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bob cawson
22/03/2015




Good evening all,We have been asked by the Long Bennington's Women's Institute if we would be prepared to play at their Birthday Party on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at Long Bennington Village Hall.The gig would be from 8.15pm to 9.15pm.  They would be happy with two 20 minute sets with a 20 minute break between during which we would be offered a "finger buffet". Please let me know by 1 April if you are willing to attend.Bob
Would have been willing as always, but unfortunately we are way that week.
jefft - 22-03-15


hI bOB

yEP, i CAN DO 2ND jUNE

jACQ

jacq - 23-03-15


Sorry Bob, can't do - away that day.  Robin
robin hardy - 23-03-15


Should be OK roger
roger mackinder - 01-04-15


I should be around for that!
andy stanton - 01-04-15


Yes date looks clear so far.
david hall - 01-04-15


I'm okay for that Chris.
chris - 01-04-15


Sorry for late reply Bob, it looks like I can make it. Thanks. Jackie
julie wilson - 23-04-15


Hi Bob, I will be there, I hope.
tony dawes - 24-04-15


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andy stanton
02/04/2015




I've just put the Guide to Cookie Settings in the website library.
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jefft
02/04/2015




With ref'. to Colours(played on last Wednesday) : I have looked at the sheet music and there is a 3 bar break between the end last bar of the one verse and the start of the first bar of the next verse.
I never doubted it for a moment.
andy stanton - 03-04-15


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andy stanton
03/04/2015




I've just loaded this.  It seems to carry some good advice:-



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andy stanton
08/04/2015




I'm sorry, folks, I've left things a bit late this week:-
Improvers Agenda 8th April
I'll bring a few extra copies for those people who haven't picked up this message.
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andy stanton
08/04/2015




The Corndodgers are on at Oscars Inn on Friday night!





All welcome!
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bob cawson
09/04/2015




Apologies to those who may be attending tomorrow's meeting for the late publication of a playlist.  I was hoping to include some of the songs from the Lincoln Uke Band Birthday Bash Song Book.  Unfortunately issue of this has been delayed until tomorrow.  However I have produced a short list, mainly those that will be played on the 16th and I will bring along song sheets for the following very short songs that might just be suitable should we be asked (or volunteer!) to participate in the Newark "The fun of the Fair" Carnival:

Bill Bailey, won't you please come home
Silvery Moon
Me and my gal
Henry the 8th
Deep in the heart of Texas
I'm forever blowing bubbles
Knees up Mother Brown
I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts
My old man said follow the van
It's along way to Tipperary

Bob


Hu Bob, sorry, I am trying to find the songs on the above list for Wednesday, I have knees up, cocunuts and my old man! I have found Tipperary, but I cant find the others anywhere. I am sorry to be a nuisance! Can you guide me to where I can find them. Many thanks. Regards Jackie
julie wilson - 12-04-15


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bob cawson
12/04/2015




I've received the attached email from the Lincoln Uke Band which is self-explanatory.  I will shortly be forwarding the songbook to all those who have indicated that they are intending to attend the event.  If you don't receive one then please let me know.

Bob

"Hi everyone

I've attached the songbook we will be using for the Lincoln Ukulele Band Birthday Bash next Sunday (19th) at Bishop Grosseteste University.

We are looking forward to a great afternoon of music, fun and cake and are hoping that you will be able to join us for the event.

We will have printed copies of the book for sale on the day (£1) if you can't manage to print off a copy and the music will be projected onto a large screen in the room.

The event will start with a live link up with Lincoln's twin town (Port Lincoln) in South Australia and it would be great if as many participants were ready to take part in this at 1.00pm.  The mayors of both towns are going to jointly open the afternoon and we will be singing a couple of songs with the Port Lincoln Ukulele Club.

At 5.00pm we will be attempting another link up with the Lincoln Ukulele Group in Lincoln, Nebraska, technology permitting!

Best wishes

Will"


Well Bob I've played that, whats next?
jefft - 12-04-15


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bob cawson
13/04/2015




I've just placed this Wednesday's Set List on the site.  The list includes the songs for this coming Thursday's gig.  From the other songs listed perhaps we could select at least two that we can offer, along with Gordon & Allen's duet, as our band's contribution to the event.  The rest of time available on Wednesday will be your choices from the Sunday Song Book so please bring a copy along.

