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:
"We started quietly with the Open Mic last night, but gradually crept up to 22 souls, all enjoying a good run through the almost neglected BrungStrum2 book.
In the Open Mic itself, we had a good selection of (mainly male) performers, including Rob for the second time, showing that he wasn’t completely traumatised by his debut, Andy, as a rarity, and “David feat. Jon” doing a suitably scary Thriller. More like “David feat. Vincent Price”. Joy and Mark performed You to me are Everything, and it was a great to hear and feel the audience join in with the chorus. Thank you. I suspect the next Open Mic will be in the New Year, but we’ll let you know if we can squeeze one in before Christmas.
Among its other gems BrungStrum2 has some of our simplest songs, including two two-chorders and a couple with oft-repeated choruses. You’d think those would be easy, but when you know that you should be playing either G7 or C or perhaps F or C and nothing else, the mind wanders and can trip you up. And doesn’t it just feel embarrassing to get the chords wrong when there aren’t many of them? Perhaps there is a happy medium between the simplicity of these two-chorders and the all-chord madness of Queen or David Bowie.
I don’t know whether it was because of being lulled into a state of false competence by the two-chorders or for some other reason, but we played quite a lot of songs that bit slower than usual last night. This Old House, Wild Rover and even Galway Girl felt a little more sedate than normal, and we didn’t even speed up in many songs. Perhaps we were tired after the Open Mic.
Mentioning Christmas, we decided last night to split our celebrations into two weeks. We’ll probably play Christmas songs in the first half and then a different selection after the break. This is for both 11th and 18th December – double jollity. What’s not to like? Before you answer that, have a listen to the first song in the new Christmas book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxqQtUQErhQ
Our new Christmas songbook is attached and will also appear on the website shortly. Any previous Christmas books can be deleted. What you need is UkuleleBedfordChristmasSongbook2019.pdf Nothing else will do.
Next week, we have no Open Mic, no festive shenanigans and so far no lists, but there is all our usual potential. Come along and help us fulfil it.."