Newcastle Under Lyme Community Orchestra

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.



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.


The first meeting of Leek’s very own Ukulele band was a such a success


Zoticus with Dorothy Osborne fourth from right.

By Leek Post and Times Leek Post & Times  |  Fri 22 Apr 2016

The first meeting of a Leek’s own Ukulele band has been hailed as a success. Novice musician Dorothy Osborne organised the gathering to take place at The Red Lion in Leek’s Market Place. The 68-year-old said: “We have now got the enthusiasm and the players at varying levels of ability.

“Everyone got stuck into the music straight away.

“With ages from 20 to over 70, and coming from as far afield as Newcastle-under-Lyme, the band’s name ‘Zoticus -in-Leek’ proved a match for its founder members as its meaning ‘full of life’ was much in evidence.”

The new band will be meeting weekly at The Red Lion on Tuesday April 26, Wednesday May 4, Thursday May 12, Tuesday May 17, Wednesday May 25, Wednesday June 1, and Thursdays June 9 and 16.

My search starts

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.