Thursday, 24 December 2015

A busy December

We had a few events to keep us occupied in the days before Christmas:
On Saturday 5th December Dr Uke performed at Seven  Miles Out for a Fundraiser for The Wellspring Project and then again at The Spinning Top.

The usual visit to The Crown was on Saturday 12th December.
Wednesday 16th December a performance at Forrest Road Community Centre for a Christmas Party. No photos unfortunately but the dress code was Christmas Hats & Jumpers.
Friday 18th December was a return visit to Festive Foodie Friday with a performance inside Stockport Market followed by a most enjoyable session in Seven Miles Out, with the audience singing along and even dancing.

On Tuesday 22nd December a few members played at the Christmas meal for the homeless provided by Sam's Kitchen at The Wellspring Stockport
And of course there was the SUP Christmas party at The Fingerpost on Monday 21st December.
Merry Christmas everyone

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Carribean Night

At short notice (due to a cancellation) we were asked to play at a Carribean Night at Grange House on Saturday 14th November 2015.

A few SUP members donned brightly coloured shirts and went straight from The Crown to Grange House where they performed to a friendly audience and partook of food an punch.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Spookulele 2 Pub Crawl

Saturday 31st October

Drunkulele pub crawl to The Waterloo via The Blossoms and The Fairway

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Spookulele 1 at SK Foodie Friday

Friday 30th October 2015

Once again we were asked to take part in the Halloween Foodie Friday on what turned out to be a lovely warm evening.

As always there were many food stalls available so we made our choices to eat before our first set outside in the market square. Many of the people watching us were suitably attired in Halloween costumes, especially the children who took over the space immediately in front of us so that they could dance to the music.

At the end of our set, at the request of John Barratt of Seven Miles Out, we played and sang the World Premier of "Stockport is Really Fantastic", which was written by Frank Sidebottom. Songsheets were handed out so that the audience could join in.            Click here to see the video

Dr Uke then performed a set outside and it was time to move into Seven Miles Out for our second set of the evening. Dr Uke decided to sit and watch us, so we had a mainly female band to perform this time.

Finally to round off the evening Dr Uke played the closing set in Seven Miles Out.

Another excellent evening in Stockport Old Town 

Thank you to Rosalyn Westerman and Lorraine Balfe for the photos.

Retirement Party

On Friday 23rd October a small band of us played at a retirement party in Romiley Cricket Club.
Kath was retiring after more than 40 years at Romiley Primary school so our audience comprised teachers and parents past and present and members of her family.

The room was very full so at times we struggled to hear ourselves play but the audience clearly had no problem as they joined in singing many of the songs before the finale when they joined in the actions for YMCA, led as ever by Sandra.

We received many compliments, both on the night and during the following week and the current headmaster is now thinking about introducing ukulele lessons in the school.

As an added bonus we partook of the excellent buffet!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Dementia Friends

14th October 2015

"Thank you to everybody who performed at the Dementia Friends Cabaret in New Mills today. We did a good job, despite challenging acoustics. "

Monday, 12 October 2015

St Peter's Church

Saturday 10th October

SUP were invited to play at the coffee morning at St Peter's Church in Stockport.

A fine array of cakes were on sale, alongside tea, coffee, gifts and homemade jam!

We played two 20 minute sets with a break in the middle while our own Ian Gough played a few tunes on the Theatre Organ.

The audience seemed to enjoy our show - Overheard in Saint Peter's Tearoom.
 " Stockport Ukulele were good, weren't they? " " Yes, they were funny, weren't they ?"

and a nice comment was published on Facebook
" Best ever concert with thanks to David Nicholas, Ian Gough, Stockport Ukulele Players, and Joe Brown and friends. £191 raised for church funds......helping keep St. Peter's Church open."

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Dr Uke at The Fingerpost

From the Dr Uke Facebook page

"Thank you to everybody who came and joined us at The Fingerpost last night. We had a brilliant time, I hope you did, too.
Not only did we raise the roof, we also raised £127.62 for Stockport Signpost for Carers. "

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Everything Stops for Tea at The Plaza

Sunday 4th October

Everything Stops for Tea at The Plaza

It was the SUP Boy Band. 
The audience seemed appreciative and sang along in places with Delilah being their favourite. 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Dr Uke at Stockport Market

Friday 25th September saw Dr Uke make their first appearance at Stockport Market Foodie Friday

followed by a rocking performance inside Seven Miles Out.

