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Matthew Quilliam and his Ukuleles is a popular and award-winning comedy act that has thrilled audiences everywhere he has been! The act is like no other in that it brings those silly songs from the past few decades out of the dark and in to the spotlight once again.

As mentioned in the video above, he is available for performance at your events. Please fill in the form if you are interested in booking Matthew where timings, location, fees and style of performance can be arranged.

Matthew is available as a solo act which is great for intimate environments and concerts, providing a personal touch, or he can provide a pit band to accompany him. The pit band works especially well at festivals and in pubs as the music produced is louder and gets people further away more engaged. Either arrangement guarantees fun, comedy and great live entertainment.

Matthew can also provide his own PA and sound equipment should your event require any.

“…highly talented and a great laugh…”
“…an act that is full of fun, laughter and tears…”

Terry Card, 2016

“…my new hero!” 

Neil Thomas, 2016

“…the best young comic musician around!”

Helen Weathers, 2018

“He put on a slick, professional and entertaining performance particularly highlighting his great mastery of the banjolele and ukulele…Go see his shows – you won’t be disappointed!”

Vic Cracknell, 2018

“…I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it would be THAT good!”

Anon., 2017

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Video Matthew Quilliam

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Performance

Please click the links for more information like timings. Some links to private functions are only accessible to those who are at this event. Otherwise all links give details of the who, what, where and when of every gig.

2018

18th July                          Open Mic at the Peacock Farm

19th July                           The Queen’s Head Open Mic, Farnham

25th July                          The Broad Street Tavern, Wokingham

26th July                           Vic’s Buskers, The Bat and Ball, Farnham

28th July 2pm                   Shrewkfest, Ukulele Festival, Shrewsbury

4th August                        The Barley Mow, Winchfield, Beer Festival

7th August                         Vic’s Buskers, The Rowbarge, Guildford

20th August                       Private Function

25th August                       Private Function

26th August                        Winchester Guildhall Open Mic

9th – 11th November       Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival

5th December                   Private Function

2019

11th January                   Guest Appearance at Poppy’s Folk and Acoustic Club

19th February                 Private Function

 

 

Performance Credits Include:

WEYFEST 2017
Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival 2016
Gig on the Green, Yateley 2013
Wokingham Music Club 2017
Unplugthewood 2015 – 2017
Matthew has played in America, France, Germany, The Canary Islands and Poland 2012 – 2017

Played with or supported:

Andy Eastwood 2016
John Otway 2017
Steve Brookes 2016
Pete Lincoln 2017
Mike Krabbers/The Hedge Inspectors 2016
Never the Bride 2018
Lily Rose 2015
Max and Harvey Mills 2016

Members of Matthew’s backing band have performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, have been seen on television and have recorded a lead Marimba line for a track at Abbey Road Studios.

Other music:

Played music for a showcase that is due to receive a premiere on the big screen
Musical Director for School Production, July 2015
Scored and directed music for 4 feature length movies 2014 – 2017
Awarded Music Scholarship at Farnborough Sixth Form

Video Jason Quilliam
Image Andrew Merritt

Teaching

Matthew is now available to give ukulele lessons! Whether you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, or you have been playing for a long while and would like to try something new, Matthew can point you in the right direction in his one-to-one sessions which promise great fun and value.

Lesson plan:
Half an hour £12
Hour £20

Lessons will be held at an agreed time either at Matthew’s home in Yateley or at your home, which will add to the cost of the lesson time to cover travel costs.

Lessons can be:

  • One to one or ensemble based
  • Beginner or advanced levels of playing
  • Focused on a particular specialist study area or a broad mixture of all styles
  • Weekly or fortnightly

Why Matthew?

A lot of ukulele teachers around are guitar teachers at heart. This means that they sometimes approach the ukulele from the perspective of a guitar player, without understanding the key differences between the two instruments. Having never played a guitar, Matthew can show you the correct way to play the ukulele which he has grown up with for the past 6 years.

Matthew is highly experienced in teaching, having run his school ukulele group for several years, in addition to his current line-up of private students. He does not disguise the demand for frequent practice outside of lesson time, but he goes to great lengths to ensure that his students learn new things and make progress every single lesson.

The lessons will include music theory, chords and scales, help with singing and performance, exercises to strengthen your hand muscles as well as any particular songs you would like to learn as well in addition to basic and essential ukulele technique. At the end of every lesson Matthew can send you a detailed email and report as a reminder of what was covered in the lesson and what can be done to improve for next time.

Matthew is local to Camberley, Yateley, Farnborough, Farnham, Aldershot, Eversely, Sandhurst, Fleet, Finchampstead, Mychett, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Frimley, Brookwood, Bracknell, Wokingham, Ash, Odiham and Reading for his ukulele tuition services.

Qualifications and Experience

Sixth Form College Farnborough Music Scholarship 2017 – 2019
Lead school ukulele ensemble 2015 – 2017
Teaching since 2017
Gives occasional advanced ukulele player’s workshops at festivals
Distinctions in all ukulele graded exams he has taken
Matthew can also teach bass guitar to a beginning level

Matthew does not currently teach graded ukulele exams, partly because he has had no demand for it so far, but also because there are not many great ukulele exam courses that are developed to the same extent as orchestral or jazz instruments like violin, trumpet or piano. However, he has sat all the available RGT ukulele exams so is likely to choose that exam board when the time comes to do exams with a student. These ukulele exams are available for solo performers or ensembles, so why not enter your group for an exam under Matthew’s tuition today?

To make a booking or to ask questions, call 07543 263750 or click here to send an email!

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Photo Rolf Evans

Contact

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Blog and updates

Gig: The Barley Mow Beer Festival Appearance

Matthew and his band play the Barley Mow in Winchfield. With 2 hours to set up, perform and pack away again it is a relaxed session of music. Where: The Barley Mow, The Hurst, Winchfield, Hants, RG27 8DE When: Saturday 4th August 5 – 7pm Tickets: See website Refreshment: Bar selling drinks and snacks

Gig: August Open Mics

Vic’s Buskers Where: The Rowbarge, Guildford When: Tuesday 7th August, 8:30pm Tickets: Free entry Winchester Guildhall Open Mic Where: Winchester Guildhall When: Sunday 26th August, 8pm Tickets: Free entry

Gig: July Open Mics

Julie’s Open Mic Nights Where: Miner’s Arms, Mychett When: Thursday 12th July 8:30pm Tickets: Free entry Matthew will no longer be attending July’s Julie’s Open Mic Night Poppy’s Folk Club Where: Hawley Leisure Centre When: Friday 13th July, 8:30pm Tickets: Donation Peacock Farm, Bracknell, Open Mic: Abi Powells Presents… Where: The Peacock Farm, Bracknell When: …