Del Rey Played Newcastle – and won our hearts! @thecumby

Another wonderful workshop and fantastic performance by Del Rey at The Cumberland Arms on Wed 2nd September!

Keith Perry very kindly took group photo’s before the Ukulele Workshop and Aaron Tucker snapped away indoors!

There were over forty people at Del’s guitar and ukulele performance – the biggest turnout so far!

Some of the comments posted online, from people who travelled from across the north east and Cumbria:

“Went to see Del Ray at The Cumberland Arms in Byker the other night. I thought it was brilliant.  Mesmerising”

“Thoroughly enjoyed it last night . . . Del Rey, what a talented lady and a good sense of humour!! Looking forward to next year and finishing my “homework!!”

“What a great night!”

“Truly awesome – you had to be there!”

Many thanks to everyone who took video and uploaded it to YouTube – especially to Paul Hurrell, who not only captured Del’s “Workshop Highlights” but all of her performance!

If your video is missing from these Playlists, please leave a link in a comment and I will add it:

Del Rey Plays and Teaches Ukulele:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3G6UTOZzczUyI6MDif3dVg47_D3uxYKW

Del Rey Places and Teaches Guitar:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3G6UTOZzczV16IBysAAgT80IWLo7Quav

More Del Rey Links:

Del Rey Website: http://delreyplays.com/

Del Rey Tutorial CDs on Homespun:
https://www.homespun.com/instructors/del-rey/

Del Rey Performance CDs:
http://hobemianrecords.com/

Memphis Minnie:
http://memphisminnie.com/

One Mic Stand – Advice on playing more music with less sound equipment:
http://www.onemicstand.com/

Finally, many thanks to Del and to everyone else who made this event happen: to Aaron Tucker for creating the event posters, Dennis Bell and Tommy Stephenson for helping on the night, The Cumberland Arms for the venue – and Newcastle Kingsmen Rapper Team for letting us have their usual practice time in the venue – and to everyone who came along and made this such a memorable and inspiring night!

Liz Panton

ps. Sign up here for information about future events: http://eepurl.com/1k0wr

pps. If you attended the Del Rey Workshop and would like print-quality copies of the group photo image files, please leave a comment below or contact me by email (spam protected link): http://scr.im/ukes4fun

Del Rey! Return of the Resonator Queen! Wed 2 Sept Newcastle upon Tyne

Delray workshop poster final web

http://delreyplays.com/

Wednesday 2nd Sept 2015
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street, Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Performance: £5
Ukulele Workshop: £13
(includes Free Entry to Performance!)
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Ukes4Fun Workshops and Events eNews

Dated: 19/09/2014 Del Rey one of the worlds leading Uke players , pictured before taking part in a workshop at The Cumberland Arms in Byker Newcastle

Del Rey Workshop 2014  – Photo ⓒ Keith Perry

If you came to the Manitoba Hal or Del Rey Workshops last year then you will be familiar with “Ukes4Fun Workshops and Events eNews”.

This is a MailChimp eNewsletter that we send out with notice of new events. Once you have signed up for a specific event, we also send out any updates in a special eNewsletter for participants.

  • You do not need to attend Ukes4Fun sessions to come along to these events

The eNewsletters are fancy pieces of work – see the Manitoba Hal eNewsletter.

The actual “eNews sign up form” page was very boring though – so I have jazzed it up!

Take a look – hit the “Join Our Mailing List” Button on this page and sign up if you want to go on the eNews Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/1k0wr

Do pass that link on to anyone else who you think might be interested!

ps. Del Rey might be coming back to do another workshop and performance later this year!  If she does (fingers crossed!) we will send out more info to everyone on the eNews mailing list.

Manitoba Hal Wed 20 May Newcastle upon Tyne! Tickets flying out of the door! @mbhal | @thecumby | @northernuke

3/4 of the £12 “Workshop + Performance” tickets sold in less than 7 days!

