Welcome to Ukulele Bedford
We are a community ukulele group based (oddly enough!) around the Bedford area. We meet weekly at the Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB) 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:
"We seem to have settled on around 22 players when the sun is out, but not the same 22 each week. Last night we were a bit short of louder singers, but after a hesitant start (who knew Here Comes the Sun had such squirrelly timing?), we gradually got into the swing of a request night that featured a lot of older favourites and a few rarities, including Ringo Starr’s Act Naturally and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Tom, Jon and Dave S all made valiant attempts at fingerpicking introductions to different songs, something we could do with perfecting as the change of pace that gives would add colour to our live performances.
Next week, just turn up and play something. I dare say Jon, Trevor or other members of your committee will give direction. I won’t be with you, but that’s no reason for you not to enjoy yourselves. We have agreed to play a gig at Sutton village hall on the afternoon of Saturday 15 July. There were enough willing hands last night for us to confirm with the organisers, but there will be plenty of scope for those of you who weren’t with us to join as well. We don’t know all the details yet, but if you are free to play for at least an hour on that afternoon, please let me know directly.
In two weeks’ time, 28th June, we hope to have our first open mic session. The plan is for there to be up to 30 minutes of songs – one per performer – from 7-7.30pm followed by our usual whole-group evening. First come first heard. Just arrive in good time to get your name on the list and then sing and play. We’ll amplify both your voice and your uke. If we don’t fill the 30 minutes, you could try a second song. If we overfill it, we’ll run on to a different week, but it won’t impact unduly on our normal activities. I am really looking forward to seeing what you have to offer, but don’t feel you have to stand up in public. We all understand that one of the great attractions of our group is playing together.
Enjoy the last-ever Ukulele Festival of Great Britain if you are heading to Cheltenham this weekend. If you’re not, enjoy whatever Bedford has in store."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at our NEW VENUE: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.