public performance back in 2016.
They’ve been folking up quirky cover songs ever since
with ukuleles, flute, banjo, guitar and soon the musical saw!

Tom and Em met whilst playing in the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra
where they discovered a shared passion for the same music.
Emma is co-Director of the Summer Strum Hoylake Ukulele Festival
and is looking forward to relaxing at someone else’s event for a change!

Tom is a Graphic Designer by day and designs all the promotional material
for Summer Strum and last year’s GNUF!
He is also a member of Broken Strings - a seven (sometimes eight) - piece
country folk band from Wirral.
2Ukes  Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 15:00

We are 2ukes and with our fantastic fun playing outlook
you will find us fun and friendly. 

We have been performing for 3 years
and have a lot of followers on YouTube and face book .

 We play Oscar Schmidt ukuleles most of the time
and have written a number of great songs .

We are in our young fifties, although we act 20 ha ha
and we are from the Midlands.
Outcasts Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 16:00
Outcasts Outcasts are:
Ian - Rock Bottom
Andy - Corroded Metal
John - Lost
Barrie - Broken Biscuit

They seek them here, they seek them there
They flit from club to club just like butterflies
Pursuing all the latest musical fads and trends
They are dedicated followers of anyone.
t.b.a. Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 17:00
Morgan George Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 18:00
Morgan George

Returning once again after a very succesful set
at last year’s Shrewkfest.

Morgan is an up and coming musician from Shrewsbury.
Original songs and covers on
guitar, ukulele and piano.

Britaly Paddock stage Saturday 27th July 2019 19:00

Britaly are John Crimes and Marica Sarcina,
a unique blend of British and Italian styles
featuring songs from England, Italy,
France and Russia
with a touch of reggae for added spice

  Village Hall Saturday 27th July 2019
Chili Monster & Friends: Village Hall Saturday 27th July 2019 13:30
Beginners Workshop part 2 Chili Monster, Jock Henderson & Clive Butterworth, along with Stuart Palmer and Maddy Brine from The Shrewsbury Ukulele Jam will hold a Workshop for complete beginners - Always wanted to learn to play Ukulele but never got round to trying?
This workshop will lead you gently into the world of Ukes, teaching you a few basic chords, strumming and eventually playing and singing a few songs as a group, culminating in a live performance on the Paddock Stage on Sunday at 15:30 for those who feel confident enough!
Matthew Quilliam: Village Hall Saturday 27th July 2019 15:00
Ukulele Strumming Workshop Matthew Quilliam will be holding a Ukulele Strumming Workshop -
Strumming well is just as important as learning chords. Take your strumming action to the next level, elevating it from a simple accompaniment tool for your singing to something that brings more depth and character to your playing.
This workshop will cover how to vary your strumming patterns from song to song which is something vital to your playing.
Aimed for all abilities, the methods covered will be suitable for solo and group playing with tips and tricks for beginners and the advanced.
Make your music sound more like reggae, pop, rock, folk, swing and more at Matthew Quilliam’s strumming workshop
Charlie Beer: Village Hall Saturday 27th July 2019 16:30
Ukulele Workshop Charlie Beer will be holding a Blues Ukulele Workshop - more details soon ...
  Sunday 28th July:- from 12:00 noon
Mass Jam Session Join us for a free-for-all Jam session in front of the Main Stage for all those who don't need to rush off home ... then the day continues on the Main Stage with:
The Shropshire Ukulele Massive Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 14:00
The Shropshire Ukulele Massive

An amalgamation of players from many of the Ukulele groups from around Shropshire, England’s greenest and pleasantest land.

They organise all manner of events in and around Shrewsbury, including ‘Shrewkfest’ and play live at many festivals and venues.

Bring your uke along and join in to play songs from the festival songbook which can be found inside the programme ...

Twiddlers Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 15:00
Twiddlers We are a Bridgnorth based group of enthusiasts
with origins in all the local ukulele clubs
We play together for enjoyment and gig regularly
raising money for worthy causes

twiddlersub@gmail .com
Nick Hill Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 16:00
Newport Ukes Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 17:00
Newport Ukes

We are a not-for-profit band who love to perform for audiences,
and at the same time separate them from their loose change,
all in support of good causes.

Our currently featured charity is Blackfriars Academy, Newcastle-under-Lyme for students with profound and complex needs.

We play ukes of any description and sing songs from any decade, but especially from the 50's, 60's and 70's, when we were all a lot younger.

