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New Year’s Workouts

Happy 2017!

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Sheila’s 50th – PLUC

  • If you’ve just received your first ukulele, then have a look round our site for playing tips, such as our New Uke For Xmas? article which directs you to some beginners’ guide and handy resources. Or search down the right hand side of the page for the many topics we cover.
  • Should you wish to buy a uke, check out our recommendations for decent starter instruments in Good Buy To All That….
  • For those of you wishing to access some online lessons,  James Hill’s Booster Uke is free until the end of Jan 2017, which will get you moving up & down the fretboard.
  • For a bit of a workout, why not try out the Chord Quiz on Ukulele Go or head over to Uke Hunt’s more challenging Ukulele Quiz 2016.

We’ll be back strumming at the Lewis Club from Tue 3rd January.

Jeanette

 

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Sweary Steve’s Christmas Message

This year it falls to Sweary Steve to give PLUC’s festive message. I’m sure everybody who knows him will appreciate the card he sent us all:

Sweary Steve's 2016 Xmas Card

Sweary Steve’s 2016 Xmas Card

Sweary Steve's 2016 Xmas Message

Sweary Steve’s 2016 Xmas Message

And here’s an appropriate seasonal tune, penned by Eric Idle and played here by Marco Giovannetti, F*** Christmas. Happy Holidays!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Members' Items

 

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December 2016 Club Nights

Please note the following arrangements for our club nights around Christmas:

Tue 13 Dec & Tue 20 Dec – We’re at the Lewes Club, as usual. We’ll be playing our regular numbers & adding Mele Kalikimaka as our traditional Hawaiian festive number (in the 2016 Xmas Songs folder in Box). All past & present PLUC members are welcome to join us!

Tue 27 Dec Boxing Day Bank Holiday – XMAS BREAK.

We return to the Lewis Club on Tue 3 Jan 2017.

As ever, please check through the PLUC Song List to ensure you’ve printed all the songs in it. We’re often joined by fresh batches of folk in the New Year and it’s easier for sharing music if the rest of us have copies handy. Thanks.

Here’s UkeFoote playing a wintery uke & theremin version of Once Upon A December, from Anastasia:

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in PLUC News & Info, Uke Night

 

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Hollesley 2016 – Farewell

It was that Hollesley time of year again, but sunny Suffolk was a mix of joy and sadness as it was to be the last year at this site. Still it didn’t dampen the spirits, the revelry or uke playing.

Hollesley 2016 – Phil Doleman, Rufus & others playing Enjoy Yourself (filmed by almuzo):

Friday was open mic night and our very own Rufus was on second to give a heart-warming rendition of A Mother’s Lament, a sad song of a baby going down a plug’ole, and wonderful it was too. Later, Chris gave Don McLean a good run for his money with Vincent (aka Starry Starry Night).

Rufus and Chris were joined by Bob and showed Phil Doleman (on bass) how to sing and play Doctor Jazz properly and it was the bestest!

Saturday night’s show was compered by the always elegant Chris in his trompe-l’oeil tuxedo T-shirt (I hope it had a wash as he was wearing it last year). The raffle draw was held at half time and star prize was won by Chris for the second year running, He insists it’s nothing to do with him being MC.

In Sunday night’s singalong we bashed through forty oldies at breakneck speed.

So that seems to be it for Hollesley but let’s hope another venue is found, and to paraphrase Dickens, ‘F*** it, the sadness of each ending is also the joy of a new beginning.’  But then, Dickens never played the uke.

Sweary Steve

Previous Hollesley reports: 2015 & 2102.

Hollesley 2013 – Chris, Rufus & Alan playing Va, Pensiero (filmed by Darren) – go to 1:15 for the start of the tune:

 

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UkeTubes

It’s Ringo Starr’s 76th birthday today, so here’s BirdsEyeViewOfMyUke’s version of his solo hit It Don’t Come Easy (self-penned by Ringo, with a little help from George Harrison). Don’t forget to say “Peace & Love!” at midday.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Interesting Uke Sites

 

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Pratts Bottom Village Fete May 2016

This year saw fine weather for our annual Pratts Bottom Village Fete gig so Chris arranged for us to be outside under a gazebo, instead of indoors in the Village Hall.

The wind proved an entertaining challenge: whilst we had remembered to bring pegs to ensure our songsheets stayed in place, Bob’s music stand decided to swing round like the sail of a boat &, at times, Colin had to hold down his pages with his foot – an interesting new playing technique!

We had an excellent day. Andrew has caught some of our setting up, clearing down and the obligatory post gig drinks in the local hostelry in this set of photos:

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in PLUC News & Info

 

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PLUC Club Nights – Feb & April 2016

Here are some recent photos of two of our club nights – one in Feb, taken by Marie Angell, visiting us from her Texan band The Snake Charmers, and another in April, snapped by Simon:

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in PLUC News & Info, Uke Night

 

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