Oslo Ukulelefestival 2019

21 – 23. June – are you coming?

Uke to the people!

Oslo Ukulele Festival is a yearly event for ukulele enthusiasts and their friends. Concerts, workshop, stands, raffle, jam, open stage and more.

17:00 - Ukulele crash course


Both Friday and Saturday you can participate in ukulele crash courses enabling you to participate in the ukulele jams. Sign up on our website or in the info tent no later than 10 minutes before. NOK 100 to participate and an additional NOK 50 to rent an ukulele.

We have a great music teacher Celine Engh who will give you a kick-start to your ukulele playing. Limited spaces assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

(This course will be taught in Norwegian)

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18:00 - Oslo Ukuleleklubb

Oslo Ukuleleklubb consists of 20 ukulele players who have played and sung together since the fall of 2017. It all started as a low threshold offer, but during the last 2½ years this eager gang has become both more skilled and tight in their performance.

Oslo Ukuleleklubb plays varied music within the wider pop genre; from the Beatles and Leonard Cohen, to Pharrell Williams and The Lumineers.

 

 

18:45 - Ukulele-jam

Bring your the ukulele and play along! Chords and lyrics will be presented on a big screen for everyone to see. UkuleleStine and a group from Oslo Ukuleleorkester will host the session, with steady comping and skilled singers.

There are songs suited for both beginners and more advanced player. If you can´t keep up the whole jam, don’t worry! Sing along or just listen.

(Chord-sheet for both C- and D-tuners are available at the “Info-stand”.)

20:15 - September Harvest

September Harvest consists of two travelling souls who’ve settled in the Lier valley. Now Petra Røise hardly remembers when Sylling has not her home. And Morten Haugen’s cowboy hat has found a shelf to call home at Tranby. In 2014, they discovered a common interest in americana music that sounded best around a crackling bonfire, late an autumn evening. While Petra loves to play the ukulele and sing, Morten joins in with vocal harmonies while playing solo guitar and bass drums simultaneously. They deliver melancholic songs under the motto “Sad songs make you happy”, a gig that will bring a tear to your eye and leave you with a smile on your face! Their debut album will be released in the fall of 2019.

21:00 - UkuleleStine

Stine Lindseth aka UkuleleStine discovered the ukulele while studying electric guitar and music education. It was love at first strum! Today she runs Oslo Ukuleleorkester, Oslo Ukuleleklubb, arranges ukulele jams and is the leader of Oslo Ukulelefestival. Even though she is most comfortable with making others practice and perform, this time she has decided to challenge herself. Together with bassplayer Ellen Brekken, she will perform music from some of Stine’s ukulele heroes and maybe some original material, too.

 

 

11:15 - Free crash course children (age 6-9)

Vil du lære å spille ukulele? Vi arrangerer gratis lynkurs for barn og unge. Kurset varer en halvtime, og du vil få lære det grunnleggende for å komme i gang med spillingen. Ingen forkunnskap kreves! Meld deg på i info-teltet senest 10 min før kursstart! (Kursene holdes gratis takket være støtte fra Norsk musikkråd og Frifond kompetanse og aktivitet 2019.)

(This course will be taught in norwegian)

11:45 - Free crash course young (age 10-14)

Vil du lære å spille ukulele? Vi arrangerer gratis lynkurs for barn og unge. Kurset varer en halvtime, og du vil få lære det grunnleggende for å komme i gang med spillingen. Ingen forkunnskap kreves! Meld deg på i info-teltet senest 10 min før kursstart! (Kursene holdes gratis takket være støtte fra Norsk musikkråd og Frifond kompetanse og aktivitet 2019.)

(This course will be taught in norwegian)

12:00 - Ukulele crash course

I Gjerdrums vei 10A, holdes det Lynkurs i ukulele. Ingen forkunnskap kreves. Passer for ungdom og voksne, fra 14 år og oppover. Meld deg på via internett frem til festivaldagen, eller meld deg på i info-teltet senest 10 min før kursstart. Det koster 100 kr for å delta, pluss 50 kr hvis du vil leie en ukulele. Begrenset med plasser, så det er førstemann til mølla!

(This course will be taught in norwegian)

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12:15 - «Reisen på ryggen til en skilpadde»


“Reisen på ryggen til en skilpadde” en musikalsk forestilling for barn i alderen 0-5 år. Med Delphine Thouille og Angélique Laroque.

(Performance for children age 0-5, in norwegian and french)

13:00 - Ung konsert

A concert with the future of Ukulele!
– Leslie Berre is a young singer-songwriter from Oslo.
– Mina og Lilja from Kringsjå skole.
– Marte Lindseth from Mjøndalen.  

 

14:00 - Thomas Allander

Thomas Allander from Sweden is the man who already realized in 1980 that the ukulele deserved a better fate than living in the shade. By performing with his Ukuleleshow, writing textbooks, holding TV courses and helping manufacturers to design easy-play ukuleles, he has lifted the instrument from to be fairly unknown to over 100,000 sold in Sweden in the last 10 years. In 2007, he led 401 ukulele players to become the world champion in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest ukulele orchestra. The record was later beaten and is held by 8065 ukulele players in Hong Kong today. No wonder Thomas Allander earned the nickname “The Ukulele Man”.