Some useless information for you is that the Lincoln Band will be performing as their party piece the following:
Da doo ron ron
Memories
Amazing Grace
Ra Ra Rasputin
Mama don't allow


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andy stanton
13/04/2015




If anyone chooses to download the offline stuff (jolly green button on the right) you will see that you now get chord diagrams.

Yet another coup for the webnerd!
Is there no end to this mans talents?
Tony

tony dawes - 14-04-15


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andy stanton
14/04/2015




Here's a bit of homework for the Improver's Group.  I said we would do something on chord inversions next time. Open up this "Rock Around The Clock - Arrangement" and try it out.  it works through no less than three inversions of the chord of C, and alternative higher versions of C7, G7 and F.

Some of this require you to use your first finger as a bar. Have a look at this video clip to see how this is done.


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andy stanton
15/04/2015




New development.  The Big Green Download button now features on the Tablet version of the website.
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bob cawson
15/04/2015




As requested I have posted the Set List (in batting order) for tomorrow's gig:  It is:

Happy Band Song
Singing in the Rain (Version 2)
Button up your overcoat
I'm leaning on a lamp post
The Deadwood Stage
Get me to the Church on time

I ask that all attending come armed with the dated version as shown in the Set List, amended in manuscript as necessary with the decisions made this afternoon.  Please remember that you'll need your music stands.

Bob






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andy stanton
16 / 04 / 2015



...has added or amended 'Singing In The Rain Ver 2'
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bob cawson
16/04/2015




The dreaded Lincoln Uke Song Book

To assist those individuals who haven't been able to produce a copy of this document in one format or another I have printed off 8 further copies that I will bring to today's function.  This will be available for purchase at the bargain basement price of £1.  Purchasing this document should ensure that all attending on Sunday get the opportunity to put in plenty of practice time.

If 8 isn't enough then there is a Plan B.

Bob
You can try downloading the Lincoln Uke Songbook from the website library. I've just uploaded it.
andy stanton - 16-04-15


I didn't make a note of what we are doing as a party piece at Lincoln.  Can somebody remind me please?
andy stanton - 17-04-15


Andy,

Items are Dirty Old Town;
Messing about on the river;
A pub with no beer (Alan and Gordon duet).  
Oh Susanna is the reserve song if we are allowed/want to do more.  

Bob

bob cawson - 17-04-15


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bob cawson
17/04/2015




Here is an advanced copy of the programme for the Lincoln Ukulele Band Bash on Sunday.

I thought I had posted it last night but it would appear not; the excitement of yesterday afternoon was probably all too much!
I received quite a few complimentary remarks and thanks for that performance so well done to all involved.
Sunday's Programme:Main Room
1.00pm - Opening with the Mayor of Lincoln linked up by Skype with the Mayor of Port Lincoln, Australia.  Joint performance of Sloop John B with UK/Oz.
1.15pm - 2.15pm - First singalong session - ensemble, groups and individuals  
2.15pm - 2.30pm - Break (toilets, coffee, cake)
2.30pm - 3-30pm - Phil Doleman - performance/workshop
3.30pm - 3.45pm - Break (as before)
3.45pm - 4.45pm - Second singalong session (as before)
4.45pm - 5.00pm - Raffle and conclusion (possible Skype link up with Lincoln Ukulele Band, Nebraska for last hour)
Room 2
1.45pm - 2.15pm - Beginners' Workshop
3.45pm - 4.45pm - Beginners' Bass Workshop  

Just a reminder that our contribution will be Dirty Old Town; Messing about on the river and Alan and Gordon's rendition of A pub with no beer.  
Our reserve song if allowed or we want to do one is Oh Susanna.
Please bring along the appropriate song sheets and your music stand and arrive by 1230pm.  I don't know the venue so I won't suggest we meet under the clock but I'm sure we'll meet up somewhere in the crowd.Bob
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bob cawson
18/04/2015




For info here is an image of the Lincoln Green Ukulele Birthday Cake that we will be presenting to the Lincoln Ukulele Band at their Birthday Bash tomorrow.

