Port Townsend Ukulele Festival

Due to the enormous demand, in 2015 the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival will consist of two discrete sessions, from October 7-11, and October 14-18. Each session will feature different faculty, although a few will teach at both gatherings.

Since this is an effort to serve the folks who haven’t been able to attend, you’ll only be able to sign up for one of the workshops (unless there is still space available in the spring). The quality of the workshop experience continues to be very important to us, so we will limit each session to 120 participants.

We’re doing our best to open registration by November 1, but it might be as late as the 15th. If you’d like to receive Centrum’s newsletter (which will announce the opening of registration), you may sign up here on the right side of the page:


Questions? Please send an email to Peter McCracken (peter@centrum.org).


Here is information from 2014’s workshop:

Workshop: September 3 – 7, 2014
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington


Please join us for the second Port Townsend Ukulele Festival! The workshop will be held at Fort Worden State Park, a venue unparalleled in beauty and facility. Expect four nights and three days of intense fun, ukulele instruction, and merry music making with some of the finest ukulele instructors and players working today.

Instructors this year include James Hill, Casey MacGill, Aaron Keim, Francis Doo, The Hula Honeys (Ginger Johnson and Robyn Kneubuhl), Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Fred Sokolow, Gerald Ross, the Canote Brothers, Del Rey, and the cool house band of Matt Weiner and Nova Devonie. Registration will be limited to 140 people, ensuring small classes and an intimate atmosphere.

The workshop offerings will feature a wide variety of styles – jazz, blues, swing, Hawaiian, pop, novelty, and jugband ukulele, at the least. Specific classes will include introductory-level sessions, chords, melody, improvisation, performing tips, and once-a-day instrumental classes on percussion, bass, accordion, and fiddle. Final detailed class descriptions will be posted before Christmas.

Due to some terrific suggestions from participants, we’ll be changing the schedule slightly in 2014. In general, though, each of the faculty will lead two sessions each day. And new for 2014 – Baritone uke classes! (tuning DGBE) For those who would like some instruction on the baritone, there will be one baritone class offered each period.

For now here’s a general idea of what to expect:

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014: 3pm – arrive and settle in; 6pm – community dinner; 7:30pm – welcome & orientation; entertainment and jamming after.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday September 4, 5, 6, 2014:
  • In the day: breakfast; 2 morning workshop sessions; lunch; 2 afternoon workshop sessions; open mike.
  • Evenings: entertainment, open jams, house parties. There will be two public performances by the instructors on Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Your workshop registration entitles you to prime seats at these shows.
  • Sunday September 7: breakfast, check out of rooms by 11:00 AM.