14:45 - Official opening

Official opening opening with a secret guest.

15:00 - Plata Diesen

Plata Diesen is a norwegian artist that sings and plays about what she is concerned with in: war, peace, love and politics. In addition to writing her own songs she also plays in Oslo Ukuleleorkester and is a skilled redesigner. She has among the sewn ukulele handles and ukulele bands! See for yourself her instagram: gjenbruk_hjemmelaget.

15:40 - Tritonus

Tritonus sings songs from the Nordic ballad tradition and translated songs from ballad traditions from other countries such as England and Germany. They have performed at several medieval festivals in Norway. “Our goal is to create joy, and with that keep an old music tradition alive.”

16:25 - Oslo Ukuleleorkester

The Oslo Ukulele Orchestra consists of 14 ukulele players and a bass player who together deliver a repertoire that ranges from hard rock to pop, jazz and folk. They enjoy a challenge and think that everything can be played on the ukulele! The songs are accompanied by the group’s own talented vocalists.

17:05 - Nikky and the Ukulele

Nikky is a singer songwriter from Vienna, Austria. She performs solo with her ukulele and plays originals and cover songs. Her original songs range from intense songs with serious themes to funny catchy tunes to sing along. There are even some protest songs in her repertoire. When she’s not on stage, playing ukulele or writing new songs, she blogs and instagrams about her life and adventures with her ukuleles.

17:45 - Carsten Knudsen

Carsten Knudsen is a professional entertainer and ukulist from Denmark. On ukulele he has played church concerts in Denmark, at the Blue Mountain festival in Australia, at the Sibelius Museum in Turku (Finland) and in Tokyo. He has also released a solo album.

18:25 - Open mic

Do you want to play a song from the big stage? This is your chance!

Each artist / group gets a song each on the stage (max 5 min). Sign-up at the info-stand. It opens on Friday evening, and be quick before it fills up!

19:20 - Danny Ukulele

Danny Ukulele is an Oslo based ukulele teacher, performer and songwriter. As well as being a member of both Oslo Ukuleleorkester and Oslo Ukuleleklubb, Danny performs with local musicians to promote and mix ukulele with other instruments and styles.

20:05 - TUUR

TUUR is a group of friends who met while studying in the Norwegian town of Volda. They love playing the ukulele and go hiking in the mountains. Earlier TUUR has played cover songs at the Oslo Ukulele Festival, but this time they have renewed themself with a new name and original songs. Their material is about life in Oslo, life as a teacher, 35-year crisis and Tinder dates.

21:00 - Tobias Elof og Zoë Bestel

With 20+ years of performing and composing on the ‘ukulele, a bachelor degree in traditional folk music from Denmark’s prestigious folk music academy, nominations in two Danish Music awards, and tours across Europe and Asia with sell out shows in Copenhagen, Taipei and Beijing, the music of Tobias Elof is transcendent.

Drawing from his Nordic roots, Elof’s grounded and intimate compositions are soothing and attract images of serenity. Described as the music of nature, Elof inspires to oppose the noise, encouraging listeners to feel a tranquil state of mind.

A unique live performer Tobias Elof has performed at venues and festivals in places such as Sweden, the UK, Estonia and Hawaii and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest ‘ukulele icons – including the Hawaiian legend Kimo Hussey and Canadian James Hill.

Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics describes award winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel, hailed as one of the countries most exciting emerging talents. As well as numerous BBC radio performances, Zoë has played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.

10:30 - «Ukulele with kids»

This workshop will be taught in Norwegian.

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11:45 - Tobias Elof: «Cheri Picking»

Ever wondered how James Hill shreds his uke with tunes like “Song for Cheri” or “Ode to a Frozen Boot”? In this workshop we will break down all layers of this fascinating and unique way of playing chord/melody style on the ‘ukulele (derived from Hill’s “Song for Cheri” ). After this workshop you will understand the idea of this advanced playing style and may be able to play a simple “cheri-picking” tune yourself.

(The workshop will be taught in English.)

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12:00 - «Reisen på ryggen til en skilpadde»


“Reisen på ryggen til en skilpadde” en musikalsk forestilling for barn i alderen 0-5 år. Med Delphine Thouille og Angélique Laroque.

(Performance for children age 0-5, in norwegian and french)

13:00 - Tobias Elof «Scales, Music and Emotions»

In this workshop we will work with understanding how musical scales are connected to the ‘ukulele both technically and emotionally. We will go through the difference of major and minor, the pentatonic scales and the church modalities. We will play a lot together and Tobias will show you how to use each scale with its the corresponding chords. Every level is very welcome to join.

(The workshop will be taught in English)

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14:15 - Zoë Bestel: «Songwriting»

Keen to write your own songs but don’t know how? Ever looked at a blank sheet of paper and don’t know where to start? Whether you’re new to songwriting or feel you’re suffering from writers block, discover your words with the aid of Zoë Bestel and begin your journey into creating a new song.