MH flyer - poster v5-620x877Manitoba Hal “The Ukulele Blues Man”
Wed May 20th

Workshop 6:00 – 7:00: “Learn Any Song by Ear”
Performance 7:30 – 8:15: “Blues Ukulele”
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Workshop only: £10
Performance only: £3
OR
Workshop + Performance: £12!

-> More information <-

Book a place now!

 -> RSVP Ticket Form <-

There are lots of other videos on Manitoba Hal’s YouTube Channel and manitobahal.com


WORKSHOP
“Learn Any Song by Ear”

The most popular vote by far was,
“I would be happy with any of the workshops!”

“Learn Any Song by Ear”
won by a narrow margin over “Slide Ukulele”.

  • Have you ever heard a song and really wanted to play it but couldn’t find chords online?
  • Or found chords only to feel that they weren’t correct?

In this workshop you will learn how to figure out the chords and rhythm to any song you can hear – using only a cheap chromatic tuner and a “circle of fifths” in the handout.

There will be some music theory involved but nothing too difficult to remember.

* Suitable for all ukuleles and all skill levels.


Also, see this blog post from last year – Hal’s last workshop was fully booked.  The way tickets are flying out the door for this one, “back by popular demand” is putting it lightly!

Whether you are getting yourself revved up for this workshop or just want a great primer on how to play Blues Ukulele – see Manitoba Hal’s “Ukulele Blues Method Book“! Hal revised this for his UK Tour last year – hopefully he will be bringing more copies along this time!


As last year . . .

Manitoba Hal’s UK Tour has been organised by those wonderful, groovy people behind Northern Uke – the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival!

GNUFlogoBWbHal is one of the amazing ukulele artists and tutors appearing at:

GNUF 2015 in Huddersfield


Sign up for Ukes4Fun Workshop and Events eNews here: http://eepurl.com/1k0wr

Manitoba Hal Tickets! Wed 20th May Newcastle upon Tyne! @mbhal | @thecumby | @northernuke

MH all tickets grid 20%Look at these lovely Manitoba Hal Brolund tickets
that Aaron Tucker made!

Over half of the “Workshop + Performance” £12 tickets are spoken for now – so hurry, hurry, hurry!

Manitoba Hal “The Ukulele Blues Man
Wed May 20th

Workshop 6:00 – 7:00
Performance 7:30 – 8:15
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Workshop only: £10
Performance only: £5
OR
Workshop + Performance: £12!

-> More information <-

Book a place now!

 -> RSVP form <-

There are lots of other videos on Manitoba Hal’s YouTube Channel

Also, see this blog post from last year – Hal’s last workshop was fully booked and we expect this one to be just as popular!

Whether you are getting yourself revved up for this workshop or just want a great primer on how to play Blues Ukulele – see Manitoba Hal’s “Ukulele Blues Method Book“! Hal revised this for his UK Tour last year – hopefully he will be bringing more copies along this time!


As last year . . .

Manitoba Hal’s UK Tour has been organised by those wonderful, groovy people behind Northern Uke – the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival!

GNUFlogoBWbHal is one of the amazing ukulele artists and tutors appearing at:

GNUF 2015 in Huddersfield

Manitoba Hal – back by popular demand! Wed 20th May Newcastle upon Tyne! @mbhal @thecumby

manitobahal-promo1Good to know that Manitoba Hal Brolund will be back soon!

Wed May 20th
Workshop 6:00 – 7:00
Performance 7:30 – 8:15
The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Workshop only: £10
Performance only: £5
OR
Workshop + Performance: £12!

-> More information <-

Book a place now!

 -> RSVP form <-

There are lots of other videos on Manitoba Hal’s YouTube Channel

Also, see this blog post from last year – Hal’s last workshop was fully booked and we expect this one to be just as popular!

Whether you are getting yourself revved up for this workshop or just want a great primer on how to play Blues Ukulele – see Manitoba Hal’s “Ukulele Blues Method Book“! Hal revised this for his UK Tour last year – hopefully he will be bringing more copies along this time!


