So Many Different Gigs!

It never ceases to amaze me how many different places we are invited to go to entertain. Each experience is unique and so much fun to do.

We were fortunate to be invited this week to entertain at a Tea Party for an organisation called Contact the Elderly. Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Everyone had a great time singing along together and we were also treated to lots of goodies for our own tea party. Many thanks to Ann from Sutherland Place for her hospitality and organising such a great party. You can find out more about this organisation by clicking Contact the Elderly.

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Dee Ukes @ Contact The Elderly Tea Party 10/06/18

Next we were back in Forfar again, this time to entertain ladies and gents at the Deirdre Knight Day Care Centre. They definitely hold the record for being fastest on the dance floor – within 1 second of us starting the first song. Every song thereafter had dancers on the floor. We recognised a few familiar faces from one of our other gigs, namely Alice and Linda. Alice has her own particular dancing style along with a great sense of humour which added to the fun afternoon we all had.

Dee Ukes @ Deirdre Knight Centre, Forfar 11/06/18

We completed a very busy spell of gigs with a return visit to Jubilee Court Sheltered Housing in Letham, Angus. The audience and us were entertained by the antics of one member called Irene who we have met several times now. She made the best train sounds, danced the Slosh with Pat and did the Morecambe and Wise dance out of the door and back again. We also sang happy birthday to Pearl who seemed delighted. It is always lovely when a few people go out of their way to say how much they have enjoyed themselves. That is what it is all about.

Dee Ukes @Jubilee Court Sheltered Housing , Letham, Angus 13/06/18

12/06/18 Round Up

New gigs;

  • Monday 3rd Sept. 2-3pm – Senior Circle – St Margaret’s Church, Forfar
  • Wednesday 21st November – Evening – Inverkeilor Rural, Arbroath
  • Friday 18th January 2019 – 1.00 – 2.30pm – Deirdre Knight Centre, Forfar

We practised mainly songs for the Lest We Forget Concert @ the Caird Hall on Saturday 16th June.

Playlist for Lest We Forget:

  • 1 – Dee Ukes Ukulele Band
  • 10 – Side by Side (Please note we will not be doing Chatanooga Choo Choo for this event)
  • Wartime Medley 1 – Short Version

Playlist for Veteran’s Day @ City Square – Saturday 23rd June

  • Wartime Medley 1 Version 3
  • 12 – Leaning On A Lamp Post
  • 5 – Rockin’ All Over the World
  • 21 – Home Medley
  • 11 – You Made Me Love You / Baby Face
  • 16 – Bring Me Sunshine
  • We’ll Meet Again / White Cliffs of Dover – We will try this one again next week as it needs further practice.

We finished off our class with a rousing rendition of Cotton Fields / Pick A Bale of Cotton.

 

News Flash – Dee Ukes get another mention in the Dundee Courier! Just click on the link below.

Dee Ukes at Lest We Forget Concert

 

Congratulations to one of our members, Barbara, who has recently gallantly completed a 5k walk as part of Aberdeen’s Race for Life. Barbara herself manged to raise £1000 to date and her supporters, called Barbara’s Strollers have taken the total up to £4000. Well done all – such a great achievement. If anyone else would like to donate to such a worthwhile cause, you can do so by clicking this link Barbara’s Strollers.

Here are a couple of photos of Barbara’s Strollers. They all look amazing!

We at Dee Ukes are very much looking forward to Barbara joining us again in the not too distant future.

 

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June Gets Off To Flying Start

Our first gig for the month of June took place with the lovely ladies from Strathmartine WRI in Duncan Street. We were treated to tea/coffee and birthday cake, before we even started the entertainment, as they were celebrating their 69th birthday. They were certainly in party mood and joined in enthusiastically with the songs. Many thanks to the committee members for their hospitality and also for the free raffle which resulted in most people, including us, winning a prize. What a brilliant evening!

