Welcome to Ukulele Bedford
We are a community ukulele group based (oddly enough!) around the Bedford area. We meet weekly at the Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB) 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:
"Without either our regular bassist or our loudest vocalist, there were times when the 21 or so of us there last night struggled a bit, especially when not playing our most familiar songs. Cecilia proved to be the car crash of old – it’s those bo bo bos that get us – and we had to have a couple of runs at one or two other songs that we may have otherwise muddled through, but perhaps we learnt something in the process.
It wasn’t all a challenge, though, and it was good to dust off a few tunes from BrungStrum 3. The singing was strong on Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Good Riddance, and Land Down Under goes surprisingly well. We welcomed Wendie as a newcomer who has rarely played with other people, and who has promised to get kazoo lessons from a three-year-old relative. We’ll be listening, Wendie!
Bear in mind that we have our own Gig in Bedford Park in a couple of weeks’ time – more details to follow. There will be no restriction on numbers for that one, not least because you’ll need to bring your own chair. Talking of gigs, our Sutton bash last weekend seemed to go down well with the audience, even if we weren’t at our best in some ways. We accelerated rather harshly through the first two numbers but barely at all through Hot Tamales, but overall we impressed. We had good smatterings of applause throughout the set, had to do an encore – I know – and have already been possibly snapped up not only for a return gig there next summer, but also possibly for a wedding. We were praised for our choice of music and the length of our set – 90 minutes rather than the hour we anticipated – and generally put the ukulele in a good light. I don’t know about you, but I always walk a little taller after a well-received gig.
Next week, we’ll perhaps briefly iron out any remaining issues with our gig repertoire, but mostly it will be a request night. Each of you please choose one or two songs from any of our books and we’ll do our best to play them flawlessly. Any choice is a good choice, at least until we start playing.
Until next Wednesday, strum well."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.