Photo by Ed Sprake

I am a vocalist, songwriter and musician based in Manchester, England. I play ukulele, guitar and sometimes saxophone and keyboards. I also have a love-hate relationship with technology.

My main band is Lou and the Llamas, known as purveyors of “Knee-trembling, witty, heart-warming songs“. Our sound has been described as “Melodic folk/blues with a wry intelligence. Annoyingly catchy songs, too“. The Wonky EP is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and most other digital retailers.

Previously, I sang and played with Paula Darwish & The Country & Eastern Band, performing songs in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and English. With the band I performed all over the UK and toured Turkey twice, including performances on national Turkish TV.

In February 2015, I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s You And Yours to talk about ukuleles. I also had the honour of teaching presenter Peter White how to play a tune on the uke! Listen to the full version or the short version.

In 2012 I started Levy Uke Up, a ukulele jam which takes places every second and last Sunday of the month at the Kingsway pub in Levenshulme, Manchester.

To book me (solo) or Lou and the Llamas (full band) or for any other enquiries, contact me here.