Welcome to Ukulele Bedford
We are a community ukulele group based (oddly enough!) around the Bedford area. We meet weekly at The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS) on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. On occasion, we 'play out' for charity events. We are always delighted to see new members - so come along one evening and give it a try!
Always wanted to play an instrument? Try the ukulele! We welcome anyone, with any level of experience or expertise.
Just learning? Come on in. Been playing for years? Welcome - we'd love to benefit from your talents.
All you need is enthusiasm - we can even lend you a ukulele for the evening!
The short answer to that is "Anything the members of the group want to!". From 1930's tin-pan alley to jazz standards. From 60's novelty pop to 90's rock to last year's hits. Admittedly, when we try them we find that some things work better than others on massed ukuleles - but just trying to play the seemingly unsuitable can be great fun. And sometimes surprisingly successful.
Members old and new are always encouraged to select songs they'd like to try playing.
From the last meeting:
"Last night we played our way through a list provided by Caroline, with the usual detours along the way at other points of interest. As always, some things went better than others but in the main it was excellent stuff. There were 23 of us including Becky who joined us for the first time (welcome, Becky) and Jo (who was last week's newbie) made a welcome return. It's really nice to see new people coming along, and even better when they come back :)
We could do with a list of 12-15 songs to play next week, so any submissions will be very welcome. If we don't get one, then either Mark or I will supply one. You have been warned ;)
The week after next (the 28th) has now been confirmed as a split week. We have a gig at the Engineers Arms in Henlow, but if you don't fancy that then Trevor will be running a session at the pub at the normal time. I wish I could be at both! Thank you, Trevor.
We have also decided that Wednesday 19th will be our Christmas do. We will use the Christmas songbook (the 2016 one on the website, unless informed otherwise) and will also have an open mic beforehand at 7pm. That will give you a chance to perform a song that you can sneak into Brungstrum 5, our next collection of member submitted songs which will arrive sometime early in the new year. David also had a good suggestion - if you have provided another tune during the year (Galway Girl springs to mind as an example) then we will also collect those in Brungstrum 5 to make sure they don't get lost. So if there is something you've brought along, please remind us and send us the file.
See you next week
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.