Welcome to HUG, Hadleigh's Ukulele Group
Our aim is to have fun, share the music and make people smile. So do you play the ukulele? Do you want to play the ukulele? Are you an intermediate player or an expert?
Hadleigh ukulele group (HUG) is for uke players and anybody interested in this fun and entertaining instrument.
Would you like to meet up with other ukulele players, play together, chat and share ideas?
Maybe you would like to join our daytime giggers and play for local groups or community organisations to make people smile and raise funds for our supported charity.
Join us on the first and third Tuesday of every month, see the Meeting and Events page for more information.
For more information about HUG contact Peter Finch:
Mobile: 07914 504874
Club Night November 2019 raising over £300 for BBC's Children in Need
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 139BCE.
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, 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
For the most fun, sing and play along with HUG