Tonight at the Horse & Stables…

Did you know there’s a free gig organised by the George’s resident ukulele band, Ukiverse? Go along and join them. There will be spare ukuleles for you to use.
Ukiverse will kick things off, there will be 2 open mic sessions including an ad hoc session, a strum-a-long and then the headliners Ukevox, this is their website http://www.ukevox.com/home.html
Ukevox would everyone to join in with ‘Finland’ by Monty Python to help celebrate 100 years of Finland’s Independence. Apparently it’s quite easy (C, G and F), there will be song sheets and it’ll be up on the screen. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=baHsoEAAMZU
Ukevox are also going to play a set at the George on Wednesday at 7pm before the jam in place of the regular 3rd Wednesday open mic.
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!

13 Jun – Make a Music Vid & 14 Jun Uke Picnic

Hello,

Have you ever wondered how to make a music video & fancied having a crack at it? Our very own Elena will be running a workshop this Tuesday about that very thing. I hope you can join us. We’ve got some fun ideas up our sleeves!
Book your spot here.

The Albany have taken another booking this Wednesday, 14 June for Taste of London, so we’re going to be meeting near the Bandstand in Battersea Park, or, we can move to a grassy area nearby if we fancy. The George and the Hare and Hounds will still strum on. Make sure you’re in the Ukulele Wednesdays FB group or following on twitter to hear updates.

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!

 

24 May – Not At Albany – At Tamesis Dock

That’s right. We’ll be on the beautiful docked Dutch Barge (yes, they do food, booze and they take cards) Tamesis Dock on the Thames on Wednesday 24 May. With luck we’ll have a sun dappled strum then continue til pub closing.

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!

New Ukulele Songbook!

Check it out!

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:
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Thank you all!

Thank you all for putting money in the hat at the jam nights in December. I split the total cost via Pecan Southwark Food Bank and Crisis. We also took 10 ukuleles along to Crisis, and had a singalong with the guests on 28 December. For hopefully obvious protection reasons, we didn’t take any photos whilst we were there, but there were some very happy people. See here for more.

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!

Please do something nice for others this Christmas…

Hey there,

Christmas isn’t great for everyone. For those who can’t afford it or are homeless, Christmas can be stressful, lonely and freezing cold. Many people die due to that coldness. It’s something that I think about every year, which is why I tend to do or organise things for Crisis. The Royal George last week raised £37. Crisis asks for £23 to feed, clothe and bathe a person each day, so I’m hoping we can raise a bit more than that between us. 🙂 I distribute the songs and set up/organise the jam nights for free, but I would ask that if you’ve had any benefit from anything I’ve done this year, would you do one of the following 3 things?

  1. Donate an old ukulele? I’m going into a homeless centre on 28 December, so you can bring one with you. I’ve been asked to either teach a session (if we raise enough cash to give the guests a ukulele each) and/or run a singalong to provide entertainment for the guests at the shelter. You are welcome to join me (see number 3). If you want to donate an old uke, I’ll be at Mercato Metropolinato on 14 December, and Tamesis Dock on 21 December leading Ukulele Wednesdays Christmas parties. All donations gratefully received.
  2. Donate money to Crisis here. Or send it to Trussell Trust, who manage
    national Food Banks here.
  3. Volunteer your time. I’m going to run a lesson (if we get enough money to buy ukuleles) or a singalong. Crisis’s online application system has now closed, but please call the volunteer hotline on 0300 636 1000. Mention that you are signing up as an ‘Additional Performer’ alongside Lorraine Bow, and they will process your application over the phone.

Here’s the Ukulele Wednesdays Christmas Songbook 2016 to reward your kindness. 🙂

Hope you have a brilliant Christmas. 🙂

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!

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!