Tonight at the Albany…

Times they are-a-changin’…

Rather than it always being Lorraine leading at the Albany, there are lots of brilliant ukulele, bass, and other instrument (tuba, tenor sax?) players who can, and will be leading at the Albany. If you’d like to have a go, please drop Lorraine a line and she’ll get you going for a song, an hour or a whole evening.

Tonight’s (and the 3rd Wednesday of each month from now) Albany Takeover is from…

(drumroll)…

(taadaa)…

Teri & Emerson!

Who are Teri & Emerson?

They are both longtime Ukulele Wednesdays regulars, who most of you know already. Both are brilliant players and lovely men to say hello and enjoy a pint and a strum with, so it seems fitting that they keep you strumming on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

In their own words:

Teri Reed (Big Fluffy Bunny)

Teri

Far from his days as a teaboy on the Never Mind The Bollocks album, Teri is now an independent government consultant.
He first picked up a ukulele while helping the police with their enquiries in New Scotland Yard. The romantic fiction he writes in his spare time can be found on Amazon under a rather silly pseudonym…

 

 

 

 

Emerson (Ross Greenmore)

Emerson (Photo credit: James Millar)

I took up guitar as a teenager and spent many years trying to wrestle it into submission, but never really tested myself alongside like-minded players. The arrival, five years ago, of my first uke was a revelation, especially after discovering the pleasures of Ukulele Wednesdays. I have been known to dabble in bass and mandolin too. And the youthful hours I spent deconstructing my favourite songs are paying dividends.

 

Now you’ve ‘met’ them, it’s time to get yourself along to the Albany every third Wednesday and strum along with them!

Free London Cycle Hire, This Weekend.

I received this email. I thought I’d share. You’re all my friends, right?

This weekend, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, take your friends on a free bike ride using the code below. Your yearly membership already gives you unlimited 30 minute journeys with Santander Cycles.

If they have a smartphone:
• Ask them to download the Santander Cycles app from the App Store or Google Play
• New members should sign up and register for “24-hour bike access”
• Existing members should log in with their account details and select “Your account”, “renew your activation” and “24-hour bike access” option
• Enter the generic code FREE2016 when prompted
• Enter their payment details
• Select “hire now” from the chosen docking station

If they don’t have a smartphone:
Go to any docking station to hire a bike. All they need is a valid bank card and the code shown above.

The code gives them free 24-hour access and there is no charge for the first 30 minutes of each journey; the usual charges apply for journeys over 30 minutes.

Upcoming Ukulele Potential Picnics (Lemon Drizzle Dependent)

Hello!

It’s been a while since we had a picnic. Mainly because the weather has been a bit like this – rather than the stable weather we’ve known before. Each time it’s been lovely weather, the day before it has been torrential rain or vice versa. So, it’s time to pop a few dates in the diary with a caveat in place that if it’s drizzly, we’ll head to our usual strumming social of choice at the usual time.

From Wednesday 13 July until Wednesday 31 August, there is a chance that picnics may occur. If it’s quieter at your usual playing place, that’s why.

Want to join? Where? Just off the Easternmost path, roughly in line with the end of Cambridge Gate.

If that description doesn’t work for you, here’s some google maps coordinates:
51.526743, -0.146065

See you there?

NB: Regardless of the alfresco acoustic sessions, we’ll be back at the Albany each time by 8:30pm, where it’s warm, and there are seats and toilets for those of us who like our creature comforts.

Strum with you soon!

Lorraine x

Ukulele Wednesdays is 9. Come Wish The Old Girl A Happy Birthday!

See You Tonight?

Celebrate, and play some new songs!
Hello,

See you tonight? Are you coming to the Albany for a strum tonight? Grab yourself an interim songbook as we’ve been trialling songs from there over the last few months. See which ones you enjoy strumming along in a group with a pint in your hand! Don’t forget about the Royal George and the Duke in E17, which have also has had great times trialling the interim songbook (thanks to Tim Jefford for printing the extra copies out for people at the George) and lively nights, with more new people coming along. Come and join in!

Want to add songs? We’re nearing the end of this interim songbook. The ones that worked will go into the main book update in the next few weeks. If there are any songs you really wish that 50+ ukulele players would join you in strumming, and you’d like those songs to make the next songbook, you could tab them, and bring copies along to the Albany, George or the Castle to try them out with a group. If they work, they go in. Simples! Here’s where you find the tabbing template, and all other info. If we cajole each other into doing it, it will make doing the work less tedious. I hope.

