Archive for the ‘Sessions and clubs’ Category

Check out the Marlow Uke Group website.  Brian started this group in February of this year and up to 40 members regularly attend on alternate Monday nights.  Unfortunately Monday night has been difficult for me of late because of work commitments but I’m looking forward to getting to a meeting soon.

Brian has done an amazing job on the website and in my opinion it’s one of the best sites around for information for beginners.  As well as the really well produced songbooks, Brian has put a wealth of help on the site from chord diagrams to strumming patterns – only recently he has added a brilliantly clear section on finger-picking including a couple of really useful ‘Travis’ patterns.

Well done Brian for bringing so much pleasure to a lot of people and thanks for all your hard work on the website!


Another great evening was had by all present and we even got some applause from the main bar. Yep we knocked out a few of the old favourites again but what makes this session so special is that Martin takes every opportunity to introduce us to those little techniques and chord embellishments that can transform the mundane to something much more interesting and entertaining. Yesterday we were all ‘pushing’ chords like mad and its amazing how such a simple technique can make your playing sound so much more ‘Formbyish’.

The other great thing about this session is that Martin’s mate, Sparky, from their terrific blue grass band Papa Truck is generally around to add his unique vocal style to the proceedings. Ever heard ‘I’m a believer’ sung in cod-opera style?

Check out Papa Truck at or on YouTube

Session at Marlow Uke Group (MUGs) yesterday evening.  How did we manage to hog the whole of the back room with the biggest TV whilst the Manchester derby was on?

Was looking forward to session at the Belle Vue tomorrow but sometimes life, or rather death (RIP Jenny), gets in the way.

Over the past 3 months I’ve joined a Uke club , bought my first uke , sold it to buy a better one and have now concluded that size does matter – I need a Tenor uke.

Note the use of the word need as oppose to want……

In common with a lot of obsessives of my gender/age (I’ll let you guess…  ) I tend to do a lot of research when I get interested in stuff and during my regular trawls for uke related stuff I’ve discovered a veritable cornucopia of reviews, club sites, song books, blogs and things that just make me smile.

It’s my intention to share some of the stuff that I have most enjoyed and in doing so hopefully I’ll provide yet another resource for other ukeaholics.

I promise that I’ll avoid the use of Hawaiian words/phrases wherever humanly possible.