Possible new gig.We have been asked if we would perform at The Troc Care Home, Beacon Hill Road, Newark on Saturday 20th June starting at 3.00pm.
The event is their Summer Hog Roast.  They would appreciate 2 sets of approximate 20/30 minutes each and as on our past visits to them they will feed us between sets.  They have always been good hosts and obviously appreciate what we do so it would be great if we could go.  
To enable me to reply I would appreciate it if band members could let me know by this Thursday (23rd April) if you are willing and available to attend.

Finally the group has two black group Polo shirts available for anyone who would like one.  One is a size Large the other an Extra Large.  First come first served!

Now it's back to the sunshine and the gardening!Bob
Count me in
jefft - 19-04-15


Bob I'm away that week but good luck on the day.Chris.
chris - 19-04-15


Sorry, I have a clash of gigs.
andy stanton - 20-04-15


I'm ok for that Bob.
paul reed - 20-04-15


I can make the Troc Hog Roast!
jacq - 20-04-15


Sorry Bob we are away that week
alan williams - 20-04-15


Yep, 20th June good for me Bob.
david hall - 20-04-15


Hello Bob

Ok for Troc on 20th June

Irene

irene - 22-04-15


I can do the Troc. Jackie
julie wilson - 22-04-15


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andy stanton
20/04/2015




Phil Dolman ran a useful workshop at the Lincoln Ukulele Festival yesterday.  For those who missed him, here's a clip of Phil:-

You'll notice one or two things apart from the fact he is very good indeed.
1.  He does not read his words.
2.  His complete command of his material will only have come about by lots of practice.
Once you have licked this then you can put 100% effort into the arrangement and the performance.Click to ENLARGE video clip

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andy stanton
20/04/2015




Here's something else that's fun:-

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bob cawson
20/04/2015




Well done to those who participated in yesterdays Lincoln Ukulele Festival, we held our own considering we were the only totally "third agers" group participating.  There was plenty of speed strumming taking place leaving Jeff to comment that even he had trouble keeping up!  Thanks also to Robin who struggled manfully with the technicalities of inter-continental communications and was probably the hardest  worker there!

In case you don't take the Lincolnshire Echo here's a short article from their web site published yesterday:
“Two hundred ukulele players have performed in a live link-up to Lincoln's twin town in South Australia, Port Lincoln.Bands from across the East Midlands this afternoon joined together at Bishop Grosseteste University and played Sloop John B and Dedicated Follower of Fashion to an audience Down Under.
It was all part of Lincoln Ukulele Band's first birthday party celebrations on Sunday, April 19.
City councillor Bob Bushell is a member of the Lincoln band who confessed that 12 months ago he couldn't play a note. He said: "The ukulele is a really simple instrument to play, people also enjoy the singing element and it's a great social group."There's about 35 of us in the Lincoln band and new members are joining all the time.
"We play for free at various venues and we are trying to encourage young people to take up the instrument."
Christine Turner, 33, a member of the Loughborough-based group Great Central Strummers, revealed that she owns six ukuleles, including one made from an Utterly Butterly tub.She said: "It's great to be joining in the birthday party.
"I've been playing for two and a bit years ever since I randomly picked up a ukulele as I was passing a music shop.
"It's a great instrument, very versatile.
"It can do anything that any instrument can and it can be either happy or sad."
Holly Dunlop, 27, has been playing since her dad Will Dunlop – leader of the Lincoln band – gave her a ukulele at Christmas.She said: "I'm a beginner but it's quite straight forward to pick up because some songs only have two or three chords.
"I enjoyed playing Dedicated Follower of Fashion at the party but it was a bit quick.
"The Lincoln Ukulele Band meet every Thursday from 7pm at the community room in Tesco, Wragby Road, Lincoln.”
Very enjoyable afternoon and I think we did well after a long wait to perform.  On the subject of starts (and finishes).  First starts. Can I suggest that at the beginning of each meeting we take 5 or 10 minutes to practice starts.  Just like real musicians do with scales!  A possible exercise might be a Caller counts 1234 group then plays four strums of "C", Caller counts 1234 again (no playing during counts), again four strums of "C" and so on.  Obviously the exercise would also be done in waltz time 123.  Variation would be that different group members take turns to be the Caller.

Beat counting could go on whilst strums are taking place also - 1234-1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 1234 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ and so on and on.

