Sunday Ukes Summer Break! Diary Dates for The Millstone | @MillstoneSthGos

Sunday Ukes Summer Break!

The Summer Break is a moveable feast and this year it starts this week!

  • There is NO session this Sunday
  • There will be NO Sunday Sessions in July
  • There IS a Thursday Session as usual this week, 16 June at The Cumberland Arms.

There are lots of people on holiday now and in July.  If lots of people are going on holiday in August as well then we might not start back on Sundays until September.

  • I will post an update in July, to confirm the date of the next Sunday Session
  • I will post an update this weekend about Thursday Sessions at The Cumberland Arms.

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

  • June 19  CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • July 3     CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • July 17   CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • July 31   CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • Aug 14  CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • Aug 28  CANCELLED (Summer Break)
  • Sept 4  *NEW DATE ADDED*
  • Sept 11
  • Sept 25
  • Oct 9
  • Oct 23
  • Nov 20
  • Dec 4
  • Dec 18: Xmas Party! (Not 17th! Date corrected!)
  • 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!

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

Note: For info about Thursday sessions at The Cumberland Arms 6pm – 8pm, see: Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more!


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

Ukes4Fun Sessions FAQ

This is a compilation of Dot and my answers to Frequently Asked Questions from people who are thinking of attending a session for the first time.  If you are inviting someone along, please feel free to point them this way so that they know what to expect.  Most of these answers are already scattered around this web site somewhere.

Download pdf version of this page to print:
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Ukes4Fun Sessions FAQ

1. Do I need to be able to play to a particular standard?

Thursday Sessions: YES and NO

We meet in a Public Bar and anyone is welcome to come along and watch or to have a go at joining in.  However, we are aware that complete beginners struggle with the fast pace of these sessions.  You will find it a lot easier to join in if you have already been playing at least once a week for about six to nine months.

There are several “Beginners Ukulele Classes” in the area, masses of free ukulele lessons online and more “Beginner Ukulele” books than you can shake a stick at!  Have a look at these resources on this website too:

Please see this page for more information about Thursday Sessions:
Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more!

1st and 3rd Thursdays:

  • just turn up,
  • introduce yourself to Dot, who leads the sessions,
  • find a seat
  • say “Hello” to your neighbours.
  • Everyone is very friendly.

2nd Thursday in the month: We are trying out a different sort of session (see Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more!).

  • Denis will usually lead this session.
  • We ask people to bring “new songs” to this session, rather than straight to the 1st and 3rd Thursday Sessions.
  • This is also a good place to reintroduce old songs from our songbooks that have not been played for a while. (The person who led them might have moved away or just abandoned them – poor little orphan songs that need some TLC!)

4th and 5th Thursdays: NO SESSION

Sunday Sessions: YES

Information about the Sunday Sessions will be updated soon.  In the meantime, please note that Sunday Sessions are NOT suitable for “beginners”.

  • Just turn up
  • introduce yourself to Dot, who leads the sessions,
  • find a seat and say “Hello” to your neighbours.
  • Everyone is very friendly.

Select to see more FAQs . . .

Clawhammer Ukulele Workshop + The Quiet American + Danielle Ate The Sandwich – 25 May 2016 | @thecumby

“If you’ve been playing the ukulele for a while and you’re starting to get tired of the “same old, same old” but don’t know where to turn, Clawhammer could be just the thing to kick-start your strumming. It worked for me”
James Hill
Ukulele Yes! 
The Ukulele Teacher’s eZine

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Clawhammer Ukulele Workshop
Aaron Keim

Plus Concert!

“The Quiet American”
and joining them onstage as their Special Guest
“Danielle Ate The Sandwich”

Wed 25 May 2016

The Cumberland Arms
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD

WORKSHOP: 6:50 – 7:50 (Doors 6:30)
(Max attendance: 30)

CONCERT: 8:20 – 9:45 (Doors 8:00)
(Max attendance: 50)

RAFFLE: 9:45 – 10:00
As well as Super Surprise Prizes donated by
The Quiet American and Danielle Ate the Sandwich,

many thanks to Ben Rouse for getting us,
and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) for giving us,
– UOGB Prom Night DVD
– a signed copy of the UOGB “Live in London 2” CD!

Raffle Prizes UOGB DVD + CD 400x277 

Full ticket: £20 (no booking fee)
Concert-only ticket:  £5 (no booking fee)

Tickets: If you attend Thursday sessions at The Cumberland or Sunday Sessions at The Millstone, please help to reduce event costs by buying a paper ticket from me, rather than buying online. You can email me to reserve a paper ticket:
Liz Panton: spam-protected email link i…@u…

Ukulele players:
Clawhammer works best with a high G string.  However, if you only have a low G uke, it will be fine for the workshop.

Baritone ukulele players:
If you are bringing a Baritone ukulele you will also need to bring a capo!
Ukulele Hunt article: Ukulele capos: what to get

More workshop and concert details plus link to online ticket sales:

This event is also on Facebook – please share with your friends! Facebook Event

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Many thanks to the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival for organising and sponsoring this fantastic UK Tour by
Aaron and Nicole Keim and Danielle Anderson!



Washington Ukes

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Washington Ukes

Wednesdays 7.00-9.00pm

The Biddick Inn
Bonemill Lane
NE38 8AJ

All ages

Fee: 50p – to cover photocopying

Website: No

Contact: Mary Evans

Email: Spam-protected link: g…@h…

Thanks to Mary for adding Washington Ukes to the Spreadsheet – see this post:

Ukulele Groups, Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East and Cumbria



Strumbles Ukulele Group – Sunderland (was “Steamin’ Ukes” – new venue and meeting info)

See post text for details

The Steamin’Ukes are no more at the Dun Cow in Sunderland and have been replaced by:
The Strumbles Ukulele Group

Stumble Inn

Chester Road



Meetings on 2nd and 4th Monday of the month between 1pm and 3:30pm.

All abilities welcome – upstairs function room (no lift!)


Thanks to Charlie Lally for the update!

For further details see the North East and Cumbria Uke Clubs Spreadsheet

or the North East and Cumbria Uke Clubs Map

General info: Ukulele Groups, Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East and Cumbria

Best wishes,


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:

Sign up here for our Events eNews for info about future events – there are more in the pipeline!

Liz Panton

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

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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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