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Marsden Jazz Festival starts with Ukulele flash mob in Huddersfield St George's Square

Members of Marsden’s ukulele group, Mucipups, entertained unsuspecting commuters during the rush hour

Mucipups ukelele group perform outside Huddersfield railway station to promote Marsden Jazz Festival - front - Angela Sprawson, Tony Sprawson, Janet Mellors - back - Bev Clarke, Joe Eckersall, Steve Challenger, Alan Senior and Maria Toshack.

Think of a flash mob and loud, booming music springs to mind.

But something a touch more cultural greeted commuters at Huddersfield railway station as the mob was made up of ... ukulele players.

Dozens of musicians suddenly burst into tune at 8am at St George’s Square to mark the start of this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival and brought a smile to the faces of unsuspecting commuters.

Members of Marsden’s own ukulele group, Mucipups, and pupils from Thornhill Junior and Infants School in Dewsbury were behind the impromptu performance which lasted until around 9am.

They were also promoting their own festival gig, a free ukulele “thrash-off” on a bridge over the River Colne in the centre of Marsden tomorrow afternoon.

David Harris, a Marsden Jazz Festival volunteer who organised the flash mob, said: “We got a great reaction.

Mucipups ukelele group perform outside Huddersfield railway station to promote Marsden Jazz Festival.

“People looked a bit bemused when we began to play but they had a smile on their faces and some said that it had cheered them up on the last working day of the week.

“And a good thing was that it got people asking about the festival.

“Not everyone realises what’s going on in Marsden this weekend, or the breadth of acts that are playing, with many from the community playing a wide range of genres.

“It’s a real community festival.”

The ukulele groups are just two of almost 100 acts signed up to play over 130 hours of live music at 26 venues from today to Sunday evening. Some 70 events will be free for all to attend, while some tickets for pay for events are still available.

Marsden Jazz Festival headliners for 2015
Marsden Jazz Festival headliners for 2015

Those that have sold out include The Ben Crosland Quintet, tenor sax master Jean Toussaint, Claire Martin and Ray Gelato, Parkin and Hardwick and Olivia Maya.

Tickets are still on sale for several other gigs, such as internationally known jazz clarinetist Evan Christopher who will play Django à la Créole, swing band Jive Swings, local funk/soul collective Nu Popes and Harlem hot jazz act The Rip Roaring Success.

For more information, check out our guide: Marsden Jazz Festival 2015: Everything you need to know



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