Next Ukulele Sessions at The Cumberland and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

  • Jan 19 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • Jan  26 – NO SESSION
  • Feb 2  – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • Feb 9 – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis
  • Feb 16 -Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • More dates to follow . . .

New/old songs for 2nd Thursday Sessions with Denis:

  • Many thanks for bringing new songs and reviving some old songs that have lain dormant in the Songbooks for a long time!  We now have a stash of these to re-visit in Denis’s sessions on 2nd Thursdays.
  • Please hold on bringing new songs/reviving old songs to Thursday sessions until we have got these ones under our belts.  For the next few Thursday sessions, we would like to rock steady with some familiar tunes plus the new/old ones you have already brought along to Denis’s sessions.

Reminders for everyone for all Thursday sessions, including me!

  • Leading songs: If you are going to lead a song, make sure that you have practiced playing and singing it before you get to the session
  • Song arrangements: The simpler the song arrangement, the more likely it is “work” as a “session song”. We have some very good players who are capable of adding all sorts of finesse and flourishes to a song. We love hearing these played but they work better as an occasional “solo spot”. If you are playing at this level then you can probably work out a simpler arrangement so that most people can play along with you. There are some good tips here:
    http://ukuleleinthedark.com/ud52-trimming-away-how-to-simplify-song-sheets/
  • Play it again, Sam! Dot has a good ear for the sort of songs that are likely to become popular in sessions. If you get the nod from Dot that it is a “good song”, take the hint and give it a run at another session asap!
  • Practice makes perfect: It might take a few sessions before everyone is familiar enough with a new song for it to settle in and “work”. This applies just as much to well-known songs (when everyone might have a different version playing in their heads) as to less well known songs (when perhaps only the the song leader “knows how it goes”).
  • Give us a clue! You can use the email list to send links to YouTube videos, audio files on SoundCloud, etc. to help familiarise everyone with a new song that you are going to introduce (it helps even more if the recording is in the same key that you are going to use but that is not always possible)
  • Song sheets: You can also use the email list to send song sheets to everyone – but please still bring at least 10 copies on paper when you are introducing a song for the first time.

See this page for more information about Thursday Sessions


Sundays at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • Jan 22
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 19
  • more dates to follow . . .

The Millstone: website

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


Calendar

For the latest information on dates, times and venues for Thursday and Sunday Sessions, please check the Calendar – https://ukes4fun.org.uk/calendar/


 

Happy Soxmass and New Year Ukulele Sessions! @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Dot’s Socks!

HUGE THANK YOU from Dot for all the socks!!

Over 250 pairs of socks were donated at the Xmas Party at The Millstone, many of them brand new, to go to homeless people across the North!!

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Thursdays at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

  • Jan 5 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • More dates to follow . . .

See this page for information about Thursday Sessions


Sundays at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • Jan 8
  • Jan 22
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 19
  • more dates to follow . . .

The Millstone: website

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


Calendar

For the latest information on dates, times and venues for Thursday and Sunday Sessions, please check the Calendar – https://ukes4fun.org.uk/calendar/


Xmas Ukulele Fix!

If you are missing your ukulele fix over Xmas and New Year, here are a couple more things to keep you amused!

1. Ukulele Hunt 2016 Quiz!

http://ukulelehunt.com/2016/12/14/ukulele-quiz-2016/

2. “Your Socks Don’t Match” – Mark W. Gray – play along with ukulele chords

 

3. Jingle Bell Rock

And, finally, a video and songsheet from me – wishing you all a very happy Xmas and New Year!

Songsheet with ukulele chords pdf: Jingle Bell Rock in Key of C


Happy Christmas and New Year everyone!

Dot and Lizzie xxx

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen invade Cullercoats!

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You usually have to travel to Cumbria to see these guys – or even further afield when they are on tour with such twinkling stars of the ukulele firmament as Mike Hind, Dead Man’s Uke and Zoë Bestel – so this is a rare treat!

If you have come across “Feckless and Fuddle” before (aka Andy Webster and Matt Warnes) then you will have a fair idea of what to expect – lots of fun, laughs and superb ukulele playing!

