High Hopes Choir & Dublin Ukulele Collective

Venue: Medieval Mile Museum
Date: Sunday 17th December
Time: 7:30pm
Price: €15

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The High Hopes Choir

This choir made up of homeless people is the brain child of former RTE Concert Orchestra’s principal conductor David Brophy. His idea behind it was to give homeless people a voice and help them change the public’s perception of what it means to be homeless. It worked. RTE made a heart-moving documentary that brought the reality of homelessness to viewers. Members gained a sense of self-confidence and it allowed them to believe in themselves. Many are back in school or college now and are no longer on the streets. Music changed their lives.

High Hopes now has a choir in Waterford, Cork and Dublin and there are plans in the pipeline for similar in Limerick and Sligo.

Dublin Ukulele Collective

The Dublin Ukulele Collective (DUC) is a forty-plus piece ukulele harmony band with a high feel-good-factor and watching them perform, the fun is obvious. Members range in age up to 70+ and they perform a diverse repertoire of songs which reflect their age span.

Within are a seriously talented range of Dublin musicians including; experienced choir harmonisers, middle-aged rockers and electric teenage funksters. Expect upbeat, fun and rhythmic songs with loads of harmonies and a little nostalgia including songs from; Elbow, Cold Play, Radiohead, Talking Heads, Amy Winehouse, Erazure, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jason Mraz and more. DUC is very much an audience join-in band. This is one for all the family!

“I think it’s safe to say that in the seventeen years we’ve been on the air, Dublin Ukulele Collective have become our favourite band”
Mark Cagney Ireland AM, TV3

“The most wholesome performance of the festival weekend”
Fionnuala Jones, Golden Plec Electric Picnic 2016 Review

“I wish to say without hesitation that yours (DUC) was one of my favourite events at the entire Electric Picnic. I was silenced by the whole group’s positivity and humour. Well done. Can I invite you to participate again next year please?”
Hugo Jellet, Electric Picnic