Dee Ukes @ Strathmartine WRI – 06/06/18

 

05/06/18 Round Up:

New Gig: Tuesday 11th December 7.15 – 8.15pm – Arbirlot and Carmyllie SWI, Salvation Army Hall, Marketgate, Arbroath

Songs practised:

  • 47 – I’ll Never Find Another You
  • 46 – Cotton Fields / Pick A Bale of Cotton. I have made a version 1.1 to include a few changes we made on how to play this one. Cotton Fields and Pick a Bale of Cotton in C version 1.1
  • 45 – Music Hall Medley
  • 44 – My Guy
  • 42 – Spread A Little Happiness
  • 40 – I’ll See You In My Dreams
  • 38 – Runaway
  • 37 – Lily of Laguna

Summer Weather Has Arrived!

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What a lovely spell of warm sunny weather! Hope you are managing to enjoy some sunshine.

We were lucky enough to be invited to entertain at St James Church, Broughty Ferry for the final day of their three day Golden Days Event. The hall was packed with a very enthusiastic audience who love to have a singalong. Not long after our entertainment started, some very exciting news came through which I just had to announce to everyone present.

 

Congratulations to Alice and Denis, who were playing, re the birth of their fourth grandchild.

Making such an announcement at a gig was yet another first for Dee Ukes! Everyone in the room gave a round of applause – a lovely moment!

 

 

We managed to persuade 4/5 audience members to join our dancing twins Pat and Bob in the Slosh. Everyone was having such a good time that we ran over our time slot a little. One lady bought herself  a ukulele following our last visit there one year ago. I gave her a very quick lesson and within minutes she was playing and singing a couple of simple songs using the chord of C. She has promised to try and learn a couple more chords.

Following the singing, everyone, including us was encouraged to take part in an exercise routine which was great fun. This was followed by tea, coffee, delicious dumpling and loads of other cakes and biscuits. Many thanks for the great hospitality.

Dee Ukes @ St James Church, Broughty Ferry 16/05./2018

 

15/08/18 Round Up:

New gig – Thursday 15th November 2018, 1.15 – 2.15pm- Dundee Dementia Resource Centre

Songs practised:

  • Runaway
  • Lily of Laguna / On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep
  • Five Foot Two
  • Oh You Beautiful Doll
  • Leaving of Liverpool
  • Chatanooga Choo Choo
  • Music Hall Medley

Many thanks to all for making it a fun week. Hope the sunny weather continues.

Gigs Galore!

What a week for Dee Ukes with no less than three gigs!

Our first Gig was at Arbroath U3A AGM in the Scout Hall. Before we had even started to play, we were greeted with smiling faces and a round of applause following our introduction. 🙂 That set the scene for a fantastic afternoon. Our audience was an absolute joy to perform in front of and their enthusiasm and participation never waned. Two of their members, including Alison Bruce, who had never danced the slosh before, took to the floor and proved to be brilliant. Of course they had expert tuition from our very own ‘brothers’ Pat and Bob. We recveived a lovely message from them. See below:

Hi Liz,

Can I say many, many thanks to you and the Dee Ukes for the great afternoon you gave us on Tuesday. So many happy faces, it was wonderful! We loved everything you did.   You were inspiring, I’m definitely planning a start-up group for the Arbroath U3A.

And can you give my apologies to your member who asked for a cup of boiling water after the gig. I just remembered at ten o’clock that night that she was still waiting for it! I’m sorry, I hope she wasn’t needing it for childbirth!

I would be delighted if you could return some time in the future, but in the meantime may you continue to spread joy with your playing, singing and dancing!!

Best wishes,

Alison Bruce

It’s good to know we have inspired the creation of another ukulele group! 🙂

Dee Ukes @ Arbroath U3A AGM 09/05/18

Dee Ukes @ Arbroath U3A AGM 09/05/18

For the third year in a row we were invited to entertain at the Going for Gold Event, which this year was held in Menzieshill Community Centre. Service users from several local care homes were brought together for a full day of fun and games challenges as well as lunch and a presentation of prizes at the end. This turned out to be an amazing large scale party with over 100 people joining in with lots of enthusiastic singing, clapping, waving arms in the air and even cheering. Boy do they know how to party! The staff are also the most energetic, fun-filled, attentive people and most of them, along with some of the service users, were dressed in various war themed uniforms which added to the fun. What a treat for everyone, including us!

