This year’s spooky offering from Fran….
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A big THANK YOU to Fran for hosting a delightful afternoon playing (and dancing…)
in her lovely garden in the summer sunshine!
The Christmas songs are now in the WUG Seasonal Songbook and can be downloaded as separate sheets. You’ll find them in the Our Music menu under Christmas Songs.
You will see our complete songbook has been divided up into Songbooks 1,2 and 3 with 4 and 5 shortly to follow. Those with tablets can just download these songbooks. Those with sheets can divide their complete songbook up to correspond with the songbooks 1,2,and 3. The few songs left in the complete songbook will be included in songbooks 4 and 5 along with some brand new songs. This should make things a lot easier as Roy will be letting everyone know beforehand which songbooks we will be using at each session.
There will also be a Christmas songbook soon to be uploaded which will be part of the practice for those who attend the Thursday night sessions.
I have also updated our gig dates which you can find under ‘In the community’ on the main menu.
Tuesday October 2 meeting: We will be playing from Songbooks 2, 3 and the Beatles songbook. Could everyone please have ready three songs (just as a list) from any of those songbooks that they would like to be played during the session.
Thank you everyone!
Uke East 2018 starts on Friday September 21st with the Open Mic Night at The Coachmakers Arms.
There will be events in and around The Norwich Arts Centre all day on Saturday 22nd and
the Big Busk will be on the streets of Norwich on Sunday 23rd.
Tickets for the main festival only £25.
Get them here:
I have added some new and revised songs to the website and updated the songbook and setlist.
The songs are: Bird Dog, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, If You Were The Only Girl In The World, I’m Into Something Good, Island Of Dreams, Leaving of Liverpool, Love Is The Sweetest Thing, Mama Don’t ‘llow, My Blue Heaven, Only You, Down By The Riverside, Take Good Care Of My Baby and To Make You Feel My Love.
Thanks to Alan for spending a lot of time sorting them all out!
I’ve added three new songs to the song list: Can’t Help Falling in Love, I’m A Believer and What a Wonderful World. I’ve also updated Hello Mary Lou, so you’ll need to download or print off the new version.
I haven’t added these new songs to the songbook yet as it takes some time to redo the index and insert them all. There will probably be a few more new songs in the next couple of weeks too so I’d rather do them all at once. Tablet users can still download the individual songs until I have updated the songbook. I’ll let you know when that is!
I’ve added some more finger-picking songs from Alan to the website. They are: On Top Of Old Smokey, Morning Has Broken and Daisy Bell and are in the finger-picking section. I’ve also updated the finger-picking songbook.
Hope you will all be able to make it through the snowdrifts on Tuesday.
Here is a list of songs we will be playing during the next two months. There are about six more here than were on the last list that Roy sent, so just check you have them all. The six extra ones are: Don’t Bring Lulu; I’ll Never Find Another You; Rhythm Of The Rain; Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; Dream Lover and Every Day. Please bring these with you on the club nights. The page numbers are those in the WUG songbook unless they have a (B) after them in which case they are from the Beatles songbook.
I have recently uploaded a raft of Beatles songs as single pages and also in a songbook. You’ll find them easily from the Our Music tab in a pop-down menu called Beatles songs. Looking forward to having ukulele fun with the Fab Four…
I’ve uploaded some new songs which have also been included in the WUG songbook. They are: Deep In The Heart of Texas, Singing In The Rain, Things, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and the WUG Intro version of You Are My Sunshine. I’ve also added When The Saints Go Marching In to the finger-picking songbook, so lots to practice!
Hello folks, I have added a few new songs to the songbook. They are indicated in bold on the index, but here’s a list anyway:
Act Naturally; Daydream Believer; Daydream; Every Day; For Me And My Gal; If You Were The Only Girl In The World; I’ll Never Find Another You; I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles/Daisy Bell medley; It’s Not Unusual; Jolene; Knock Three Times; Maxwell’s Silver Hammer; Rhythm Of The Rain; and This Ole House. A couple of these I uploaded last month, but they are part of the ‘new songs’ list.
