Video: Liverpool One ukulele extravaganza raises thousands for charity

More than a hundred musicians strummed along together and sang You Are My Sunshine in celebration of World Ukulele Day, at the retail and leisure complex

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Performers at the World Ukulele Day 2019 event at Liverpool One

 

Ukulele players raised a £3,000 by staging Liverpool’s biggest ever open-air ukulele jam with a rousing rendition of 80-year old lullaby You Are My Sunshine, in aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

More than a hundred musicians strummed along together and sang You Are My Sunshine in celebration of World Ukulele Day, at the Liverpool One retail and leisure complex, on Saturday February 2.

Crowds cheered and clapped as they continued with Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, followed by the Morecambe and Wise theme tune Bring Me Sunshine, by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee.

Watch the performance of You Are My Sunshine at Liverpool One

It was the highlight of day of free gigs by from ten Merseyside bands who performed at six busking stages throughout Liverpool One on Saturday, and all joined together at 3pm for the megabusk at the John Lewis steps.

The event raised a total £3,052, for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity’s Go Green appeal thanks to shoppers and visitors to the city who kindly donated on the day.

The bands that took part were the Splintered Ukes, Broken Strings, D’Ukes of Hazzard, the Secret Ukulele Band, Ukulele Club Liverpool, Ormskirk Ukulele Band, Wirral Ukulele Fanatics, the YinYanBand, Uke n Dream and the Travelling Wannabes. They were also joined by solo artists Jensen Parker and Miss Stan.

Pete Norman drummer with 8-piece Liverpool band the Splintered Ukes who helped organise the event said the event had been a huge success. Pete, from Old Roan, said: “It was a fantastic day.

We wanted to get as many bands as we could together to celebrate World Ukulele Day and help raise money for a wonderful cause. There were so many special moments throughout the day, it was lovely to see people’s reactions as they kept coming across different bands.

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