We had a great time on Saturday playing outside Adams, as part of The Rye Arts Festival Opening Day Street Music. Many thanks to the most appreciative audience, we were all rocking and swaying! We cheekily put out our St Michaels Hospice collection buckets and were delight with the total of £76.63. Not bad for 1 hour! Thanks everyone.
Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed welcoming visitors to our Tuesday night Jam sessions. Rye has lots of festivals and lots of people come to the area on holiday so it is great when fellow ukulele players look us up. Recently Jeremy from Hanwell Ukulele Group came and played with us, a good time was had by all as usual and we hope that next time he is down this way he makes sure he is here on a Tuesday so he can join us again.
Here he is with a Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 badge, good man!
The sun was shining down on us, we must have done something right!, as we played to open The Sue Ryder Garden Party Fund Raiser on Saturday. A really lovely venue and we really enjoy supporting our local charities, the boys are just getting ready to play here, sun, ukulele playing and tea and cake what’s not to like!
What a special day we had at Pevensey’s first Ukulele Festival! There is something very special about Ukulele groups, always a warm welcome and a feeling of family, our love of that little instrument binds us together! There were some great groups and we played into the afternoon. We also met a lot of our friends that had played at our festival this year and it was lovely to be told that Pevensey was another group that our festival in Rye had inspired to hold their own. I think as time goes on we will have a summer full of Ukulele Festivals in the South East and all I can say is Yaay!
One of the great things of belonging to such a special place as Rye is that we are asked to playing is some secret places, and so it was at the recent fund raising event for Rye’s Bonfire Society. A beautiful garden tucked away behind the high street where there were many stalls selling a myriad of things, along with tea and cake what more could you want!
What a beautiful evening for our club summer party bash Friday evening! This year we combined our 4th Birthday Party with the event and Ali produced a wonderful cake along with various cup cakes for us all to enjoy as well, yum!
A great evening was had by all with lots of uke playing and games and as soon as we were replete with picnics and a sherbet or two some great separate performances and sing a longs!
We wanted to share with you a message Justine received from the inspirational Corey Bergman.
Bless you for your amazing donation to UKC-UK. We are so grateful for your support and generosity for our kids.
Also attached is a link to a TED lecture Cory gave explaining about the birth of the Charity, a Charity that is spreading far further than its origins in America where it first started. https://youtu.be/4IgyDjFAxdg
We were amazed and wonderfully happy to find out that the final total we raised for the Ukulele Kids Charity U. K. was a whopping
£ 764.81 !!
All down to your wonderful support and generosity. We can’t thank you enough for helping us raise money so sick children in hospital can learn the wonders of our beloved instrument and as they keep the ukes, who knows this may have started the career of some new ukulele stars!
We were a bit thin on the ground at this gig, who said holidays are allowed?! but we gave it our all, and enjoyed every minute…..except for when Bob broke a string…….its getting to be a bit of a habit. Mark came to the rescue with his version of Teenage Kicks.
Wow, what a fabulous Festival!
The sun gods made good, after a very wet wobbly week, so huge sighs of relief, in fact lots of sun cream was applied! Once again lots of wonderful festival goers enjoying our great bands with pizza and ice cream on the way, thank you all who came – played, sang, ate, enjoyed and supported our charity the Ukulele Kids Club UK.
Photographs are starting to come in and will be posted in the photo gallery section on Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 tab.
The wonderful news is that we raised over £328.00 on the day, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity!