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Saturday at the PUB (Paris Ukulele Bazaar)

20 2010

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, a very interesting documentary looking into the history of the ukulele, its glorious moments as well as its dark ages. Many key ukulele players are featured in the documentary.

Coming out from the screening of The Mighty Uke, I was hoping to attend the apéro-concert. However my friends and I were told we couldn’t get in as there wasn’t room for more people. Too bad.

Luckily for us, Ken MiddletonLorenzo Vignando and June Bug started improvising to fill the gap. Quickly a few people gathered to watch them play.

Ken and Lorenzo improvising in front of Ken‘s Ohana stall :

Having learnt from our mistakes, we made sure we were early in entering the concert room.  As a result we had to wait quite a while for the show to begin.

For over 3 hours various acts performed, displaying the versatility of the ukulele through varied musical styles. Most acts were from Paris and it was obvious there was a strong bond between them, as members of the different bands played on their friend’s performances.

Bertrand, the band KrRrk, Cyril Lefebvre, to name but a few, were thus seen displaying their ukulele skills with several acts.

Thanks to Morten, here are a few videos to give you an idea what it was like.

After performing alone, Cyril Lefebvre was joined by Peter Van Eyck from Het Ukulogische Museum who performed a Flemish song.

A bonus for Ukulele & Languages, Arié Elmaleh singing a song in Hebrew !

JiCé et Benj performed several Gainsbourg songs and displayed a great ukulele sense of humour, using the ukulele to emphasise the songs’ lyrics.

This video of JiCé and Benj is a good inspiration for alternative uses of cooking pots.

Energetic and cheerful strumming by KrRrk.

I really enjoyed Eddy la Gooyatsh ‘s performance of his song La la la. You can hear the song on his Myspace.

Here is a video of Eddy performing a waltz :

Hugh Coltman had a strong presence and a great voice as demonstrated in this video:

These videos do not feature all the acts, there were many more which we didn’t get to film. I am sure the Ukulele Club de France will report about them too.

At the end of the concert, all ukulele players were invited to join the acts, leave the room and storm the hall strumming loudly, marking a joyful ending to the first and probably not last Paris Ukulele Bazaar.


  1. Ken Middleton on the 20th of April 2010 @ 19:30

    Thank you Armelle. A really excellent and informative report.

  2. LePotofBasil on the 20th of April 2010 @ 23:46

    All of this and macaroons, too. Next time
    they’ll put you up on stage, too, Armelle, so
    start getting ready.

  3. Armelle Europe on the 21st of April 2010 @ 21:05

    Ken : thanks !It was lovely meeting you there.

    LePotofBasil : I see you’re turning French now Mr Le Pot de Basilic :)
    I am far too mediocre to ever go up on stage plus I don’t have the nerves to play in front of people.

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  5. Pierre on the 23rd of April 2010 @ 22:44

    Thank you very much Armelle !
    That’s nice, I could go there, so thanks to you I can hear and see some beautiful moments of this appointment ukulele.

  6. Armelle Europe on the 24th of April 2010 @ 08:37

    Pierre : a lot of people among whom a friend of mine came to the PUB and couldn’t get a ticket for the concerts so I am pleased I can share some of the evening through this post. Glad you enjoyed !

  7. Bertrand on the 30th of April 2010 @ 10:59

    Thanks for the report and the videos Armelle, I have seen just a part of the videos that were shot that evening by one of the “official” camera, but we’re still waiting for an edited version.


  8. Armelle Europe on the 30th of April 2010 @ 15:49

    Bertrand : You’re welcome.Thanks for the mention on!
    I’m looking forward to seeing the official videos.

  9. Philippe on the 30th of April 2010 @ 18:33

    Merci beaucoup beaucoup Armelle d’avoir mis tous ces bons moments à notre disposition.

  10. Armelle Europe on the 30th of April 2010 @ 20:34

    Philippe : de rien, j’ai vraiment apprécié la partie concert et je voulais partager tout ça avec ceux qui n’ont pas pu venir ou pas pu avoir de place.

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