Ukulele Festivals

If this site were your only source of information about the world of the ukulele, you would never have known about last week’s London Uke Festival, where a world record was set for mass uking.  Fortunately, our friend Woodshed keeps the world informed of these things. 

Nor would you know that Nashville, Indiana is the home of the Bushman Ukulele Luau, which has already convened twice this summer and will gather again in August. 

Still less would you know to mark your calendar for the Paris Ukulele Festival on the 4th of July. 

Heck, you wouldn’t even know that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was organizing a mass uke-in at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 August.  Everyone is supposed to show up, jumping flea in hand, and play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.  Here’s a video they’ve made to promote the great event:

When I told Mrs Acilius what tune they were using, she was chagrined.  She walked onto the stage at our wedding to the UOGB’s recording of Finlandia, and we exited to some non-ukulele rendition of the Ode to Joy.  “If only they’d done this two years ago!” she exclaimed.  “Then they might have had a version of it on CD by the time of the wedding.”


  1. cymast

     /  June 28, 2009

    “Ode to Joy” was you first married song? Well, I guess you can only go up from there . .

    “Then they might have had a version of it on CD by the time of the wedding.” You could always get married a third time!

  2. acilius

     /  June 28, 2009

    We’ve joked that since we had two ceremonies in two towns in four days, we should have made up T-Shirts of the Wedding Tour.

  3. cymast

     /  June 29, 2009

    You could be one of those couples that renew their vows every few years. Or have elaborate anniversary parties. Or if you really want to “show-off,” as you put it, put announcements in the newspapers of both towns.

  4. acilius

     /  June 29, 2009

    Her Mom did put an announcement in Mrs A’s hometown paper. Don’t suppose we’ll take out ads every year, though…

  5. cymast

     /  June 29, 2009

    I never really understood the purpose of advertising a wedding to the general public. Aside from wanting to “show-off,” that is. It seems like the people who would be interested in that news would already know about it.

  6. acilius

     /  June 29, 2009

    I don’t know why Mrs A would want to advertise our wedding, but I certainly do want to show her off.

  7. cymast

     /  June 29, 2009

    If she were here, we could ask her why. And you could show her off at the same time. But I know she’s busy with classes. Anyway, her posts and comments always get my attention.

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