Visit to St Mary’s Care Home


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.


Dee Ukes Summer Party

Well, Dee Ukes sure know how to party! We had such a great time on Tuesday @ Finmill Centre where Denis started proceedings by singing a specially composed song for Liz who recently had a birthday ( not a special one as had been thought – there’s a clue in the song if you listen carefully ) However, it was still greatly appreciated. Thanks Denis. 🙂

I have had problems with uploading the videos and they won’t play in the normal way, but hopefully by clicking on the link Denis sings a song for Liz you will see and hear his clever words.

As if birthday surprises last week weren’t enough, I was then presented with a whole bag full of goodies.

Each gift came with a clue – see below.

  1. Some new instruments for you.












2. Hope this is useful in an emergency.


Complete with Chord book, strings, strap, finger pick, tuner and 1 extra little gift – a Winner’s badge. Did I mention we won an Award recently?


3. This will help you get down from the ceiling. (Moi, get high! Never!)


4. Your favourite saying.


5. After a long day.


A lovely bag to keep it all in.


As if all of the above wasn’t enough,  I also received a voucher for M & S. Lucky me! Thank you all so much for your generosity, sense of humour and endless fun. 🙂


On with the party pieces. Just click on the names and you should be taken to the videos. We had no shortage of people willing to do a turn. Everyone was fantastic! You will have to click on the back arrow after each video to get back to the Blog.

Jim singing Crinan Canal for Me and Messing About on the River.

Margaret singing  New Zealand song called Pamia. Margaret is also wearing a Maori dress.

George singing Please Don’t Bury Me.

Alan playing Yellow Rose of Texas.

Alice & Denis singing City of New Orleans.

After we had all tucked into lots of delicious food, the party pieces continued.

John started the second half by singing The Fields of Athenry.

Brenda followed on with a hilarious rendition of The Cock-adoodle-doo Song.

Bob singing On The Road Again.

Maggie singing an Irish song called Come By The Hills.

Barbara singing For You. 

Just 3Folk singing The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Hopefully, you can all see the videos. I’m sure you will agree we have lots of talented people in Dee Ukes. 🙂

Many thanks again to all for a great party and if you are not attending any of the next three gigs, then I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 15th August.

Glebe House Gig


Dee Ukes @ Glebe House, Kirriemuir 26/07/17

Dee Ukes managed to fit in another gig this week when we returned to visit Glebe House Day Care Centre in Kirriemuir. Our audience soon settled down with their percussion instruments ready to be our backing group. As well as some regular songs we played a few new songs and I’m pleased to say we literally got the thumbs up from them. Helen was particularly enthusiastic about joining in with the singing and shaking her maracas (which were really plastic bottles filled with rice or peas). Helen took to the dance floor for the very last song and was joined by Willie. It was lovely to see all the smiling faces in front of us throughout our little concert. Great fun as always.






Across the Water

Dee Ukes were back to Riverview Lodge Care Home today for another visit to the lovely residents and visitors there. Jenny always makes us feel so welcome and she works hard at getting the residents involved with singing and enjoying the music. Staff and residents alike are always so appreciative of our efforts. At the end we discovered we had a birthday girl in our midst, so Jenny immediately dashed off and returned with cake and a lit candle for Alice. Thanks Jenny – a lovely moment!

Alice receiving her birthday cake from Jenny @ Riverview Lodge Care Home


Dee Ukes @ Riverview Lodge Care Home 24/05/17


NB: Sunday Sessions is on this  Sunday, 28th May. I forgot to mention it at our class. For those who are able to attend, Dee Ukes will sing All I have to do is Dream and I Guess it Doesn’t Matter Anymore. Hope you can make it.

23/05/17 Round Up:

  • New gig – Panbride Friendship Circle in Carnoustie wish us to entertain them either on Tuesday 19th December or Tuesday 9th January. The organiser is to get back to me with a definite date. Whichever date is agreed, it would mean cancelling our class for that day. They have a big hall, so our class could effectively be held in Carnoustie! 🙂
  • We have been invited to attend a Happy Ukes Social Evening in Alison’s Bar on Friday 9th June, starting at 7.30pm. There will be a free buffet and an opportunity to perform or just sit back and enjoy the fun.

