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Sunday 5 Jan 2014 at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • The room is available until 6:00 so no need to rush off if you want to hang around a while longer.
  • Everyone is welcome to come along on Sundays and/or Thursdays – not everyone can make it to both sessions.
  • More info about the Sunday sessions here: Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

Oh – and Sunday sessions are NOT every week.

  • Dates are added to the Calendar on that page as and when they are confirmed
  • plus updates are posted on this blog
  • and sent to the email list (please see navigation links for info about the email list).

Thursday 9 Jan 2014 at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

Best wishes for a 2014!

Lizzie X

Next Ukes at The Cumberland Arms and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Sunday 5 Jan 2014 at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • The room is available until 6:00 so no need to rush off if you want to hang around a while longer.
  • Everyone is welcome to come along on Sundays and/or Thursdays – not everyone can make it to both sessions.
  • More info about the Sunday sessions here: Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

Oh – and Sunday sessions are NOT every week.

  • Dates are added to the Calendar on that page as and when they are confirmed
  • plus updates are posted on this blog
  • and sent to the email list (please see navigation links for info about the email list).

Thursday 9 Jan 2014 at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

Because of the way Xmas and New Year fall this year there are very few people around so we are giving the next two Thursday sessions a miss.

That Was The Year That Was

We saw out 2013 with a bang at The Millstone Xmas Party today – more of a gig than a session!  Now that your family and friends know what you get up to, let’s hope that you are not grounded for 2014!

There are incriminating photos and videos from the 2013 weekend away in Hawes weekend circulating – it’s only a matter of time before they pop up somewhere on the internet.  When they do . . . watch this blog!

Best wishes for a very Happy Xmas and New Year!

Lizzie X

ps. Here are some previous posts with Xmas Uke Song Sheets (same link as last blog post):
http://ukes4fun.org.uk/tag/xmasukesongs/

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Xmas Ukes at The Cumberland Arms and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Thursday 19 Dec at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00 as normal!

Dot has confirmed that the possible Plan B mentioned last week is not happening, so it is business as usual (possibly plus some mince pies courtesy of The Cumberland Arms?)

Sunday 22 Dec at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00 party time!

  • No mince pies on the house, as far as we know, so it is a “bring and share” event.
  • The room is available until 6:00 so no need to rush off if you want to hang around a while longer.
  • Everyone who comes along on Thursdays is always welcome to come to the Sunday Sessions.

If you have not been on a Sunday before then you might meet some new friends who can only come along on Sundays.More info about the Sunday sessions here: http://ukes4fun.org.uk/sunday-uke-sessions-millstone/

The Sunday sessions are NOT every week.  Dates for the New Year will be added to the Calendar on that page as and when The Millstone confirms dates with Dot.

Best wishes and – if you are not able to get along to either The Cumberland Arms or The Millstone  – Happy Uking Xmas! :-)

Lizzie X

ps. Here are some previous posts with Xmas Uke Song Sheets:
http://ukes4fun.org.uk/tag/xmasukesongs/
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Sunday Ukes Session is moving from The Biscuit Factory to The Millstone Pub, South Gosforth!

Bidding farewell to the Biscuit Factory . . . So long, and thanks for all the cakes . . .

Dot is sending a “Thank You” card to Ramy Zack, owner of the Biscuit Factory Art Gallery, for all his support over the last six years.

Many thanks also to The Millstone Pub, South Gosforth, for offering alternative accommodation at the drop of a hat on Sunday.

Some people turned up at The Biscuit Factory after everyone else had left to go to The Millstone.  Many apologies for the disappointment and the wasted journeys but the need to relocate was unexpected and without prior notice.  The Biscuit Factory has contacted Dot and passed on the phone numbers of those who left them.

Information on new dates and times for Sunday Ukes @ The Millstone to follow . . . watch this space!

The Sunday Ukes Session/Jam will be held in the John Middleton Function Room on the 1st Floor.

Millstone
Hadricksmill Rd
South Gosforth
Newcastle
Tyne and Wear
NE3 1QL

Tel: 01912853429

Maps, Directions and more info: Millstone Website

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Also check out The Millstone on Facebook  – you do not need to log in to Facebook to see this page.

