Thanks for coming along and making the weekend awesome!

Vol 8 will be revealed soon...

A gathering of cool folks for some cool music in a very cool place...

Come and join us in the World's Oldest Music Hall!

Friday Nov 3rd to Sunday Nov 5th 2023
Victoria Hall Settle


Various workshops from our guests on Sat & Sun to sharpen your skills and make you think.

Gala Show

Saturday night Show with an amazing line up and great acts.


Open mic, strum alongs and lots to explore in this beautiful Dales town.

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Your hosts are Dead Mans Uke an award winning two man band playing dirt swing, hokum and old blues tunes as well as crazy covers and anything else they fancy on double bass and a resonator ukulele that belonged to Tiny Tim... they play shows in bars, music venues, parties, festivals and theatres across the UK and recently in Prague, Dublin, Belfast, Austria, Paris, Bavaria, Poland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Australia and even Saudi Arabia… but are really looking forward to playing the amazing Victoria Hall once again - it's one of our favourite places!!

Special Guests

John Archer
John Archer

Tim Vine described John as 'one of the funniest men I know', Simon Cowell called him 'Amazing', David Walliams said 'you're a superstar'. He's one of the top comedy magicians in the world, was the first person to fool Penn & Teller on their show and has even won a BAFTA... He's also an old friend and we are so pleased he's going to join us for the Weekender, playing uke and hosting our Saturday evening show.

Warehouse of Thieves
Warehouse of Thieves

Hailing from the North of England, Warehouse of Thieves is a dynamic  5 piece band. They blend progressive rock, contemporary folk, and indie sounds into their original music. Plus, get ready for some cool renditions of popular tunes. With harmonies, solos, and beats that'll have you moving, their live show is a must-see. They're not just great musicians – they know how to entertain and engage the crowd too.

Phil Doleman

Phil’s love of vintage blues, swing, and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics. With just his big voice, stomping foot, and driving rhythms on both ukuleles and banjos he'll take you back to the juke joints of the 20s. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by.

Big Buddy Holly
Big Buddy Holly
& The Croquettes

Part ‘Tribute’, part ‘Parody’, part-time.
From an alternate universe, we bring you Big Buddy Holly, The Hiccupping Hillbilly, Ukulele Sensation, with his loyal and crusty backing band, The Croquettes.
If you like your Rock ‘n’ Roll with a barnyard full of tongue in cheek and a trailer full of smiles, then put on your sneakers and get ready to Jive.

Weekend Programme 2023

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Weekend Programme!

The full weekend programme is now here - Starts with fun on the Friday night with a special show this year from Big Buddy Holly & The Croquettes as well as the usual super strum and quiz. Workshops and open mic then a gala show on Saturday. Followed by some Sunday workshops, all designed to learn something new before we finish in early afternoon with a songtastic strum along.

For the quiz on Friday you'll need to download our app at: to your smart phone or tablet.

Weekender Workshops

The Novelty Swing of Slim Gaillard

Phil Doleman

The Novelty Swing of Slim Gaillard: Slim Gaillard was not only a great swing guitar and piano player and writer of some of the funnest songs around, he invented his own cool jazz language! You’ll learn to swing hard on his classic songs, “Potato Chips,” and “Flat Foot Floogie”, plus learn a cool intro (and while you’re at it you’ll be learning a whole lot about how hundreds of other swing jazz tunes work). Bring your beret, it’ll be vout o’reenee!

Matt Warnes
Home Ukulele Setup Basics

Matt Warnes

Get your ukulele playing better, get your ukulele sounding better!

A look at the basics of ukulele setup, what it is and what steps you can take at home to improve your own uke.
Beat the buzz, understand the impact of different strings, lower that action, adjust you nuts and away you go!

Andy Webster
Take a Song, Make it Epic

Andy Webster

A high paced workshop with a raft of tips and tricks to make any song more audience engaging!

Be inspired, take home some tips and learn how to connect with your audience.

Jake Smithies
Busting the U-Bass

Jake Smithies

Jake usual plays the upright bass and is famous for his slapping technique. Here he will explore some of those down and dirty slaps and show you how you can create a similar playing style on a U-Bass, so bring yours along and see if it can survive this unique workshop!

Mel Day
Starting Harmonica

Mel Day

Harp player for Dead Mans Uke and all round legend Mel will give you hints and tips on getting started playing blues harmonica in his usual style. Aimed at complete beginners this session will get you started on your blues journey! - You'll need a basic harmonic in the key of C for this workshop.

Anne Smithies

Anne Smithies

Support Staff for Dead Mans Uke, artist Anne will guide you through carving and printing your very own bijoux stamp with a ukulele inspired (or not) image, ideal for cards, tags and more.

No experience required and all materials will be provided.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where can I stay?
    There's loads of B&Bs, Pubs and hotels in Settle and surrounding area so check those out.
  • What workshops are happening?
    We have workshops on Sat and Sun mornings, these are hosted by our guests - see the schedule and details on this page.
  • What's included in the ticket?
    The weekend pass includes Friday Night, all workshops and other activities and the Sat evening Gala Show.
    Tickets for the Gala show only can be purchased direct from the Victoria Hall box office.
  • Who's gonna be there?
    Dead Mans Uke plus our guests will be there all weekend to hang out. This isn't a festival but more of a gathering where we all hang out, play some tunes and have a good time. Someone wins the quiz too... be great to see ya.

Our Venue

Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DZ

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