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:
"It was hot. Blimey, it was hot. Certainly as far as the temperature was concerned, and actually the playing and singing wasn't far behind either. 25 or so of us steamed through Barry's playlist, which was packed with favourites. For the most part we did them justice, all bar a few for which my 'creative' interpretation of the tune bore little resemblance to what the writer intended! My homework for this week is to actually listen to Runaround Sue :) and apparently we've been singing the last few lines of Half The World Away wrong for years! If I have anything to do with it then we will revisit those next week to try and get them right.
And that might well happen, as we have now run out of playlists. If anyone would like to put a list together for next week, please do so and send it over. You might like to choose a list that is themed in some way (there must be lots with the words "hot", "sun" or "I wish it would bleedin' rain" in the songbooks somewhere) or just pick your personal faves. New member, old hand, previous list picker - all welcome to do it. If nobody steps forward I will produce a list that contains ones we didn't get around to from previous lists plus some other odd-ball choices. And the two mentioned above. If we get no other takers I will post a list by the end of the weekend.
Speaking of the weekend, (these links don't just happen you know) we have an informal gig at Trevor's house for his wife Erica's birthday. Saturday at 7pm for an hour. We won't be taking the PA, or any amps - just your music (the latest gigbook) and a ukulele will be fine. I will circulate Trevor's location details via email to everyone before then - if you don't get the emails for some odd reason but do use Facebook, please just message me and I'll send them when I have them.
Have a nice week - and keep cool (as if any of you could ever be anything else!)"
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.