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About Us

Got a new uke & want some help in getting started? Experienced player looking to join a group? We’re a very friendly club & welcome players of all levels – from total novices to experts! We have members from all over London, Kent & Surrey and play a wide range of music. Do come along & give us a try.

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PLUC Night – Feb 2016

Join us on Tuesdays from 8pm to 10.15pm at The Lewis Club, Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LH. Bring yourself and your uke.

16/03/20 – Coronavirus PM Statement requires us to suspend PLUC until further notice.  Please contact us for the latest situation & news of any online group activities. 26/03/20 UPDATE – PLUC is now running remote meetings for existing members only

Contact us for more info.

PLUC pride ourselves on being an inclusive club.

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Sheila’s 50th – Apr 2016

 

22 responses to “About Us

  1. Jennifer Lunn

    December 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Hello,

    We are event organisers and we run the Phenix Community Housing summer Festival day in May each year. It is a community day with food, activities, live performances and lots of fun. The event is attended by approximately 4000 people over the 5 hours and has become a real highlight of the local calendar.

    We have a bandstand which we program with various local acts ranging from street dancing, to the wonderful Cosmic Sausages. We would love it if you would like to come and play a slot for us on the day this year.

    We would look at possibly a 30 minute set if you could manage it but shorter if you’d prefer.

    Another thought is to also run a short drop in session for people wanting to have a go. We’re not sure how such a thing would be organised with ukes etc and we don’t know if this is something you do…

    Anyway – the details of the day are: Saturday May 7th, Forster Memorial Park on Whitefoot Lane in Downham. The event runs from 11.30 – 4.30.

    It would be great to hear from you.

    Jen Lunn and V John
    07808 859984
    phoenixeventcoordinator@yahoo.co.uk

     
    • pluc09

      December 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      Hi There
      I think the gang would love to play at the event. I will run it past them tomorrow
      I can be contacted via PLUC’s email address
      regards
      Simon

       
    • pluc09

      January 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Dear Jen and V John
      I have spoken to the others in the uke group and we would love to play at your event.
      I am best contacted through PLUC’s email address
      Look forward to hearing back from you. We are having a uke night on Saturday at the Jolly Farmer Lewisham High Street if you fancy coming along
      Regards
      Simon

       
  2. Ben Kennor

    January 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hi there I’m a teacher at a school in Erith, near London and our year 5 children have been learning to play the ukulele for about 8 months now. I was wondering if you knew of any groups who could come into school and play a few songs for the children and possibly play along with them.
    Many thanks.

     
  3. Chris B

    January 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Hi Ben,

    Some members of this group are very keen to do this as we believe that current education is sadly lacking in music.

    We have a performing group of 5 but work committments will probably limit us to 3.

    We could play and sing a bit. Bring some different types of ukulele-Resonators, banjo-ukes, different size etc- and end with a mass strum/singalong with something they know or can easily follow.

    You can contact me via PLUC’s email address.

    Look forward to hearing from you and setting something up.

    Chris B

     
  4. Ronald Young

    February 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    i am interested in and play ukelele. I would love to join a club

     
  5. Ben Searle

    July 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Just a quick and daft question: How does one start a ukue group?

     
    • webmasterpluc

      July 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Ben,

      Your question sounds like the set-up for a punchline! I’m sure one of the founders of PLUC may respond when they get a chance but here are a few thoughts from me off the top of my head.

      I think it very much depends on whether it’s just you on your own wanting to start up a group or if there are already a few of you, plus if you’re a spontaneous person or someone who prefers to plan things out more carefully!

      – See what’s already around locally first (eg there may already be a small group you can join forces with or suggest they add a second meeting a month nearer you).
      – Advertise. Mention your plans on some uke forums, put notices up in local music shops, place free on-line ads etc (& get folk to contact you if they’re interested, so you can gauge initial interest).
      – Think of a friendly pub or social club you can use as a venue for free.
      – Ask everyone who gets in touch or turns up for their ideas & support to get the group going – people are more likely to return if they feel involved.
      – Nab a few easy & popular tunes from online uke sites or songbooks & take along copies for everyone to play (but always credit your sources).
      – Understand that it may take a while to build up your group – be patient & keep working at it.
      – Keep looking around the web & local events for playing ideas and ways to promote your group.
      – Enjoy yourself!
      – See how it’s going every few months & check if things are going how you want or if you need to change your approach. For example, you may need to be flexible & have a mixed group of ukes & other instruments if there aren’t enough uke players in your area.

      Once you actually get going it will get easier, even if it’s only a couple of you meeting up each time.

      I hope that helps. Good luck!

      Jeanette

       
  6. mixedupmeme

    July 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I think you just visited my humble site and heard my humble sound. Crawling back under my humble rock.

    I should have never put tags on that page. lol

    I think I may have visited your site a long time ago searching for stuff.

    I have a terrific sore throat at the time so all are spared.

     
  7. Mary MacGowan

    July 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Love this! Hey, thanks for stopping by Plucky Umbrella!
    Also, you need to hear my ukulele song: 4440, I will give you a link in a moment or two!

     
  8. Mary MacGowan

    July 23, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Oh, no, I can send you my 4440 ukulele song if you want – but I guess only by email (I thought I had something on Youtube but not that one.)
    You might like my tune Plucky Umbrella too! I have a video of me playing and singing it – not on uke though. But it would be awesome on uke.
    I also have a pretty cool drawing of myself playing my cigar box ukulele I’d love to share here!
    – Mary

     
    • webmasterpluc

      July 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      If you’ve got links to your blog, you can easily post them here. I think folk would love to see pics of the cigar box uke I spied in a couple of your videos, as it looks fun!

      Here’s Mary’s blog showing her playing her cigar box uke.

      And her Facebook page of videos.

       
      • Mary MacGowan

        July 24, 2012 at 4:48 am

        Thanks! However, FB doesn’t allow songs to be posted, only videos – and I do not have a video of 4440. Oh well. It is grand that you posted those links!!!!!

         
      • webmasterpluc

        July 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

        You can put the song on your blog by uploading it into your library & have a link to it, so folk can download it from there (just like you would with an image) OR you can make it into a video with just the audio & maybe a single picture – I’ve seen lots of people do that.

        Hope that helps. Jeanette

         
      • Mary MacGowan

        July 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        two great ideas! thanks. i was thinking the same thing about making a video with a single image, hope it’s not too hard for this technologically-challenged woman!

         
  9. Ron

    July 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Brilliant Mary. Sound like a couple of fun songs to me. Lets hear it.

     
  10. John Chandler

    September 25, 2012 at 3:14 am

    What time do you meet. I will be visiting from Australia 2nd October.

     
  11. Tony Bird

    December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I linked to this site for a Liebster Blog Award. Love what you all are doing here!

     
    • webmasterpluc

      December 20, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Hi Tony – That’s most kind of you. Thanks so much. Jeanette

       

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