You learn something every day, they say, and I certainly did today.
At the Summer concert, Cantilena is being joined by Simply Uke, a local seven-piece ukulele band which will add to the American flavour of this concert. Click on the link to find out more.
I decided to find out exactly what a ukulele was and discovered that it was invented in Hawaii, adapted from a Portuguese stringed instrument called a machete, introduced in the 19th century by immigrants from the Azores and Madeira. From there it spread into the rest of the United States, becoming an important part of country music and jazz.
Simply Uke plays a wide range of music, including Classical, swing jazz, pop and blues. They will bring variety to the concert and I'm looking forward to hearing them.
The Hawaiian translation of ukulele is "jumping flea" - which I hope won't form a central part in the concert!
Details: Saturday 8 July at 7.30. St Michael's Church, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BP
Tickets £10.00 (children under 15 £1.00) to include supper
Available from: 01278 722870,
Dicketts Stationers, High St, Glastonbury, or on the door