Tuesday, 23 December 2014

SUP Christmas Party

On Monday 22nd December nearly 50 members of SUP gathered for our Christmas Party.

Here is our Chairman;s report:

Thank you to everybody who came to the SUP Christmas party at The Fingerpost last night. A fantastic uke filled night!
Special thanks to:
The Fingerpost, for providing a brilliant buffet
Luis Troyano for the wonderful cakes
Karen Davenport, Phil & Sarah Faye Davenport for organising the raffle of the knitted one-man-band, in aid of St. Catherine's Hospice
Sandra Woolley for the chocolates
Ian Gough for "Ukulele Christmasses"
Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Here are some photos of our merry band (taken by Karen & Sarah)
Christmas Party

And a letter from St Catherine's Hospice.

Seven Miles Out

Sunday 21st December 2014

Only a small audience for this visit to Seven Miles Out but we performed festively!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Waterloo charity night in aid of Stepping Hill Neo-Natal Unit

Friday 12th December 2014

Message from the Waterloo

Thankyou so much for all your support to help last night be a great success.
Up to now we have raised in excess of £350 with still more to come

       Thanks again Lin x

And well done to Nia and Chris, who won prizes in the raffle

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Poynton Christmas Festival

Tuesday 2nd December

A few of us were invited to play at the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights in Poynton on a very cold evening. Here is Sandra's brief report

A really great time was had at Poynton Christmas Festival and so nice to see Luis. The crowd seemed to like us as we were asked to sing a few more songs! Thank you to everyone who came to play and sing. Well done

Seven Miles Out

Friday 29th November

We were invited back to play on Foodie Friday for the Christmas Lights Switch on in Stockport Old Town.

Here is the Seven Miles Out video - keep watching, we are on it!

A brief report from Mark:

Another brilliant night at Seven Miles Out. Well done to everybody that played. Got some very good feedback from the audience.
The fraction of Fosbrooks were absolutely fantastic!
A great night.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Music Train and the Royal Oak, New Mills

Saturday 1st November 2014

On Saturday 1st November, Stockport Ukulele Players sent 7 intrepid strummers on the Music Train from Piccadilly to New Mills.
We wowed them on the packed train with a train-based set of ukulele goodness
We oohed & aaahed at the fantastic New Mills Community bonfire and firework display
Then we strummed, hummed, hoo-hoo’d & supped at the Royal Oak
At the end of the night we made our way back, nearly missing our connections at New Mills & Piccadilly, but fortified by Bernie’s magnificent home-made honey mead!

Strumming all the way to New Mills

Spookulele at Seven Miles Out

We are lucky enough to have two reports of the evening:

This Halloween Stockport Ukulele Players sent 10 players to Seven Miles Out to play a Spookulele set.
Dressed in the scariest of fancy dress, we descended on Foodie Friday in Stockport Old Town. The market area was buzzing with people sampling the food from the many stalls. There was live music, face painting, craft beers & ciders, and all sorts of ghouls and ghosts.
At 9pm SUP started their spooktacular set, and played to a loud and appreciative audience until well after 11.
It was great to see, and be a part of, the great revival that has taken place over recent months in Stockport Old Town.


A scary night at the market. As part of the Halloween Foody Friday Market Celebrations SUP returned to Seven Miles Out for another entertaining night. A motley collection of witches, wizards and zombies ghoulishly appeared, ably fronted by Pennywise and driven by the thumping bass of the grim reaper.

A great effort with the costumes and performance with plenty of audience participation, a "bad" night was had by all.

Kind Regards
Dr Ukenstein
On behalf of the NHS - (National Horror Service)

Romiley Conservative Club

On Sunday 26th October 2014 members of SUP gathered at Romiley Conservative Club to perform at their charity event in aid of Beechwood Cancer Care Centre.

Some of us arrived early to watch the Werneth Swing Band, then there was a raffle. Then it was our turn. A successful afternoon, enjoyed by players and audience alike.

Thank you to the club for providing us with a buffet just before we took to the stage. It was very welcome.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Cheadle Discovery Explorers

It all started with an email from their leader, Mark
"We are looking at the possibility of forming a Ukulele Band with the ultimate aim of performing at our groups bi-annual gang show Frivolous, held on stage at Stockport college theare next Feb. I have a group of about 15 young people and leaders willing to give this a go. They are all prepared to purchase their own Ukulele.We could do with some help and guidance on whether this is feasible , some advice on what to buy and some help on teaching us to play a couple of basic songs."

We decided this would be a new challenge for us but we were up for it, so on Thursday 16th October a group of us went to their scout hut, armed with a good supply of ukueles. We gave a short performance before splitting into small groups to introduce them to the fun that can be had with a small 4-stringed instrument.

At the end we all gathered in the main hall and played a few songs together.

I think they all enjoyed it, we certainly did. What happens next?
"Our plan forward is to establish who now wants to join up then get them kitted out with Ukes. Once this is done we will then have some get together practice sessions. Once they have all become a little more familiar we will then identify some songs to learn and concentrate on these. We may well be in touch for a little advice around this stage . You are most welcome for a return visit and we can plan that in maybe some time after Xmas.
Thanks very much for all your support and please relay that to the other SUP members"

Mark has kindly sent us some photos of the evening  

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Stockport Fringe Festival

Stockport Fringe Festival    -   Sunday 31st August

Well that was fun! A few of us gathered to play and sing in Seven Miles Out.

But who was this?

