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:
"A lean summer-weight, beach-ready Ukulele Bedford gathered last night for Rex’s collection of largely underplayed songs from the Bumper Book. It didn’t take long to discover why some of them were underplayed (Hey Jude, or the car crash that is Rawhide), but others saw a welcome return or showed promise. What is it about Crocodile Rock that makes everyone laugh, even without Ian’s suggestion of making a medley with Speedy Gonzales? We'll probably never know (especially the Speedy Gonzales thing).
For much of the night we had an audience of two men and a dog (yes, literally). They (the men) may be interested in us playing for a new local mental health awareness charity before long, I think as entertainment rather than therapy, but it works both ways.
Within our group of 15 people, we also saw the welcome return of newly retired Colin after about 18 months absence, and we look forward to him becoming a regular again.
Next week we have a playlist from Trevor, mainly BrungStrum leftovers from his previous curation, but with plenty of room for additions from the floor. You'll have had it by email or can find it on our Facebook page.
After that, who knows? Perhaps you do if you have been working on a list at your beach hotel, or while pretending to work while your boss is at their beach hotel. Coming up with a list isn’t for everyone, but don’t be shy about choosing your favourite songs for an evening. So far they have all gone rather well.
Have a good week."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Kings Arms (24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford MK42 OAS)
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.