Summer Break 2018 + ukulele events and festivals

This year we are not having a complete Summer Break from Thursday and Sunday sessions:

  • There is one Thursday Session in July but none in August
  • There is one Sunday Session in August but none in July

THURSDAYS

The Cumberland Arms: 6:00 – 8:00
The next two ​Thursday​ ​Sessions are on July 5th and Sept 6th

  • July 5th (1st Thursday of the month: with Dot and Misspent Uke)
  • SUMMER BREAK – NO SESSIONS IN AUGUST
  • Sept 6th (1st Thursday of the month: with Dot and Misspent Uke)
  • Then 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursdays as usual
  • No sessions on 4th & 5th Thursdays

​SUNDAYS

The ​Millstone: 2:00 – 4:00
The next two Sunday Sessions are on Aug 5th and Sept 2nd

  • Sunday June​​ ​2​​4​ ​CANCELLED (too many people on holiday)​
  • SUMMER BREAK – NO SESSIONS IN JULY
  • Sunday ​Aug​ ​5
  • Sunday Sept 2​
  • More dates to follow . . .

Sunday Sessions are not suitable for beginners​.

​Sunday and Thursday Sessions​ – What to expect

  • Thursday Sessions are not all the same
  • Sunday Sessions are different to Thursday Sessions
  • Please see these pages for more information:

If in ​any d​​oubt about dates and times​ of sessions​, please check the Calendar

https://ukes4fun.org.uk/calendar/

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Other ukulele sessions and events over the summer

2018-06-25 Ukes4Fun Summer Break Blog collage

In case you start pining for your regular uke-fix on Thursdays and/or Sundays!​

Best wishes​ for ​a lovely summer!

Dot and Lizzie

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

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

  • 1st Thursdays – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 2nd Thursdays – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis
  • 3rd Thursdays – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 4th & 5th Thursdays – NO SESSION

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 about twice a month at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • Please note: the Sunday Sessions are not suitable for “Beginners”.

See this page for more information about 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/


 

Extra Session! Thursday 28 Dec The Cumberland Arms | @thecumby

Wishing you all a very Happy Xmas!

The Xmas Party on 4 December at The Millstone was a blast!!

Hope you can make it along to The Cumberland Arms on Thursday Dec 28th, 5:45 – 7:30

UPDATE: Please note the earlier start and earlier finish – not the usual 6:00 – 8:00! 

Please check the “Calendar” Page for further dates and links to info about Thursday and Sunday Sessions: Calendar

Best wishes – and Happy New Year if I don’t see you on the 28th!

Lizzie xxx

Before and After the Summer Break at The Cumberland and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

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SUMMER BREAK: NO SESSIONS IN AUGUST!

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

  • JULY THURSDAY SESSIONS:
  • Thursday 6 July – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • Thursday 13 July – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis
  • Thursday 20 July – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke + Dot’s Birthday!
  • Thursday 27 July – NO SESSION
  • SUMMER BREAK: NO SESSIONS IN AUGUST

  • The usual monthly pattern resumes on 7th Sept
  • 1st Thursday – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 2nd Thursday – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis
  • 3rd Thursday – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 4th & 5th Thursdays – NO SESSION

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 unless otherwise stated

  • JULY SUNDAY SESSIONS:
  • July 16th
  • July 30th Confirmed!
  • SUMMER BREAK: NO SESSIONS IN AUGUST
  • Sept 17th
  • Oct 15th CANCELLED – too many sore throats and laryngitis!
  • Oct 29th
  • Nov 19th
  • Dec 10th * 1:15 – 4:15 * Xmas Party for all Thursday and Sunday players!
  • more dates to follow . . .

Please note: the Sunday Sessions are not suitable for “Beginners”.

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

The Millstone: website


Calendar

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

(This message will be deleted when the next dates are posted.)


Ukulele Sessions in June at The Cumberland and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

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

  • 1st Thursdays – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 2nd Thursdays – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis
  • 3rd Thursdays – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
  • 4th & 5th Thursdays – NO SESSION

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

  • 4th June
  • 25th June
  • more dates to follow . . .

Please note: the Sunday Sessions are not suitable for “Beginners”.

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

The Millstone: website


Calendar

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

(This message will be deleted when the next dates are posted.)


The League of Ukulele Gentlemen – Cumberland Arms – Wed 22 Feb | @thecumby

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Download this flier as pdf file: League of Ukulele Gentlemen – Cumberland Flier

“If you want to witness some top quality musicianship, hear some much acclaimed original compositions as well as your favourite classical music and rock/pop songs performed with a Ukulele twist, then this is an act not to be missed!”

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen

“An evening of original, classical and popular music. All performed in their unique style with laughs along the way.”

Wed 22 February 2017

The Cumberland Arms
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD

Concert: 7:00 – 8:30

Doors: 6:30

Tickets: £6 on the door on the night
Links:

Website: http://leagueofukulelegentlemen.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Leagueofukulelegentlemen/

Showreel – YouTube:

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen
are
Matt Warnes, Jerry King and Andy Webster

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“I was lucky enough to see The League of Ukulele Gentlemen perform a fantastic concert at St George’s Church, Cullercoats. Highly recommended for an evening of stunning music and great entertainment! I am so pleased to be able to get them back in the North East again so soon!” 

Liz Panton

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