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.
“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!
Marie Little: http://www.marielittle.co.uk/
Martin Francis: http://martinfrancisfolk.com/
The Attic Band: http://www.atticband.co.uk/
New members might not know George Welch, or that most of the more experienced players at Ukes4Fun sessions started off playing the ukulele because of George, as members of George Welch’s Ukulele Allstars and/or the original Misspent Uke band.
George stepped back from running midweek sessions in 2009. However, he provided support, encouragement and practical help in re-establishing a ukulele session, as “Ukes4Fun”, at The Cumberland Arms late that year and has since helped to set up other ukulele sessions in the North East.
One of the most popular pages on this site is George’s clearly written and beautifully illustrated guide for beginners, The Ukulele First Step, that he kindly donated to Ukes4Fun.
Stuck for what to give George for his birthday this year, I decided that I would write him a ukulele song. The chords are C, F and G and I hope that you enjoy playing along to the video below. The words and chords are shown on-screen and there is a link to download the songsheet underneath.
Download songsheet pdf: Music Man – George Welch
I am sure you will all join me in wishing George well and hoping that he is in better health soon. He is still doing some gigs locally so drop in and see him if you get the chance and want to hear some wonderful music and song!
George’s website: http://georgewelch.co.uk/
Thanks to Allan for sending the link to this one – can someone lend Dot the internet so she can see how the new hair-do looks? :-)
Wonderful video of Megs leading Mis-spent Ukes and Friends at Rowlands Gill Community Centre – courtesy of Bob – with a song-sheet so you can practice in between sessions!
See “The Ukulele First Step – Beginners Start Here!” for the first three practice songs.