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Guelph to get its first ukulele festival

Tickets now available for Royal City Ukefest

About 60 people came out to the Army, Navy, Air Force club Thursday night to strum along for the official launch of Royal City Ukefest campaign.

The actual festival doesn't happen until September 30, but a launch event was held to kick off ticket sales.

It will be Guelph's first ukulele festival, featuring a day consisting of three 75 minute workshops (attendees select two to take part in) and an evening concert at Dublin Street United Church.

That concert will feature James Hill and his wife Anne Janelle.

Cynthia Kinnunen, the event's organizer, said Hill is "one of the world's best ukulele players."

"This one day festival will see dynamic workshops, fun massed ukulele strums, and to top off the day, a concert from one of the world's best ukulele players," says the festival web site.

Early bird tickets for the entire day are $89. Regular price is $99 for the day and $25 just for the evening concert.

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