Next meeting – 25th August

August 21, 2014 3 comments

The first meeting after the summer break is this coming Monday so if you’ve been naughty enough not have done any playing lately (and I’ll be first to put my hand up to that one!), then  it’s time to blow the dust off your uke and get yourself along there. Hope to see you all again next week.

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Monday Ukearist is on holiday!

July 1, 2014 1 comment

Not many people are going to be around over the summer so we’ve decided to take a break over the next couple of months. We’ll be back on Monday 25 August, same time, same place, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Enjoy your holidays.

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June 17, 2014 Comments off

Songs of Sun and Summer

The next Ukearist on Monday 30 June, will be a themed night celebrating sun and Summer, so let’s hope this does not chase the current glorious sunshine away. There are quite a few suitable songs already in the folders already, Summer In The City, Sunny Afternoon… and so on, and following on from some suggestions last night, and a little internet research on what other Uke groups think a Summer song list should include……., I will bring along copies of:

Summertime Blues        Eddie Cochrane

Here Comes The Sun     The Beatles

All Summer Long             The Beach Boys

Under The Boardwalk      The Drifters        Chorus easy, verses not so easy…….

Surfin’ USA                       The Beach Boys  (…….I think most Beach Boys songs would qualify on this theme……)

Good Day Sunshine          The Beatles


So wax down those boards, and get working on the bushy bushy blonde hairdos


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Themed night

June 6, 2014 3 comments

It’s been a while since we had a themed night, so that’s something we could do on 30th June, before folks head off on their summer hols. We can make a decision on the subject at the next meeting on 16th June. Leave a comment, email via the contact page, or bring your ideas along to the next meeting. Here are some to get started:


The Moon and/or Sun

Bad people doing bad stuff


In the meantime, here are a couple of links to investigate:

Some interesting techie stuff to read

and if anyone is contemplating taking up the bass uke but doesn’t want to cough up 400 quid for a Kala, Darren Field has been building some more affordable alternatives

Hope to see you next time with your thoughts on themes, when I may be able to croak, squeak or even warble my way through a song or two.

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Uke Workshop Opportunity

May 31, 2014 1 comment

Apologies for the delay in posting this. I’ve had an email from Zahra Lowzley who is planning a workshop/performance tour of the UK over the coming months at various club venues and wants to know if we’d be interested in setting something up. In our case a workshop would be a possibility. You can check out a recent performance here

We can have a chat on Monday, and/or let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or via the contact form.

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Last meeting – 19th May 2014

May 20, 2014 Comments off

Time for another snapshot of what’s been going on at the ever-evolving Monday Ukearist:

Singing the blues – a number 1 hit for both Guy Mitchell and Tommy Steele in 1957

It’s a heartache – Bonnie Tyler

Bye bye love – The Everly Brothers

You win again – Hank Williams

Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino

Wonderful world – Sam Cooke

Blue suede shoes – Carl Perkins

Ring of  fire – Johnny Cash

She’s not there – The Zombies

I feel like I’m fixing to die rag – Country Joe and the Fish

Take it easy – Jackson Browne/The Eagles

Settin’ the woods on fire – Hank Williams

Wagon wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show/Bob Dylan

Summer in the city – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Take me home, country roads – John Denver

With a little help from my friends – The Beatles

Cold cold heart – Hank Williams

Waterloo sunset – The Kinks

Evangeline – The Band

House of the rising sun – Traditional

I’m into something good – Herman’s Hermits

This wheel’s on fire – Julie Driscoll

Remember to bring along your suggestions for new songs, and any thoughts on possible subjects for another themed night.

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Summer Uke Event

March 30, 2014 Comments off

Thanks to Jon Bennett for letting us know about this upcoming workshop. It’s some distance away but I shall pass on the info nevertheless for anyone who might be interested:

Hi, I’m Jon Bennett ( and we’re running a residential Ukulele Workshop Weekend at Halsway Manor, Nr Crowcombe, Somerset, from 4-6 July. It’s a beautiful old Tudor mansion/hotel with great food and accommodation. We’ll be running technical classes as well as singing sessions, suitable for all ages. And really not expensive at all! Have a look at for more details or contact me at 01865 769206

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