And do we have a new member of SUP? 

The Crown Inn Funday Sunday

After a slow start, because we were all tired after the busk, we moved from the pub into the brewery under the arches and we all seemed to wake up. The audience were singing along with us.
Most of us left at about 6pm but a few continued playing....

Thanks to Brian for these photos

Stockport Buskulele 2014

Saturday 23rd August found us in Merseyway Shopping Precinct

After a slight hiccup when it was found that we were double-booked (thank goodness for smartphones, Sue was able to show the email confirmation) we got started. 

A further setback was when we were asked to turn off the amplification as we were disturbing the nearby shops! Luckily Malcolm had a spare ukulele for Geoff our bass-player to borrow and we moved closer together so that we could hear each other and we carried on.

"Huge thank you to everybody who came and played in Merseyway today. The weather and the public were kind to us, and we raised a whopping £218.68! Together with the funds we have already raised, that means we have £403.26 for Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society" Mark


On 16th August, we took to the stage at The Fingerpost. A great day was had by all.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Romiley Village Market

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Back in May, I was watching a band performing at the Village Market and thought that would be a good place for us to play. And of course in August it will be a lovely sunny day....

Well it was a nice place to play but the weather was not so great. Storms were forecast but Romiley Traders put up two gazebos for us. About 16 people turned up and we started to play, at that stage it was dull but not raining. However that soon changed and we moved to a more sheltered place to play. Unfortunately for us and the traders there were not many shoppers in Romiley. Those that did stop to watch seemed to enjoy it, several small children danced to our songs and we had a good time.

At about 2.15pm we were thinking of packing up, then the sun came out so we carried on playing until about 3pm  and a few more people came to watch.

We raised just over £160 for St Ann's Hospice.
Here are a few photos

Maybe we will have better weather next time.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Stockport Carnival 2014

On a very hot Saturday 26th July a few brave souls joined the carnival parade for a new challenge - walking, playing and singing at the same time. They chose a few easy songs and knew them well by the time the parade reached Woodbank Park.
Joined by three more members they gathered under the gazebo to eat and drink lots of water, then started to play a few more tunes but we then asked to go and play in the Pure Radio arena. Then it was back to the gazebo for a few more tunes before heading home.
A long hot day but enjoyable.

Click here for a few photos.

Oh yes, Ian was awarded a prize for best fancy dress - well done.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

New Mills One World Festival

A few of our members played on the Folk Train from Manchester to New Mills, then walked up to High Lea Park to play at the festival.

Click here for a few photos and a video

And another video!

Hyde Town Hall

On Friday 4th July we played at Hyde Town Hall, for the Charity Ball organised by students of Hyde Community College, in aid of the British Legion. We all dressed up for the occasion.While we were entertained by a Swing Band we enjoyed a three course meal, then it was our turn. The audience joined in, especially with our final number, Delilah.

And most of us won a prize or two in the raffle!

Click here for a few photos
Thanks to Karen, Chris and Wendy for these

Thoms Bar

On Sunday 22nd June a few of us played at Thoms Bar in the afternoon. Not a large audience but people seemed to enjoy it, especially the 84 year old lady who danced to a few of our songs.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

SUP at The Plaza

On Saturday 24th May, 28 members of SUP stepped up onto the stage at The Plaza Theatre to entertain visitors to the Coffee Morning.
This was an exciting new experience for most of us.

First of all we were shown to Dressing Room number 7 where we were briefed by Ian, tuned our ukuleles and assembled our music stands. We then gathered in the corridor until Ian summoned us to ascend the steps. The curtain was down so there was not much room and we had to be careful not to fall off the stage and especially not to fall onto the Compton Organ. We also found that the lights were very bright and very warm. We lined up as instructed and played our first set.
It was not easy to hear each other, but presumably it sounded better in the auditorium because we received a lot of praise during the interval.

While we were drinking tea or coffee and scoffing cakes we listened to Ian performing a selection of tunes on the organ.

Then it was time to head back to the dressing room ready to play our second set.
Click here to see a few photos

We all enjoyed our first performance on a real stage. Thank you Ian for organising it (and us!)

Everything stops for Tea
The following week on Sunday 15th June, some of us returned to The Plaza to play at the afternoon tea. Sorry no pictures for this one.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

SUP at N'Ukefest

This year several members of SUP were able to attend N'Ukefest at The Cotton Arms, Wrenbury.
A few of us camped, others were day visitors but we all had a great time and the weather was beautiful.

Here are some videos of our performance. And here are the SUP photos

And more photos of everybody else

Thanks Geoff for making a great record of a superb weekend

May events

Saturday 10th May was a busy day for SUP.
A few members made a return visit to the Sir Joseph Whitworth Centre, then they joined others for a very enjoyable afternoon/evening at The Crown.

On Tuesday 13th May, eleven of us went to Walthew House to record 23 songs for the
Stockport Talking Newspaper.
These songs will be used over several editions but they have been kind enough to give us  CD  for each performer. And guess what - it sounds quite good!

See separate blogs for N'Ukefest and our SUP on Stage evening.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring 2014

What have we been up to so far this year?

Saturday 1st March          Sir Joseph Whitworh Centre
Saturday 15th March        The Lyme Breeze
Friday 4th April                Great Moor Primary School
Wednesday 16th April      90th birthday party at High Lane Conservative Centre

And of course our regular monthly visits to The Crown.

If anyone has any photos of these events, send them in and I will add them to this page. Thanks