A dozen or so SUP members made sure of a good place in the audience.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Stockport Old Town Fringe Festival

What a busy weekend for SUP!

Once again we were invited to take part in the Stockport Old Town Fringe Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

 We started off with Foodie Friday, performing a short set outside in the Market Square, then we had some time to enjoy the food from the street vendors and watch some of the other performers before it was time for our second set.
We had a great time in Seven Miles Out, with a great audience singing along with us.

On Sunday we were back in Seven Miles Out for another performance followed by our first ever Ukulele Workshop in Angels Yard.

After an hour, our beginners were ready to join us for a short performance outside in the market square. They played so well that we sprang an unrehearsed song on them to finish our set.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this another brilliant weekend in Stockport.

Click on these links for more photos and a video

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stockport Carnival

Our final event in a busy July, Saturday 25th was Carnival Day.

A few SUP members joined Seven Miles Out to walk in the Parade although Sandra and Chris were unable to play their ukuleles as they were dressed as a Unicorn and a Stag to accompany Martin the Dragon.

They were joined by a few more players in Woodbank Park to play for the rest of the afternoon.

For our final number, Sandra led the audience for YMCA.

A fun day for all - and it did not rain!

British Legion Club in Poynton

On Friday 24th July we played a few tunes at the beginning of the quiz held in aid of Debra.
A few of the SUP members were able to stay and take part in the quiz, at least one prize was won in the raffle..
Sorry there are no photos of this event.

Chesterfield Celebration of the Uke

On Sunday 19th July a few of our members went to the Chesterfield Celebration of the Uke.

Whiskey in the Jar

and our Finale
Bad Minor Moon Rising (inspired by Mike Krabbers)


Monday, 13 July 2015

Dr Uke at Biddulph

Saturday 11th July was a busy day for SUP.
Four of our members, also known as Dr Uke, made their debut appearance at Biddulph Ukulele Festival. Here is Mark's report

The Ukulele Day, organised by Biddulph Ukulele Group was a brilliant event and a great success. Lots of ukulele clubs and groups played on stage, together with Rebuked, Michael Adcock, Ian Emmerson & Phil Doleman.
SUP was represented by Dr. Uke. You can see some of our performance here:…

Others made the regular visit to The Crown for a fun afternoon of strumming and singing

Wilmslow Show

Sunday 5th July was The Wilmslow Show.

We were first on in the "Bandstand" tent to a small audience as the show had just opened. While the other bands (Love in the Mist, Annie's Jazz Band and the Pantonic All Stars) played we watched them and took the opportunity to look at the Trade Stalls and take some refreshments.

Then we were back on at 2pm, this time to a bigger audience. Up to now the weather had been better than forecast but the rain started just after we finished our set. Those of us who had not left promptly stayed under the shelter of the tent listening to Love in the Mist but unfortunately the Show closed soon after that as the rain was too heavy.

It was the first public outing for our PA equipment which performed well.


St Peters' Roman Catholic School

On Saturday 4th July a small numbers of players went to the Summer Fair at St Peters' Roman Catholic School in Hazel Grove.
Here is the report from John (who is the School Crossing Patrolman for the school)

We went on after the children's small orchestra, which most of us watched and applauded. The music teacher and the head teacher were very complimentary about us and also supplied us all with free drinks and said they would certainly want us to play next year. Keith won a prize on the tombola, lucky devil, we murdered a couple of songs but in the main I thought we played well. Keith got us right though by getting us grouped together, before that I think I was a bit ahead of everyone, trust me!
Anyway thanks again to all who came. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

White Stuff

White Stuff is a clothing shop in one of the posher areas of Manchester city centre, managed by my future daughter in law. They regularly hold charity events in-store, in aid of their nominated charity – Wood Street Mission, who help alleviate the effects of poverty on Manchester and Salford children and their families through practical help.

As part of their Father’s Day Event, they asked us to come down and play in the shop on Saturday 20th June.

So, three of us made our way to Manchester on Saturday morning, stopping only for burgers and milkshakes to fortify us.

Despite the weather (it was that fine rain that soaks you through), we arrived unscathed. We played to the enthusiastic (and sometimes bemused) clientèle for a couple of hours, and they very generously donated wodges of their loose change.
A good time was had by all!


