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Meet Zoë

Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics describes award winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel, hailed as one of the countries most exciting emerging talents. As well as numerous BBC radio performances, Zoë has played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.

2018 brings the release of Zoë’s second album and fourth release, Transience. Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark in the summer of 2017, and signed in the November by ethical Glasgow based label Last Night From Glasgow who are set to bring her new work to vinyl.

Transience will be released digitally, on CD and 180gm vinyl on Record Store Day 2018.

Upcoming Gigs

UKES for unicef – Berkhamstead Civic Centre, Berkhamstead

A grand ukulele festival with, from 11.00 to 17.30, workshops, mass strum-alongs, open mics, featured acts, stalls, raffle, snacks, teas, coffees, bar… and a fabulous evening concert with Rag House, Ben Buckton, Zoe Bestel and Ukolade. From 19.00. All ages welcome

Entry will be by donation. We suggest that each adult might like to contribute £5
Hosted by BURP (Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players)


Transience Launch Gig – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow

Oooooh! 21st of April 2018 my second album Transience is released on all pretty things that your ears could possibly like, and then we get to party on the 22nd in Glasgowtown with me singing at you! Deal?

Supported by the absolutely lovely Annie Booth who will also sing really damn nicely at your faces!

Released by LNFG on 180gm Vinyl and CD on RSD 21/04/2018


Transience Launch Gig – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Support is provided by the wonderful Annie Booth and Jared Celosse
Transience released by LNFG on 180gm Vinyl and CD on RSD 21/04/2018


Meet The Ukulele Maker Festival

As part of his ‘giving back’ to the ukulele community after 23 years of building ukulele, Pete Howlett and his wife Helen (who run the International Ukulele Building School at their workshop in North Wales) have organised a new event, the ‘Meet the Ukulele Maker Festival’ to be held in picturesque North Wales in May 2018.


Winchester Ukulele Festival

Introducing the 3rd Winchester Ukulele Festival, held at Winchester Rugby Club on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Nominated in the UKE Magazine awards, Best Ukulele Festival 2018.


CZECH Ukulele Festival

The 6th Czech Ukulele Festival will take place between Friday the 27th of July and Sunday the 29th of July 2018.

This year will be the first event of its kind in the world, the „Ladies´ Edition“ will showcase mainly female performers and we are expecting great things.
The first day of the festival will be our traditional ukulele day trip, this year we go by train to the magnificent medieval town of Kutná Hora where we will play alongside the amazing cathedral of Saint Barbara. Expect the usual fireworks and summer fun at this wonderful location.
Saturday and Sunday will be in the Village of Únětice on the outskirts of Prague, where we will present a full two day program of workshops and concerts, many of the workshop are held in different parts of the village while the main event is in the brewery located in the centre of the village.

This year the program will include children from the local school, a women´s group from the village, and acrobatic ukulele duo, the Mersey Belles, Ukulele Troublemakers, Les Poupées Gonflées, the fantastic Bad Mouse Orchestra, Elke & the Cool Girls, newcomer Zoë Bestel, Nellie McKay, the outstanding Tricity Vogue, Gerald Ross and being topped by the return of the much loved Honoka & Azita from Hawaii.


“Pure artistry”

Alan Morrison, The Herald


Nathan Connolly, Snow Patrol

“Audiences are fast catching up with the fact that, in Bestel’s hands, the ukulele shrugs off its stereotypical comedy baggage and becomes the instrument of choice for one of Scotland’s most fascinating young singer-songwriters.”

The National