Hot Jazz and Blues with Del Rey and Adam Franklin! 6 June ’17 @thecumby

Back by popular demand! 

The Fabulous Del Rey returns to Newcastle on her 2017 UK Tour!

This time with the Amazing Adam Franklin!

Hot Jazz and Blues at The Cumberland Arms

James Place Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

1. Ukulele Workshop: Hot Jazz Rhythm Picking

Adam Franklin is a fantastic tutor, as anyone who has attended his Workshop on “Hot Jazz Rhythm Picking for Ukulele” will testify!

  • In this workshop you will learn some easily remembered picking patterns and how to use them to provide a solid rhythmic foundation to ANY song in ANY style – not just “hot jazz”!
  • Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player, you will find this technique a very useful tool to add that “extra something” to sing-alongs and jams!

2. Guitar Workshop: Moving Bass Lines

After Del Rey’s last performance, guitarists in the audience asked her if she could come back to run a Guitar Workshop. So that is what Del is going to do for us this time, focussing on “Moving Bass Lines”!

  • Want to play like a pianist? Walking and boogie-woogie bass lines for fingerstyle guitar! Learn the positions where you can find both chords and  moving bass.
  • Intermediate-Advanced Level.  Standard tuning. Recording permitted.

3. Hot Jazz and Blues Concert

Del Rey and Adam Franklin Resonate! Jazz and Blues Duets!

Hot Jazz and Blues Evening

Del and Adam often run workshops and perform together in the South of England when Del is in the UK.  We are so pleased to bring them up to the North East to run Guitar and Ukulele Workshops and perform for us in concert!

Timings – Updated 5 May!

6:00 – 6:05 Doors Ukulele Workshop (Max. attendance 30)

6:05 – 6:55 Ukulele Workshop – Adam Franklin

7:00 – 7:15 Doors Guitar Workshop (Max. attendance 30)

7:15 – 8:15 Guitar Workshop – Del Rey

8:30 – 8:45 Doors Concert

8:45 – 9:45 Concert (Del Rey and Adam Franklin

10:30 – 10:45 RAFFLE

10:15 / 10:30 – END

Timings updated on 5 May as follows:

Ukulele Workshop: now 50 mins (was 30 mins)

Concert: now one set of 60 mins (was two sets with a break)

Event ends at 10:15 / 10:30 (was 10:45)


Tickets – NO Booking Fees!

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFDJJ

There are four tickets to choose from.

1. Concert + Both Workshops (Guitar and Ukulele):  £30

2. Concert + Guitar Workshop: £20

3. Concert + Ukulele Workshop: £20

4. Concert Only (does NOT include Workshop Attendance): £10

Venue:

The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Byker/Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Access:

  • The Workshops and Concert are in the upstairs Function Room.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp.
  • The toilets are on the Ground Floor and are not officially wheelchair accessible.
  • The Public Bar is on the Ground Floor.

Notes:

  • There are separate admission times for each event.
  • If you are attending the Ukulele Workshop and then the Concert, you will be able to relax in the Music Room or Saloon Bar downstairs while the Guitar Workshop is running upstairs.
  • Refreshments are not included in the Ticket Price.

Links:

Del Rey: http://delreyplays.com
Adam Franklin: http://www.adamfranklinblues.com
The Cumberland Arms: http://www.thecumberlandarms.co.uk

This Event on Facebook:  Hot Jazz and Blues Evening with Del Rey and Adam Franklin 

TicketSource referral link (if you sell tickets and use this link to sign up to Ticket Source then we get a “referral reward” from Ticket Source): www.ticketsource.co.uk/signup/8262

UPDATE: Print-friendly Poster and Fliers!

Many thanks to Aaron Tucker for producing these lovely posters! There are links to download PDF file versions for printing below.

Put them on your fridge, your noticeboard, etc. or pass on to friends who might be interested in coming along!

PDF file A4 poster: Hot Jazz and blues poster

PDF file A5 flier x 2: Hot Jazz and blues poster x 2

PDF file A6 flier x 4: Hot Jazz and blues poster x 4

 

Stay One More Night – Marie Little!

One of our favourite songs!

Marie Little introduced us to this great song by Martin Francis a while ago and it has been a firm favourite ever since. Dot often starts off our Thursday sessions leading it.

Here is Marie leading us in her version at the “sing around” at our weekend away last November in Wooler, accompanied by The Attic Band and Keith Perry on lead ukulele:

Martin Francis’s original version has more verses than this. Also, over the years that Marie has been covering it, the lyrics have shifted and morphed a bit too. I think that means it is a proper Folk Song!

Many thanks to Marie for permission to upload this video to YouTube so we can use it for practice between sessions.

Song Sheet

“Stay One More Night”: Marie Little Version – Songsheet PDF file

If there are any errors in the Song Sheet, or in the chords and lyrics in the video subtitles, they are my mistakes not Marie’s!

Liz Panton

Links:

Marie Little: http://www.marielittle.co.uk/

Martin Francis: http://martinfrancisfolk.com/

The Attic Band: http://www.atticband.co.uk/

 

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
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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

Allen Sanderson R.I.P. “The Archivist”

Allen Sanderson

We were very sad to learn on Thursday that Allen had passed away and offer our sincere condolences to Allen’s widow, Fiona.

