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Brockley Max 2014 – Opening Night

Festival time has definitely hit South East London. Fri 30 May saw the start of  Brockley Max, a music, arts & local history festival that runs until Sat 7 June. The opening event performance stage outside Brockley station saw over 15 acts play, including the humorous, kitsch ukulele band, The Martini Encounter, led by Binkie Martini (who is one of my neighbours & responsible for both me deciding to play the uke & for coming along to PLUC in the first place). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Uke-o-vision Song Contest

Tonight see the Eurovision Song Contest, this year in Copenhagen. In addition to plenty of kitsch numbers, there’s an air of the circus, with a man in a hamster wheel, dancers with parachutes, trampoliners & a bearded lady belting out a fine Bond theme style number. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Gigs With Ukes 4

Sunday 29th September’s Ukulele Cabaret & Workshop at The Albany, Deptford, was a great night. First was Tricity Vogue, hosting the evening. She has an infectious personality, great voice and music ability. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Sep 19th

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sep 19th

Ahoy me hearties! Blisterin’ barnacles, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day again!  Here be Captain Flint’s favourite shanty from Three Bonzos & A Piano – Mr Slater’s Parrot. Pieces of eight. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Uke – Events & In The Media

 

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Here’s a cheery little Tom Waits blues number for Easter - Chocolate Jesus, played by Nigel D’Eon:

 

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Goodbye Television Centre

The iconic BBC Television Centre in London’s White City – the world’s first purpose-built TV studios back in 1960 – makes its final broadcasts today before being taken over by property developers. Home to many thousands of classic programmes – from children’s TV (Play SchoolJackanoryBlue PeterSwap Shop); comedy (Morecambe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Only Fools & Horses, Black Adder); music (Top Of The Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test); drama, news and so much more, this evening’s nostalgia fest is a sad reminder of over fifty years of great TV history & the ghosts of so many fine performers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

I’ve been enjoying the BBC Two series Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music – in six parts, covering the origins of music from the Stone Age until the Digital Age. It’s being shown on Saturday nights until 23 Feb (with episodes available on the BBC iPlayer for around a month after broadcast). It’s a good way to put the theory into context with different types of music you hear & play. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Feb 2nd – World Ukulele Day

Happy World Ukulele Day! Here’s one of many versions of the uke standard Tonight You Belong To Me, from the New Zealand ukulele group, The Apron Strings:

 

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Mighty Uke – UK TV Screening

The 2010 film, Mighty Uke, which travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele, is being shown at 9pm Tues 29 Jan & 1.30am & 9am Wed 30 Jan on Sky Arts 1 (for those without satellite, the DVD is also available from Amazon & other on-line retailers).

Here’s the official trailer as a taster:

 

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