Dee Ukes at Going for Gold Event in Menzieshill Community Centre 10/05/18

To round off a very busy week, ten of us hit the road and travelled all the way to Stonehaven where we entertained a small but enthusiastic group in the Invercarron Resource Centre. Godfrey, an Al Jolson enthusiast, was keen to show off his Al Jolson Society t-shirt from 1989. He gave us a thumbs up for our Jolson medley. He also asked for a Vera Lynn song at the end, and we just about managed to oblige without music or words. Godfrey also took the time at the end to say how much he appreciated us going there to sing. Very humbling!

Dee Ukes @ Invercarron Resource Centre 12/05/18

 

08/05/18 Round Up

New gigs:

  • Saturday 30th June 2018 – Coldside Gala day – time tbc (Gala 12 noon  – 4pm)
  • Wednesday 26th September 2018 –  Forfar East & Old Parish Guild 7.15pm start
  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 2-3pm – Barry Church Guild, Main Street, Barry Village

Concert News

Tickets are now on sale from the Dundee Box Office for our charity concert in October. See details above.

 

Songs practised:

  • Wartime Medley 1 – version 3
  • Wartime medley 2 – version 1.1
  • Lili Marlene
  • Lily of Laguna / On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep
  • Runaway – Those who wish to try the kazoo section of this song can listen to the required  tune below. Good luck!

  • Five Foot Two Medley
  • Oh You Beautiful Doll
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams
  • King of the Road

We still have a few things to keep working on with the above songs, but most are sounding really good. Well done for all the hard work from everyone, particularly those who have attended any or all of this week’s gigs.

For those attending Carnoustie Gala Day, the theme for the float we will be on is Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves. It would be good if we dressed accordingly. Ken Johnston is designing the float and here is a peak at one of his sketches.

 

U3A Scottish Evening + Tealing Guild!

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Many thanks to all those who donned their tartan and headed for the Queens Hotel for the U3A Scottish Evening. Here are a couple of videos showing Dee Ukes in action. I think we looked and sounded great!

Well done to Pat for his brilliant MC skills. He fairly kept the ‘noisy’ ones in check and kept the evening flowing along with the swirl of his kilt. 🙂

Trefoil Guild

What a brilliant evening Dee Ukes had this week at Inveraldie Hall, Tealing where members of the Trefoil Guild from Dundee, Arbroath, Monifieth and Brechin turned up, proudly wearing their trefoil badges and neckerchiefs. We soon had them all joining in with the singing and having a great time. After an initial reluctance from the audience to hit the dance floor, our ‘twin brothers’ Pat and Bob led the way and were joined by 5/6 audience members all doing the slosh, much to the amusement of the entire hall. Cameras were out in force to capture the moment. Many thanks to Olive and the other committee members for their hospitality, free (for us!) raffle tickets/subsequent prizes, sandwiches/cakes/tea/coffee and a very generous donation. 🙂

Dee Ukes @ Inveraldie Hall, Tealing 12/04/18

 

10/04/18 Round UpNew gig – Sunday 12th August – Monifieth Medieval Fair – times tbc

  • Exciting news – dates now confirmed:
    • Saturday 6th October 2018, 2-4pm – Dee Ukes for Dundee Dementia Resource Centre @ The Space Theatre
    • Saturday 13th October 2018 – Dee Ukes @ The Scottish Parliament for the 2018 Festival of Politics – times tbc
  • Songs practised:
    • Side by Side – no problems
    • We’re Not Going to Take It – Everyone remembered this one really well. Sounded great!
    • Oh You Beautiful Doll Medley – Coming along well – just needs a few more practises – now number 13 on the Master Playlist (replacing Loch Lomond)
    • Scottish Songs version 2 – some parts of this went down well – others not so well. We have decided to bring back the original Dundee Songs. Woohoo!
    • We discussed the best key for Leaving of Liverpool and have decided on the key of A. I will hopefully have this ready for next week.
    • I’ll See You In My Dreams – almost ready to be recorded.
    • Spread A Little Happiness – some queries re certain parts of the tune – coming on well
    • My Guy – we agreed that version 1.1 is better, but have made another tiny change by leaving out the second last ‘instrumental part’. I have therefore completed a version 1.2 if you wish to check it out.
    • Bonnie Dundee – We finished off with a rousing rendition of this song complete with the bodhran. 🙂

Hope to see some of you at the U3A AGM on Monday 16th April @ Queens Hotel, starting at 2pm.