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen

Saturday January 14th – 7:30

£8 on the door

St George’s Church
Beverley Gardens
Cullercoats
Tyne and Wear
NE30 4NS

Links:

League of Ukulele Gentlemen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FecklessandFuddle/

League of Ukulele Gentlemen website (although there is less info here than on the Facebook Page above)

St George’s Church, Cullercoats: http://www.stgeorgescullercoats.org.uk

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Xmas Ukulele Sessions – and Socks! @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Thursdays at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

  • Dec 15 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • Dec 22 – NO SESSION
  • Dec 29 – NO SESSION
  • More dates to follow . . .

See this page for information about Thursday Sessions


Sundays at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • Dec 18: Xmas Party!
    *** Xmas Socks***
    Dot will be collecting pairs of socks (clean, no holes!) at the Xmas Party for donation to homeless people. 

Regular Sunday Sessions are not suitable for “beginners” – but ALL Thursday and Sunday session players are invited to the Xmas Party!

The Millstone: website

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

2017 Sundays 2:00 – 4:00

  • Jan 8
  • Jan 22
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 19
  • more dates to follow . . .

Calendar

For the latest information on dates, times and venues for Thursday and Sunday Sessions, please check the Calendar – https://ukes4fun.org.uk/calendar/


“Socks and Candles” – ukulele tabs

Socks and Candles – Free 2014 Xmas Ukulele tabs eBook by the lovely “Uke of Carl”!

Scroll down this page to find the free “Socks and Candles” eBook:

http://ukeofcarl.com/christmas-ukulele-duets/


Happy Christmas and New Year everyone!

Dot and Lizzie xxx

Sunday Ukes Dates 2016 and 2017 latest updates! – The Millstone | @millstoneSthGos

Sunday Ukes sessions, The Millstone, 2 – 4pm unless otherwise stated:

  • Nov 20 CANCELLED
  • Dec 4  THE CUMBERLAND ARMS, BYKER (same venue as Thursdays)
  • Dec 18: Xmas Party!

2017

  • Jan 8
  • Jan 22
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 19
  • more dates to follow . . .

 

More Info:

The Sunday Sessions are not suitable for “beginners” – but ALL Thursday and Sunday session players are invited to the Xmas Party!

The Millstone: website

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

The Millstone

 

ps. See this page for information about Thursday Sessions

(This post will be deleted when the next Sunday Ukes update or reminder is posted!)

James Hill and Anne Janelle – Cumbria Tour November 2016 | @HighlightsEvent | #ruraltouring

Yes, it’s true! James Hill and Anne Jannelle are all over Cumbria like a rash!!!

There are definitely tickets left for Haltwhistle at the time of writing – see this Highlights North Rural Touring Scheme page for all  James Hill and Anne Janelle Cumbrian tour dates and tickets

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“Four strings and a favourite chocolate bar: that’s all James Hill – “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times) – and Anne Janelle – “a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen) – had in common when they first met. It was more than enough.

It’s true: opposites attract. James grew up playing folk, jazz and blues on his ukulele while Anne was exclusively a classical cellist. But the pair’s differences quickly became their biggest asset. The uke is high, the cello is low; the uke plays short notes, the cello long bow strokes; the uke is all about strumming while the cello radiates melody. Like shadows and light in an old photograph, these contrasts are complementary. “We’re like a pair of dancers who can’t step on each other’s feet,” jokes James.”

Checking out campsites near Haltwhistle as we speak!  :-)

Thursday Ukes – NO SESSION on Nov 3rd! | @thecumby

SEPTEMBER 1st – The Cumberland Arms does not open until 5:00 on Sept 1st NOVEMBER 3rd – NO SESSION (Wooler Weekend Away 4th-5th) TIME AND VENUE Thursday Sessions: 6:00 – 8:00 The Cumberland Arms James Place Street Byker Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD PDF File: PRINT DATES DATES: Sept – Dec 2016 Sept 1 – Ukes4Fun with […]

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