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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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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – February

Brindishe Green Xmas Fair Nov 2014 09 - Simon

Brindishe Green Fair – Simon

For 2015, a different PLUC member will suggest three numbers for us to try out each month. We’ll vote on which one we wish to work up &, by the end of November, should have ten new songs in our repertoire.  Anyone wishing to propose a selection – either new ones you just fancy us strumming or oldies from our existing songbook we never get around to playing – let Jeanette know, so we can get this going. Thanks.

PLUC founder, Simon, has picked three of his favourite tunes which he suggests we practice at home before playing at our session on Tue 3 Feb, to see how they work in the group. Then there will be a vote for us to choose which one we will perfect over the rest of the month. The versions we’ll be playing are available in the PLUC Box as usual (& have been emailed to newer members).

Song OnePuff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary:

Song Two – Five Get Over Excited - The Housemartins:

Song ThreeSomething – The Beatles. One of George Harrison’s most famous compositions (allegedly Frank Sinatra’s “favourite Lennon & McCartney song”):

 

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UkeTubes

Today would have been the 71st birthday of George Harrison. This number is allegedly the current top iTunes Beatles’ download. Ukulenny plays a fingerpicking instrumental of Here Comes The Sun:

 

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UkeTubes

As today would have been George Harrison’s seventieth birthday, here’s a video from his final album Brainwashed where he’s ukeing with a few pals on the Harold Arlen & Ted Koehle number Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea:

 
 

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Uke Player Of The Week – Christian Jahl

We recently featured The Beatles Complete On Ukulele as a member’s choice (actually my own webmaster’s choice on my birthday!) and were delighted when German musician, Christian Jahl, agreed to write us this guest article about his experience working on the project and his music. Jeanette

Christian Jahl - Publicity Photo From Artist's Website

Christian Jahl – Publicity Photo From Artist’s Website christianjahl.de; Photo Credit: Bruno Amarel http://www.ba-photographisme.com/

How did you get involved with The Beatles Complete On Ukulele?

I joined the project in 2009 after listening to a radio show about David Barratt´s idea of producing each Beatles track newly with the uke as lead instrument. That sounded so weird to me that I got in touch with David via mail. After he had heard my music, we got on well together and so I started recording Wenn Du Jemanden Brauchst. That version from the video footage was recorded in my hometown Düsseldorf, which you might know as the city where the German pop avant-garde band Kraftwerk comes from, and New York. David got my tracks with guitars, Wurlitzer and vocals and he and Roger [Greenawalt] added uke, bass and some of the effects. So, that’s what I call a real long distance production. I played all instrumental tracks and sung all vocal tracks.

Listen to Wenn Du Jemanden Brauchst / If I Needed Someone – Christian Jahl’s Myspace

Why did you pick If I Needed Someone? Was it a particular favourite song?

George Harrison has always been such an inspiration to me, his character and his way of seeing things in general. So I picked up one of his beautiful songs, with a melody that is really catchy and in some strange way “endless”. I listened endlessly to If I Needed Someone when I was a teen. Everybody used to ask me why I was listening to that “old crap”. Harrison was also the one who led me to the ukulele. Once he said, he always had a uke on him to be able to play wherever he was. That sounded reasonable to me. This instrument is like a little orchestra in your pocket, wow!! I always enjoy playing it and am happy about the renaissance it has experienced lately.
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Interesting Uke Sites, PLUC News & Info

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice – The Beatles Complete On Ukulele

As they are my favourite group, one of the first things I wanted to do when starting the ukulele was to play Beatle numbers on it. Fortunately, there are plenty of sites on-line with arrangements (some better than others!) & a variety of books for uke or guitar containing the chords.

I was delighted when I came across The Beatles Complete on Ukulele project around this time last year, when one of the mailing lists to which I subscribed posted a link to Gerald Ross’ rendition of Penny Lane:


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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in PLUC News & Info

 

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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

Ahoy me hearties! Blisterin’ barnacles, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

PLUC (Pirates of Lewisham’s Ukulele Crew) be strummin’ a few sea-shanties, dancin’ the hornpipe & drinkin’ plenty o’ grog. Any lily-livered land-lubbers who be askin’ us if we play follickin’ George Formby will be made ter walk the plank.

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uke – Events & In The Media

 

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