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The Ukulele 2 Group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 2 pm. We meet at Carhampton Village Hall. Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.
Our group is led by Jane Lay, and she may be contacted at 07966 755542, or by email at email@example.com.
Ukulele group 2 meet weekly to play a wide range of songs. We play as a group with fingerpicking melodies and different strum patterns to create more depth to our songs. It is all very relaxed and caters for beginners and intermediate players. We have an enjoyable time and every ukulele player is welcome to join us.
We continue to improve the performance of its repertoire by focussing on intros and instrumental breaks in the songs. We are using fingerstyle techniques to achieve this. This is further helped by having a mix of instruments including concert, tenor, baritone and bass ukuleles, together with banjo ukes – or banjoleles as they are often called. We sometimes include a mandolin too.
Ukulele group 2 had a very enjoyable afternoon playing to a local charity group at their birthday celebrations. We were joined by some members of ukulele group 1. It’s the first time we’ve all played out together and we performed well as a group. The audience gave us great feedback and resounding applause. It was a good feeling playing to an audience again after two years.
It has been great to see members from ukulele group 1 joining ukulele 2. We’re covering a wide range of songs (pop, folk, traditional etc) from 20th and 21st century. We welcome all abilities of ukulele player and help our newest members who have moved from Absolute Beginners. We always have songs with simple chords and some with more challenging chord combinations. We have ukulele bass players and a mandolin player so we produce a lively sound each week.
We’re back to normal (sort of), and thank goodness. Ukulele 2 is meeting again and working on having fun, to make up for all the lost months. And it’s working. The group is growing – both in numbers and variety. We now have 2 ukulele bass players, and even incorporate a mandolin where appropriate (think Rod Stewart songs). Ukulele 1 and Ukulele 2 are complementary groups and you’ll get a very warm welcome at either or both groups – several players come to both groups.
If you play already, grab your uke and come and join us – and if not, have a look at the new Absolute Beginners – Ukulele group: you can come along to get an introduction and some lessons to get you going..
We meet every Wednesday for a couple of hours of playing and singing with great gusto. We hope to improve our intros, outros and instrumentals within songs. We plan to tailor the strumming patterns and fingerstyle to the songs we play. If you already play the ukulele, why not come and join us for fun and relaxed group playing. Please get in touch with Jane to find out more. You will be made very welcome.’
Our group is primarily a performing group. Prior to Covid we performed frequently in care homes, as well as fairs, festivals and charity events around the area. We are already planning outdoor performances for this summer.
Our meetings concentrate on improving our playing and preparing for performances. We alternate sing and strum sessions with fingerstyle instrumental style sessions. When meetings restart, we envisage concentrating on intros and instrumental sections in our repertoire.
Interest in the ukulele has really taken off in the last few years, as you can see from the number of posts on YouTube. A lot of U3A groups across the country have ukulele groups which always make visitors welcome. So if you are staycationing this year, be sure to take your uke and check out clubs where you are going.