BIO

Ben Rouse first started on guitar at the age of 11 and by the time he was 14, he was playing lead guitar in many different bands at venues and clubs, even completing a tour of the south coast when he was 16.

He was introduced to the ukulele a few years ago and soon realised that this little instrument is capable of producing an extremely wide range of amazing sounds. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and now devotes all his time to the ukulele and Ubass.

Ben plays solo ukulele in a fast finger style and uses his love of all types of music to produce complex sounds that both astound and delight. With a mix of rock, folk, pop and classical, Ben loves taking well-known songs and arranging them for the ukulele as well as writing his own compositions.

Recently Ben has been playing the ukulele and Ubass with the internationally renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and has completed tours of Sweden, Germany and the UK with them. He also had the honour of playing with the orchestra for the Queen’s private 90th birthday party at Windsor Castle.

A keen teacher of the ukulele, Ben teaches a range of workshops at festivals and private gatherings as well as writing music and arranging classical pieces for publications. He is a regular contributor to Uke Magazine, supplying tabs for a range of playing levels.

Recently remastered, Ben’s debut solo ukulele album is now available and showcases the diversity and complexity the ukulele has to offer with a mixture of covers and original pieces. His books include duets of Bach for ukulele and Ubass as well as a comprehensive guide to mastering the clawhammer technique. Ben is currently working on his second album.

Performances are fun and lively with an exciting mix of styles and musical genres delivered with a multitude of energetic rock poses.

Endorsed by Kala, Ben plays a Kala Elite ukulele, a Kala solid body fretless Ubass and a purple Ubass. He also has endorsements from L.R. Baggs, D’Addario and Logjam.


LIVE

DATE
VENUE/EVENT
CITY
WEBSITE/TICKETS

09/07/16
CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
CHELTENHAM, UK

13/07/16
PLATFORM FESTIVAL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
POCKLINGTON, UK

14/07/16
GAWSWORTH HALL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
MACCLESFIELD, UK

16/07/16
MILTON KEYNES INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
MILTON KEYNES, UK

18/07/16
WORCESTER UKULELE CLUB
Performance & Workshop
WORCESTER, UK

23/07/16
UKE FEST ESSEX
Solo Performance, UOGB & Workshop
BILLERICAY, UK

27/07/16
GLATT & VERKEHRT FESTIVAL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
KREMS AN DER DONAU, AUSTRIA

29-31/07/16
STANDON CALLING
Solo Performance
STANDON, UK

20/08/16
SOUTHERN UKULELE STORE
Solo Performance & Workshop
BOURNEMOUTH, UK

27/08/16
TOWERSEY FESTIVAL
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
TOWERSEY, UK

28/08/16
CASTELL ROC
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
CHEPSTOW, UK

1-4/09/16
FESTIVAL NUMBER 6
Solo Performance
PORTMEIRION, UK

22/09/16
L’AVANT SEINE
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
COLOMBES, FRANCE


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