Ukulele band tuning up to perform at festival launch

Highly entertaining...The Grand Old Uke of York.
Highly entertaining...The Grand Old Uke of York.

A vibrant ukulele band and a community choir are set to hit all the right notes at this year’s Flying Man Festival in Pocklington.

The Grand Old Uke of York and Pocklington Arts Centre’s choir, Forgotten Voices, will perform at the opening night concert of the festival at All Saints’ Church on 6 May.

The Ukes, formed less than four years ago, have already appeared at numerous festivals and concerts from Poppleton to Pocklington, York Racecourse to York Barbican, the Grand Opera House to Scarborough Spa and the Tour de France Grand Depart at the First Direct Leeds Arena. One of the highlight’s of the town’s Platform Festival last July, the Ukes have performed to thousands live, including Knights of the Garter and Archbishops, and to 300 million around the world on the small screen.

Forgotten Voices Community Choir were formed by Sam Dunkley and Pocklington Arts Centre in September 2010 and have performed at numerous charity events in the town in recent years.

The festival raises much needed funds for Pocklington’s All Saints’ Church. The organising committee, made up of volunteers from the community, have raised more than £100,000 for this Grade I listed building, since the event was launched in 2005.

A committee member said: “We are extremely pleased to have booked the Ukes for this year. The band have a fantastic reputation and their live performances are both humerous and highly entertaining. Forgotten Voices have performed at the festival on several occasions and we are pleased to be working with them at the Arts Centre once again.”
Tickets for the launch event, on 6 May at 7pm, are £7.50 and available from All Saints’ Church and Pocklington Arts Centre. Visit for more information about the festival.