Every level is welcome to join. The workshop will be held in english.

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Artists

Tobias Elof, Zoë Bestel og Jonathan Bremer

With 20+ years of performing and composing on the ‘ukulele, a bachelor degree in traditional folk music from Denmark’s prestigious folk music academy, nominations in two Danish Music awards, and tours across Europe and Asia with sell out shows in Copenhagen, Taipei and Beijing, the music of Tobias Elof is transcendent. Drawing from his Nordic roots, Elof’s grounded and intimate compositions are soothing and attract images of serenity. Described as the music of nature, Elof inspires to oppose the noise, encouraging listeners to feel a tranquil state of mind.

Thomas Allander

Genre: Humor

Thomas Allander from Sweden is the man who already realized in 1980 that the ukulele deserved a better fate than living in the shade. By performing with his Ukuleleshow, writing textbooks, holding TV courses and helping manufacturers to design easy-play ukuleles, he has lifted the instrument from to be fairly unknown to over 100,000 sold in Sweden in the last 10 years. In 2007, he led 401 ukulele players to become the world champion in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest ukulele orchestra. The record was later beaten and is held by 8065 ukulele players in Hong Kong today. No wonder Thomas Allander earned the nickname “The Ukulele Man”.

Oslo Ukuleleorkester

Genre: Pop/rock

The Oslo Ukulele Orchestra consists of 14 ukulele players and a bass player who together deliver a repertoire that ranges from hard rock to pop, jazz and folk. They enjoy a challenge and think that everything can be played on the ukulele! The songs are accompanied by the group’s own talented vocalists.

Carsten Knudsen

Carsten Knudsen is a professional entertainer and ukulist from Denmark. On ukulele he has played church concerts in Denmark, at the Blue Mountain festival in Australia, at the Sibelius Museum in Turku (Finland) and in Tokyo. He has also released a solo album.

TUUR

Genre: Norwegian pop/folk

TUUR is a group of friends who met while studying in the Norwegian town of Volda. They love playing the ukulele and go hiking in the mountains.

Earlier TUUR has played cover songs at the Oslo Ukulele Festival, but this time they have renewed themself with a new name and original songs. Their material is about life in Oslo, life as a teacher, 35-year crisis and Tinder dates.

September Harvest

Genre: Americana

September Harvest consists of two travelling souls who’ve settled in the Lier valley. Now Petra Røise hardly remembers when Sylling has not her home. And Morten Haugen’s cowboy hat has found a shelf to call home at Tranby. In 2014, they discovered a common interest in americana music that sounded best around a crackling bonfire, late an autumn evening. While Petra loves to play the ukulele and sing, Morten joins in with vocal harmonies while playing solo guitar and bass drums simultaneously. They deliver melancholic songs under the motto “Sad songs make you happy”, a gig that will bring a tear to your eye and leave you with a smile on your face! Their debut album will be released in the fall of 2019.

Nikky and the Ukulele

Genre: Singer songwriter

Nikky is a singer songwriter from Vienna, Austria. She performs solo with her ukulele and plays originals and cover songs. Her original songs range from intense songs with serious themes to funny catchy tunes to sing along. There are even some protest songs in her repertoire. When she’s not on stage, playing ukulele or writing new songs, she blogs and instagrams about her life and adventures with her ukuleles.

Danny Ukulele

Genre: Folk/rock/jazz singer/songwriter

Danny Ukulele is an Oslo based ukulele teacher, performer and songwriter. As well as being a member of both Oslo Ukuleleorkester and Oslo Ukuleleklubb, Danny performs with local musicians to promote and mix ukulele with other instruments and styles.

Tritonus

Genre: Folk music

Tritonus sings songs from the Nordic ballad tradition and translated songs from ballad traditions from other countries such as England and Germany. They have performed at several medieval festivals in Norway.

“Our goal is to create joy, and with that keep an old music tradition alive.”

Oslo Ukuleleklubb

Genre: Pop

Oslo Ukuleleklubb consists of 20 ukulele players who have played and sung together since the fall of 2017. It all started as a low threshold offer, but during the last 2½ years this eager gang has become both more skilled and tight in their performance.

Oslo Ukuleleklubb plays varied music within the wider pop genre; from the Beatles and Leonard Cohen, to Pharrell Williams and The Lumineers.

UkuleleStine

Genre: Instrumental ukulele music

Stine Lindseth aka UkuleleStine discovered the ukulele while studying electric guitar and music education. It was love at first strum! Today she runs Oslo Ukuleleorkester, Oslo Ukuleleklubb, arranges ukulele jams and is the leader of Oslo Ukulelefestival. Even though she is most comfortable with making others practice and perform, this time she has decided to challenge herself. Together with bassplayer Ellen Brekken, she will perform music from some of Stine’s ukulele heroes and maybe some original material, too.

Plata Diesen is a norwegian artist that sings and plays about what she is concerned with in: war, peace, love and politics. In addition to writing her own songs she also plays in Oslo Ukuleleorkester and is a skilled redesigner. She has among the sewn ukulele handles and ukulele bands! See for yourself her instagram: gjenbruk_hjemmelaget.

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