Songs practised:

  • Elvis Mega Medley version 1.2 – Sounding good.
  • Memory Songs – Rockin’ All Over the World & Rock Around the Clock – we’ll keep working on memorising both.
  • Beautiful Sunday in G – Sounding good already.
  • We’ll meet Again / White Cliffs of Dover – Coming along well, despite having a few tricky chords. It just needs practice.
  • I Guess it Doesn’t Matter Anymore Version 1.1  – Sounding good.
  • We’re Not Going To Take It – It has been a few weeks since we practised this one so we sang it a couple of times. It’s coming along well.

Before we knew it, it was time to stop! Time flies by when you are having fun. 🙂



Fun in the Ferry!

17th May 2017

Dee Ukes @ St James Church, Broughty Ferry 17/05/17

Dee Ukes had their first visit to St James Church in Fort Street Broughty Ferry as part of the church’s Three Golden Days Event. We were greeted with a large hall, beautifully set out with lovely table cloths and best teacups/saucers! The hall very quickly filled up with an anticipatory audience along with a reporter from The Courier!

Following an initial speaker, we were invited to start the entertainment. What an enthusiastic audience they turned out to be. We certainly were carried along with their singing, clapping and cheering. Looking out at so many happy faces is indeed so rewarding for us. We can’t wait for a return visit which has been promised. We even had one member, Sheena, gallantly doing the ‘Morecambe & Wise dance’ at the end, following some encouragement from Pat!

Another member of the audience was inspired to say she intends to get her own ukulele! We may have an extra player to join us when we return. Brilliant! 🙂

We didn’t need much encouragement to join in with the exercise session at the end. This was followed by a huge amount of home-made goodies. Many thanks to all at St James Church for their warm welcome, hospitality and for their sense of fun.

PS – There may be more photos to follow!


16/05/17 Round Up:

  • New gig – Sunday 4th June, event time is 1-3pm – our time slot tbc – Volunteer Celebration Event @ Fairfield Sports Club ( recently taken over premises from Drumgeith Sports Pavilion) Event will be indoors.
  • New gig – Monday 15th January 2018 – 2-3.30 ish- Downfield Mains Church, Haldane Street – small hall 10-12 requested.
  • Medieval Fair Riverview Park – Sunday 18th June – Running order Running Order Excel 170507 (Revision 4) (1) We are in Marquee 1 from 1.30-1.45pm. We are on Stage from 2.25 – 2.50pm.
  • Ticket sales are currently sitting at 59 which is really good considering they have only been on sale for two weeks and the concert is 5 months away!
  • We will be stopping the class for a short break on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 8th August.

We practised the following:

  • Elvis Presley Mega Medley (35 on list) – we discussed various options for the ending of Teddy bear as well as some timing issues. I have now done version 1.2 which we will go over next week. (slight changes!)
  • Memory Songs – Rockin’ All Over the World (5) Rock Around the Clock (18) – the latter needs more work to memorise -we will keep practising.
  • I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore v1.1 (41) – no problems with this one.
  • Beautiful Sunday in F – generally we feel it is better in the key of G. This version is now available on our Current Songsheets tab. This song lends itself to dancing the Slosh. See below. ( Not sure about the ‘diagonal’ bit!) We will get some volunteers next week! I have also added a school staff doing the dance! (no diagonal!)

We looked again at some possible songs for the Festival of Politics. (FoP)

  • Human by Rag n Bone Man – many felt this one is not suitable so we will leave it meanwhile.
  • Hooked on a Feeling by Swede – we are becoming more familiar with the tune and just need to try it on our own now!
  • History by One Direction – we listened to the You Tube video and tried a bit for ourselves – we will try again next week.
  • We finished off with Blame It On The Ukulele for a bit of light relief!

Yet another great week for Dee Ukes. Thanks all! 🙂



Party Time At Douglas Sports Centre!

Dee Ukes attended a very special event called Going for Gold in Douglas Sports Centre today when various community groups came together for a fun day with the theme of Playground Games. The morning was spent with the various groups taking part in a variety of games. It was quite competitive as there were certificates and medals on offer!

We were providing the lunch time entertainment. What a fantastic time we all had as all of the participants were soon singing along and up on the dance floor to many of the songs. One of the staff called Michael was a born entertainer and had everyone in stitches with his antics. Staff members entertained everyone with their own competitive games including hula hooping. For the very last song Michael, along with another staff member, did not hesitate to do the ‘Morecambe and Wise dance’. Others started a conga going around the large hall. What a brilliant atmosphere!

