THE TUTORS

In their own words...........

TRICITY VOGUE

"Cabaret to run down side streets for - just get there early."
Time Out London Critics' Choice

Charming, offbeat musical cabaret from a vintage songstress with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a colourful history of romantic misadventure.Ukulele strumming cabaret performer Tricity Vogue has cut a swathe through the UK cabaret scene with hit Edinburgh Fringe shows in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and a host of London cabaret productions under her belt.She was nominated for a London Cabaret Award in 2012 and 2013, her solo show "Calamitous Liaisons" had a sell out West End run in October 2013, and her 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show "Songs For Swinging Ukuleles" was selected as Edinburgh Discovery for Chelsea Theatre's Not Television Festival in August 2014.Tricity regularly appears on variety bills across the UK and Europe, teaches ukulele lessons, and provides sparkling musical entertainment at weddings, parties and events, both solo and with her All Girl Swing Band.Tricity Vogue presents her own blend of slink and sass - the music she likes to call "cheeky jazz". Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails.

UKULELE

Tricity Vogue took up the ukulele in 2007 after her band stood her up, and never looked back. Dubbed 'ukulele doyenne' by Time Out London, and "Queen of the ukulele" by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's Will Grove-White, Tricity has performed for Ravi Shankar, Hollywood director Joe Wright, and Anoushka Shankar, who she taught to play kazoo.In 2014 Tricity and her uke played mainstage to 1,400 people at the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, although she is just as happy serenading 4 people. Tricity often brings her uke to dinner parties, weddings, and can play pretty much anywhere. She's even been known to provide floating entertainment on the odd boat.Tricity set up the Ukulele Cabaret in November 2007 for fellow friends of the four strings - an impromptu night of special guests, open mic spots and group singalongs, held every month at the Lincoln Lounge, Kings Cross.Tricity Vogue's Ukulele Cabaret has gone on to become a hit show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, spawning the spectacular Uke Of Edinburgh Awards in 2014. The show is a regular favourite at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, the LOST Theatre in Stockwell, and toured as part of Creative Arts East's Rural Tours Programme in 2013.

"Anyone else a massive fan of the divine Miss Vogue and her ukulele? Thought so."
Time Out London Critics' Choice

ANDY EASTWOOD

Born in Lancashire to a musical family, Andy entered showbusiness as a child and studied classical violin and piano. However, he also developed a passion for jazz and pop and went on to make history at Oxford University by becoming the first musician ever to give a degree recital on the ukulele! He is now described as one of the world's foremost exponents of the instrument.

Andy traveled the world in cabaret before the legendary Ken Dodd gave him a break into theatre work and he has now performed at many of Britain's most prestigious theatres in a variety of productions, including the hit 1940s revue We'll Meet Again, with which he toured the country twelve times - giving over 1000 performances - portraying one of his showbusiness heroes, George Formby!

In addition to his usual act, Andy has worked as compere, musical director, and as an actor on both stage and screen; he took a singing part in NBC's The John Lennon Story, which has been shown across Canada and the USA. But it is as a solo artist that Andy is most in demand, and he has made appearances with star names such as Ken Dodd, Danny La Rue, Max Bygraves, Roy Hudd, Joe Pasquale, Des O'Connor and the BBC Big Band. Two award-winning summer seasons at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, earned Andy the title of the resort's 'top solo artist', and pantomime performances have seen him in all the main comedy roles, for which he has a great natural talent.

In 2016 Andy made his 300th guest appearance with The Ken Dodd Happiness Show, and The Stage recently called Andy 'the busiest man in showbusiness' because as well as being a popular name in variety and pantomime, he also makes regular cabaret appearances at top hotels around Britain and aboard cruise ships worldwide. Since 2008 Andy has been presenting Andy's Attic on the internet radio station Retro Jukebox. His most recent television appearances have been two interviews on Cruising With The Stars (Sky 284) and appearances on two of Frank Skinner's BBC documentaries.

2017 has seen Andy working in Finland, Spain and Central America in addition to the usual British tour schedule, and he is also producing and directing a season of variety shows at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

In 2018 Andy makes his 2nd appearance at the Czech Ukulele Festival.