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Small instrument makes big noise at Diss Ukulele Day

PUBLISHED: 10:09 11 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:36 14 June 2019

The second Diss Ukulele Day takes place on June 15. Picture: Getty

The second Diss Ukulele Day takes place on June 15. Picture: Getty

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For such a little instrument, the humble ukulele seems to be making an awful lot of noise these days. And this weekend it's the star of the Diss Ukulele Day.

Pete Arnold from The Hub – Diss Music School wioll be giving a workshop at Diss Ukulele Day. Picture: Diss Corn HallPete Arnold from The Hub – Diss Music School wioll be giving a workshop at Diss Ukulele Day. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

Once seen as a bit of a joke and relegated to the strumming instrument of choice for comedy singers — most famously, of course, George Formby — the uke seems to be taken increasingly seriously by a surprising number of top musicians.

Even local lad made good Ed Sheeran isn't averse to plucking out his poppy folk-hip hop tunes on the four-stringed sibling of the guitar.

The second Diss Ukulele Day, taking place this Saturday (June 15), is a whole day of ukulele-based activities including the Big Busk in Diss Market Square from 11.30am-12.30pm.

The Delta Beltas will performing the evening concert at Diss Ukulele Day on June 15. Picture: The Delta Beltas/Jerry TyeThe Delta Beltas will performing the evening concert at Diss Ukulele Day on June 15. Picture: The Delta Beltas/Jerry Tye

If that has got you inspired Pete Arnold from The Hub - Diss Music School, who also leads the social ukulele group, Ukaholics Anonymous, will be running fingerpicking workshops at Diss Corn Hall at 2pm and 3.30pm.

Blue Luna, very active on the Norwich ukulele scene, will run also a workshop (2pm/3.30pm, £3 each) titled from solo to band mate: focusing on developing the skills required to play with others and arrange a song to bring the best out of a group of instruments.

Blue Luna, the all-female acoustic covers band, will be at Diss Ukulele Day. Picture: Blue LunaBlue Luna, the all-female acoustic covers band, will be at Diss Ukulele Day. Picture: Blue Luna

There will be an Open Mic Session at the Corn Hall at 5pm by the Waveney Valley Folk Collective, a group who promote folk and roots music.

It will offer a chance to enjoy a pre-concert drink and perform your favourite songs to a supportive audience of ukulele enthusiasts. Just put your name on the list, at the event, if you'd like to perform.

The evening concert is from The Delta Beltas (7.30pm, tickets £8) who play mostly early American Blues from the Mississippi Delta, but also more modern jazz/country blues with up-beat rhythms, toe-tapping melodies and vocal harmonies and some of their own material.

Expect to hear a selection of instruments including various guitars, keyboard, harmonica, trombone and percussion including washboard with bells and horns, as well as, of course, the ukulele.

Blue Luna, the all-female acoustic covers band whose material ranges from the 1950s to last week, will also be performing.

- Full details about the event can be found at Diss Ukulele Day

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