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What is Uke Lift Project?



Uke Lift Project is a Bristol-based ukulele school founded by ukulele teacher Danielle Greenwood. Danielle designed the project to lift confidence and wellbeing through the power of music.

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About Danielle

Originally from Texas, Danielle's travels brought her to the UK over 25 years ago – she loved it here so much that she's been living in England ever since!

Prior to setting up Uke Lift Project, Danielle accumulated a wealth of professional work experience teaching and delivering community projects in both mainstream and SEN schools and settings for over 20 years.  


Danielle has been teaching ukulele to adults and children for more than 10 years in both private and public settings and she is experienced in teaching music to adults and children of all abilities. Her group lessons have ranged from 3 to 50 pupils!


A working musician, Danielle has been in many touring bands over the years – her last band was the all-female, 20+ members, rock/punk ukulele band The Pukes. However, she's now retired from the touring life and has taken on her new mission of sharing the gift of music.

Since arriving in Bristol in the early 2010s, Danielle has also founded the Bristol Ukulele Festival, held annually in the city to celebrate the love of the ukulele.

Uke Lift Project staff have enhanced DBS checks and full public liability insurance.

Uke Lift Project helpers

John Magson


John is a practicing musician and teacher from Scarborough, now based in Bristol. He has played guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele(!) from an early age and has always found teaching to
be an exciting way to explore musical creativity and self expression.

With a keen interest in an eclectic range of musical genres, John enjoys the versatility of the ukulele - along with its accessible nature to all age groups.


While teaching music on a freelance
basis after lockdown, John began working with Uke Lift Project teaching after school clubs as well as assisting in workshops and Bristol Ukulele Festival. 

Nicky Townsend


Nicki has over 30 years of experience working as an occupational therapist supporting young people with learning disabilities – 20 of those years have been working with children and young people with mental health problems. Running groups has been a large part of her work.

Nicki does not consider herself to be musical, but she took ukulele lessons with Danielle and has successfully learned – and now loves! – the ukulele.


She finds it very rewarding to co-facilitate ukulele workshops alongside Danielle and to watch other people of all ages, abilities, cultures and backgrounds learning and enjoying the ukulele.

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