Lightly Twned Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 18:00
Lightly Twned A welcome return by a
Husband and wife duo from The Forest Of Dean
who made such a great impression at Shrewkfest 2018

performing an eclectic mix of comedy, amusing,
spoof & cover songs on ukulele, guitar, harmonica
and cajon drum

Influences: Victoria Wood, Oscar Brand,
Donnalou Stevens, Eric Bogle
Jefferson Milkfloat Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 19:00
Jefferson Milkfloat

Jefferson Milkfloat are perhaps one of the most original
“alt-skiffle-post apocalypse-ukulele-skank-fusion” bands
on The Wirral at the moment.
Emerging from the destructively creative Wirral Ukulele scene of 2010 the band cut its teeth playing to notoriously hostile audiences in old peoples homes across the town, and headlined the WI stage at several church fetes.
The ground-breaking cassette EP “TDK C30” (currently undergoing cellotape repairs, but hopefully available to be played again soon) has become legendary among family members, and the band are looking forward to making further recordings in the future.
After several line-up changes (The Ukulele Rock and Roll lifestyle having taken its toll over the years) Jefferson Milkfloat now consists of;
Frazer Gillespie: Vocals & Ukulele,
Pete “The Wildman” Curwell: Ukulele, Vocals & Pole Dancing,
Kev Founds: Shoebox Percussion,
and the legendary Sir Dwayne Pipe on Bass Guitar & Vocals.

The Bard once famously said “If music be the food of love, play on”; on this basis Jefferson Milkfloat can only be described as a quick Maccy-d’s before a Saturday night wrestle with a Birkenhead nosh monster.. Its only ukulele, but we like it!

Danger Inc. Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 20:30
Danger Inc Returning again after great demand - The party band to end all party bands!
Once again Dave and his crew will have us all dancing the night away to bring the festival to a fantastic close ...

Dangerous Dave Rea (Guitar and Lead Vocal)
A seasoned professional within the world of entertainment, Dave has spent the past twenty five years on and off the road, performing in or working with bands and artists at the highest level of the business, providing his services to GIRLS ALOUD - JLS - JAMELIA - BASSHUNTER - BILLY OCEAN - ESTELLE - BELINDA CARLISLE - CAPTAIN SENSIBLE - CLIMAX BLUES BAND - BANANARAMA and SLADE to name but a few.
Most recently Dave has been looking after up coming British singer songwriter and Atlantic signed artist DAN OWEN ( on a series of UK and European tours supporting RAE MORRIS, BIRDY, KALEO, ALICE MERTON, ISAAC GRACIE, BRYAN ADAMS as well as his own headline UK & EU tours.

Alan ‘Sticky’ Wicket (Drums)
Drummer Extraordinaire' Alan “Sticky” Wicket renowned for his entertaining ‘Drumnastic’ solos. He is undoubtedly one of Britain’s finest Drummer/Percussionists whose pedigree is beyond question having worked consistently with the greats such as: LONNIE DONNEGAN, CHRIS BARBER, STEVE GIBBONS, VAN MORRISON and many more.

Geoff Ockenden (Bass)
An in-demand session bassist for over 20 years, Geoff delivers a reliable, creative groove with a killer tone for the job, whether playing walking lines as the in-house bassist for RONNIE SCOTTS, laying down parts for BBC recordings or rocking out on the festival circuit. Geoff's groove has underpinned shows with artists including BGT finalist JULIAN SMITH, NIGEL KENNEDY, THE AVERAGE WHITE BAND, THE REAL THING, WOMACK AND WOMACK, AND RUBY TURNER.

Geoff Grimes (Keyboards)
Geoff became a London based session musician, playing on many hit records. He formed close working relationships with many music legends and has played with VAN MORRISON, JIMMY PAGE, ROBERT PLANT AND STEVE GIBBONS, to name but a few. In recent years Geoff has continued as a session and band player throughout the UK and has recently joined the exciting BEKI BRINDLE band on UK and European tours.
  Main stage Sunday 28th July 2019 22:30
Grand Finale Join The Shropshire Ukulele Massive along with many of the performers from all over the weekend for a mass jam and sing to end this year's Shrewkfest in style!
Paddock Stage:  
  Paddock stage Sunday 28th July 2019 13:00
Original Song Contest Got an original song that you would love to perform? Come along and play to an appreciative audience!
After such a succesful event at last year's Shrewkfest we are repeating our song contest again.
Chili Monster & Friends: Paddock stage Sunday 28th July 2019 15:30
Beginners Performance Chili Monster, Jock Henderson & Clive Butterworth, along with Stuart Palmer and Maddy Brine from The Shrewsbury Ukulele Jam have been teaching complete beginners to play Ukulele culminating in a live performance on the Paddock Stage on Sunday at 15:30 for those who feel confident enough!
Come along and give them all your support ...
  Paddock stage Sunday 28th July 2019 16:30
Chili Monster & Friends: Chili Monster, Jock Henderson & Clive Butterworth, along with a few others will be performing a few songs old and new, originals and covers ...

Check back soon as more info is being added all the time ...

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Meet the organisers of the Festival:-
Dave Cowton Clive Butterworth Alan 'Jock' Henderson Sandy Harper
Dave Cowton Clive Butterworth Alan 'Jock' Henderson Sandy Harper