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:
"With neither Mark nor Jon at last week’s gathering, I understand that Trevor and other members of the committee took control for an evening that sounds like it went fine. Certainly, if the result of practising all the gig/strumalong songs for yesterday’s Strum Like a Pirate Day are anything to go by, it must have been successful.
Our set yesterday went really well – even the dreaded strumalong section – and I was delighted with our appearance as well as our sound. We weren’t perfect, but – and I think this is real progress – we made light of our faults and played with genuine spirit. Three of us graced the open mic platform as well, which I am not sure would have happened without our own practice nights.
I think around 80% or more of the attendees had dressed up in an array of black-white-and-red stripy, pantalooned, booted and waistcoated outfits, with enough of a plastic arsenal of flintlocks, cutlasses and false beards to keep the local recycling team happy for months. There were prizes for best-dressed pirate. For my money, our own David’s plastic Kalashnikov, bowler hat and “I heart Mogadishu” topped the charts, but he was robbed – that what you get for playing with pirates. If they run another one of these events next year, go along. It was very good and Ukulele Bedford are definitely of a comparable standard to the other groups playing. Interestingly, I didn’t hear anything from Hawaii or anything pre-1955, with the exception of our own Shimmy like my sister Kate. Mind you, I have lost most of my hearing (temporarily, I hope) so I didn’t hear very much of anything.
Back to Bedford. This week, we don’t have anything immediate to practise for, and we are in between BrungStrums, Open Mics and the new learning sessions, so we’ll just play what we choose, in as relaxed or excitable a manner as we feel.
I will simply go around the room in turn asking for your choices and whatever you pick from any book, we’ll play – or at least try to. If you don’t have any preference, we’ll move on until someone thinks of a song.
Don’t forget to keep sending in your choices of 21st century songs to Mark and Jon for the forthcoming Strum Wot You Brung 4. I know the century is a mere 17 years old, but there has been a lot of good new music among the dross. Just go out and find it.
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.