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:
"A robust and joyful 20 of us gave Stephen’s fine list a good going over last night. Comments like “we’re on fire, tonight” were uttered without irony. The list itself drew from Souvenir1 and the Bumper Book, with support from suggestions from the floor along the way. Even Cecelia’s bo-bo-bo’s held no fear. Some evenings we can really play!
In addition, Mike had reworked Stuck in the Middle with You and Dave S provided Killing me Softly in tribute to one of its composers, Normal Gimbel, who had died over the Christmas period. Both went well and will make it into BrungStrum5. The only low point was the usual confusion over Sit Down, not helped by the original band, James, releasing several versions. Dave S has since sent me a version that may cast all doubts aside. Find out in BS5.
Next week sees the return of our Open Mic. Come along prepared to sing from 7pm. Any song, from your own composition to a Bumper Book favourite is fine. As usual, we’ll cut off at 7.30pm to recharge our glasses and start the evening session. I do have a list for next week (I’ll post it later), but I am happy to have a different one or to keep one in store, so don’t hold back.
Next week will also see the close of submissions for BrungStrum5. Looking through the list so far, I would say we are short on contributions from women (who may like to get a few songs in more favourable keys into the book), and we are short on songs that either split easily into parts – duets and the like – or that have unusual timing or strumming patterns. We want things to be playable, but if you are holding back on suggesting or supplying something that may be a bit of a challenge, please don’t. The worst that can happen is that we giggle at our ineptitude! And the best is that we learn amazing new songs. I won't repeat the criteria now, but just a reminder that if you can't/don't have time to make or find a songsheet yourself, just suggest the song and we'll see if we have it somewhere.
If next week is anywhere near as good as last night, it will be a great evening. You really don’t want to miss it.
See you there."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.