Just to let you know we will be playing Rye High Street at 2pm this Saturday as part of Rye Arts Festival. There are lots of events happening in the Town from Saturday until the 30th, so come along and join in the fun!
Last week saw the return of The Scallop Festival in Rye and RUE enjoyed playing a variety of Sea related songs for our lovely audience. Also our very talented crew performed solo spots and some songs written especially for the evening by Floris.
Thanks to Jonathan and his team at the Queens Head for the delicious scallop dishes and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards The Ukulele Kids Charity UK. Below is a photo of some of the Band with Olly Campion who organises the festival and supports this website with his technical knowledge for us.
In 2016, we played at over 20 events……fairs, festivals, fetes, and open days. The charities we supported included The Music Well, St Michaels Hospice, Dementia Awareness, Sue Ryder, The Sara Lee Trust and the RSPCA. In addition, we independently raised £245.24 for St Michaels Hospice, and £873.64 for The Ukulele Kids Club UK. We met many new friends and had lots of fun along the way!
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us and put coins (and notes!) into our buckets. Let’s see if we can improve on that in 2017!
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.
If you are planning a day out this Saturday why not drop into the Doddington Ukulele Festival at The George Inn, Newnham, Kent. The event is being held to raise money for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and the Rye Ukulele Experiment Players will be playing their set at 1.40.
Fingers Crossed for lots of sunshine!
Tuesday night at the Queens took on a distinctly fishy feeling this week. We were delighted to be able to join in with the Rye Scallop Festival and added to our usual repertoire a dozen or so sea-themed songs in keeping with the evening.
Amongst the players were the full Ukulele Orchestra and several first time performers. During the evening there were also special spots from the ‘Au Reservoir’ Jazz trio, The Ukulele Ladies, Ali Catt and Bob and the Good Ole Boys. See pics below courtesy of Geoff Kempson and Kevin Hall.
Thanks to Jon and his team at the Queens Head for the yummy scallops and thanks also to the brilliant support from our audience and their generosity towards St Michael’s Hospice when the hat went round.
To celebrate 2016 the Rye Ukulele Experiment will be performing their famous fish themed set list (well fish, beach, seaside, water – anything we can think of really) at the Queens Head in Rye on Tuesday 23rd February 2016. There will also be special ‘spots’ throughout the evening for Ali Catt & Co, Bob and the good old boys, Au Reservoir and the Ukulele Ladies.
We will kick off at 7.30pm with all welcome to pop in and listen. Jonathan will also be serving some scallop/fishy themed nibbles during the evening to get us in the mood. As the local saying goes – It’s shucking time again!
For full details of the festival go to www.scallop.org.uk
Pig’s Can’t Fly, Pigs Can’t Swim, Wild Boar, Little Piggies and much, much more………………
What a great night at the Queens. Piggy themed songs, toy boars and little honking toys (or was that just Ken?) we turned the pub into pig paradise. Thanks to Jon and his staff for the baby Boar burgers and other tasty treats too.
It was good to get all the newer members along to join in, sorry you got sat at the back guys. Good too to give the various offshoots of the Rye Ukulele Experiment an opportunity to perform their specialities.
Ali Catt performed some superb solos, the Ukulele Ladies – with Justine, Pam and Heidi harmonised perfectly.
Mrs Hall’s Boys thrashed out some joyful jazz and Bob and the Good Old boys – featuring Bob Page finished off the evening with their own style of rock.
And last but not least we raised a lovely sum of money for the St Michael’s Hospice fund – so massive thanks to all.
photo credit – Rose Kempson