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Here is a brief account of my day at the Paris Ukulele Bazaar which took place on Saturday the 17th of April at Les 3 baudets.

The Ukulele Club de France team did a great job marketing the event in the medias, so much so that tickets for the evening concerts were sold out at the very opening of the Paris Ukulele Bazaar, leaving behind quite a few people who hadn’t booked in advance.

The venue was not really meant to welcome so many people and the hall where Ken Middleton, Rosyne and François Charles and Musique83 had their stalls quickly got packed.

The weather was really beautiful outside so I went out for a while to come back for the screening of The Mighty Uke

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I have made up my mind to try and attend the Paris Ukulele Bazar, organised by the Ukulele Club de France, which will take place on the 17th of April 2010.

I don’t know anyone from the team even though I am French, so it is about time I met some more French ukulele players.  The Paris Ukulele Bazar seems like a perfect opportunity to do so.

The venue is Les 3 Baudets in the 18th district of Paris, not far from Montmartre.

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After the Open Mic session, it was time for the “choses sérieuses” (the real thing) as Lionel diplomatically put it :) The Ukulele Boyz entered the room and started strumming frantically among all of us, singing covers of well-known French and Spanish songs in a very energetic manner.

PUF 2009 Ukulele Boyz

This was welcome as we were quite a few to feel drowsy because of the heat, using programmes as fans to try and create a breathe.Things got even better when the Sugarsnap …

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My very first Ukulele Fest turned out brilliantly. I had a really good time and the whole day unfolded really well. Let me tell you the story :
After a long walk from Gare de Lyon, we cross the cemetery of the Père Lachaise, a blessed place sheltering us from the blazing sun. As we are nearing the Bellevilloise where the Uke Fest will be held, I start looking for signs of people carrying ukuleles. I can’t see any… After 14 months of ukulele playing without meeting one single ukulele player, I had to arrive at the very beginning of the Paris Uke Fest to make sure I wouldn’t miss anything. A few others did just the same. We sit ourselves down at a table, taking it all in and people quickly come to join us. The atmosphere is very relaxed. I meet Clare (Clarification from UkuleleCosmos) and we start chatting about ukulele and travelling… the day is promising !

Père Lachaise Cimetery PUF 2009 Mikael from Sweden PUF 2009 Clare from London PUF 2009 Syl'Ukes ukuleles

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In just over a week, on the 4th of July, I’ll head for the capital to attend the Paris Uke Fest.

I am therefore thrilled and apprehensive at once. Thrilled at the idea of attending workshops and seeing live ukulele acts, apprehensive to find out whether the ukulele community really is like a big family.

The point of this post is not to give you full details about the program, there is a dedicated site for this purpose.
But …

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