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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.

For most of us now it’s the nearest place we can go to find a selection of shops to try out ukuleles & other instruments – particularly specialist guitars – before buying, rather than making purchases online. It’s still the centre of London’s music industry, with many hundreds of thousands of visitors.

With the Crossrail development cutting through the area, numerous places round Tottenham Court Road station have already been closed down & demolished. In January 2015, properties such as the 12 Bar Club and the Enterprise rehearsal studios were shut in preparation for further building works.

A petition has been raised to try to preserve this historic musical street & rejuvenate it, before it’s completely lost to becoming luxury flats, hotels or more faceless offices, with just a very few shops allowed to remain.

Do please have a read about the background to the campaign & sign the petition if you feel Denmark Street’s musical heritage should be saved. Thank you.

Trailer from RoundBoy Pictures‘ forthcoming official documentary, The Demise Of Denmark Street:

 

 

 

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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.

Friday was open mic night, where our very own Rufus gave a wonderful rendition of Blue Turning Grey Over You.

The highlight of Saturday night’s show was Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson reuniting as The Re-entrants and knocking out a better-than-Lemmie version of Ace Of Spades; the whole show magnificently MC’d by ‘Top Table’ Chris. Eat your heart out, Brucie!

In Sunday afternoon’s communal sing-song we went through forty numbers, ending with a tear-jerking version of that well known Vera Lynn WW2 ditty, Whale Meat Again.

To sum up, despite the effing weather, it was still a f***ing great weekend. And the beer was only £2.80 a pint.

Sweary Steve

See Rufus’ commentary on the 2012 event.

Here are The Re-entrants at Hollesley 2009, playing Thriller for German TV station NDR:

 

 

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As today is Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday, here’s a nicely done version of the Harrison – Starr composition & my favourite of his solo numbers, Photograph, from LeoHareMusic. Remember to say “Peace & Love!” at midday. But don’t ask him for his autograph!

 

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As it’s Father’s Day, here’s Ken Middleton & Alex Holmes with their arrangement of Father & Son by Cat Stevens:

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Here’s a fascinating stop-frame animated YouTube from Vi Hart talking about how musical notes are made up of different frequencies. It uses an unfretted instrument (viola) to show how you can work out where along the fingerboard the different notes appear, so you can see how this translates to the uke & why the frets are where they are. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC 2015 Top Ten – April

Xmas Strumalong 2013 - 07 Tina, Anthony & Kev

Tina, Anthony & Kev

Kevin’s has dug out an excellent three numbers for us to try in April. We’ll be playing them as a group on Tue 31 March & Tue 7 April, as people seem to need a little longer than a week to practice & it worked well this month playing everything on two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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