UKE Magazine Awards - The Winners

Over the last few months, UKE Magazine has run a series of awards - using a public vote to determine the winners. Instead of prizes, we chose to donate to the charity of the winner's choice, so you'll see the good causes they selected too...

A full run down of the winners is also available in print in Issue 9 of UKE Magazine, the UK's dedicated magazine for ukulele players - http://worldofukes.co.uk/uke-magazine-shop/uke-magazine-issue-9-march-2017

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World of Ukes Store Open - Retail Premises & Online!

Some of the finest ukuleles in the world are now on display in a dedicated, boutique showroom - based in Carlisle. World of Ukes officially opened on 22nd September, with a launch party attended by Dead Mans Uke, The Mersey Belles and Liam Capper-Starr.

As well as the showroom, a new online store allows customers to purchase the exclusive ukes on offer. You can look for soprano ukuleles, concert ukuleles, tenor ukuleles or baritones & basses right now if you wish!

A selection of pictures from the World of Ukes ukulele store launch party!

A selection of pictures from the World of Ukes ukulele store launch party!

UKE MAGAZINE ISSUE 4 IS NEARLY HERE!

As you can see here, Jake Shimabukuro, the famous ukulele virtuoso is still reading Issue 3. Nothing wrong with that as it featured the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain amongst many other things! BUT, he'll soon be reading our next issue, which is at the printers. It will be ready for release at the end of the first week of December. That's when you can get your hands on Issue 4, which features the aforementioned Jake on the cover, with interviews with the Mersey Belles, Bill Collings and stacks more stuff inside. 

COVER STARS READING COVER TO COVER

Well, we've known for a long time that UKE Magazine readers were discerning and sophisticated! And what more proof is needed than this shot of Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain members enjoying a quick read before going on stage. The cover stars of Issue 3 certainly look fascinated, and why not? As well as their own in-depth interview there are instrument reviews, interviews with ukulele makers, competitions and much more!

ISSUE 3 - OUT NOW!

It is here! September's Issue 3 has arrived and subscription copies are in the mail! Landing on doorsteps will be our fabulous, full colour magazine, featuring an in-depth interview with the Director of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, George Hinchliffe. UKE Magazine has the honour of an exclusive feature on the Orchestra as they celebrate their 30th birthday!

There's plenty of gear to size up too, with our in-depth concert electro reviews, as well as a roundup of all the top stuff as chosen by a ukulele dealer. Those wanting to progress in their technique will welcome the return of Phil Doleman and Ben Rouse, as their ukulele tabs seek to push our technique ever forwards! 

As ever, we at UKE Magazine are delighted with the public response to this fully independent publication. From the subscribers to those who have given across-the-board 5-star reviews, we couldn't make this magazine without your input and support. We're really thankful that together, we can continue to make this magazine a success.

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ISSUE 3 IS OUT IN SEPT

The third issue of UKE Magazine is in production, with a release date at the beginning of September! This promises to be an exciting issue, as we team up with the fabulous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to celebrate their 30th anniversary! Orchestra Director George Hinchliffe talks at length on the origins of the ensemble, their years of touring and plans for the future. The UOGB feature will be a two-part special, with more to come on The Ukes in December!

In addition we're delighted to welcome Pete Howlett to the magazine. As you will know Pete is an exceptional luthier, who builds amazing ukes. He starts a series of features covering different tonewoods this issue. Staying on the building theme, we talk to Andy Miles, who makes tiny nano ukuleles in his shed, AND speak to the famous Japanese maker Takahiro Shimo.

There is a review of the ukulele festival scene over the summer, tunes to learn and master, reviews of rival concert electro ukuleles and input from all parts of the UK ukulele world. It is available to order straight away!

BEN ROUSE UKE TAB - ISSUE 2

Issue 2 features a tab from the wonderful Ben Rouse... if you want to hear how it sounds with a uke in expert hands - here is the video of Ben demonstrating Sweet Blue Belles, enjoy!

This piece should be played slow and with feeling, think of yourself on a blanket in a meadow early summer. Remember to try and make each note ring out and shower lovingly with vibrato. The chords should be raked so each note is played.
— Ben Rouse

ISSUE 2 - ON SALE NOW!

The second issue of UKE magazine has now arrived! We've pictured it here alongside the Joe Brown signature soprano ukulele that you can win if you order a copy. If you visit our Uke Magazine shop, there are options to buy this single issue, or order it as part of a subscription. Pre-sales and orders are going well, so we expect to sell out of issue 2 before too long, so don't delay! It is packed with content for the UK ukulele player; to learn new techniques, hear from pro performers and discover the latest ukulele gear. 

ISSUE 2 IS OUT IN JUNE

UKE Magazine's second issue is at the printers!

It features Mike Hind, Krabbers, Dead Mans Uke, reviews of 5 Ohana Ukuleles, Big House in the Country, Phil Doleman tab and article, Ben Rouse tab, Mark Pugh at the Frankfurt MusikMesse, The Small Change Diaries recording tips, Ukulele club photos, Beltona Resonator Instruments and of course, Will Grove-White from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. You can win a Joe Brown Laka soprano uke too!

THANKS TO UKE MAGAZINE READERS

UKE magazine is professionally designed and printed. It looks great and is packed with interesting content. It isn’t financed by a large company, but instead is a labour of love for the small team involved. Therefore, to survive into future issues, UKE Magazine totally relies on the UK ukulele community to get behind the magazine. With healthy pre-orders and a steady stream of readers continuing to buy the magazine, the future is looking bright. Editor Matt Warnes wanted to express his thanks to people for taking the plunge and buying into the idea of a UK ukulele magazine.

It has been wonderful that people have ordered the magazine and enabled to first issue to cover its costs. A new publication is always a tricky thing, but thanks to the trust and the enthusiasm of the nation’s ukulele player, the magazine looks to have a strong future.

THE FIRST UKE MAGAZINE IS HERE

Despite its surge in popularity, to date there has not been a printed ukulele magazine with a UK-centric perspective. Until now! UKE Magazine has been designed and published independently, with a host of interviews, features and techniques to digest. The magazine hasn’t come from a big publishing house, but rather a small group of contributing writers who share a passion for the uke. With pre-orders very healthy, the first issue is off to a great start and we hope very much for a bright future for our new, quarterly publication!