You should be able to print these off as separate sheets or tablet users can delete the old songbook and download a new version.
There is also an updated version of Bare Necessities – please could you replace the old one with the one on the website. (It is included in the WUG songbook.)
I have added a new medley ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles/Daisy Bell’ to the website. You can print off the song from the index, but it isn’t in the songbook yet as there are several other songs to upload and the front page index will need to be updated with all of those as well. I hope to do that before January!
Just a note from those who were at the Christmas party night on Tuesday to thank those who entertained us, Nicola for organising it and also to thank Roy for directing the musical ’rounds’ – everyone enjoyed them!
After Tuesday’s Christmas song run through, there are a couple of very small amendments to the Wug intro, Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl and Morningtown Ride which have all been updated on the website. The set list has been revised and is also uploaded along with all the songs in the order of play.
Here’s a list of upcoming events in December:
Friday, December 1
Where: The Christian Community Centre, 57 High St. Watton, IP25 6AB.
(with a car park, on the left-hand side of the High Street, just before the Dragonfly Gallery)
Time: Arrive after 6.30pm for 7pm start.
Sets of our seasonal songs (15 mins), interspersed with non-religious readings. A promise of seasonal refreshments.
Tuesday, December 5th
Christmas Club Night with a £10 buffet.
Friday, December 15th
Ukulele Christmas Show
Where: The Windmill Care Home.
Time: Arrive 2.45pm. Play 3pm – 4.30pm
(with mince pies and mulled wine)
Monday, December 18th
Attleborough Day Centre, (behind the church)
Where: St Mary’s Community Hall, Church Street,
Attleborough, NR17 2AH.
Time: Arrive 1.15pm. Play 1.30 – 2.30pm,
Tuesday, December 19th
A special Seasonal Club Night with favourite songs.
Where: The Feathers upstairs room, with nibbles. Bring your songbooks.
Time: 7.30pm onwards
As you come in, write your favourite song on a slip of paper. They’ll go into a hat. There will be a Lucky Dip and the songs pulled out will be played.
Friday, December 22nd
A Christmas Party
Where: Wymondham Day Centre, Town Green Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm.
Hello! After Tuesday’s meeting, five of the seasonal songs have been updated. They are: Jingle Bells, Let it Snow, Morningtown Ride, Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer and Winter Wonderland. The seasonal songbook has been updated and the Complete songbook has been updated with the amended Morningtown Ride.
There’s also an extra tune – a Christmas version of the Wymondham Ukuleles.
It’s been a busy time for the Wymondham Ukulele Group with a couple of performances in November as well as our regular bi-monthly meetings. Our main aim is to have fun and enjoy ourselves and this has gradually developed to the point where we are being invited to entertain other people as well as ourselves. We usually have enough members to be able to take on these performances, plus some members of the Norwich Ukulele Group have come along occasionally who bring along their experience and enthusiasm. During the month we have played at Wymondham Day Centre and also had a lovely time further afield at The Dragonfly Gallery in Watton (where we were rewarded with tea, coffee and mince pies, etc!) We have several more dates booked in before Christmas, including Attleborough Day Centre and Wynterfest in Wymondham so we are practising some suitable seasonal songs to add to our mix of styles.
As well as increasing our list of songs, we have also increased our membership and we regularly have attendances of 15 – 20 at our Tuesday sessions. New faces are always welcome, whatever your ability. If you’re not sure, we can bring along a spare ukulele for you to try before you buy!
Our Christmas party (advance booking only) is on Tuesday 6th December at The Green Dragon and our next fun session will be on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Have a great Christmas everyone.
