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Alternative Sibelius - Ukulele Workshops & Concert, Finnish Church, Rotherhithe

Alternative Sibelius – Ukulele Workshops & Concert

Once again, we see the beginning of the festival season. Last week PLUC played its regular spot at the Pratts Bottom Village Fete. On Sat 23 May we perform again at the Hither Green Festival. Get in quickly if you want tickets for this year’s show!

There are several ukulele festivals coming up. Locally, the Finnish Church at Rotherhithe is holding a weekend of events on 6 – 7 June as part of this year’s Alternative Sibelius celebrations. This includes some workshops for children & adults, plus a concert on the Sunday. A little further afield, on Sun 24 May there’s the Rye Ukulele Festival from 12.30pm, which culminates in a Big Busk at 5pm (songbook & more details on their website).

As ever, check out the Mighty Ukulele site & join their newsletter for other local happenings or let us know if you spot or attend any interesting festivals, workshops or events.

Here’s some Finlandia played on the cavaquinho at the Fnnish Church:

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in PLUC News & Info

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – March – The Winner

Voting for the new March song, selected by Ed, took place at this week’s session, fittingly on his 42nd wedding anniversary, so congratulations again to Ed & his wife!

Whilst we enjoyed playing all the songs, we opted for Summer In The City, as it’s a more challenging number to learn (& the other two, although classics, only use very basic chords).

Kev has chosen April’s numbers, which will be unveiled soon. And Tina & Bob have lined up their choices for the following two months.

Here’s another completely different uke arrangement of this month’s tune, from Colin Tribe:

 

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – February – The Winner

Voting for our new February song took place at this week’s club night. We were originally going to have an on-line vote afterwards but, once we heard Colin’s McCartney bass line & Chris’s soloing, Something was the clear winner. So we’ll be rehearsing it for the rest of the month to ensure it’s in our repertoire. Very fitting, as George Harrison’s birthday is this month.

It was a fab night for me as a Beatles fan, not only have we added Love Me Do to our songbook but we also ran through Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (covered by Harrison in his final album, Brainwashed) & dug out Lady Madonna, which we’ve not played in ages (& is one of my fave Beatle tracks).

Nice to see another full house, with a good mix of regulars & new members, plus visitor, Robert, who was just passing through & saw our website, so decided to drop in & join the session.

Jeanette

 

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World Ukulele Day 2015

As 2 Feb is World Play Your Ukulele Day, here’s Joe Brown strumming along to I Like Ukuleles (to the tune of I Like Bananas):

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in PLUC News & Info

 

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Happy 2015!

Top Referring Sites 2014

Top Referring Sites 2014

Our free downloadable PLUC 2015 Calendar shows the movable major chord shapes for year-round reference, in a handy diagram from UkeGeeks.com. Thanks to Buz for kindly tweaking the layout for us! (He also runs PizzaByTheSlice, which contains many uke-related designs & is well worth a look.)

Here are this year’s WordPress statistics & a recap of last year’s ones. We’ve had around 53,000 hits this year (compared to 40,000 in 2013), with visitors from 123 countries. Apart from our regular subscribers, people are looking for free songbook resources, music theory articles & uke playing tips. Aside from finding us through search engines, places like the Mighty Ukulele advertise us so that people looking for a local group know we exist.

If you’ve only just got a uke, do check out our newbies’ guide or just browse the site, as we cover many free resources useful to beginners & intermediate players.

 

Top Ten Top Articles of 2014 (with link to page) Views in 2014
1) Home Page – main home page, with the latest articles 24,650
2) Songs & Songbooks – from around the web 14,868
3) Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners – Chris’ introductory guide to music theory 1,851
4) Transposing Tool – PLUC’s Circle of Fifths 1,655
5) About Us – info about our free weekly strumming sessions 811
6) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (3) – ways to put chord charts on your songsheets 758
7) Joe Brown – The Ukulele Album – details & play tracks from his official YouTube channel 619
8) Find Us – where we play, directions & customised TfL Journey Planner 546
9) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (1) – chord charts & circle of fifths 494
10) PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord (4) – Uncle Rod’s chord self-assessment, ukulele boot camp & disposable song-learning method 435

For those of you in or near London, we hold free weekly jamming sessions in Lewisham & welcome folk of all levels. We’re back at The Lewis Club on Tue 6 Jan 2015. Hope to see our regulars, past members & some new folk there!

Jeanette

WordPress Stats Reports: 2014 – 53,00 hits; 2013  – 40,000 hits; 2012 – 17,000 hits (website redesign & relaunch by Jeanette – June 2012); 2011 – 2,100 hits.

 

 

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Christmas Strumalong 2014

As usual, our final club night of the year was the annual Christmas Strumalong at the Jolly Farmers pub. This time, group members included Andrew, Bob, Chris K, Christina K, Colin, Dan, Ed, Jeanette, Liz, Maria, Rufus, Simon, Steve H, Steve J & Tina.  We entertained the football-watching crowd with a number of our favourite tunes. And some Xmas ones as well.

We were sorry not to see several of our regulars who couldn’t join us this evening – such as Chris, Jos, Kev & Shelia – so wish them all a very Merry Xmas & Happy New Year.

 

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in PLUC News & Info, Uke Night

 

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Xmas Strumalong 2014

Xmas Strumalong 2013 - 03 Kev, Dan & Ed 01

Xmas Strumalong 2013 – 03 Kev, Dan & Ed 01

PLUC’s Christmas arrangements are as follows:

  • Tue 9 Dec – Lewis Club. Xmas song tryout.
  • Tue 16 Dec – Jolly Farmers. Xmas Strumalong.
  • Tue 23 Dec – XMAS BREAK
  • Tue 30 Dec – XMAS BREAK
  • Tue 6 Jan – Lewis Club. New members welcome

All present & past PLUC members welcome. Contact Jeanette for the Xmas Songlist & further information.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in PLUC News & Info, Uke Night

 

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