Sorry if this is not clear but I hope you get the idea.  I think that once we get going in a song we sound pretty good, so we need to practice all setting off on the journey together. Regards David

davidmc - 20-04-15


Really enjoyable day. Amazing to see so many people strumming together! Jackie

julie wilson - 22-04-15


What a great experience - playing with 200 other Uke players!
Thanks for your comments on the work-rate at Lincoln Bob.
As you can imagine, I am mightily disappointed that all the effort didn't result in a better connection.
The biggest disappointment though was not being able to spend more time with you guys on the day.
The Port Lincoln players enjoyed their jam session to celebrate the Lincoln Ukulele Band's first birthday, and the two mayors got to speak (using my phone!) so at least there was a civic link-up.
We did not get to see Lincoln, Nebraska, but from my phone chat with them, they too were having a good late-Sunday-morning . . . for them . . .  5pm for us . . . 1:30am for Port Lincoln! . . . gig.
With only 14 hrs and 30 mins time difference end to end, I can't imagine why we couldn't quite get a quality link with our own equipment!
I'll post a link to some pics from Lincoln and Port Lincoln in a new comment below - including a couple of good pics of Newark Happy Band members.
Robin

robin hardy - 24-04-15


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jefft
20/04/2015




A scan of the document that Phil Dolman used for his workshop at Lincoln, is now in the Library (for those of you who didn't get a copy)
Thanks, Jeff! You've saved me a job.
andy stanton - 20-04-15


Thank you, got that. Jackie
julie wilson - 22-04-15


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andy stanton
21/04/2015




For the Improver's Group tomorrow we said we would look at how to access the website on both a PC and a tablet/smartphone.  
I thought we could also spend a while looking at the stuff Phil Dolman covered.  
Finally I thought we might try a hummalong.

A hummalong is where you don't sing the words, you just hum the tune.  What this does is free you up to concentrate on the rhythm and strumming.
So could you download Phil Dolmans doc from Lincoln birthday party, Hummalong and Rock Around The Clock - Arrangement.
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bob cawson
22/04/2015




For those interested in coming along there will be a session in the White Hart from 1.00 to 3.00pm this Friday (24th).  The song list for this session is now in the Set List.

Add to those songs listed the following from the Lincoln Uke Festival Songbook (this is available for down loading from this site):

Oh Boy; Bad Moon Rising; King of the road; Freight train

If time permits their playing song sheets for the following will be available:

The story of my life (Marty Robbins version)
Summer Holiday
Where have all the flowers gone?
Get along without you now
The marvellous Toy

The performance with The Song Birds raised £116.84 for the charity.

There will be a meeting on Wed 29 Apr (the fifth Wednesday in the month) from 2.00 to 4.00.

Bob

Sorry Bob cannot get this Friday see you next Wednesday.
David.H.

david hall - 23-04-15


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bob cawson
23/04/2015




Members might be interested to know that the Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra is appearing at local events on the dates and times shown below:

Tuesday 5th May 2015  
7.30pm - 9.00pm  
Sleaford Live 2015 - The Solo Club, Market Street, Sleaford - An open rehearsal in the bar. All welcome to come and listen to a Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra rehearsal.      

Thursday 7th May 2015  
6.50pm - 10.00pm  
Sleaford Live 2015 - Poacher Line Music Train - Acoustic fun on the train plus a performance at Batemans Brewery. The Music Train departs Sleaford Station at 6.55pm; Heckington 7.02pm; Boston 7.21pm for travel to Batemans Brewery. Revellers catch the return train from Wainfleet at 9.10pm to arrive back in Boston at 9.35pm; Heckington 9.51pm and Sleaford at 10:00pm.
     
