Horsham District Year of Culture &
The Ashington Centre present:
.The Ashington Ukulele & Singalong Festival 2019
With uke antics for people of all ages and abilities, with plenty to do and watch, including Singalongs, performances, workshops plus food and a bar. Our PA system is being supplied by Johhny at Shoreham based Showtec and we will have a stall where you can buy a uke among other things.
Simply add how many tickets you require for the event and pay with confidence through PayPal secure payment portal.
The History of the Ukulele
The name ‘ukulele’ is the traditional Hawaiian name that was given to a small instrument called the machete (machete de braga), which was originally developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal.
The machete itself is a descendent of the early European and Middle Eastern plucked stringed instruments (such as the lute), is a member of the guitar family, and goes by several different names including the cavaquinho, braguinha, manchhete and cavaco.
The machete was brought into Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, who moved to the islands to work in the sugar cane fields in the late 1800’s.
Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo, who arrived in Hawaii on the Ravenscrag in 1879 from the Portuguese Islands of Madeira are believed to have been the first makers of the Hawaiian ‘ukulele’.
We are also looking for Ukuleleists to perform at the event, whether you’re a seasoned player or aspiring, then we’d love to hear from you.
Alternatively you may teach the history of the instrument or even better craft/manufacture them yourself.
So if’ it’s your passion and you’d like to share it at this fantastic event, please complete the form and we’ll be in touch.