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Newcastle Under Lyme C3A Ukulele group

After some time have finally got around to forming a new ukulele group at the College of the Third Age in Newcastle Under Lyme.

Yesterday was our first meeting and 7 players joined me – most of them new to the uke and also new to playing any form of musical instrument.

Between now and Christmas we will be meeting every Tuesday between 12 and 2 so if there are any players wanting to join us (regardless of their ability) please come along and join in.

Off to see the Ukulele Orchestra of GB

UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
14 JULY 2016

The Gigasecond Tour

Gawsworth Hall Logo on Light

The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking superstars return with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment. Last year they celebrated 30 Plucking Years of ukulele action, this year they will have been active for One Billion Seconds.

See and hear for yourself why the appeal of the Ukes of GB (the original Ukulele Orchestra, the oldest and the best) and their hilarious, entertaining, witty shopping trolley dash through all genres of music has led to sold out shows all over the world from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House.

They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. ‘Magisterial’, ‘The best musical entertainment in the country’, ‘A much loved National Institution’, are some of the things audience members and reviewers have said in attempting to encapsulate the indefinable magic and atmosphere of all round good humour, light heartedness, well being and joy which permeate their live concerts.

(No Children under six years old may attend performances.)

Ukulele Festival Newcastle Under Lyme 2017 anyone?

I’m thinking of starting a ukulele festival here in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, sometime in 2017. Are you interested?

I’m looking for venues for gigs etc, groups who may want to perform, uke players who may want to pass on the expertise in ‘workshops’, etc..

I have approached Newcastle Under Lyme Council for their guidance and will report back.

But in the meantime, please let me have your comments.

Thanks

Go Ukulele Crazy

The Stoke branch of GUC meets again at the Bridge Centre, Birches Head, Stoke on Saturday 11 June. They meet every other Saturday morning, about 10.00 am, and is run by a couple from Alrewas. They have about 8 venues they meet and their website is: go ukulele crazy stoke on trent.

It’s a good fun session although at times quite advanced but they also have some starters/improvers classes.

Jolly night at the Jolly Potters

On the first Wednesday of every month an acoustic night is held at the Jolly Potters in Newcastle – and on the third Wednesday of each month they meet at The Museum pub – and last night I went to listen to them again.

There are some very good musicians amongst them – to be fair, none are bad – and have many types of stringed instruments playing; guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles etc.. There is a ‘drummer’ and others play the harmonica as well.

Their music choice is very wide ranging including some self-penned songs.

One person is particular turned up last night for the first time and gave a great performance of ‘Vigilante Man’.

You don’t have to play, or sing, if you go along to see them. There are no mics, no backing tracks, just acoustic playing and singing.