Sunday 10th May 2015  
1.00pm - 1.30pm  
Nottinghamshire County Show - The Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, NG24 2NY- Family Zone
2.30pm - 3.15pm  
Nottinghamshire County Show - The Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, NG24 2NY - Bandstand Area  

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bob cawson
23/04/2015




Availability for future gigs.  I am still awaiting quite a number of responses
from group members as to whether they are able/willing to attend the TROC function and the Long Bennington WI function in June.  If you haven't replied could you please do so soonest as I have promised to let the organisers know by the end of this week if we can fulfil the engagement and the numbers attending.  Thanks.
Should be OK for Troc
Roger

roger mackinder - 24-04-15


Should be OK for Troc
Roger

roger mackinder - 24-04-15


Sorry Bob, can't make it, we're off travelling.
Unlike Glenis (see below),I haven't been getting the comment emails, so missed your earlier announcement.
Robin

robin hardy - 24-04-15


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jefft
23/04/2015




I have just ripped off a page from the The UK'S Ukulele Magazine, and added it to our library. Called "Top Tips for Performing Live" the page is not attributed to any one (could have been written by Phil Doleman) but it reads like it was written by Andy with Bob looking over his shoulder :).
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glenis
24/04/2015




Every time somebody places a reply to a message on the website I get an email with a copy of it. I'm inundated with them. Is there a way to turn of notifications?
That's odd, I used to get notifications but don't any more?? I don't think that I did anything, they just stopped.
jefft - 24-04-15


That's odd, Jeff.  Your gmail address is still on the mail list.  Have you checked your email server?
andy stanton - 25-04-15


Is any body else not getting email notifications when they should?
andy stanton - 27-04-15


I don>t get email notifications and I don>t think I ever have?......I have always come and looked at the web site which is where I catch up on things. Oooooh er!
david n - 27-04-15


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andy stanton
25/04/2015




Some photos taken at the Lincoln Uke Festival




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andy stanton
26/04/2015




In response to a recent request I have introduced two ways whereby somebody can have email notifications stopped.
1. Click on a link at the bottom of the email to stop notifications.
2. Log in and click on the 'Admin' link on the menu then click on 'Mail On/Off'
Andy.....I have now played with the on/off switch re emails. I was in the off mode but switched to the on mode and I saw your email. It is the first time I have seen an email like this, in this form. I must have been in blissful ignorance all this time. Now I have choice.......oh dear, what shall I do?
david n - 27-04-15


Man up! Wrestle with it!
Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself with this.  My own experience of this is that sometimes I get email notifications and other times I don't.  There doesn't appear to be any consistency in this.

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andy stanton
27/04/2015




Here is a song I would like to sponsor:-
Arrangement - Sunny Afternoon
Could you have a look at it before Wednesday, please?
That's a good one, I have just tried it and it sounds ok apart from the singing!!!
Tony

tony dawes - 27-04-15


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bob cawson
27/04/2015




I've just posted the play list for this coming Wednesday - add to this Andy's "Sunny Afternoon" (Just posted) and "Bad Moon Rising", "The story of my life" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas".  Song sheets for the last three will be available on Wednesday.

I hope that the list can reduced down to 16 to produce the play list for Long Bennington WI in June.

Bob


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bob cawson
28/04/2015




As mentioned at a couple of previous meetings due to the numbers attending Wednesday afternoon sessions I have asked that the layout of the pub room be changed.  The tables will now be around the side walls (for drinks) with the pool table under the window.  Hopefully this will allow sufficient space for chairs to be placed in a sort of "gig layout".  However, it does mean that you should bring your music stands with you.  If it doesn't work then it is back to the drawing board!

Bob
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andy stanton
29/04/2015




Right folks,
I've taken the following liberties:-
1.  I've amended The Lincolnshire Poacher to include the repeated line at the end of each verse.
2.  I have sketched out the arrangement we've put together for It's A Working Man I Am.

The structure of the song is CHORUS, VERSE, CHORUS, VERSE, CHORUS and FINAL CHORUS.  My suggestion in this arrangement is that everybody doesn't join in the singing until the second verse.  That way we get a gradual build up to the third chorus.

If people are not happy with that suggestion it is a moment's work to change it for everybody to come in on the second chorus, which is what we did this afternoon.

I have to confess I had serious reservations about this song when it was suggested, but now I think we have the basis of a fine little arrangement.  Well done, everybody!
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andy stanton
29 / 04 / 2015



...has added or amended 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore'
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andy stanton
29 / 04 / 2015



...has added or amended 'The Yellow Rose Of Texas'
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andy stanton
29 / 04 / 2015



...has added or amended 'The Story Of My Life '
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andy stanton
30 / 04 / 2015



...has added or amended 'Bad Moon Rising'
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