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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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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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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – Dec

Steve J, Bob & Maria - Xmas 2014

Steve J, Bob & Maria – Xmas 2014

After much deliberation, we voted for Girl On Fire from Tina’s songs back in October. That joins Kevin’s three songs, as we felt they all had interesting aspects to work up.

Here are Bob’s selections for our final Top Ten. As ever, PLUC members please go & grab the actual versions we’ll be using from our Box (reminder: ask Ed, Steve or me if you don’t understand how to get Box to email you automatically as we post new songs etc in there). If enough people have printed them for this week we’ll play them Tues 8 Dec.& then again in the New Year to pick the one to keep & work on.

Song One – Any Old Time – a country hit for Jimmie Rodgers. Here’s the Sara Watkins Band with Sean Watkins & Chris Thile (making a Nickel Creek reunion). We could add some variety with mandolin or banjolele & even Andrew’s Jew’s Harp:

 

Song Two – Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon. This has nice call & response harmonies. Cover by Isaiah Mosteller:

 

Song Three – ELO’s Mr Blue Sky. Anthony Loh & friends produce a fun version (maybe we can dig out more cowbell…):

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – October

Xmas 2014 - 04 Steve H & Tina 01

Steve H & Tina

Tina has picked three tunes that she always sings aloud, usually whilst hoovering or in the shower!

As before, we’ve put the versions of the songs we’ll be using in the PLUC Box for members. Have a go at playing them & be ready to perform them as a group on Tues 20 & 27 October, after which we’ll vote upon the one that works the best & to keep playing for the next few months.

Song OneHallelujah – by Leonard Cohen (a tune that’s been covered by over 300 artists). Here’s Richard Hefner, who plays it through first, then gives a tutorial:

Song Two – Valerie – by The Zutons (& also well-known by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse). Aldrine from Ukulele Underground thrashes out a version:

Song ThreeGirl On Fire – by Alicia Keys. Wisa89 gives her uke cover here:

 

 

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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 there, me fine uke strummin’ mateys! It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day again. (I be nothin’ if not predicatble, yarr!)

That scurvy landlubber, Colin Tribe, be playin’ the Johnny Kidd & the Pirates sea-shanty, Shakin’ All Over. Batten down the hatches, a storm be a brewin’!

Long Jeanette Silver

 

 

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Save Tin Pan Alley!

Denmark Street – known as the British ‘Tin Pan Alley’ – lies tucked away just off Charing Cross Road & has been the home of many important music-related businesses since the 1920s: music publishers, songwriters, recording studios & rehearsal spaces, bars, sheet music vendors & instrument shops. Musicians connected with the street include the Rolling Stones, Kinks, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John & the Sex Pistols. The NME & Melody Maker magazines had their early offices there. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Hollesley 2015

If you like listening to or playing the uke, if you like meeting fun-loving, friendly and knowledgeable people, all in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, then Hollesley Ukulele Jamboree was the place to be. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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