Newcastle Community Orchestra are holding a ‘Night at the movies’ on 8 June 2016 at the Newcastle Methodist Church, Ryecroft, Newcastle,ST5 2AD.
Music includes Pirates of the Caribbean, The Great Escape, Star Wars and many more.
Their Facebook page is at NULCO Newcastle under Lyme Community Orchestra.
Do you play an instrument? Why not join them.
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.
Issue 6 of the UK’s only (?) ukulele magazine has just been issued. There’s a great competition where you can win a Ohana SK-28 Soprano Ukulele and Isle of Wight ukulele festival tickets. They can be contacted through World of Ukes.
For anyone interested in how a uke can be played please go to Youtube and search out Taimane Gardner – she is brilliant! She’s also on tour in the UK going to Dumfries (23rd July), Sheffield (25th July), Liverpool (26th July) and Birmingham (27th July).
You can buy tickets at workdofukes.co.uk
I started playing the ukulele in September 2015 while on a cruising holiday aboard the Marco Polo (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) thanks to the expert tuition by Peter Crush. Since then I’ve been trying to find a local group near me to play with but – no joy!
I have started playing with Go Ukulele Crazy in Birches Head but they only meet every other Saturday morning at 10am which at times is hard to do.
I have also just joined a small group in Stone, Staffordshire, which meets on a Tuesday night. But I don’t enjoy the travel.
I’ve now even gone to the stage of contacting the local College of the 3rd Age to see if I can start my own group up. More about this as it develops.
So, if you know any local groups who play please let me know. Or if you are like me and want to play, please let me know.