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:
"Somewhere in the high twenties of us had a fine old time last night. Following our brace of successful gigs over the weekend, request night proved that we remain in fine fettle, vocally and ukulele-ly. This often happens – is it the amount of practice that we have done, or the slight relaxation that follows a gig? It matters not because our post-gig workout sounds good and is great fun.
Next week, we start early for a half-hour session on barre chords (or bar chords, or barré chords . . . up to you). If you want guidance on the bar, be there from 7pm. If you are happy to help, ditto. If your bars are up to par, get a drink from the bar and we'll see you up thar at 7.30pm as usual for another request night.
Talking of bars, the bar for submissions to BrungStrum4 (21st century songs only) comes down on Friday. We have enough entries to be ruthless with both the date and the era.
Finally, we have a gig on 21st October in Bedford, at the official opening of FACES new premises. FACES is a charity run by our own Wendie. (find out more at www.facesbedford.org) Among other things, FACES intends to use ukuleles as a force for good to to help rehabilitate vulnerable and abused youngsters, so it would be great to show just how positive our own ukes can be. The gig will be in the afternoon, and there will be tea and cake. More details to follow.
If that all that sounds very positive and relaxed, so it should. But remember, Halloween’s Spookelele night is only a fortnight away. Dust off your scary trousers and come along.
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.