2016 has got off to a good start. Our January meetings proved to be more popular than ever, with 21 players attending our second session of the month, plus 2 visitors to Wymondham from Spalding who came along and joined in, making use of a spare ukulele. Also in January, the group gave a rousing performance at the North Wymondham Community Centre and we hope to play there again later in the year. Our next meeting, upstairs at The Green Dragon will be on Tuesday 2 February, 7 – 9pm. Coincidentally, this is “National Play Your Ukulele Day”!
We gave two performances in November, one in Wymondham for Lemon Day and another at Attleborough Day Centre. The Attleborough gig in particular was very lively and included several solo singing and playing spots. The whole event was very well received and we had some requests from the audience for songs to play when we make a return visit there.
Our bi-monthly meetings continue to attract a very good turnout of participants and we are all looking forward to our next performance on Friday 18 December at Wymondham Day Centre.
October has been another busy month for the ukulele group. As well as our usual bi-monthly sessions, we entertained residents at the Leonard Cheshire home in East Carleton, again appearing with Karyn Roe and her puppets. The concert was well appreciated and we hope to make a return visit. Several new songs have been tried out, which will soon be added to our repertoire. We have further concerts coming up in November starting with Lemon Day on Sat 7 Nov 10am – 1pm and then Attleborough Day Centre on Wed 11 Nov. We have been pleased to see a few more new faces appearing at our increasingly lively sessions at the Green Dragon. The next meeting is upstairs at the Green Dragon on Tues 3 Nov 7pm – 9pm
Three new faces resulted in an excellent turnout at the January meeting. A new version of ‘Swinging on a Star’ was tried out, plus ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ and a selection of favourites to form a set list for playing in Wymondham library on 7th February for National Libraries Day. It has been decided to increase our meetings to twice a month from now on, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, commencing on 3rd February at The Green Dragon, 7-9pm.
The pre-Christmas meeting went with a seasonal ‘twang’ as the group tried out several Christmas songs plus old favourites. Several newcomers attended which swelled the ranks and added to the volume. We are holding an extra meeting on Tuesday 6 January as well as our regular 3rd Tuesday in the month meeting on Tuesday 20 January. Both are to be held at the Green Dragon 7 – 9pm.
Well, we’ve certainly had a busy few months at Wymondham Ukulele Group. We’ve been having our usual meetings, which have been great fun and well attended, and we’ve also been having occasional meetings in between just to get together and get our uke on.
In November we busked at the Town Green Centre for the Lemon Day festivities. We tried some lemon-themed songs such as Mellow Yellow and Yellow Submarine as well as perennial favourites like Stand By Me, Bad Moon Rising and Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and nobody cried or threw us out so we deemed it a success!
In December, we had a full house when we arranged a workshop with Gemma, a ukulele teacher from Norwich. She was able to show us a lot about strumming techniques and other helpful tidbits. We’re hoping to arrange some more workshops in the new year.
An extra ukulele session at the Green Dragon has been arranged for the 6th January. Hope to see you all there! In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Cool Yule and Happy Holidays, and we’ll see you in the new year.
Uh-oh! Video evidence has emerged of us at Wymondham’s busking day!
The July meeting of the group attracted another good turnout and we were pleased to welcome a couple of new faces. Most of the evening was taken up rehearsing for our short performance on Carnival Day, including ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
The June meeting attracted several more newcomers making it the largest meeting so far. These included a banjo player and a guitarist who both provided added interest to the music. A variety of tunes were played during the session and a good time was had by all. The group agreed to support Wymondham Carnival on Sat 26 July and will be playing in Whartons Court at 2pm.
Two more new faces were welcomed at the May meeting of Wymondham Ukulele Group on 20 May. We enjoyed a rousing session playing a variety of songs ranging from The Beatles to Dolly Parton. Once again no-one was in a hurry to leave! Our next session is on Tuesday 17 June held, as usual, upstairs in The Green Dragon, Wymondham from 7 – 9pm. All welcome regardless of experience. Just come along for the fun.