Of course, not to be outdone, a few Dee Ukes members had a go at the hula hoop challenge with varying degrees of success! No prizes for us! It was great to see so many smiling happy faces throughout the afternoon! 🙂


09/05/17 Round Up

  • New gigs:
    • Monday 31st July 2-3.15pm @Lousen Park, Park Avenue, Carnoustie DD7 7HZ
    • Tuesday 6th March 2018 7.30pm start @ Douglas/Mid Craigie Church (Guild), Balbeggie Place DD4 8RD
  • Tickets now on sale for Dee Ukes for Maggie’s Dundee concert @ The Space. This year you can book specific seats.

Final Poster A4

Songs practised:

  • Elvis Presley Mega Mix – no problems with this one.
  • Memory songs: Rockin’ All Over the World & Rock Around the Clock – Most people are fine with Rockin’ All Over the world, but still need additional work to memorise Rock Around the Clock (including myself!)
  • We are considering 6 songs for the Scottish Parliament and will select the best 2 or 4
    • We’re Not Going to Take it – didn’t practise today, but is a strong contender for Edinburgh
    • House of Gold – didn’t practice today
    • Human – looked at the chords and practised singing along with the video to familiarise ourselves with the tune.
    • Hooked on a Feeling – listened to the video and looked at the chords. Will try to play next week.
    • Make You feel My Love – Tried this one, but felt it isn’t suitable for Scottish Parliament. May keep for another occasion.
    • History – will try next week hopefully.
  • Playground Songs version 1.2 – We practised this for Douglas Sports centre. It sounds good with the bass added.
  • Another new song! – I Guess it Doesn’t Matter Anymore – After a quick look at the chords we played and sang this one with no problems. Well done everybody. 🙂 This is now on the Songsheets section of our website.
  • We sang Beautiful Sunday in 3 different keys and selected the key of F which can now be downloaded from the website. We will try it next week.

Hare are the videos for Human by Rag n Bone Man and Hooked on a Feeling by Swede.

Thank you all for your hard work and patience, especially with so many new songs on the go! You are all stars!


News From Forfar

Dee Ukes @ Beech Hill House, Lour Road, Forfar 04/05/17

Dee Ukes spent a lovely sunny afternoon at Beech Hill House in Forfar. Before we started, one of the residents, Frank,  was chatting to us about the ukulele and I taught him how to play the chord of C. He told us he used to be in a choir and once we started singing Frank demonstrated that he still has a great singing voice. He knew the words of most of our songs. Senior Social care Officer, Dave Sutherland, told me he had bought a ukulele following our previous visit, but hadn’t yet learned to play it. Dave produced his ukulele and handed it to Frank who duly played along to some of our songs with his newly acquired skill – the C chord.

The staff were brilliant with the residents, encouraging them to join in and helping to create a great atmosphere throughout the afternoon. Frank was quick to come over at the end and give some very positive feedback. Thank you Frank. Dave was also taught the chord of C and as we were leaving he was entertaining the residents with Row Row Row Your Boat and had them all singing along. Brilliant! Next time we visit I think we will have an extra band member, possibly two! Many thanks for the tea and biscuits.

02/05/17 Round Up:

  • New gigs:
    • Wednesday 26th July – Glebe House, Kirriemuir 1-2pm
    • Friday 10th November – DBPSS, Ward Road, 1.30 – 3pm
    • Friday 15th December – Glebe House, Kirriemuir 10.45 – 11.45am


  • Memory Songs – Rockin’ All Over the World & Rock Around the Clock
  • Possible Scottish Parliament Songs:
    • We’re Not Going To Take It v1.5 – This is getting better every week. We are even starting to sing it with a ‘bit of attitude’!
    • One Way Or Another – We tried this in a higher key and the outcome was Na Na Na Na Na Na Nanana!
    • House of Gold – The tune is becoming more familiar each week. Most people like it, so we will keep practising for the time being.
    • We listened to Human by Rag n Bone Man and agreed it has potential. You can listen to it again here.   
    • Another suggestions is Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
    • Another suggestion is History by One Direction
  • New Song – We tried our Elvis Presley Mega Medley which should prove to be popular at Midlin as well as perhaps the concert Strumalong.

Let’s hope the sun keeps shining. See you all soon.