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:
"Heavy traffic and perhaps the cooler autumn weather contributed to a slow start last night but we eventually reached 19 players and warmed ourselves nicely with a decent set of songs.
We started with Mrs Robinson and My Girl from the Bumper Book and continued with a few more M’s before giving Souvenir1 a close examination. As usual, this included not quite mastering Mr Blue Sky and remembering just how many words there are in Lying Eyes. A lot.
After the break, we managed a half-hearted and half-speed tribute to the late Barrie Masters, lead singer from the energetic Eddie and the Hot Rods, by playing half of Anything You Wanna Do. I thought I had printed the whole thing, but my brain must have been only half-thinking.
We then picked out one or two songs from most of the BrungStrums, except 5.3, finishing with L.O.V.E. We had enough bits of paper and song requests for me to try not to lose one or two for next week, but we’ll need more. You know what to do.
Next week will be another normal week, which is no bad thing, and then we’ll start gearing up for Open Mic on 23rd October and our Halloween bash on 30th. Expect prosthetics and pumpkins.
Finally, especially for those of you not on Facebook, it’s worth saying that our performance last Saturday at Strum Like A Pirate Day was top notch. There was good harmonisation going on, our two soloists – Rex for Galway Girl and Mike for Jammin’ – did their stuff wel,l and we all looked the part, from cartoon pirate Captain to cabin boy. We were joined on stage by a few of our less regular members, so it was good to catch up with Graham, Cath and Norman. Even if pirates and dressing up isn’t your thing, it’s good to be involved in a day that brings uke groups together to enjoy playing for our own sake. For that we have Adrian Watts of Blud Group to thank – and David for UB’s part. No doubt the date for next year’s SLAP will be available to ink into your diaries soon.
See you next week."