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 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!
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!
Not long now… I have received hundreds of images and am working my way through and if I didn’t have to go to practice tonight they would be online later ! I will attempt to get a few on the website tonight or tomorrow at latest. The rest will be uploaded in a week or so. Thanks for your patience. Lorna
A belated happy new year to all. Some of us carried on meeting right through the holidays and others were stricken down by the seasonal sickness, but hopefully we will be back to full strength by tonight.
So far we have two definite dates for our diary. On Tuesday 24th February we will be supporting the Rye Bay Scallop Week by playing at the Queens Head from 7.30pm. Jonathan will provide some tasty nibbles and apart from our usual favourites we will also be performing some scallop, fish and seaside themed songs.
Rye Ukulele Festival
Another important date for your diary is Sunday 24th May when we are planning the first ever Rye Ukulele Festival. This will take place at the Cinque Ports pub in Cinque Ports Street. We are planning to start at around 12.30pm and invite other local Uke groups to join us. There will also be a joint strum at the end. A new webpage for the festival should be up and running today so that we can keep you informed.
Pam, Graham and Justine, three of our members, are just back from the Big Busk at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain in Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham.
“ We met over 1,000 uke players from all over the world to play from this years songbook. It was a wonderful weekend, with lots of jamming and a chance to pick up some new skills at the various workshops. We also watched an amazing variety of well-known performers from around the globe including The Mother Ukers, Craig Chee, Tomoko Sato, the phenomenal Taimane and the hilarious Hot Potato Syncopators. There was a lot of Haloah-ing going on!”