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Sunday 23 September 2018

Harbour Ukes delight in Bray

Mukti, Katie Byrne and Deirdre MacSweeney
Mukti, Katie Byrne and Deirdre MacSweeney
The Harbour Ukuleles performed on the bandstand on Bray seafront
Ann Lyons applauds the Harbour Ukes
Yumi Kennedy Krcho and Louie Krcho

The outstanding 'Harbour Ukes' performed on the bandstand on Bray seafront last Sunday afternoon, to the delight of passers by.

The collective of musicians had performed at the seaside venue before, and were as well received as always.

Members of all ages played a programme of classic songs written for ukulele, as well as pop, rock, and well known hits. Onlookers couldn't help but raise their own voices in song along with those of the ukulele players.

Players meet at the Harbour bar each week to learn, practice and play. They range in age from eight to over 60.

Pat Byrne leads the charge each Tuesday evening upstairs at the Harbour, and last year they caught the attention of Loudon Wianwright who praised their cover and accompanying video of his song 'The Swimming Song'.

Pat first founded a group in Greystones, then in Bray, with the simple aim of getting people to play and enjoy music.

In 2014 a poster appeared in the window of The Hotspot Café in Greystones with a simple message, 'Would anyone like to join my ukulele club? There is only one member... phone Pat.'

Phone they did, and that was the start of it.

Email patbyr@gmail.com with any questions about taking part.

Bray People

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