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:
"I suspect that for some of last night’s 29 players in the Community Centre, this was the first time they had played in company while stone-cold sober. It’s ok. It didn’t show. In fact the venue is bright, plenty big enough and the break became more of a social event rather than a tedious wait at the bar, so I think we’ll all be happy there for the rest of the month.
The evening went as planned, with a good smattering of open micers – including Norman’s first go - , some nice choices from the floor, a successful reprise of the previous week’s BrungStrum4 songs and a deeper look at two more from our new book. It was also good to see John Box back with us again.
Robbie Williams’ “Angels” will be really good to sing – or at least to hear. The key doesn’t suit everyone, but the timing is foxing us slightly. We’ll come back to that because it has such potential. Imelda May’s “Road Runner” is a different beast: fast, with plenty of stops and not too tricky, especially after practicing smooth transitions between A minor and E.
Next week, we’re in the Church Lane Community Centre again, and we’ll tackle a few more of the BrungStrum4 songs as well as people’s choices. If you arrive a little late and no one is immediately there to let you in, try tapping on the windows to the right of the entrance. If it’s as good as last night, you’ll want to be with us, and definitely inside the hall rather than in the car park.
A request: relative newcomer Pena is a singer/songwriter and has asked if some of us can help with ukulele backing on a song she is recording in Bedford on Saturday 16th December in the early evening (5.30-7.30). She is looking for seven or eight competent soprano or tenor uke players, preferably electro-acoustic so that we can plug in, to join her in a proper recording studio. Space and time are tight, but if you are interested, let me (Mark) know as soon as possible and I can send more details and organise a list. This is a one-off, and if 25 of you want to sign up, I shall just pick people, even if I know that 23 of you could do it.
Finally, as we are now nearer to Christmas than to either Halloween or Bonfire Night, it’s only fair to remind you that we will be having our bout of festive jollity on 20th December. We’ll be playing from the Christmas Book that is on the website, so make sure you have that downloaded on to your chosen device before you put the sprouts on to boil. There will be festive nibbles, but only as much alcohol as you bring with you.
Have a good week."
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!