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, and 'play out' quite regularly. 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:
"Wednesday saw a healthy 22 of us in the pub, and it was an enjoyable evening all round.
We were armed with Rob's playlist (thanks Rob!) and the last few songs of Brungstrum 5.0. After warming up with a couple of more familiar tunes, it was BS5 that took up much of the first half of the evening. As with all the sessions we've done, there was an excellent mixture of submissions. 'Windmills of Your Mind' (which was included because we'd played it as a 'tribute' song one week) might not become a gig staple - listening to the original, it's amazing how 'spoken' and fast it is! - but others showed promise. 'Will You' will be effective if we can manage some loud bits and some quiet bits for example.
Just a quick word about Brungstrum 5.0. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and well done to all of us for having the good grace and musical bravery to try every single song in there. Whether we knew it or not, whether we thought it suitable for massed ukes or not - we gave it a go. Since March, that means we have played over 120 new songs! Some were successful first play, some less so - but think back to Brungstrum 4: we went through the same process then and many of those songs are now firmly in our repertoire. David has been making notes of corrections etc as we have gone along, and there will be a BS5.1 incorporating those in due time - it's not a small task, so thanks to David for taking it on.
We finished the evening by playing more from Rob's list - he had picked some that were almost as unfamiliar as some of the BS5 songs... the Buddy Holly medley for example required some 'improvisation' so far as the tune went in some places! I have to admit I recognised the bits from Peggy Sue and Rave On (and there was some Peggy Sue Got Married at the end - although I don't know the tune of that) but what on earth song the bits in the middle were from I have no idea!
We have a few left from that list to complete next week, but it's going to be a BS5-free night - so we need suggestions as to what to play. If someone can come up with a list, that would be great. If you've provided one before, you know what to do - if you haven't done so your list will be doubly welcome. Just pick what you want to play!
See you next week."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.