A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all! RUE have had an amazing year, we have met some wonderful new people played at lots of venues, new and old, enjoyed some great Ukulele Festivals and along the way have raised lots of money for Charity, can’t be bad!
Our next meeting at the Queens Head will be Tuesday 3rd of January, and we are looking forward to another fun filled Ukulele year!
Best Wishes for Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all!
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.
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!
This year’s Maritime Festival was a perfect afternoon. Bright blue skies, hot sunshine, a waterside venue and our own little camp where we set up a bar and picnic to keep us going through the afternoon.
The Orchestra played their usual toe-tapping sets but, for the first time, we were pleased to introduce three new feature sections from the Ukuladies, Ali Catt & Co and Mrs Hall’s Buoys.
The Rye Ukulele Orchestra
Ali Catt & Co
Mrs Hall’s Buoys
Our thanks go to all who supported us by throwing money in the St Michael’s Hospice bucket. We raised a considerable sum of money – yet to be confirmed. We’re also grateful to all those who stopped to listen and gave us such great rounds of applause. Lastly thanks to the organisers for such a wonderful event.
There’s something about Pimms in the garden on a perfect July afternoon! One of our favourite locations at Little Orchard House and a very supportive audience made last Saturday’s gig ideal. Thanks to Nikky and Andy for their hospitality and providing the ‘singing cat’.
Join us tomorrow (Saturday July 17th) at Little Orchard House in West Street, Rye for a fabulous day of musical entertainment. A perfect garden set in the heart of the ancient town of Rye is the venue and the Rye Ukulele Experiment will be playing for an hour from 2pm. Other singers and musicians will also be performing throughout the day to support The Wishing Well.
The event runs from 11am till 4pm and costs £3 entry. Look forward to seeing you there.
What a great afternoon we had at the Sue Ryder garden party on Saturday. The sun shone right down on us in Rae Festing’s fabulous garden in the High Street, Rye. Don’t know about a Beautiful Sunday, but it was certainly a fantastic Saturday! Lots of money was raised for the charity as well.
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.
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.