Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Burton-on-Trent Ukulele and Whistle Group

Burton - England's home of Brewing with Ukulele




I prefer playing the ukulele properly to just pissing about, don't you?

Hi

Welcome all
Wednesday
The Old Cottage Tavern Byrkley St Burton on Trent

7.30-8pm Kev's Whistle session - lessons for novices

8pm  till late Ukulele, banjo, whistle sing-along

Join us - no need to have song sheets - they are projected for all to see

Contact us:pmcgpeter@aol.com

FREE UKULELE LESSONS!

GOT A NEW UKE?

STRUGGLING TO GET A TUNE OUT OF IT?
COME TO THE OLD COTTAGE TAVERN BYRKLEY ST. AT 7.30PM WEDNESDAY FOR FREE TUITION FOR  A HALF-HOUR BY KEVIN

THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A HALF-HOUR OF 2/3 CHORD SIMPE SONGS WITH EVERYONE


15 Feb 2018

The weather  was horribke last night, cold, howling wind and icy rain. So I was happy when five people turned up.
Angela was absent, so no photos of or members striking artistic poses  perhaps next week. Yasmin wa there - last week she had to work on Wednesday night, so good to see you again Yasmin. Steve was there , reliable as ever, and it was nice to see Andrew turn up again
We had a bash at Andrew's 'San Freansisco Bay Blues' - it is coming long quite nicely 
We tried 'The Galway Shawl' in the key of G and it ws splendid! Kevin payed his whistle with great poignancy- so I think we will keep at it in G - and Kevin retains his post as Lead Whistle for as long as he does not forget to bring his whistle
Kevin also cracked that rapidly-rising C in the second line of the chorus of 'In The salley Gardens', so I think that wll become one of our staples

13 Feb 2018

 Well, attendance seems to be in decline - I was off sick two weeks ago, and last week there were only three of us. One of those three is the lovely Angela - welcome back Angela!
 
I though we would experiment with 'The Galway Shawl' in the key of G -  if we don't like it we can revert to F!

Here it is for downloading



and here is a group singing it in G




 
Also introduced at the last meeting was one of Dylan's nonsense songs 'Under the Apple Sucking Tree' (he does quite a few of these nonsense songs - some of them are fun)
Here it is for download:
Under the Apple Sucking Tree


and here is someone-or-other singing it (it seems that the real Dylan singing on youtube is banned for copyright reasons)

Hope t'see y'all there tomorrow night

Peter

25 Jan 2018

Well the usual stalwart four were there last night, and we produced some good music, I was particularly impressed with our rendition of 'Country Roads' - the instrumental sections were good


An amusing rendition of 'Paint it Black' at Yamin's request

'The Galway Shawl' was not so good, hindered as it was by Kevin forgetting to bring his whistle! 


For goodness sake Kevin, I bet the lead flautist of the CBSO doesn't forget his flute! Any more of this backsliding, Kevin, and I will convene an Extraordinary General Meeting  to demand your demotion as lead Whistleist!


OK, OK, there is a slight problem in that no-one else plays the whistle, but there is no room for complacency!


 More experimentation with 'Down By The Sally Gardens'  a lovely song, but difficult with a C suddenly rising by an octave. As usual, Kevin found the key (very punny - ed.) to unlocking the problem!


Angela is now a proper certified photographer, wth a correspondingly professional disdain for the 'auto' button and she has accepted me as her agent in poducing phtographs of the Group for inclusion on this site. 


Well done , Angela!


We look forward to your returning artistry next week


A new song was introduced, nice, but requires more work, you can download it here:



Blow The Wind Southerly

Here  Nana Mouskouri sings it rather nicely, tho' not as nicely as Kevin perhaps, and with a distinct Greek accent. The cover looks like a a bit like a collier off Whitby - she should probably be singing 'blow the wind northerly' if that is so, but pedants are not normally welcomed ('cept by me)

 

17 Jan 2018

As Mystic Meg says, is there anybody there?Another poorly attended session - just Steve , Yasmin, Kevin and me

Just in case anyone is reading this, here are all the songs for downloading (they are elsewhere on this blog, but placed here for your convenience)

Burton Ukulele Group ALL SONGS 

15 JAN 2018


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 JAN 2018

Apologies to Angela for omitting her name from the member list!

Angela is a valued member who always improves our performances when she is here and by Geoge, do they need imrproving!

 

 11 JAN  2018

FREE UKULELE LESSONS!

GOT A NEW UKE?

