Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the blog for Bay City Ukers! We are a ukulele club who started meeting in February 2011, and now meet up about once a month at the Golf Club, off Nelson Road, Whitstable. The idea was to create a uke group for people living on the coastal strip of East Kent who found it hard to get to groups in the more central towns.

Playing ukulele has become an extremely popular pastime again over the last few years and uke groups are appearing everywhere. Each is different but ours focuses on simply having fun playing together and doesn't take itself seriously. Beginners are very welcome and we can choose some easy songs to play if you have only just started.

Gordon's email zygite@gmail.com if you have any further questions this blog doesn't answer. Hope to see you there! The wearing of tartan is neither necessary nor obligatory, and if you have a non-uking partner, feel free to bring them along to shake their maracas and sing along.

July Session

BAY CITY UKERS NEXT MEETING IS....

Thursday 10 July 2014 at the Golf Club, Collingwood Road, Whitstable CT5 1EB. 7.30pm to about 10.

Bay City Ukers - Poking Music in the ear.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ukathong - Definitely not pants!

The first ever Whitstable Literary Festival Ukathon went ahead on 10th May at the Umbrella Centre in the town. Ukists, Ukers, Ukees and Ukanoobas gathered from far and wide to pluck, strum, sing, howl, bark, shoop-shoop and wimoweh to within an inch of their lives. Up to 130 people whooped it up, and by all accounts,  a thoroughly good time was had by all.  

Tom Hodgkinson entertained with a couple of numbers, and Val's team were on hand to man (woman?) the bar and tidy up. Louis and Al were fine wingmen. Many thanks for making it such a great success :-)

We hope that we'll be able to do it again next year - watch this space!

Best wishes,
Gordon

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Countdown to the Ukathon!


Dear Ukanauts, 
Cometh the hour, cometh the Ukathon, and indeed it cometh in less than two weeks! I, for one, am almost bursting with excitement, and I hope that you have bought your tickets and printed off your song sheets so that all you need to do on the 10 May is to put on your favourite hat, clean your favourite teeth and slip into your favourite tank-top before making your way to St Mary's Hall for what we hope will be a spiffing evening of hot cocoa and happy songs. 

Don't forget the next club night on 8th May when we will test drive the song book and see how she handles under steam so that it all goes smoothly on the Big Night!

See you there,

Gordon


Friday, 4 April 2014

The Ukathon Songbook Has Arrived!!!

With just over one month to go before the Great Whitlit Ukathon, my technical assistant has produced the long awaited Ukathon Songbook (v1.1.1!). 

The contents have been rounded up and kidnapped from numerous other ukulele club sites, to whom we are most grateful.  

So without further ado, you can now print it off and scurry off to your bedroom, attic, conservatory or shed to practice for the Great Whitlit Ukathon! 

Gordon


Friday, 14 February 2014

The Great Whitstable Uke-a-Thon!



A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!! On May 10th - evening - at THE UMBRELLA CENTRE there is to be a grand ukathon as part of the Whitstable Book Week. There will be a bar/open mic during the interval/and the authors of THE NEW UKULELE HANDBOOK will be signing their book. Gordon will be there to tweak the nose of music, leading a multitude of unbeatable songs. 

Tickets will be on sale via the Horsebridge Centre at Whitstable at a princely £5. 

Uke-a-Thon Song List


This list will be published here very soon for you to print out and practice. 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Busting into 2014!!

Dear All, we're going to get the blog up and running soon and will be adding new songs for you to print off for Uke Nights. Next session is on Thursday 23 January 7.30 til 10 ish. Be there, and be square!

I'll be sending out a rough guide to the possible playlist soon.



Gordon

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

From Gordon

Dear Ukers and Ukists

Thanks everyone for arriving in fine voice again for the last session - a most enjoyable evening.

Robin has contacts in the murky world of lawn bowls. I have been in contact with their club and we have been cordially invited to play at their venue on a Friday or Saturday in September/October.

This would be our first 'public' outing, and as I envisage it, it would be much the same as what we do already, but with the club members joining in with the 'way hey!'s and the 'Da doo ron ron's.

I'd be interested to know how many would be up for this, and will bring it up at our next jam session which will be on 27th September at the usual place (The Angling Association).

Let me know what you think.

Best wishes to all,

Gordon

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Dear All
Due to the Olympics and other shinanegans, the next Uke Meet will be on Thursday 30 August at the usual venue. All of which means there are no excuses not to learn 'Heatwave'.....
Have a safe and happy Summer (!?) and I look forward to seeing you then.
Best wishes,
Gordon