Aloha amigos

Aloha amigos,

 Apologies for the delay in writing this to you… I’m clearly a terrible secretary… but I’ve been distracted by having lots of brilliant fun this bank holiday. Still, thanks to this long Sunday evening we’ve got now, I’m hoping to catch up.

Thank you all for a fab evening on Wednesday, we played lots of great tunes and although we were missing Andy & Jason was suffering from a sore throat we gave the singing a good warbling too.

We welcomed Jordan, Helen & Derek to join us – we hope that you enjoyed playing with us & that we’ll see you again soon.

Once again, we spent some time preparing for Rye. We had a great time playing our top 6 choices which are…

  • Rockin’ All Over The World (in the style of Live Aid)
  • ‘Fings
  • Lady Madonna
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Wanna Be Like You
  • Don’t Say Aloha

 We discussed various performance points like stops & strum patterns – when we’ve had our songs agreed by the peeps at Rye, a performance book will be put together that shows all these. We also agreed that Don’t Say Aloha should be played on Ukes only when we do our stint at Rye.

Some of us wanted to learn some new strum patterns & note them down to practice. We agreed that we’re now too big to be a tutoring group, but it might be good to teach each other new patterns when we learn them or if we think they might make our songs sound even more brilliant. Jason suggested that we play Folsom using the bum-ditty strum pattern, which most of us picked up quickly & it was already sounding fab. It’s a great strum which produces a fantastic country sound – if you need a reminder before next time, just search on youtube & you’ll find loads, also look at claw hammer strums – these will mainly show you some amazing banjo playing!

Right, I’m going to leave you great bunch of lads to it, so I will end with a reminder of some up coming dates for your diaries:

  • 21 May – Lewes May Fayre
  • 28 May – Peasemarsh…maybe
  • 12 June – Uckfield Big Picnic
  • 3 July – Rye Ukulele Festival
  • 14 July – Uckfield Civic Centre.

 I hope you all have a really lovely rest of the bank holiday…see you next time at the Dorset…I’ll be the one next to the one in the mad hat.

 Xx Abi


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