STRUGGLING TO GET A TUNE OUT OF IT?
COME TO THE OLD COTTAGE TAVERN BYRKLEY ST. AT 7.30PM WEDNESDAY FOR FREE TUITION FOR  A HALF-HOUR BY KEVIN

THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A HALF-HOUR OF 2/3 CHORD SIMPE SONGS WITH EVERYONE

 

11 Jan 2018

Well , we met, not many, but, we experimented  with  a couple of 'difficult' songs, 'Down the Sally gardens', 'Caledonia', 'San Francisco bay  blues' with some success, particularly Kevin on the whistle in 'Sally Gardens'
We are becoming quite proficient at 'Galway Girl' with that strange whining chord C5

See you all next week hopefully








9 January 2018
Well, Kevin asked me to find an Irish song about the Innish Isles and indeed I did find one, but it sounded nothing like the one Kevin played, so I will leae it for a whle
Meanwhile I found a nice Irish song - 'Down The Sally Gardens'

Here it is sung divinely by Andreas Scholl

And here are the lyrics and chords to try it tomorrow

Down The Sall(e)y Gardens

Hope to see you then


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year to all!
Well, off to a SWINGING start for the New Year last night!
All FOUR of us turned out- Jasmine, Kevin, Steve and me
Angela has deserted us for 4 weeks whilst she learns to drive her new camera at Wednesday night lessons
Still, we had a great session that included lots of finger picking accompaniment to great songs such as 'Annie's Song', 'Miss Otis Regrets', 'Love hurts', 'The Galway Shawl'; the finger picking was counterpointed by Kevin's superb lead on the whistle
Kevin has not yet decided to ban strumming, But I am working on it!πŸ˜€
Hope to see more o y'all during the year

Saturday, 30 December 2017

A happy new Year To all....

......and a prosperous one too (or one, two, three..)

Saw the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain last week
They are astonishingly, intimidatingly good!
Their timing is absolutely spot on, their vocals superb, and their ukulele playing reaches levels well beyond the reach of we happy-slappy string-bashers
I noted that they rarely actually strummed (except on the very fast number) but finger-picked
I will have a word with our leader to see if he will introduce  strumming banπŸ˜€

Kevin's whistle-lessons seem to be going well, and Jasmine in particular is making comparatively
gigantic finger-leaps
Jasmine has now got a job but will build the job around Wednesday nights, so she can continue with us - so well done Jasmine

We have not seen Rosie or Sandra for some time - Rosie is too busy selling 2 kg sacks of sparkly stuff on TV (£30.99 off this week only), but the last time Sandra came she entertained us with a spot of line dncing to 'Wagon Wheel' - good stuff!

Kevin has now written a song about Jasmin's cat,  lyrics by jasmine - it is good too

As you may wel know the pub is up for sale so we are looking for a new venue

Anyone knowing of such a venue plaese inform Kevin

The venue spec is simple - it must allow up to 12 Uke payers, have a bar and en-suite facilities, and be free!
Should be no problem at all!

Oh, and yes,, I almost forgot we meet again Wednesday 3rd Janury 2018

look forward to seeing you and hearing y'all, a Sandra might say

Sunday, 10 December 2017



Well, 'tis the Season of Saccharin and Sentiment when we gather all together to sing sickly songs and the exterior of  houses twinkle like beckoning Turkish brothels (so I am told)

So a Happy Xmas to all! (Note how Christ is struck out by the X - how apt!)

If you are not a Christian (and there is a 70% probability that you are not) then Season's Greetings to you - that awful phrase moves us even further away from what Christmas is about - if I receive a Season's Greeting card I am insulted and chuck it in the bin

Why am I rabbiting on like this  you may well think?

Well, our leader, Kevin has pronounced that the Burton Ukulele Group will meet on all Wednesday's leading up to Christmas, but will NOT meet on Wednesday 27 December, and normal service will resume on Wednesday 3 Jan 2018

Happy CHRISTmas to everyone and a prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28 Nov New songs for downloading

28 Nov 2017 New Songs to download


28 Nov 
From our resident song-writing team! Lyrics Jasmin, music Kevin,
 
Agrisollas – call me whitey


Newly formatted
 
On the road to Paschendaele (modified)

Monday, 20 November 2017

20 Nov 2017 New Songs

New songs 20 Nov 2017


Grandad’s Song (modified -Written By Kevin thanks )  

San Fransisco Bay Blues (contributed by Andrew – thanks!)
https://app.box.com/s/k2ql2pl8u68nzxj4dmisvjv0g77hr1bp