This week sees the fifth anniversary of PLUC’s inauguration. The first meeting was arranged by Simon on 22 July 2008 and we’ve been going from strength to strength.
There are a number of other London-based uke clubs but we like to think of ourselves as the friendliest & most welcoming, especially to beginners. Lots of people have come & gone over the years. We currently have around twenty-five to thirty regular members who join us for our weekly strumalongs in The Lewis Club, with more people turning up to try us out nearly every week!
In addition to this website, which contains a growing number of articles & resources, we also have some members’ only areas where folk can listen to & watch our rehearsals, plus have access to further instructional items. Everyone involved in running the club gives up their time voluntarily – it’s a real collective with people sharing their musical expertise, arranging songs for us to play, making recordings, writing web entries etc. Not bad for free!
We’re aware from our international visitors that they have to fork out for sizeable membership subscriptions & often pay the club organisers to run things. We’re proud of being accessible to all, as we realise that not everyone can afford the extra money for a night out. Particularly as we’re in London, there’s a lot of demand for open practice sessions, & it’s unusual to pay for clubs in the capital.
To mark the celebration, Simon thought we should play the Noah & The Whale track, Five Years Time. I’ve slightly adapted it to produce a Five Years Time – PLUC Version, which should include many familiar features to our members. If we do play it at a club night, I hope to hear those of you who can, whistle, & see the rest doing the 5YT dance (as shown in the official video).