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

  • 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
  • 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.)


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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.)


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.

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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 . . .

Next Sunday Ukes! Aug 23 1:00 – 3:00, Sept 13 and 27 2:00 – 4:00 The Millstone | @MillstoneSthGos

The next Sunday sessions are:

  • Aug 23rd    1:00 – 3:00 (change from usual time!)
  • Sept 13th    2:00 – 4:00
  • Sept 27th   2:00 – 4:00
  • more dates to follow . . .

More Info:

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

For info about the Thursday sessions at The Cumberland Arms 6pm – 8pm, see: Thursdays @ The Cumberland Arms Byker – and more! (This blog post will be deleted when the next Sunday Ukes reminder is published).

Next Ukes at The Cumberland Arms and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Sunday 5 Jan 2014 at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00

  • The room is available until 6:00 so no need to rush off if you want to hang around a while longer.
  • Everyone is welcome to come along on Sundays and/or Thursdays – not everyone can make it to both sessions.
  • More info about the Sunday sessions here: Sunday Uke Sessions @ The Millstone South Gosforth

Oh – and Sunday sessions are NOT every week.

  • Dates are added to the Calendar on that page as and when they are confirmed
  • plus updates are posted on this blog
  • and sent to the email list (please see navigation links for info about the email list).

Thursday 9 Jan 2014 at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00

Because of the way Xmas and New Year fall this year there are very few people around so we are giving the next two Thursday sessions a miss.

That Was The Year That Was

We saw out 2013 with a bang at The Millstone Xmas Party today – more of a gig than a session!  Now that your family and friends know what you get up to, let’s hope that you are not grounded for 2014!

There are incriminating photos and videos from the 2013 weekend away in Hawes weekend circulating – it’s only a matter of time before they pop up somewhere on the internet.  When they do . . . watch this blog!

Best wishes for a very Happy Xmas and New Year!

Lizzie X

ps. Here are some previous posts with Xmas Uke Song Sheets (same link as last blog post):
https://ukes4fun.org.uk/tag/xmasukesongs/

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Xmas Ukes at The Cumberland Arms and The Millstone | @thecumby | @MillstoneSthGos

Thursday 19 Dec at The Cumberland Arms 6:00 – 8:00 as normal!

Dot has confirmed that the possible Plan B mentioned last week is not happening, so it is business as usual (possibly plus some mince pies courtesy of The Cumberland Arms?)

Sunday 22 Dec at The Millstone 2:00 – 4:00 party time!

  • No mince pies on the house, as far as we know, so it is a “bring and share” event.
  • The room is available until 6:00 so no need to rush off if you want to hang around a while longer.
  • Everyone who comes along on Thursdays is always welcome to come to the Sunday Sessions.

If you have not been on a Sunday before then you might meet some new friends who can only come along on Sundays.More info about the Sunday sessions here: https://ukes4fun.org.uk/sunday-uke-sessions-millstone/

The Sunday sessions are NOT every week.  Dates for the New Year will be added to the Calendar on that page as and when The Millstone confirms dates with Dot.

Best wishes and – if you are not able to get along to either The Cumberland Arms or The Millstone  – Happy Uking Xmas! :-)

Lizzie X

ps. Here are some previous posts with Xmas Uke Song Sheets:
https://ukes4fun.org.uk/tag/xmasukesongs/
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Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms – midst a heap o’ ukes at The Cumberland Arms!

Another fine session – and another fine video with thanks to Jazzy Lemon.

“Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms by the Monroe Brothers (1936) – later released by Flatt & Scruggs, Buck Owens etc…”

Charlie Lally