Do you play the ukulele? Are you an intermediate player or an expert? Would you like to meet up with other uke players and play together, chat, share ideas and maybe put on a gig or two?
Hadleigh ukulele group (HUG) is for uke players and anybody interested in this fun and entertaining instrument. Our meetings are held in the Meeting Room of Hadleigh's United Reformed Church on the first and third Tuesday of every month: 7.30 to 9.30pm.
But what if you're an absolute beginner? Don't worry, we have started a regular informal sub-group for beginners. For more information click the Beginners link above.
If you want to get in touch, email Peter at: email@example.com
Some of HUG's members performing at the Whatfield Players Revue
Some facts about the ukulele:
The ukulele, the first of which was made in 1879, is a member of the lute family of instruments and is derived from a stringed instrument that first appeared in Portugal in 139BC.
The ukulele is even more popular than it ever was. In recent years ukulele manufacturers such as Kala have reported growth of 500-600% and around the world in 2015 ukulele sales rose by 1200%. There are four types of ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. Some have pickups so can be played through an amplifier or PA system.
The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was a uke player and when he returned to Earth he spent several weeks in quarantine as scientists at the time feared he may have picked up strange bacteria while in space. He spent much of this time strumming his uke.
Other famous players are: Taylor Swift, Pete Townsend, Peter Sellers, Cyndi Lauper, Warren Buffet, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Madonna, Joni Mitchell, Frank Skinner, Bill Gates, Ewan McGregor, Sam Neil, Kate Bush, Will i Am and Madonna.
At the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in May 2018, marking Prince Charles's 70th birthday, he and the guests were were treated to a performance of the Goons’ Ying Tong song played on ukuleles.
The hugely successful 'Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain' is made up from ukulele players and singers who play all kinds of music all over the country and overseas to full theatres. Their website is http://www.ukuleleorchestra.com/.
There are over 250 ukulele groups on the UK.
And finally, ukulele players are naturally friendly people.
For real inner peace - play the ukulele.