2014 in review – blog stats

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Sunderland “Hylton Ukes” now meeting Thursdays as well as Tuesdays!

The Sunderland Club, which started meeting earlier this year on Tuesdays at Hylton Castle CIU, has been so successful that Alf Scott has arranged a second session on Thursdays!

Congratulations on the rapid expansion!

Further details here: Hylton Ukes

For information about most of the other clubs and sessions in the North East, and some in Cumbria too, see:  j.mp/ne-ukes


Update April 2015:

  • “Hylton Ukes” is the new name for the Club Previously Known As “Ukes4U”.

Find other ukers! List of lists!


Some suggestions to get started connecting with other ukulele players:

Local Clubs and Sessions Lists:

There are lists of Clubs and sessions on many websites and blogs – here are just a few examples:

  1. Curt Sheller: http://www.curtsheller.com/ukulele/clubs/index.php
  2. Got A Ukulele: http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/ukulele-clubs-and-societies.html
  3. Mighty Ukulele: http://mightyukulele.co.uk/index_UkuleleClubs.htm
  4. Ukulele Hunt: http://ukulelehunt.com/2010/03/10/ukulele-clubs-and-groups/
  5. Ukes4Fun (North East and Cumbria only): http://ukes4fun.org.uk/north-east-and-cumbria-uke-sessions-classes-etc/
  6. Ukukee Map and Android App: (added to this list 6 Feb 2015):

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New Ukulele Session! Sunderland – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm – 9pm, Hylton Castle CIU


Two outstanding Ukulele Players from Sunderland

Many thanks to Alf Scott for adding information about Hylton Ukes (previously known as “Ukes4U”) – is this the first ukulele club in Sunderland!?) to the Ukulele Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East Spreadsheet.

Alf – your enthusiasm is infectious and it is great to know that we can now point uke-hungry Wearsiders in your direction!

Hylton Ukes:

“Most of people are just learning but are picking chords etc. quite easily. You don’t have to be an expert. Just come along and enjoy a bit of fun.

The ukulele is a fun instrument, it makes you feel relaxed, takes the stress off you, easy to play and when you play/sing that first song wow, did I just do that!! Meet new people.”

Time and Venue:

Every Tuesday from 7pm – 9pm
*Update Dec 2014: also Thursdays, same time, same place!

Hylton Castle Workingmens Social Club
Hylton Castle
Tyne & Wear

Age Range, Fees, etc.

  • 18 and over
  • Free
  • Most of people are just learning but are picking chords etc. quite easily.
    You don’t have to be an expert. Just come along and enjoy a bit of fun.


Email Alf Scott (Spam protected – follow link to unlock the address): a…@y…o.com

Phone:  Alf Scott on 0191 5483432

Website: Not yet.
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Tips for looking for a ukulele tutor


The best tip is to follow the advice published on http://www.musicteachers.co.uk

There is also a search facility on the site to find music teachers.

This organisation works in conjunction with the Musicians Union. For the protection of its members, the MU publishes the names of individuals and organisations where it feels members should receive advice and information before proceeding with any involvement: please see p 33 of http://issuu.com/musicians_union/docs/the_musician__autumn_2012

The MU only advises its members, not the public. However, it is unlikely that an individual or organisation that is a cause of concern to the MU would be listed on the Music Teachers website.

There will also be many GOOD teachers who are NOT listed on the Music Teachers website – just because a name is missing, do not assume that there is any cause for concern.

Use this advice published on the Music Teachers site to inform your judgement:
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Simply amazing! Don’t miss the 2014 Grand Northern Ukulele Festival! @northernuke

GNUF 2014 logo

The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF)
13 – 14 Sept 2014

* Free Festival Fringe: free fringe events start on Friday night, 12 Sept, at the GNUF Festival Pub, the Head of Steam (on Huddersfield Railway Station)

Performances, Workshops, Fringe events . . .

  • There are still day and weekend tickets left for the main festival. Some workshops have sold out but not all of them – yet!
  • Good timetabling! Only workshops with the same start-time clash – and no workshops clash with the main stage.
  • Amazing value for money when you look at what is included in the programme!
  • Don’t miss out! Some people have been looking forward to this all year! (This video is my entry to the GNUF competition to get an upgrade to a posh seat for the main stage events).

Some handy links:

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“Sunny” by Bobby Hebb – a song for the Sunday Summer Break

Collage of clips from YouTube videos of versions of Sunny

A lovely song to while away the summer – with some links to stuff that you might find useful for finding and learning other songs!

There are some beautiful ukulele versions of “Sunny” on the internet, both sung and instrumental. None of the versions here have been recorded as a tutorial, with the purpose of teaching someone how to play the song.  I just liked these ones. There are many other versions that I liked too but I had to stop somewhere and 10, including Bobby Hebb’s original, seemed like a good place to draw the line.

My top pick for the easiest arrangement to play and sing is by NGUYEN DINH Quoc-Huy.

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