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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Ukulele festival is first for Scotland

TOP performers from around the world will be attending the first Ukulele Festival in Scotland which is being held in Dumfries next month.

A total of 39 performers will be taking part in three days of concerts, workshops, jam sessions and other activities.
The festival is being held over the weekend of May 6 – 8 and will take place across a number of venues at the Crichton in Dumfries.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be three main concerts with famous and favourite performers from the ukulele community.
Acts include local artist Zoe Bestel from Wigtownshire, Canadians James Hill and Manitoba Hall, the Lucky Leles from Germany, as well as Ceci N’est Past Ukolollo from Italy and so many more.
Alongside the concerts there will be 16 workshops for all playing abilities, jam sessions as well as open mic and of course a bazaar to purchase the latest instruments and music.
There will be a Big Beach Bus Busk Tour on the Sunday morning which will take the visitors on a 50-mile round trip to some local beaches with a return in time for the grand finale concert in the afternoon.
The weekend starts off with a buffet and jam session on the Friday evening with the Easterbrook Hall and the adjoining rooms as well as the Holiday Inn Hotel being used as the main venues for the festival.
However, the Saturday morning Fiesta Concert and the Sunday Session Concert which consists of a youth and New Performers’ competition is being hosted in Crichton Church.
This double first has been pulled together thanks to Stuart and Linda Butterworth from Rockcliffe near Dalbeattie.
Stuart is known as Mr Ukulele and runs a number of ukulele workshops across parts of Dumfries and Galloway with over 100 members. He also teaches music and together with his wife runs a number of local children nurseries.
A spokesman said: “The Ukulele Festival of Scotland is providing a three-day family friendly event in the most stunning setting of the Crichton Estate.
“Whether you are an accomplished ukulele player or are just looking for some huge variety of music in one place this festival weekend is the right place for you.”

GALA HEADLINER . . . James Hil from Canada, regarded as one of the world's best ukelele players,  is headlining the gala concert
GALA HEADLINER . . . James Hil from Canada, regarded as one of the world’s best ukelele players, is headlining the gala concert
LOCAL PERFORMER . . . Zoe Bestel, one of the region's singer/songwriters, will be performing as part of the festival
LOCAL PERFORMER . . . Zoe Bestel, one of the region’s singer/songwriters, will be performing as part of the festival

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