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Pukes ukulele punk band push boat out for free concert on Regent’s Canal

PUBLISHED: 07:45 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 July 2013

Pukes get ready for ukelele punk gig at Mile End

Pukes get ready for ukelele punk gig at Mile End

Diana More

A top Punk band is putting on a concert using a boat as a stage on the Regent’s Canal in London’s East End and teaching beginners the ukulele.

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The Pukes hold a Sunday afternoon of free music on the canal at Mile End Park on July 14 and running a free ukulele workshop.

They are a 20-strong mainly-female group from east London who play covers of classic punk songs on ukuleles, as well as originals.

“We can’t wait to play on the boat and spread some punk rock ukulele love to the people of the East End,” said The Puke’s Clara Wiseman.

“The ukulele is a great instrument we can teach raw beginners the basic chords in just half-a-hour.”

The collective, who recently released their debut EP on Damaged Goods Records, received funding from the Arts Council to run a series of ukulele workshops for children and adults.

Also on the bill are east London’s Punkture Sluts and Cake For Breakfast punky children’s band. Children’s activities are being laid on such as mask and puppet-making, while food is served up from the Lady Agatha canal boat.

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Louise Distras is squeezing Sunday’s event into her busy schedule of summer festival gigs with her protest songs. She’s also on hand to help youngsters wanting to make a living from music.

The four-hour gig next to Mile End Art Pavilion in Clinton Road, off Grove Road, starts at 2pm (near Mile End Underground station).

It is part of a nationwide music celebration all over Britain from tomorrow until Sunday to bring communities together to celebrate their talents and get more people involved in music.

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