Only three days to The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival #GNUF2016


GNUF 2016 Grid

The GNUF fun in Huddersfield starts on Friday night with free events!  The festival timetable includes free entertainment at The Head of Steam on the railway station and at the The Sportsman pub.

I was more than delighted to get an email from Kris Ball, one of the lovely festival performers and organisers, saying that GNUF are putting on free pie and peas at The Sportsman for performers – that’s my kind of festival!  

Not just free pie and peas! The Fleabitten Dawgs will be playing a free concert at The Sportsman on Friday night too!

The Festival Schedule gets more amazing every year!  The main venue this year is the Lawrence Batley Theatre and if there are any festival tickets left – snap them up!

Some of the Workshops have sold out already but there are still some Workshop Tickets left.  The workshops I have attended in the past have been excellent value for money – very cheap at the price for what you get!

In the run up to GNUF I have desperately been trying to find time to practice my set of original songs for the Saturday Open Mic at Vinyl Tap. What could possibly have stood in the way of that?!

One thing is that I have been having a sneak preview of the GNUF acts, by following the links to videos on the festival performer pages! Every day I have a new favourite! Today it is the fabulous Enné aka Nakisha Esnard!

Other things that have distracted me . . .

  • The sad things include supporting my partner Jeff Moore after his mum Jude died and helping to organise her funeral on Thursday.
  • Happier distractions include organising and promoting Aaron Keim’s Clawhammer Ukulele Workshop and Quiet American Concert in Newcastle tomorrow.  Another GNUF headline act, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, will be making a Guest Appearance with “The Quiet American” tomorrow – could it get any better?!
  • Rather to my surprise, a month ago I also started playing bass guitar!  I have been practicing with “Captain Velvet and The Honeycat” for Jeff’s 40th birthday party at the Dharma Banana Sessions at The Cumberland Arms on Sunday 5th June (Jeff on lead guitar, Colin Lee on rhythm and Arlene Rose on Melodeon).
  • Oh – and I had an eye operation a week ago! That was a good thing! I had been worried about driving down to Huddersfield in the self-generated fog of cataracts. If I had known the results would be so good so quickly I would have learned to cover “I Can See Clearly Now” for my set!
  • My dog Byson! The little minx seems determined to get in on the act, photo-bombing Colin Lee’s attempts to get a decent shot of me for the GNUF programme!

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I doubt that she approves of my final choice for the GNUF Programme!

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Liz Panton


Singer-songwriter, music-maker, organiser and unionista, bit of a geek, life long learner - there is always room for improvement!

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