There’s a few ukulele clubs across the LA* postcode areas, there’s the Morecambe Group, us at The Snug and the Lancaster club at The Robert Gillow pub. The latter is run by jazz singer and musician, Sue Parish.
Recently Sue popped in at The Snug, and happened to mention that the Lancaster uke club is putting on an event next month across a few venues in the city… Lancaster Ukulele Malarkey.
There’s a few events happening, so I’ve lifted the details of these, verbatim, from the event website.
WORKSHOP FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
12.30pm in St John’s Church
Curious about the uke but don’t know where to start? Start with us! It’s an easy fun instrument and you’ll be amazed how fast you can be strumming along to favourite songs.
Come along to our beginners workshop in St John’s Church at 12.30pm and have a go. Bring a uke if you’ve got one, or we can let you have a try on ours if you haven’t.
Free, but numbers limited. Advance booking advisable.
If you can’t make it to the workshop but want to learn the uke you can also come along to the Beginner sessions at the Robert Gillow Pub, which take place on most Fridays. Use the contact form to find out more.
UKULELE CLUBS AFTERNOON IN ST JOHN’S HISTORIC CHURCH
2pm – 5pm.
A chance for participating clubs to perform a short set of their favourite songs, and teach one of them to the audience. Please choose 15 minutes worth of songs to perform, including a final number you’d like everyone to join in on, and which will form part of our downloadable songbook.
Spots will be limited, so groups need to register in advance, ideally with a proposed set list to ensure we don’t have too many renditions of Sloop John B or Hi Ho Silver Lining!
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a modest charge throughout the day. Or you can slope off to the pub nearby for a pint and come back later if you prefer!
THE ROBERT GILLOW OPEN MIC SESSION
6pm to 8pm
Soloist? Heres your (small scale) chance of stardom. The mic is yours to perform a couple of favourite songs or instrumentals. If you want to team up with a friend, or maybe two that’s fine as well. Spots will be limited, so please sign up in advance, using the contact form.
OPEN STRUMMING SESSIONS
If you prefer your ukulele playing a bit less structured, come to the pub and join other ukers for an open session. We’ve got a couple of pubs lined up as potential venues, and we’ll confirm locations when we know how many strummers we’ve got. Watch this space!
LOU ARMER AND ALICE BROCKMAN @ THE ROBERT GILLOW 9PM
Lou (voice/ukulele/guitar) and Alice (violin) perform a set of bluesy/folky/jazzy songs from their eclectic and original repertoire. A quirky and heartwarming conclusion to what we hope will have been a lovely day. More information about singer and ukulele enthusiast Lou and her musical colleagues can be found on her website
I plan on being there, and having a shot at the open mic session, and joining in with strumming at the church. Anybody else fancy a day out with ukes and beer?