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:
"Ukulele Bedford turned out in some force last night for the third part of BrungStrum4, which proved interesting, challenging, entertaining and promising in almost equal measure. We struggled with more songs on first outing than in the first half of the book, but that doesn’t mean the songs were worse for us in any sense. It’s inevitable that the songs with more challenging timing or strums are going to be harder work, but they could still become club standards when we get to know them. I doubt if anything we tackled was really harder than Bye Bye Blackbird or Blue Skies, both of which we have been known to play well in public. On first play, Pumped Up Kicks and Road Runner went well; on second play, Rule the World has potential as a great sing-along crowd pleaser; and Mardy Bum and Rockabye, at least, showed glimmers of what they could become in due course.
Next week, we’ll start at 7pm for a half-hour learning session of tips, cheats and good practice, aimed mainly at our less experienced members, but, perhaps, with something for everyone. Come along and learn or contribute or both. Or just come and sit in a corner, tugging at your beard and sucking on your pipe in a knowing, professorial manner - but come anyway.
After that, we’ll hurtle through the final section of BrungStrum4 – Somebody that I used to Know to Yellow – before reminding ourselves that we can sing and play complete songs without stumbling by strolling through some of the older songbooks. In following weeks, we’ll revisit BrungStrum4 frequently, but in less of a whirlwind. You never know, we may even make some of the new songs presentable to a wider world.
December: for the three meetings in December, that is 6th, 13th and 20th, we will be at the FACES Bedford offices in Church Lane Community Centre, (https://www.facesbedford.org/contact) and not the pub. There will be free tea and coffee, but no bar. You are welcome to bring your own drinks – no need to smuggle them in in a paper bag. We’ll give more details next week. There are bound to be some sort of festive shenanigans. There will be no Ukulele Bedford meeting on 27th December, but we’ll be back with all our remaining pomp and glitter on 3rd January.
But, hey, it’s still November, so not time to dwell on the C word just yet. Come and enjoy what the rest of November has to offer first.
All the best"
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.
December: for the three meetings in December, that is 6th, 13th and 20th, we will be at the FACES Bedford offices in Church Lane Community Centre, (https://www.facesbedford.org/contact) and not the pub!