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:
"Last night we had 21 or so people playing a selection of BrungStrum music that was universally acclaimed as better than the previous week’s comedic efforts, but variety is spice. Although billed as some of our lesser-known songs, overall this felt like comfortable territory and confirmed my faith in the “Strum Wot You Brung” process as the way to get decent music – by which I just mean stuff we like – into our ukes.
It wasn’t perfect; we were a bit ragged without a bass and a few songs that seem tantalisingly close to working still failed. We’ll have another look at some of those. I suspect a solo run through one or two that we could then adopt as our group version could be one way forwards. Even so, it was good to hear strong singing and playing for songs that clearly have more general resonance than anything to do with Grandma's feather bed.
The last AGM in April seems a long way ago, but a point raised there and beforehand was the amount of noise and general chatter between songs can reach an off-putting level. I think last night was particularly poor, with people still noodling while songs were being counted in and not having the courtesy to remain quiet while one or two song issues were being resolved. Walking on Sunshine was a case in point. The informality and friendly chatter of our group is a strong point, but let’s see if we can hold it together a bit better from now on, please. In the last pub, I had to resort to a microphone to keep order. That’s a pain for me and for you, but don’t be surprised if the dreaded duck call of power reasserts its authority.
Next week, we should have playlist from Marion, which we’ll circulate slightly nearer the time. And after that, we’ll have Halloween. I am just putting the finishing touches to a few pages of our new scary songbook and you’ll have that as well, along with a separate new songbook from Trevor.
Don’t forget that we have our next open mic session looming on 7th November, which gives you the chance to insert a song fairly and squarely into BrungStrum 5, the content of which is all to play for.
I hope to see you all next week for Marion’s choices.
All the best"
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.