Visit to St Mary’s Care Home

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Dee Ukes @ St Mary’s Care Home, Monifieth 19th February 2018

Dee Ukes had a great time at St Mary’s Care Home in Monifieth where we are always treated to wonderful hospitality with fancy juice beforehand and tea/coffee afterwards. The residents there are so well looked after and were all given percussion instruments at the start by their activities’ co-ordinator Marie. Quite a few of the residents have a great sense of rhythm and many were able to sing along to most of our songs. To see so many smiling faces in front of us is always so rewarding. We’ll be back to see them all again in November. 🙂

 

20/02/18 Round Up

New gigs:

  • Wednesday 13th June 2018 2-3pm (time tbc), Jubilee Court Sheltered Housing, Letham, Angus
  • Thursday 12th July 2018, 2.30-3.30pm, Fordmill care Home, Montrose
  • Saturday 18th August 2018 11am – 2pm (time slot for us to be 2o/30 minutes), Fintry Church Gala Day
  • Wednesday 24th October 2018, 7-9pm, Broughty Ferry Library 90th Birthday Party (2x 20/25 minute slots)

We recorded End of the Line which has now been added to the Audio Files tab, but I have also added it here. If you listen carefully at the end you can hear Denis’ comment. 🙂

Just a reminder that Sunday Sessions Folk Club is on this Sunday (25th Feb.) starting at 7pm. We practised the two songs we will be singing: Chatanooga Choo Choo and End of the Line. Hope to see many of you there.

We also practised Five Foot Two Medley, Loch Lomond, Grandma’s Feather Bed, Spread a Little Happiness.

We tried two new songs:

Annie’s Song – I have done a second version as we would like to try a couple of suspended chords which we have seen in other versions. Version 2 is on the Current Songsheets tab as well as  here. Annie’s Song Version 2

My Guy – We practised the introduction and ending patterns which most people managed fine. With a few more practices I think this will be another good one.

I will make Annie’s Song number 40 and My Guy number 44 on the Master Playlist.

The soup and toasties are going down well at our practices. 

As usual the time just flew by. Thanks to everyone for making it fun again. 🙂

February Fun

Shrove Tuesday

Hope you didn’t overdo the pancakes on Tuesday!

Fun @ The Cabin

Dee Ukes @ The Cabin, Monifieth 14/02/18

What an amazing turn out for our gig at The Cabin in Monifieth where the members of Monifieth Women’s Group turned out in droves despite the cold weather and subsequent snowfall. They are a hardy lot! I think we had around 60/70 people singing along with us and joining in the fun. We even had a few brave souls dancing the Slosh along with our experts Pat and Marge. There was a great atmosphere and I’m sure everyone, including us,  had a wonderful time. The feedback at the end is extrememly encouraging and a few more ‘business cards’ were handed out. Woohoo!

Many thanks to Sheila Taylor for taking and sending me this photo on her swanky new camera.

13/02/18 Round Up

  • Next gig: Monday 19th February – St Mary’s Care Home, Monifieth.
  • New gig: Thursday 5th July 2-3pm – Storyville House, Kirriemuir
  • New gig: Tuesday 28th August, Parkinson’s UK Group @ Steeple Church2-3pm
  • New gig: Fordmill Care Home, Montrose – date tbc

Songs practised:

  • Five Foot two Medley – I have created version 2 over 2 pages which hopefully will make the song easier to play
  • Loch Lomond – for the U3A Scottish Event
  • Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Chatanooga Cho Choo
  • King of the Road
  • End of the Line – I have done version 1.2 which is on the website. We are still trying out some new ideas with this one.
  • Spread A Little Happiness

I have updated the Master Playlist which is now on the website. There are still a few additions and changes to make over the coming weeks and months as we try out more new songs. Our newest songs are in red.

I have also added the recently recorded new songs to the Audio Files tab. They are useful for playing along with if you wish to practise.

 

Valentines Day

Sending love to all my ukulele friends for Valentine’s Day.