Welcome to The Ukulele Society of Great Britain
The Ukulele Society of Great Britain exists to establish and promote an interest in
the playing of the ukulele and ukulele banjo in all their various styles and methods of presentation.
Since its formation in 1970, the USGB has worked to actively encourage the development of ukulele skills. We use a number of methods to pursue
this objective, some of which are mentioned below.
The Society is always looking for new ideas about how it can better promote the ukulele.
Obituary: USGB President Malcolm Atkins
It is with great regret that we have to announce that Malcolm Atkins, President of the Ukulele
Society of Great Britain, passed away on Monday evening, 15th April.
Malcolm joined the USGB in 1973 and over the years occupied the positions of Secretary, Treasurer,
Editor and Chairman, and for many years Vice President to the legendary Billy Uke Scott.
He studied ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar with jazz guitarist and broadcaster Jack
Toogood and always used to say that he played solo ukulele for eight years before he plucked
up the courage to add vocals. Malcolm was also a friendly member of the Grand Order of Water
Rats, being a committee member in Weston Super Mare for over two years.
Since his retirement as a publican, Malcolm has played with the Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra,
entertaining the elderly in a radius of some 50 miles around Bristol.
Thanks, Malcolm, for all your work for the USGB. Rest now in Peace.
New this year:-
USGB Ukulele Band of the Year Contest
This year the Society is starting an annual contest to find the top ukulele band in the United Kingdom.
The contest is open to all amateur local groups and, in 2019, the judges will be:-
The Society has two conventions every year, in April and October, which are open to members and non-members. The conventions
are held in Digswell, just outside Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, and normally run from 10:30 am to
7:00 pm. [Conventions]
The Syncopator Magazine
Twice a year, the USGB publishes its own magazine called "The Syncopator". This is sent to all members of the Society
and includes an eclectic mix of articles, features, reviews and much more.
The USGB has its own Facebook page [FaceBook ]
members (many of them very skilled) post videos and tutorials as well as some interesting discussions, and its own YouTube channel [YouTube ]
with videos of memorable performances from
past USGB Conventions.
The core of the Society is its membership. To join the Society, go to the Membership page. [Membership]