We were delighted to be asked again to play Christmassy songs for The Sara Lee Trust Christmas Fair, held in the beautiful church of St John the Evangelist, St Leonards. This wonderful charity raises funds to help families and people affected by cancer. As always there was a warm and friendly atmosphere and was well attended, we as usual had a fab time and lots of tea and cake!
We wanted to share with you the lovely email Justine, our MD, received from Corey Bergman the founder of UKCUK after we forwarded the monies raised from the festival and donations raised from playing at various gatherings.
Thank you so much Justine! We are so grateful for the support and generosity of the Rye Ukulele Group. You have donated the “gift of music” to many hospitalized children with this amazing donation.
With deep appreciation always
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!
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!
What a great time we had at Doddington Uke Fest on Saturday, We had sunshine right up until late afternoon and it was great sitting in the gardens at the George Inn. We really enjoyed watching all the other bands, it just goes to show how diverse the Ukulele is! A big thank you to Bob, Marianne and all at Doddington for arranging such a lovely day!
Check out our Facebook page for the video of our set!
We wanted to keep you updated on a change we are making to our Tuesday evening meetings. We are starting to rotate our well know Pick, Play, Pass Jam evenings with practice sessions for the Players in preparation for the upcoming events we have been asked to play at during the year. Starting next Tuesday 17th May, we will be practicing songs for the sets only. Tonight and every other Tuesday, meetings will remain Pick, Pass, Play and we welcome any visiting ukulelists or any one who is wanting to learn . If anyone is thinking of learning and would like to chat to someone about it please contact us here, or email Justinebenbar@yahoo.com, or just come along on a PPP evening and see what you think, we always have room for more in our happy band!
Tuesday 23rd February – for a scallop themed night to remember – join us at the Queens Head, Landgate, Rye for a fishy-themed musical evening. We’ll be playing all our usual favourites along with the especially written Scallop number and many other seaside songs.
We’ll be kicking off at 7.30pm and Jonathan will be providing some themed nibbles to keep us going.
Another load of scallops rolls around again. It doesn’t seem a year!
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
This year’s Christmas Song Book is now uploaded onto the song book page. It is right at the top of the list and downloadable from the green lettered section. There may be some amendments to come though. You can get practicing anyway.