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PLUC Tales – Santa Rides Again

Alan Forster's Brunswick Blonde Solid Top Soprano 2

Alan Forster’s Brunswick Blonde Solid Top Soprano

Like many people, I have always wanted to play an instrument – any instrument. I have dabbled with the harmonica and the tin whistle and enjoyed both but never got very far. My music teacher even tried to teach me the trombone when I was at school – fantastic instrument but not for me.

Then in 2012, while reading the syllabus of the local authorities adult education classes, I saw Guitar for Beginners. Got a guitar, signed up and off we went. Met some nice people and enjoyed the classes a lot but struggled – particularly with the chord changes – the message left the brain but took about a week to get to the fingers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Members' Items

 

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Everybody Plays, Everybody Sings, Everybody Has Fun

A perfect example of the above motto of the Sydney North Ukulele Gang (SNUGs), here’s the winning uke-based video from a recent The Wrecking Crew cover version competition, by the Los Angeles group, Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere.

TUOWH have a lot of fun with the whole group singing a line each of the Ronettes’  1963 hit Be My Baby, penned by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich:

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in PLUC News & Info

 

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PLUC Tales – Steph’s Story

Steph's Tanglewood Union Series TU6 Ukulele

Steph’s Uke

I really enjoy playing the ukulele with PLUC on a Tuesday evening. Everyone is friendly and supportive and, even though I’m not able to attend as regularly as I’d like, I already feel like a valued member of the group. I hadn’t played the ukulele before joining but found it easy to pick up the basics as members of the group are always willing to lend a hand and pass on helpful tips. Most of all, we have fun!

My Ukulele is a Tanglewood Union Series TU6 and I have been playing for about four months.

Steph

Steph's Tanglewood Union Series TU6 Ukulele - Headstock

Steph’s Uke

Other PLUC Tales: More Benny Hill Than James Hill – Dave P; I Never Liked The Uke – Steve H; Long-Distance Strummer – Gail; New Uker! – Sheila; A Tale Of Two Ukuleles – Tina; The First Rule Of Uke Club… – AnthonyRon’s Progress; Probably The Most Fun Instrument In The World… – Jos; It’s Been A Year – Part 2 – Jeanette; From Classical To PLUC – Andrew; A History Of The Ukulele – And Its Part In My Downfall – James;Santa Rides Again – Alan F; Ron’s Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome; Uncle Ron’s Legacy… – Wee Kheng; Dan’s Story; Five Years & Loving It – Simon; My Ukulele Origins… – Rufus; Why Ed Started Playing The Ukulele; Ron’s Song; It’s Been A Year… – Jeanette

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Members' Items

 

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Uke-o-vision Song Contest

Tonight sees the Eurovision Song Contest. Be prepared for plenty of cheesy numbers; sarcastic commentary & the usual regional block voting! Here is Jeff Meechai’s cover of the UK’s 1967 winning entry from Sandie Shaw, Puppet On A String:

 

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Pratts Bottom Village Fete May 2013 – Part 3

Here is the second extract from our performance at the fete. This time you’ll find us on ukes, banjos & bass, with Rufus in fine voice, playing another of our favourites – Joe ‘King’ Oliver’s 1926 composition, Doctor Jazz:

 

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Pratts Bottom Village Fete May 2013 – Part 2

Here is a short extract from the first set at our recent performance.

Amongst our more lively numbers – such as I Wanna Be Like You, Ain’t No Pleasing You, Dedicated Follower Of FashionDoctor Jazz, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, What Made Milwaukee Famous & Coney Island Washboard – one of our most popular numbers is this gentle rendition of the lovely Va Pensiero, from Verdi’s Nabucco:

 

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Pratts Bottom Village Fete May 2013

Today saw another appearance for PLUC’s performing group at the Pratts Bottom Village Fete, on the border of Greater London & Kent. Chris based us in the Village Hall instead of the originally planned outside stage on the Green, which proved wise, as there were several downpours during the afternoon.

We played two sets & hope that the community raised plenty of funds for their charity work. Here are a selection of photos from our session. Thanks to Jo for taking them & the videos from the day:

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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in PLUC News & Info

 

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