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

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!

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


Del Rey:
Adam Franklin:
The Cumberland Arms:

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):

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


Marie Little:

Martin Francis:

The Attic Band:


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


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



Showreel – YouTube:

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



“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.


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
NE24 5SZ
Tel: 01670 620405


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

Best wishes,


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!!


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


For the latest information on dates, times and venues for Thursday and Sunday Sessions, please check the 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!

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

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen invade Cullercoats!


You usually have to travel to Cumbria to see these guys – or even further afield when they are on tour with such twinkling stars of the ukulele firmament as Mike Hind, Dead Man’s Uke and Zoë Bestel – so this is a rare treat!

If you have come across “Feckless and Fuddle” before (aka Andy Webster and Matt Warnes) then you will have a fair idea of what to expect – lots of fun, laughs and superb ukulele playing!

The League of Ukulele Gentlemen

Saturday January 14th – 7:30

£8 on the door

St George’s Church
Beverley Gardens
Tyne and Wear
NE30 4NS


League of Ukulele Gentlemen on Facebook:

League of Ukulele Gentlemen website (although there is less info here than on the Facebook Page above)

St George’s Church, Cullercoats:


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 . . .


For the latest information on dates, times and venues for Thursday and Sunday Sessions, please check the 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:

Happy Christmas and New Year everyone!

Dot and Lizzie xxx