Zahra Lowsley

On Wednesday 17th June the amazing Zahra Lowzley visited Stockport Ukulele Players at the Fingerpost in Stockport as part of her Ukulele Cycle Tour of Great Britain which is in aid of The Ukulele Kids Club UK which provides ukuleles to children in Hospitals.

She played, in her amazing style to a packed audience of members and friends of SUP and Levy Ukulele Club and then gave a workshop which everyone enjoyed. We had a raffle, a loose change bucket collection and with ticket sales raised £403.49 all of which goes to Zahra’s cause.  

The Fingerpost provided a huge and tasty buffet, paid for out of SUP Club funds.

A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

Here is the message posted on Facebook by Ukulele Kids Club:
"A big THANK YOU to the Stockport Ukulele Players for passing on the funds raised at their recent event for UKC-UK. They have donated a huge total of $625 for our campaign and they had fun! "It was a great evenings entertainment by Zahra Lowzley and we were all happy to help the good work of Ukulele Kids Club UK." Brian Billington - SUP"

New Mills Train and Carnival

On Saturday 13th June, a few intrepid SUPpers set out from Stockport station to Buxton, en-route to New Mills. Despite heavy rain and forecasts of localised flooding, our spirits were not dampened (well maybe a little!). We headed to Buxton, picking up more players along the way. When we arrived in Buxton, the rain had miraculously stopped and did not reappear until we were on the train home.

From Buxton, we got the train to New Mills, playing and singing to the passengers on the way.

At New Mills we were shepherded to the carnival ground by the impeccably efficient Northe Ann, and shown to our designated playing area – within the beer tent run by the Howard Town Brewery from Glossop. I think Northe Ann knows us too well!
In between sampling the excellent ale, we entertained the carnival crowds in our own inimitable fashion.

New Mills Carnival is a wonderful little event, we had a brilliant time.

At the end of the afternoon we made our way back to the station, with the thanks of grateful carnival-goers ringing in our ears.


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Stockport Old Town Buskulele

Sixteen of us played to a fairly quiet Stockport Market on Saturday 6th June.
Despite the wind which battered our music stands and songbooks we entertained the shoppers and collected £81.43 for Stockport Talking Newspapers

Thanks to Dan for these photos 

FingerFest II

We did a very short but fun set at FingerFest II 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Romiley Buskulele

Well the day started grey and windy - and got worse!
Nevertheless, about 25 of us, plus a dog, played at Romiley Village Market.

We started outside but after a while moved under cover where it was slightly less cold.

Towards the end Romiley Little Theatre took a break from promoting their coming production of Peter Pan (they were dressed as a crocodile), to dance for us as we played YMCA.

We played until about 2pm when our fingers were too cold to play and the rain set in, but we did raise £90 for Stockport Talking Newspapers - thank you Romiley Traders Association for your generous donation.

Thank you for the photos Daniel Dolman.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Stockport Old Town Folk Festival

The Stockport Old Town Folk Festival took place on 23rd to 26th April 2015

SUP were invited to play on the Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

On the Friday we played two sets inside Seven Miles Out, with a spot of busking outside in between.
We had a good audience singing along with us each time.

On the Sunday we did a short set inside Seven Miles Out then a couple of sessions outside near the Market Hall.

There are some more photos here. Run them as a slideshow

Return to Cheadle Explorer Scouts

Back in October, some of us went to help the Explorer Scouts get started with their ukuleles. 

They worked hard all winter and in February 20 Explorer Scouts & 4 leaders performed in their Gang Show on three nights in front of a 200 strong audience at The Peter Barkworth Theater, Stockport College. None of them had ever played live before.

They played 4 songs in four minutes. 
"We started with SUP tradition, Bad moon rising, then the kids wanted to go modern so I'm Yours by Jason Mraz and Five years time by Noah & the Whale . Finished with a rousing twist & shout. I think we went down quite well. Weird selection of abstract head wear."

We were invited back to join them for a good jolly session on Thursday 16th April. 
We played some song to them, they played theirs from the show and of course we all played some songs together.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

January to March 2015

We have had a quiet start to the year - no public performances but plenty of fun with our Monday meetings and a few visits to The Crown and The Blossoms.
We also performed at a 70th birthday party for Reddish Ladies Circle.

Here are a few photos from The Fingerpost.

Plus some  photos and  a video from The Crown