Also known as the meeting the ladies sort of learnt to strum a Ukelele
The Ukelele evening, was in my humble opinion one of the best meetings we have had, not necessarily because we made beautiful music, or got a grade 8 certificate in ukulele and banjo. The evening was great because regardless of whether your a proficient wind blower, or the closest you got to musical greatness was recorder in year 7, everyone can get stuck in strumming some cords and singing along to some cheesy hits.
our evening conductor Martin Laking of the Queen of Hoxton’s Ukulele Hootenanny left us all in no illusion that this was going to be an evening of beautiful music. In his words… The ukulele’s not the nicest noise… But it’s the singing and playing together, or not that really makes the evening.
The evening started with learning some pretty challenging cords…. Or three cords. Which we then played with varying skill and dexterity to murder “You are my sunshine”.
After getting fairly excellent at that, we quickly moved on to The Proclaimer’s greatest track…Five hundred Miles…we had to learn a new cord for that one, and we rounded off the evening with a Beach boys classic Sloop J B… Which none of us recognised until we got to the title, and with a full 5 cords required it was for this musician dear reader, a cord to far.
The raffle and cake was, as always, excellent. Whoever made the fairy cakes…. More please! Also every month, all the money for the raffle goes towards a Shireditch Sisters chosen charity. For the last 6 months that charity has been Luminary Bakery. In the last 6 months we have raised over £430. So keep buying tickets.