The Hull Ukulele Group came about as an excuse to go to the pub, but the plan backfired when 15 people turned up at the first meeting. Over a few beers, some crisps, and a Johnny Cash song, the Hull Ukulele Group was born. They regularly perform around Hull & East Yorkshire, where we have become a popular fixture at local events and festivals, including the Clipper Race, Ella Street Festival etc.
Just a quick reminder that the next meeting at OEG will be 8pm on Monday 4th March.
I realise that 10 of us went to see Ukebox at Adelphi and I know you are all keen to play new music – so can I ask that people only bring 3 or 4 new songs to the next meeting.
Last Monday we had a look at “The Final Countdown” and “Holding Out for a Hero” and frankly, I think they are “non starters”.
Also – New players.
If you are a “Lurker” (someone who reads the webpage or get the email but doesn’t want to get involved) – HELLO!.
We are always looking for new members who want to learn, want to play but are a little frightened that we’ll take your dinner money and beat you up at “play time”
We are a friendly bunch and welcome new people.
If you have a ukulele and simple don’t know where to start or if you are a maestro and are willing to put up with us – come along!
I’ve been busy organising a different practice space. This one is better for learning and practicing together. The pub is great for a social night, but if we need to go over a song several times and actually hear ourselves the “other Monday” night is at a much better venue. It has various facilities that can help us.
The question I get asked a lot is when is the next meeting in the pub – check out here : CALENDAR
New players are always welcome and we love to have new faces around. We are a friendly, non-judgemental group of people who simply like the Uke.
Next meeting is (in the calendar link above) and Monday 18th February 2019
It’s about time I wrote this down. It’s been a month and I keep putting it off. It’s rather a big job. This is why I was putting it off. Although I was only there for two days, ther eis just too much to cover. (I missed Friday night, Satruday Cabaret, fringe events like the pubs, cafe and bar. I missed all the workshops and Mim’s stage etc)
Strap yourself in – this is a long read, but I urge you to watch the videos. These people are great.
We arrived just before lunchtime it was well underway.
We headed downstairs to the “Unplug the Wood” – a small stage with big talent.
Hedge inspectors – the hosts of the weekend on the Unplug the Wood stage.
Hedge Inspectors - Preowned - YouTube
Check them out of Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thehedgeinspectors/
They were brilliants hosts, having done this for years. Funny, entertaining and talented. They filled in between acts and joined in with acts. Brillaint. Bought Krabbers Album on my way out.
3 Part Split – Great lads from Scotland. Mixture of punk and “just great songs” sung with gusto and a smile.
Three Part Split - YouTube
Dawn and her Uke – There was an ethereal quality about her covers. I expect great things in the future from Dawn.
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (Ukulele Cover) - YouTube
Fake Plastic Tigers – this was the second time I saw Fake Plastic Tigers. A collection of Radiohead songs played with ukulele, bass and vibraphone – What could be better?
Bryan Tolentino & Asa Young – actual Hawaiians playing ukulele and guitar. The playing!! The voices!! Heavenly. They travelled from Hawaii tpo play here and there were superb
Bryan Tolentino & Asa Young on the Main Stage - YouTube
Andy Eastwood – here’s talent. Andy is a great traditional Formby style player, but at GNUF he treated the audience to a composition with athe Didsbury string quartet.
Andy Eastwood - Ukulele Medley - YouTube
The Water Gypsies – I LOVED THESE!! They are a group that lives on canal boats and play great music.
Caravan -The Water Gypsies - YouTube
Mim’s Showcase – Mim comes from the US every year and is a major contributor to GNUF. She’s a remarkable lady with masses of talent. Mim has a stage outside and the best of the stage were up on stage giving it their all.
Bad Mouse Orchestra – all the way from Germany this trio of talent burst onto the stage with tunes from 1920s and 1930s. Utterly brilliant and another CD purchased.
Bad Mouse Orchestra - a mix of recordings in summer 2017 - YouTube
Plastic Jeezus – a great fun band with their own songs to make to smile
Plastic Jeezus - Kenneth - Live at GNUF '18 - YouTube
Natasha Ghosh – all the way from the Netherland, this tiny lady was heart-breakingly good. She is petite and I didn’t realise she was 20. We sat next to her parents who practically fizzed with pride.
Kiki Lovechild – break from Ukuleles with a bit of cabaret. Kiki Lovechild reenacted a spy story.
Here’s the full show:
Kiki Lovechild on the main stage. - YouTube
Andrew Molina -another MASSIVE talent all the way from Hawaii. I’d put this young man in the same bracket as Jake Shimabukuro. His father played along next to him. Both were so cool and talented.
Andrew Molina "Sweet Child O' Mine" - Ukulele Version - YouTube
Hot Potato Syncopators – Utter madness!! UTTERLY BRILLIANT!! If music ahll still existed – I’d be down there weekly watching this hysterical act of juggling, ukulele, saw, ventriloquism and just pure madness. The finale was a tribute to the Dam Busters with thousands of paper aeroplanes being thrown and a bouncing bomb going around the auditorium. So funny.
the Hot Potato Syncopators - YouTube
Lucky people managed to get to the cabaret after this, We went to Tess’s house. See about more about Tess and her husband, Sam at the bottom.
Again, we started downstairs at Unplug the Wood. Grab it and Bang – an absolutely great start to the day with this cracking group.
Ruby - Grab It & Bang - YouTube
ANDYDAN – this was remarkable. Forget Comedy, punk, Formby and Hawaiian music for 15 minutes and soak yourself in seriously good original music. This was 15 minutes where you could feel the cold of the mountains as Andydan took us up the Himalayas and onto Everest.
Andydan on the Unplugthewood stage - YouTube
Dave and the Isaacles – proving that you don’t have to be old enough to buy a pint to take to the stage, Dave and the Isaacles gave their all in a performance that was warmly welcomed.
Dave & the Isaacles on the Unplugthewood stage - YouTube
Findlay Napier – what a voice! All the way from Scotland, this brilliant singer songwriter played a selection of his songs for us. I loved it, bu couldn’t find a CD at the merchandise stand.
Listen to the song, smile at the content and then (God bless him) learn how to play it
Jeremy Hunt Rhyming Song - YouTube
Jonathan and his 4 String Fiasco – all the way from the US, Jonathan showed us his talents. Great voice and played like a god. Well done that man!
J/FSF - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths cover) - YouTube
Sadly I cannot be in two places at once and the main stage was calling.
Amelia Coburn – to my utter horror we missed Amelia. Thank God for youtube. If you can listen to this without goosebumps, hand in your ukulele, you are already dead. This diversion to youtube made writing this very long. Who is she? Where is she playing next?
Percy Copley – Percy is one of those that make the GNUF possible. He teaches workshops, write music, comperes the main stage, performs at unplug the wood, plays the main stage, travels the world spreading ukulele love and is an all round great fella. Search for him on the internet and you’ll find tutorials.
UFOW 2017 Percy Copley - YouTube
Robin Evans Esq. – like Tom Waits? Like Slide guitar blues? like Beastie Boys? You would love Robin Evans esq (world record holder).
He did a wonderful cover of Chocolate Jesus
Robin Evans Esq. - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - YouTube
Astraluna – she has inspired me to buy a loop pedal (when I can decide which one).
ASTRALUNA The Pass Of Storms (live) - YouTube
Peter Luongo – one of the worlds best ukulele tutors. Having taught a class or two over the weekend – they took to the stage and performed like pros. His infectious enthusiasm was electric. He never stops smiling, dancing or walking. Truly a great advert for the ukulele.