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Happy Pi Day!

Well, it is if you use the US date format, as today is 3.14.15 – which is the first few digits of the mathematical constant, Pi. As I haven’t snuck in any puns lately, here’s a lovely instrumental rendition of the Don McLean classic, American Pie, covered by Matthew Richards. Hop over to Ukulele Hunt to hear Woodshed play Pi on the ukulele & read how it even caused a legal battle.

Jeanette

 

PS I’m not quite sad enough to schedule this to post at 3.14…

 

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Hound Dog Flowchart - from John Atkinson, Wrong Hands (http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/)

Hound Dog Flowchart – from John Atkinson, Wrong Hands (http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/)

Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday.

We play a number of tracks he made famous first, or just covered, such as Blue Moon, (Now & Then There’s) A Fool Such As I and even our regular closing number, Aloha ‘Oe.

If you have a favourite Elvis number & uke arrangement, why not post a link for us below in the comments?

Here is The Ukulele Bartt Sextet with their medley of Hound Dog/All Shook Up performed on Elvis’ 75th birthday:

 

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Radders’ Christmas Message

Ukulele Christmas - Ballard C Boyd's first Xmas album

Ballard C Boyd’s first Xmas album

A number of years ago I came across a link to a homemade Christmas album A Ukulele Christmas 2005 by a chap called Ballard C Boyd. He is a director / singer-songwriter.

The album was free to download. The inspiration behind this idea was to record himself singing festive songs – some penned by himself or pastiches of existing tunes – and make a Christmas present for his family and friends. He has subsequently kept this tradition, producing a further nine short albums. The 2014 one is called Pretty Paper.

Anyone at PLUC and beyond with a hint of Christmas cheer, go and listen to his Christmas albums. There’s a taster for you below.

If you don’t yet have a uke (and don’t get one for Xmas!), perhaps this will inspire you to buy one and join a local ukulele group.

Happy Christmas and New Year.

Radders  x

 

 

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Ding Dong Ukuleles On High

Deck Your Uke For Xmas - see how at The Instructables website

Deck Your Uke For Xmas – see how at The Instructables website

At this time of year, some folk rejoice in the sound of Christmas tunes gaily ringing out from every store & the rest of us do our best to avoid even going to the shops from mid-October, when the Xmas season now appears to start!

In case you are looking for an excuse to get out your uke in the bleak midwinter, Jacqueline has noticed there is a Ukulele Carol Jam – Fri 19 Dec 2014  at The Hill Station (Telegraph Hill, Kitto Road SE14 5TW) as part of their Friendly Friday series of community events. Hosted by Sheridan James (aka the Uke Playing Rev, from St Catherine’s Church, New Cross), there are two sessions – the Kids’ Jam from 4pm – 6pm for 4 – 12 year olds & a second one for 12+ & adults, 7.30pm onwards. Contact The Hill Station Cafe for more details.

If you fancy rocking around the Christmas tree, our annual PLUC Xmas Strumalong for past & present members is happening on Tue 16 Dec 2014.

And if you’d like some further festive open strumming sessions instead of having a silent night, for a good round-up of London’s uke clubs & events see The Mighty Ukulele listings pages and monthly mailshot for where you can jingle your bells. Or go out for a pizza instead (deep pan, crisp & even).

Mele Kalikimake.

Jeanette

 

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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

Avast ye land-lubbers. It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day again!

Here be cabin boy Andrew Foy handsomely strummin’ a version of Ukulele Hunt’s tab for the Pirates Of The Caribbean Theme (He’s A Pirate).

Shiver me timbers (or should that be timbres)!

Long Jeanette Silver

 

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The Only Uke Is Essex…

D'Ukes Festival - 26 July 2014, Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex

D’Ukes Festival – 26 July 2014, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex

The Mighty Ukulele monthly email of uke events in & around London alerted me to a free afternoon ukulele festival at the Queen’s Theatre, near the easternmost end of the District Line, out in Essex.  Facilitated by a seven-piece Chelmsford-based electro-uke band called the D’Ukes, it was a pleasant & relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

There were around half a dozen stalls from local music shops selling ukes, mandolins & banjos; accessories & music books plus an info stall with lists of local ukulele clubs. One stall had a free hourly draw to win an electronic tuner & I was lucky enough to win the first one (probably because I was the only person paying attention when the initial announcement was made!). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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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