As last year . . .

Manitoba Hal’s UK Tour has been organised by those wonderful, groovy people behind Northern Uke – the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival!

GNUFlogoBWbHal is one of the amazing ukulele artists and tutors appearing at:

GNUF 2015 in Huddersfield

Clever monkey! Manitoba Hal Newcastle Workshop – Mailchimp Newsletter!

Gmail can get very sniffy about sending out an email to a bunch of people at the same time.  . . . “Are you a spammer?” . . . NO!  . . . “Well we think you are! Petition us, you wretch, plea for mercy, or we will continue to block you . . . and maybe worse!”

Mailchimp, clever monkey, speaks no such evil!

So now I can send an email update “newsletter” to the folks who have booked on the Manitoba Hal Blues Uke Workshop in Newcastle on 4 June:

Manitoba Hal Workshop Updates - Newcastle 4 June 2014 New edition of Hal's Ukulele Blues Method Book. Book updated for Hal's UK Blues Uke Workshop Tour! Manitoba Hal's Ukulele Blues Method Edition 2, Spring 2014 Hal has updated his Ukulele Blues Method book for the UK Tour. Cost: £10 There will be copies on sale on 4 June immediately after the Workshop - to anyone who wants one, not just workshop participants. The digital version costs £4.99 - for download from Hal's Store on Etsy There will be no workshop handouts. (I think I know why, now!) I must admit that I am rather tempted to by the digital version, to get in a bit of practice before the workshop! If you bought tickets on behalf of others, please do forward this email to your friends in case they have not already received it. Further updates for Workshop Participants to follow as and when I get details (there will be free UK Tour badges, CD's for sale, etc.) Lizzie

The 1st email update has already gone out to everyone who has reserved tickets for the workshop and the Newsletter is on the web is here: http://eepurl.com/UWZSj

UPDATE 30 MAY: ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD for  Manitoba Hal’s Newcastle Blues Uke Workshop and Performance, Newcastle upon Tyne, 4 June 2014!

Manitoba Hal Blues Uke Workshop 4 June Newcastle upon Tyne – SOLD OUT! @thecumby

Download UK Tour Poster + Ukes4Fun Details (pdf )

UPDATE 3rd May: Download info about Hal’s Workshops (pdf )

UPDATE 30 MAY: Manitoba Hal Blues Uke Workshop and Performance  – SOLD OUT!

Maximum attendance: 35

Tickets:
£10 from Ukes4Fun (see below)

Date and time:
Wednesday 4 June 2014
6:00 – 8:00
(30 min break at 7:00)

Venue:
The Cumberland Arms (1st Floor)

James Place Street
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Access:
Ramp or stairs

(toilets not officially wheelchair accessible)


Who is Hal Brolund? Ha’way! Manitoba Hal, the Ukulele Blues Man!

Update 16 May! Manitoba Hal Ukulele Blues Method Book!

Manitoba Hal Blues Uke Book

Hal has updated his Blues Uke Method book for the UK Tour.

There will be copies for sale immediately after the Workshop – £10 for anyone who wants one (not just workshop participants).

You can also order digital copies from Hal’s Store on Etsy


Links to information, videos, interviews and a short documentary about Hal – or skip to How to book a placeNOW SOLD OUT!

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Uke-Kazoo Flashmob Grey’s Monument 10th July – First sightings!

Uke-Kazoo Flashmob Grey's Monument - Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini - Photo 1

Uke-Kazoo Flashmob Grey's Monument 10 July 2011 - "Pencil Full of Lead" by Paulo Nutini: Photo 1

Thanks to Paparazzi Bob the Sound Man (in so many ways) for this one. There are more photo’s to follow from Selma and a video from Keith.

Not a bad turn-out at all for so little notice and a crowd of happy onlookers sprang up instantly as if by magic! Just add ukes and watch the smiles grow :-)