NOT many gigs feature a flamboyantly-dressed lady strumming a tiny guitar, in a garden, with the audience on stage playing instruments for the final number.

But that’s what you’ll get with Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret at The Albany in Deptford on Sunday, June 10.

Her “cheeky jazz” performance has been described by critics as kooky, quirky and sweet and she loves to get the punters involved.

“In Victorian times, every pub in the UK had a singing room,” she said.

Tricity is even hosting a pre-show afternoon workshop from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and will bring spare ukuleles along so people can join in.

The cabaret artist is passionate about the instrument she took up in 2007.

She said: “A lot of people say it is very difficult to listen to a ukulele and not smile. Some people say it is impossible.”

Having started out as a jazz singer, she created a character based on her idols from the 20s and 30s and wrote “tongue-in-cheek” jazz pastiches which she performed with an ever-growing band.

Her image is partly-inspired by the era and partly by sharing the bill with other cabaret and burlesque artists.

She said: “The way I look is par for the course. Although, so far I think I am the only person to wear a ukulele on my head.

“It is a reflection of the scene I have become part of – it is flamboyant, dramatic and bright.”

With her pianist unavailable for a gig in Battersea, Tricity went it alone, borrowing a ukulele from another band member and pretended her cohorts had ditched her.

She said: “The first time I did a solo gig, the response I got was so much warmer than I ever had doing shows with the band.

“Rather ironically, having written a song about being abandoned by my band, I started doing solo shows with my ukulele.”

Tricity said she is not “a great ukulele player” but enjoys the accessibility of the instrument and the community it inspires.

She said: “It is very easy to play and learn to play. It is the kind of thing you can put in your handbag.

She added: “I stumbled upon this wonderful social scene of people who like to get together and play, to go and have fun.”

Joining Tricity on the bill are Banjo Dez, Clare Uchima, The Dulwich Ukulele Club, Nick Browning and “the godfather of the ukulele” Rufus Yells.

She hosted a monthly Ukulele Cabaret in Kings Cross and has taken her show to the Edinburgh fringe for the past two years.

She last brought her show to The Albany in October and it was so well received that they phoned the next week to book her again.

Looking forward to another local gig – she has lived in Rotherhithe for the last three years – she said: “It was really fun to do in Deptford because we had an audience that was mixed. We had people that had never seen or heard ukulele before but were intrigued, mixed with people who were in to the ukulele scene.”

Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret is at The Albany in Douglas Way, Deptford from 7pm on Sunday, June 10. Tickets cost £7.

The pre-show workshop from 4.30pm to 6.30pm costs £12 or £10 concessions.

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