Archive for December, 2009

Seasonal Uke Gifts??

December 27, 2009 5 comments

Greetings All!!

OK, fess up! What uke-shaped oddities did you find under your trees?

Z, am especially interested to know what you found there ….

Nothing uke-shaped under my tree, though the ukes did make an appearance at the P family gathering. There was some strumming and some singing (not *all* of it done by me!).

Made sure not to go on *too long* (leave ’em wanting more – or at least not wanting to forcibly remove you and uke from the premises) and looking forward to a foray into Glasgow music shops on Tuesday.

And the rest of you?

Hope it has been a joyful ukey time!

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No Ukearist on 4th January

December 23, 2009 3 comments

Monday Ukearist will be taking a break on Monday 4th January, next one will be our first birthday special on the 18th January.

Wishing you all a wonderful festive period, see you in the New Year.

Categories: Celebrations

Christmas Ukearist this Monday

December 17, 2009 5 comments

Don’t forget it’s Christmas Ukearist this Monday where we will be playing lots of Christmas songs from this song book.  Please print the songbook out if you can as we won’t be providing copies!  Well, I might bring a couple spare along, but don’t count on it!

Next most important is that this night is also a bit of a party so please feel free to bring along mulled wine, other Christmas boze such as sherry, brandy, baileys and special brew and Christmas nibbles such as mince pies, chocolates, turkeys, nut roasts, brussel sprouts and santa’s shoe stew.

There will doubtless also be a post-ukearist trip to sofis for a few more drinks and a wee strum.

Hope to see many of you there, for those of you that I don’t, have yourselves a very merry Christmas!

Categories: Celebrations

Killing In The Name Of on Ukulele!

December 17, 2009 1 comment

Picture the scene; it’s a cold Sunday night in late Decemeber, snow is on the ground, an excited anticipation hangs in the air, not only for Christmas, but also to find out which plucky young chart scoundrel is going to make it to the very top of the chart tree and claim their rightful place as Pop Fairy.

Well this year is different, railing against the turgid anti-music churned out by x-factors, pop idols and the like comes a battle hardened challenger going by the name of Rage Against The Machine, proffering their jaunty sing-along hit ‘Killing In The Name’ as contender for the top spot.

Now what could be better than a big yes vote for real music over pre-fabricated shit masquerading as music?  I’ll tell you what – being able to play along with this year’s Christmas number 1 (fingers crossed!) on your ukulele!*  Well look no further than ukulele hunt who tabbed the riff toKilling In The Name a while back.

And if you haven’t already, go out and buy it!

iTUNES – 99p – track #2 (click on ‘view in itunes’ on the right)

PLAY.COM – 65p – it’s the only track on the page

7DIGITAL – 50p – track #2

HMV.COM – 79p (careful – this is track #1)

TUNETRIBE – 49P – track #2 – LIVE version (yes it counts)
or (Studio Version)

TESCO DIGITAL – 67p – track #2

WE7 – £1.07p – track #2

* It might sound a bit rubbish if you play along as the tab is in a different key

Categories: Other shit

Last Night’s Busking

December 15, 2009 5 comments

Busking was great last night!  We played for a little under an hour, had wanted to play for longer but the Christmas Market closed rather prematurely.  Had a decent little crowd at points too – it was a definite success and I would like to get another busking session in before Christmas if we can – busking is fun, fun, fun!!!  Cheers to everyone who came along, reckon we’ve a good little busking massive going now.

Here’s a few photos from last night, thanks to Zoe and Gavin for taking them!

Categories: Gig


December 9, 2009 8 comments

John and I have decided on a date for Christmas busking…… We are taking the bull by the proverbial horns and calling all fellow Uke-buskers to join us next Monday evening, the 14th of December. We’re going to meet at the usual Ukearist venue of 6 John’s Place for a wee practice before heading up town to the German market at the mound. We’ll then busk around the area and just see how it goes.

It would be good if you could try to get to 6 John’s Place as early as possible, like between 6pm – 6.30pm. If you can’t make the practice but still want to busk with us, no problem, you can meet us there. We’ll probably try to get to the mound for around 7.30pm or so. It won’t be hard to spot us, that’s for sure!

The idea is to do some Christmas songs as well as some of our ‘favourites’. Here’s the suggested songlist for you to familiarise yourself with before we meet, all of which can be found in the Taunton Strummers Club Ukulele Xmas Songbook (PDF)

Rocking around the xmas tree
Rudolph the red nose reindeer
Santa Claus is coming to town
We wish you a merry xmas
Merry Xmas Everybody (slade)
Merry Xmas Everyone (shakin stevens)
Frosty the Snowman
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
Jingle Bells
Last Christmas

Check out this playlist on spotify which features all of these songs for you to listen to in case you’ve not heard them before.

Santa hats, full costumes, anything Christmassy (sure that’s not a word!) welcome!

I have a music stand and it’s quite a sturdy one so i’ll bring that. I also have a headlamp that will help us to see the song sheets… Depending on how many people are interested, we might need more music stands so if you have one, please bring it along.

Now, the most important thing of all – in order for this to be possible, we will be relying on decent weather. Decent weather to me means no hurricanes, rain/sleet/snow. If any of these elements are showing face on the day, we might have to call the busking off but that doesn’t mean we still can’t meet at the school and busk to ourselves! I’m sure Sofi’s would welcome some Christmas cheer too….

Gee, what a long posting. So whaddya think folks?

Over and out!

Chris 🙂

Categories: Gig