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.

Next Session

BAY CITY UKERS NEXT MEETING IS.... Thursday 28 May, at the Golf Club, Collingwood Road, Whitstable CT5 1EB. 7.30pm to about 10.


Bay City Ukers......Does for Music what balloon-modelling does for poodles.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

UKATHING! 



Oh Yes! 

On 2nd May more than 90 people packed in to the Umbrella Centre in Whitstable where they plunked, plinked, strummed and sung their very hearts out in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières,  about whose work we were treated to several Expert Facts.

We learned, for instance,  that they could sooth your belli in Delhi, ease your pain in Bahrain,  and get you a CT scan in Tajikistan.  

I hope that everyone enjoyed whooping it up as much as I did, and thanks again to Val and her team for the organisation,  tickets, bar, raffle and generally jigging it about, and to Bill and Clive who bravely agreed to be my wingmen.

All being well, see you on 28 May for more diminutive cordophone shenanigans. 

Best wishes,

Gordon

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


 IT'S HERE AT LAST! 

THE UKATHONG SONGBOOK!!

Click on the Ukathing link below for the Ukathon Songbook (v.1.1.1)! Plagiarised and copied  from Ukulele websites, including Scorpex, Ukulele Wednesdays, Jim's Ukulele Songbook, Wukulele, Moselele and the Stockport Ukulele Club, to whom I am most grateful!



Start printing it off and get your carpals, metacarpals and phalanges around the mighty tunes!!


Ukathing Songlist

Note: Rawhide should be the following Dm version....
Rawhide

Thursday, 26 March 2015

COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH THE GREAT WHITSTABLE UKATHON!!


Watch This Space for the song-list pdf, which will hit the blogspot in the next few days - in the meantime get along to Harbour Books in Whitstable and get your hands on the hot tickets of the year! 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

2015, and the Second Whitstable Ukathon! 

Our first meet-up of 2015 was another outstanding success, with 44 ukanoobas going for it at the Golf Club, where we managed to achieve just the right balance between bonhomie and brouhaha,  enthusiasm and mania, hurrah and herrumph to produce an evening of great songs and happy faces.

Our next BCU session is on Thursday 19th March, but already plans are proceeding apace for the SECOND GREAT WHITSTABLE UKATHON on Saturday 2 May 2015. This will be an evening of four-stringed shenanigans to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières.  Last year we had over a hundred ukers singing, howling, strumming and hooting, so make sure you've got the date marked in your diary - details will be posted here.

Best wishes,  see you on the 19th :-)

Gordon

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Yuke!

2014 - what a year. From the awful tragedy of suddenly losing our friend Brian, to the exuberant fun of the inaugural Whitstable Ukathon.

We never know what's around the corner,  but with a calm sea and a fair wind 2015 will bring us the second Whitstable Ukathon (watch this space ) and, I hope, many more sessions of trial-and-error, seat-of-your-pants musicianship from the 40 or more ukanoobas who get together on an occasional basis at the Golf Club to grab music by the scruff of its neck, and box its ears.

See you in February for the next session!

Gordon




Friday, 17 October 2014

Octoberuke


The days are getting shorter, and the cold rain is damping down the last embers of summer, letting us know that winter, in her white cloak and frosted hood, is knocking at the door waiting to be let in....

So what did we do to console ourselves?  Migrate south? Find a tea-chest, fill it with straw, climb in and hibernate? Not on your Nelly! We grabbed our ukuleles, got on down to the Golf Club and served ourselves up a warming musical stew of rich, meaty ballads, spicy canticles, peppery madrigals and oniony airs. 

It was, of course, another excellent and convivial night, and I look forward to seeing you all safe and sound in November. 

Best wishes
Gordon

Friday, 26 September 2014

August meeting....

What can one say about August? It nestles there quietly between July and September and has 31 sunny days. A jewel among these was the August meeting of the Bay City Ukers club, in which we felt the love which surpasseth all understanding - that being the sound of 36 people of various ages, colours, sizes and heights twanging through some marvellous songs and singing their socks off.

There's more where that came from,  and I hope you can come along on 9 October to do it all again.

Best wishes, 

Gordon