Best wishes,
Lizzie

Fifth Flash Folk North East Gathering – Sat 14th Sept – Wylam, Northumberland #FlashFolkNE

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12:00 – 18:00, Saturday 14th September 2013

Bradley Walled Garden
Sled Lane
Wylam
Northumberland
NE41 8JH

Tel: 01661 854770

Garden Centre, Licensed Cafe and beautiful Victorian Walled Garden:

Bradley Gardens Facebook Page

Map, Directions, Public Transport, etc. for Bradley Walled Garden on Transport Direct:

change your starting point and set the correct dates and times in this form on the
Transport Direct website

RSVP

Link to RSVP via Facebook – you will need to log in to Facebook to see this event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/504484429635082/

If you do not have a Facebook account then please email Jack Burness / Mike Orchard at:

http://scr.im/flashfolkne/ (follow link to see spam protected email address)

Check the Facebook Group and the Facebook Event for further info and updates:

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How to transpose songs – tools and safety equipment

Transposing songs is not difficult but it can be dangerous.

Tools:

1) Tune vice – you can make a simple ukulele tune vice at home using a coconut shell (both halves), a bottle of whisky and a thermometer.

2) Key wrench

3) Chord hammer

4) Groove thang

Protective clothing:

1) Safety glasses (sharps can easily fly off and put someone’s eye out!)

2) Rigger boots (who hasn’t dropped a flat?)

Method:

  • Clamp song in tune vice
  • Rive at it with the key wrench and smack it hard with the chord hammer until your arms ache.
  • Nobody knows how the groove thang works. Just leave it to tease the tune for a while and see what happens.
  • If you don’t know what the thermometer is for, why are you reading this?

If you have time, you can get better results by first boiling the tune and soaking overnight (use any whisky left over from making the tune vice).

When finished and if inclined, polish with Grade A sandpaper.  You can use French Polish on classical stuff with no ill effects.

* Ukulele Tabs *

This could end in tears.  One slip of the ice pick and you will be digging them out the ceiling and carpet for decades.

The Future:  automated methods and the white heat of technology!

Fourth Flash Folk North East Gathering – Sat 24th August – Lanchester, Co Durham #FlashFolkNE

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12:00 – 23:00, Saturday 24th August 2013

Crinnions
25 front street
Lanchester
Co Durham
DH7 0LA (this is the correct postcode)

This event is in the “secret garden” of Crinnions:

Crinnions of Lanchester – deli, butchers, cafe, bar & restaurant:

Link to RSVP via Facebook – you will need to log in to Facebook to see this event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/404250379681548/

If you do not have a Facebook account then please email Jack Burness / Mike Orchard at:

http://scr.im/flashfolkne/ (follow link to see spam protected email address)

Update 15 Aug:

NEW REGISTRATION DETAILS FOR CARAVANS, CAMPING & BUNKHOUSE:
Free 8 person bunkhouse accommodation on site.
Free Field Camping/Caravan site 1 mile away along Newbiggen Lane DH7 0TF (this is the correct postcode)
Register by phone 01207 520 376 (Crinnions)

Check the Facebook Group and the Facebook Event for further info and updates:

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Third Flash Folk North East Gathering – Sat 3rd August – Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle upon Tyne

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10:00 – 12:00, Saturday 3rd August 2013

“A Special Earlybird Get Together, supporting “Dylan Day 3″ Teenage Cancer Trust & NECCR Charity Fundraiser”

Ouseburn Farm
Ouseburn Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2PA

UPDATE! The Flash Folk Gathering will be in a room in the Ouseburn Farm building, next to their cafe. Light refreshments available. All welcome to come play or listen.

http://www.bykerbridge.org.uk/farm/

Link to RSVP via Facebook – you will need to log in to Facebook to see this event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/563125833733846/

If you do not have a Facebook account then please email Jack Burness / Mike Orchard at:

http://scr.im/flashfolkne/ (follow link to see spam protected email address)

Check the Facebook Group and the Facebook Event for further info and updates:

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“The Summer Wind” – something for the summer break?

Here is a lovely laid-back summer song to relax to:

“Summer Wind” on ukulele, double bass and harmonica, all played by Floyd Amason, multi-instrumentalist!

Play-along here on “Chordify – The Summer Wind“:

I wouldn’t swear to it, but I think these chords below work for this version – could do with some judicious simplifying!

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