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.

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2. Hope this is useful in an emergency.

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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?

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

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4. Your favourite saying.

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5. After a long day.

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A lovely bag to keep it all in.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mame’s Birthday

We had an early birthday surprise for Mame today as she is travelling down south shortly to be with her family for her very special 80th birthday which is next week.

Here is the birthday girl with one of her presents.

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We had a few party pieces for Mame. The first came from Pat who, at Mame’s request, tracked down and learned a song called Every Step of the Way which was sung by Dickie Rock who had 13 top ten hits with the Miami Showband. Dickie and the band were the first Irish artists to go straight to number 1 with this song in 1965. Lovely singing Pat!

George was next to perform and sang Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. Well done George.

Alice & Denis performed a clever parody of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song Have You Ever Seen the Rain? My apologies for my phone running out of space for their song. (So annoying!) Fortunately they also presented Mame with a scroll of the words. Brilliant!

Many thanks to Pat, George, Alice & Denis for their tremendous efforts. Maggie and Liz then had everyone singing and miming to the Rattlin’ Bog.

Have a safe trip down south Mame. Enjoy your birthday with your family and have a lovely Christmas. See you next year. 🙂

Blues Workshop

Many thanks go to Michael Rosenberg (from Australia – URoC ) for visiting Dee Ukes on Monday 5th September and giving us a great Blues Workshop. We got lots of tips as well as lots of new songs.

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Michael Rosenberg (at the end, front left)

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Uke Fest Essex

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I was lucky enough to attend the Essex Ukulele Festival on Saturday 22nd July along with our very own Sandra. What a fabulous day we had in glorious sunshine. There were amazing professional acts from Ben Rouse, Phillipa Leigh, Zoe Bestel, D’Ukes (!!!) and Phil Doleman. The headline act was none other than The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. They were brilliant! ( I finally got to see them ‘live’ – Woo hoo!)

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There were also amateur society bands, workshops and strum along sessions with words/chords on the big screen. Great fun. Sandra and I even managed to make a brief appearance on the big screen!

One of the groups who caught my attention for a different reason was called D’Ukes (pronounced Dukes). They are a six-piece electric ukulele covers band, have performed on TV and BBC radio, headlined the Czech Republic’s first ukulele festival and sold out theatres in the south east of England. They started up nearly 7 years ago in a small way, entertaining at Care Homes, Gala days etc. Does this sound familiar? Now they are in big demand and  are hosting their own ukulele festival in Hornchurch, Essex in August 2016. They sell their own CDs and other merchandise. You never know what we will be up to in a few years time! 🙂

I must personally thank Sandra and her daughter Susan for a fantastic day and indeed weekend. Cheers!

PS

Just a quick reminder that some of us are off to Seaton Grove Care Centre, Seaton Road, Arbroath DD11 5DT from 2pm – 3pm tomorrow, Tuesday 26th July. (No class tomorrow)

We will be selecting songs from Alternative Playlist 28th June 2016 Looking forward to seeing some of you there. 🙂