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.
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
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 http://everything2.com/user/Oolong/writeups/ukulele
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.ukuleleoxford.com) 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 http://www.halswaymanor.org.uk/ for more details or contact me at Jon.Bennett@dsl.pipex.com 01865 769206
Thanks to all the ukes (and their owners) who came along on 10th March. It was an excellent night and I hope to see everybody back for more. I’ve updated the list of dates for future meetings until the end of the summer. Easter Monday is a Ukearist night again this year but I don’t know the dates for the April/May bank holidays. Hopefully there will be enough bodies around over each of the long weekends to keep the meetings going without interruption.
Remember to bring along some copies of any songs you want to play. Alternatively if you have any suggestions for songs, or any other ideas about the meetings, or any questions, you can leave a comment here or email me directly using the Contact Form if you prefer.