Ukulele festival: Strumming fun in Antrim
The Ukulele Society of Antrim, including members Katrina Maloney, Brian Murphy and Sarah Smith, perform at the town's second annual ukulele festival Saturday night. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)
"And we'll have more next year, I'm sure it will just build," said festival founder, musician and ukulele instructor Brian Murphy on Antrim.
"It's simple to play. It has a great tone. There nothing intimidating about it for the general public coming to watch a performance. It encompasses a learning tool, but it can also be played by virtuoso musician. It's only got four strings, so everybody that wanted to play guitar can learn to play the ukulele in 10 minutes. And that's what we like about it. It's a fun instrument. You can't play songs that people don't like; on the ukulele, it's just too nice a sound," Murphy said.
Consider 58-year-old Joan Gorga of Antrim, who came to the first festival last year with a ukulele she had won in a raffle years ago. The bridge was broken and strings were missing.
Maloney is the music lessons coordinator at the Peterborough Music Company in Peterborough and was attracted to the ukuleles on display in the music store.
The Antrim Ukulele Society is planning more concerts this year including a performance at The Grapevine in Antrim this Thursday, Murphy said. Another concert at the town library to raise money for the town food pantry is also in the works, he said.