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.
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!
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
Last night’s cheque presentation to St Michael’s Hospice from the Rye Ukulele Orchestra.
Centre stage – Ian Burford, long standing member of the group and our MD was delighted to present Bruni Lovett with a cheque for just over £600. The money was raised at the various busking and booked events that we played last year and exceeded our expectations considerably. It is heart-warming that people are so generous for such a worth-while cause. Bruni stayed the course and listed to a bit of rehearsal – brave lady.
Thanks to all those who contributed so generously in 2015. We’d love to try and beat the amount this year.
To celebrate our 3rd birthday we held a fab little party at the Queens Head last night. It was truly one of the best playing nights we’ve had with a great turnout of established players and new members. Graham did us proud with an amazing Banjolele cake made of bread pudding with liquorice strings
and our gorgeous mascot Biggles got lots of fuss and left overs.
Thanks also to Jonathan for the wine and sandwiches. Pam’s friend also supplied us with a tray of spectacular cup cakes and Ian blew out almost all the candles.
In all a great night.
We’ve been so busy over the past couple of weeks that I’ve barely had time to blog.
On Saturday 13th December we had the great honour to greet Father Christmas at Strand Quay as he arrived by boat. We now know the chords to “Here comes Santa Claus” rather well!
It was a bright but bitterly cold afternoon – well attended by children and parents alike and we managed to add to our St Michael’s Hospice collection considerably. Thanks everyone.
Tuesday 16th December was our Christmas Party. Our MC Mr Kenneth Hall did a fantastic job of overseeing the event (devised by Mr Ian Burford). A great Christmas meal was served by the Queens Head staff and we entertained each other (hopefully) with party pieces and a great sing song – accompanied obviously by our Ukes. Thanks to Pam Stroud for her financial services too.
STRAND COURT CHRISTMAS PARTY
Thursday 17th saw us, with somewhat depleted numbers, entertaining the folks at Strand Court. They were a brilliant bunch, joined in enthusiastically and were incredibly generous with their donations to our St Michael’s Hospice fund - and their mince pies and sherry. Thanks again.
This Tuesday 23rd December will be our last get-together before Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our supporters – remember – Four Strings Good.
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
The Experiment had a brilliant night last night touring Rye and playing in various pubs to fund raise for Children in Need. The weather stayed fine and we were made welcome everywhere we went.
Special thanks to The Queens Head, The Ypres Castle, The Standard, The Pipe Makers, The Cinque Ports and The Olde Worlde Wine Bar (hic) for allowing us to play and collect from their customers. Thanks also to their customers for donating in excess of £160 last night.
The following pics were taken at the Cinque Ports by Kerrianne who also got the thankless task of bucket carrier and donation collector.