We banished our butterflies with Mike Hind! @thecumby

Wonderful workshop and performance by Mike Hind on Wednesday 30 Sept!

From Stage Fright to Spotlight!  Here are Mike and some of the participants who banished their butterflies!

Who thought we were joking when we called for Mike to do “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the ukulele?

After the show, an impromptu treat in The Cumberland Arms Beer Garden!  Iain Glencross aka Hawaiian Shirt Racer“,  previously the most stage-frit man on the planet, undertook a six-hour round trip by motorbike to come to the Mike Hind night – and aren’t we glad that he did!

Not forgetting lovely Lalya Gaye, who provided soothing ukulele-themed sounds from the Hello Montoya DJ Collective and then was first up in the spotlight to tackle her stage fright!

Kay Mortimer was next up, quickly corralling Michael Grant, also from The Angel Delights Ukulele Club in Wooler, to join her on stage – and didn’t they do well too!

Many thanks to everyone for making this such a great night! 

Thanks also to:

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Liz Panton

Sunday Ukes! 11 and 25 Oct 2:00 – 4:00 |Xmas Party 13 Dec| The Millstone | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • Oct 11th      2:00 – 4:00
  • Oct 25th    2:00 – 4:00
  • more dates to follow . . .
  • Dec 13th    Xmas Party! (All from Thursday session invited!)

More Info:

For calendar updates and more information about Sunday Uke Sessions and The Millstone see: Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

The Millstone

The Millstone

For info about the Thursday sessions at The Cumberland Arms 6pm – 8pm, see: Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more! (This blog post will be deleted when the next Sunday Ukes reminder is published).

From Bermuda to Byker – MIKE HIND! Wed 30 Sept Newcastle upon Tyne | #ukulele @thecumby

mike hind poster v3 border 600x424 Mailchimp webWed 30 Sep 2015
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

6:45 – 7:45 WORKSHOP (Doors 6:30)
8:15 – 9:15 PERFORMANCE!  (Doors 8:00)
9:15 Raffle

*No Booking Fee*

£15: Workshop + Performance
£5: Performance-only

Paper tickets for cash only at
Thursday and Sunday Ukes4Fun Sessions

Take your chance of a place on the night!
Check this page to see if we are sold out in advance!

WORKSHOP:  6:45 – 7:15 (Doors 6:30)

Banish the Butterflies! From Stage Fright to Spotlight!
(Max attendance: 30)

Move away from your living room
   . . . to playing solo in front of people
             . . . to open mic
                    . . . to performing!

Mike will cover how to:

  •     gain confidence
  •     overcome stage fright
  •     write a set list
  •     have fantastic stage presence
  •     and interact with your audience

    Plus teach you some gimmicks you can adapt to suit your style!

“A fantastic performance workshop that’ll give you the tools for creating a dynamic stage presence.”
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Elton Ritchie’s Open Mic Tips

2015-09-13 Elton Open Mic TipsElton Ritchie’s Open Mic Tips


  • If you are visiting a venue for the first time it is a good idea to ring ahead to ensure that the event is on.
  • It will help your preparation to attend a couple of sessions before you plan to perform. Visit a few before deciding on where to do your first performance. Trust your instincts. Some places ‘feel’ better than others and each open mic has it’s own culture. Some have a very supportive clientele. Some are just unpleasant.
  • Arrive early and be prepared to wait if you want to perform. The more often you attend the more likely you are to get a slot.
  • Make a note of what songs are being played by the other performers. Try not to duplicate other people’s material. Continue reading

Plain text chordpro Ukes4Fun Song Sheets are now on Dropbox

The plain text versions of the songsheets in chordpro format are handy if you want to:

  • add the song file to a mobile app, eg. Linkesoft Songbook
  • edit, print or display the song using a Desktop program, eg. Songsheet Generator
  • you don’t know me but you want to nick my song files!?  Feel free – we all do it!


  1. Linkesoft Songbook iOS Guide (and other platforms)
  2. Songsheet Generator Help

Download from Dropbox:

Ukes4Fun Songsheet files (plain text, chordpro format)


ps. If you are looking for the pdf files with the chords above the line, they are here: Ukes4Fun Songsheets

pps. You might find these tips handy:
Some Songbook and Chordpro Tips

Mike Hind 30 Sept | Aldrine Guerrero 14 Oct! | #Newcastle #ukulele @thecumby

Mike Hind and Aldrine blog

Both events will be upstairs at The Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne – more info about exact timings and tickets to follow – but here is everything you need to know about Mike and Aldrine!

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Del Rey Played Newcastle – and won our hearts! @thecumby

Another wonderful workshop and fantastic performance by Del Rey at The Cumberland Arms on Wed 2nd September!

Keith Perry very kindly took group photo’s before the Ukulele Workshop and Aaron Tucker snapped away indoors!

There were over forty people at Del’s guitar and ukulele performance – the biggest turnout so far!

Some of the comments posted online, from people who travelled from across the north east and Cumbria:

“Went to see Del Ray at The Cumberland Arms in Byker the other night. I thought it was brilliant.  Mesmerising”

“Thoroughly enjoyed it last night . . . Del Rey, what a talented lady and a good sense of humour!! Looking forward to next year and finishing my “homework!!”

“What a great night!”

“Truly awesome – you had to be there!”

Many thanks to everyone who took video and uploaded it to YouTube – especially to Paul Hurrell, who not only captured Del’s “Workshop Highlights” but all of her performance!

If your video is missing from these Playlists, please leave a link in a comment and I will add it:

Del Rey Plays and Teaches Ukulele:


Del Rey Places and Teaches Guitar:


More Del Rey Links:

Del Rey Website: http://delreyplays.com/

Del Rey Tutorial CDs on Homespun:

Del Rey Performance CDs:

Memphis Minnie:

One Mic Stand – Advice on playing more music with less sound equipment:

Finally, many thanks to Del and to everyone else who made this event happen: to Aaron Tucker for creating the event posters, Dennis Bell and Tommy Stephenson for helping on the night, The Cumberland Arms for the venue – and Newcastle Kingsmen Rapper Team for letting us have their usual practice time in the venue – and to everyone who came along and made this such a memorable and inspiring night!

Liz Panton

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pps. If you attended the Del Rey Workshop and would like print-quality copies of the group photo image files, please leave a comment below or contact me by email (spam protected link): http://scr.im/ukes4fun