Strum with you soon!

Lorraine x

PS:
Know any more ukulele playing friends in London? Loads of people aren’t on the email list. For things like this, it’s handy, and getting the news in your inbox on email could save you an inconvenience of going to the wrong venue one week. Please make sure everyone you know is signed up so the news comes straight to yours and their inbox rather than in a social post that you might miss. Perhaps you could forward this email on to let your ukulele jamming friends know about this email list so that they can also join and know straight away if there are important updates like this in the future? Many thanks and look forward to strumming with you.
PPS:
If you’re not into email, there’s always FB or twitter, so sorry for any repetition. Look forward to strumming with you!

Happy Uke Year! Come for the 1st Strum of 2016!

Hello!
I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year. It seems like forever ago that we were last at the Albany, but that’s about to be over. We’ll be back at the Albany tomorrow, for the first strum of 2016 on Wednesday 6 January. If you’re more local to The Royal George, or Walthamstow, please go there and say hello to everyone for me, but for those of you who are coming to Great Portland Street, I look forward to seeing you!
Strum with you soon amigos!
Lorraine x
PS:
Know any more ukulele playing friends in London? Loads of people aren’t on the email list. If you join and there’s a last-minute change of venue, it’s handy, as getting the news in your email inbox could save you the inconvenience of going to the wrong place, or missing a special event. Please make sure everyone you know is signed up so the news comes straight to yours and their inbox rather than in a social media post that you might miss. Please, pass on the sign up link so your friends don’t miss out, either. Many thanks and look forward to strumming with you.
PPS:
If you’re not into email, there’s always FB or twitter, so you don’t miss a thing. Look forward to strumming with you!

Can You Spare A Strum For Others at Christmas?

Hello,

Are you willing to help out by strumming for a few hours at Crisis Open Christmas? If you’re in London between 26-29 December, and would be happy to offer a ukulele strum so others can singalong, please, could you fill in this doodle poll so I know your availability, and email me so I can contact you to organise it? Thank you! 🙂

What’s your story? I’m still collecting stories, but this time for the Ukulele Wednesdays Website. I’d like a little feature on you, if you’ll allow me. Doesn’t have to be too much info, simply your name, and, whether it’s a one liner about your experience of Wednesdays, or a bit more than that (friends you’ve met, etc) with a photo, I don’t mind. I’d be very grateful if you would share your story with me!

Old Ukulele Wednesdays Christmas Songbook? New oming soon. For now, here’s an old version… Please find that here.

Strum with you soon!

Lorraine x

PS:
Know any more ukulele playing friends in London? Loads of people aren’t on the email list. For things like this, it’s handy, and getting the news in your inbox on email could save you an inconvenience of going to the wrong venue one week. Please make sure everyone you know is signed up so the news comes straight to yours and their inbox rather than in a social post that you might miss. Perhaps you could forward this email on to let your ukulele jamming friends know about this email list so that they can also join and know straight away if there are important updates like this in the future? Many thanks and look forward to strumming with you.
PPS:
If you’re not into email, there’s always FB or twitter, so sorry for any repetition. Look forward to strumming with you!

The Last One At The Albany of 2015!

As you may have read, on twitter, facebook and on the emails we’ve been sending (join the list if you’re not already on it), tomorrow is the last Ukulele Wednesdays at the Albany of 2015. There will be strumming at the George, and at the Castle, so you can get your weekly fix there, then.

If you’re free tomorrow, please do come along and join us for the last strum of the year!

Lorraine x

PS:
Know any more ukulele playing friends in London? Loads of people aren’t on the email list. For things like this, it’s handy, getting the news in your inbox on email could save you an inconvenience of going to the wrong venue. Please make sure everyone you know is signed up so the news comes straight to yours and their inbox rather than in a social post that you might miss. Perhaps you could forward this email on to let your ukulele jamming friends know about this email list so that they can also join and know straight away if there are important updates like this in the future? Many thanks and look forward to strumming with you.
PPS:
If you’re not into email, there’s always FB or twitter, so sorry for any repetition. Look forward to strumming with you!