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.


NUL Community Orchestra – new members

The community orchestra of Newcastle Under Lyme are holding an open rehearsal night this Wednesday 6 July at.7.30. Click HERE to go to their Facebook site. Their website is HERE.

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.


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.

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.


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.