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USGB Conventions

The Society has two Conventions every year, normally on the first Sundays of April and October.

The Conventions are very relaxed in nature and are a great opportunity to see some excellent performers as well as to meet and interact with other ukulele players from all over the country. The atmosphere is always very friendly.

All members are invited to play two songs in one of the concerts and backing is provided (if you wish) by "Rumpole" Bailey on keyboards and Dave Griggs on bass. Performances are usually videoed and a video of your performance may well appear on the USGB's YouTube channel and linked from the Videos page on this site.

Workshops

Where possible, the Conventions include a workshop between 11 am and 12 noon for which there is no extra charge.

For the Autumn 2019 Convention, the workshop will be another one from "Rumpole" Bailey, "Picking for Beginners Part 2", building on his very successful workshop in the spring. Download the flyer here.

Also at the Autumn 2019 Convention...

Colin Tribe will be hosting a stall with his range of ukulele books and DVDs, many of them aimed at the Victoria College of Music's ukulele grade exams. And if you're interested, Colin will be happy to discuss and demonstrate the finger picking techniques which you can often see him using on his videos posted on the USGB Facebook page.

John Croft will be bringing some copies of his book ("All About the Banjo Uke") and displaying some of his vintage ukuleles and banjo ukes. If you look at his website and are interested in any of the ukuleles on there, let him know and he'll bring them along for you to look at.

Terry Brand is a luthier who makes hand painted ukuleles not far from Digswell. He'll be bringing along some examples of his work and will be happy to talk to anyone who is interested.

Flyers

You can download a flyer for the next meeting (in A4 .pdf format) by clicking here.

Location of Conventions

Conventions take place at Digswell Village Hall, Harmer Green Lane, Digswell, Welwyn, AL6 0AT.

Next Conventions

The Autumn Convention 2019
Sunday 6th October 2019

The Spring Convention 2020
Sunday 5th April 2020

The Autumn Convention 2020
Sunday 4th October 2020

Admission Charge

Entry costs £10 for members and non-members alike. This includes lunch (tea & sandwiches) and afternoon tea.

There is no need to book in advance as payment is made at the door as you enter.
Autumn Convention Programme
(6th October)

10:30 Doors Open
  Meet the Vice-President and his team
11:00 Workshop
  "Picking for Beginners Part 2"
12:30 Lunch - Tea & sandwiches
13:30 Concert Pt 1
  with Compere Ray Neal
16:00 Concert Pt 1 Finale
16:30 Tea & refreshments
17:30 Raffle
18:00 Concert Pt 2
19:00 The Thrash