Although he was very ill, Allen still attended sessions up until a few months ago, kindly chauffeured by Mick or Derek.  More recently, Dot, Maggie and other members visited Allen at home and in hospital. He sorely missed playing the ukulele and seeing everyone at sessions. So Chris and Denis made a video of a Sunday Session at The Millstone, where we made sure to include some of Allen’s favourite songs.

Memories

Allen will be very much missed and we have many happy memories.  Dot remembers that when Allen first started attending that he had never played ukulele before but was determined to master the instrument. Allen practiced relentlessly at home, becoming one of our most accomplished players.

Many of us will remember Allen as “The Archivist”, called on to produce long-forgotten song sheets instantly from his bulging file. Allen’s secret trick to accessing his song sheets so quickly was that he filed them in sections according to who usually led a song. By the time the mic had reached its destination, Allen had his file open at the right section, all ready to retrieve a songsheet. This was usually for the benefit of his “neighbours” as Allen knew most of the songs by heart.

Allen sat quietly smiling by the piano during sessions at The Cumberland Arms. He could rarely be persuaded to lead a song, preferring instead to contribute alternative chord voicings and to pick “finger style” through songs.  However, there were the very occasional, and very memorable, forays into song, when Allen duetted with Maggie or Andy.

My favourite memory of Allen is his surprising me by asking me if I would learn, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, confessing that he was a big fan of Crystal Gayle. Dusty Springfield we already knew about, from Allen’s duets with Maggie. Crystal Gayle must have had a special place in Allen’s heart though, as he also gave “Somebody Loves You” to Terri for her to sing.

Allen was an artist and he generously made and gave “Ukes4Fun” and general ukulele T-Shirts, badges and mugs to other members.  So many of us have happy memories of Allen from ukulele sessions over the last eight or nine years.  His presence has been much missed and he will be remembered with affection.

Funeral arrangements

  • Dot will be bringing a card for us to sign on Thursday 16th and will be making a collection.
  • If you are not attending Allen’s funeral and would like to contribute something to the collection, we understand that Allen’s family will be giving donations to a palliative care charity.
  • If you will be going to The Foxcover afterwards, please could you let Dot know on Thursday or send an email? This is so that Dot can give an estimate of numbers attending for catering purposes.

Allen Sanderson: Wednesday 22 February 11:30

Cowpen Crematorium
Cowpen Road
Blyth
Northumberland
NE24 5SZ
Tel: 01670 620405
Email: blyth.crematorium@northumberland.gov.uk

Afterwards:

The Foxcover
Freeman Way/Newbiggin Road
North Seaton
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 0YB


Best wishes,

Lizzie

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

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

Billy O’Shea – Ukes4Fun falling down with The Attic Band | @theatticband | @thecumby

Denis Bostock leads Ukes4Fun and The Attic Band with a rousing rendition of Billy O’Shea on 15th September.  Solos from Andy Seagroatt on fiddle, Lucy Falkenau on penny whistle and Keith Perry on ukulele.

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Denis

Many thanks to Ted Hall, visiting from St Ives, and his daughter Elizabeth for the video!

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Ted

Thursday Ukes – not every Thursday! | @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 Dot and Misspent Uke
Sept 8 –  Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis/Lizzie
Sept 15 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Sept 22 – NO SESSION
Sept 29 – NO SESSION

Oct 6 –  Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Oct 13 – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis/Lizzie
Oct 20 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Oct 27 – NO SESSION

Nov 3 – NO SESSION (updated 21 Oct)
Nov 10 – Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis/Lizzie
Nov 17 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Nov 24 – NO SESSION

Dec 1 –  Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Dec 8 –  Ukes4Fun New/Old Songs with Denis/Lizzie
Dec 15 – Ukes4Fun with Dot and Misspent Uke
Dec 22 – NO SESSION
Dec 29 – NO SESSION

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1st and 3rd Thursdays: Dot and Misspent Uke

  • The usual sessions with Misspent Uke.
  • We would like to ask for 6-9 months playing experience and offer support to anyone wishing to improve.

2nd Thursdays: Denis, Lizzie and Fiona

  • Includes more time for introducing new songs and reintroducing old songs.
  • You can use the email list to send song sheets for songs, links to video or recordings of songs, etc.
  • Please remember to bring at least 10 song sheets for new songs.
  • You can also use the email list to send song sheets to everyone and to let Denis and the rest of us know what you are planning.
  • If you want to give even more of a “heads up” you can include links to video or audio recordings of songs in your email. Some uke groups do this a lot more than we do and it helps to get everyone up to speed more quickly by practicing new songs between sessions. (Now there’s an idea for how to keep off the streets and stay out of trouble when we haven’t got a Thursday session!)

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Dot’s 70th Birthday Party Session!

Dot is still in the Recovery Position after the best ukulele session ever!  She sends her thanks to everyone for the lovely presents and cards and for making her birthday so special!

Many thanks to Keith Perry for the photos!

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There might be some more photos – and maybe even video – to follow.

 

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 . . .