Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Our last gig of the year

Festive Foodie Friday

15th December will be the last Foodie Friday of the year and it will also be national Christmas Jumper Day.
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Stockport Ukulele Players will be playing at 7pm in the Market Hall and 8.15pm in Seven Miles Out

Festive Foodie Friday

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

An unusual gig.

Well it's not often that your audience is in a  lift!

We were playing in Ashton Art Gallery, the audience were members of Tameside Dementia Support Group.

After a successful first set, with plenty of audience participation - singing, shaky eggs, clapping and even dancing, everyone was ready for a short break to consume tea and mince pies.

We became aware of an intermittent alarm bell, which turned out to be the lift. Six members of our audience were stopped between floors.

The organiser asked us to resume playing in order to distract everyone else and we ended up playing on for an extra 45 minutes until the fire brigade arrived to rescue them and then used an evac chair to take the less mobile people downstairs.

As far as I can tell they were not particularly upset by the incident, certainly some considered it a great adventure, especially those who used the evac chair.

Apparently, they were able to hear us playing and were singing along to the Christmas songs.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Co-op Christmas Advert 2017

In the middle of August we were approached via our Facebook page by an agency who were "casting a major UK supermarket TV commercial and looking for music communities in the north west" and wanted to know whether we were interested.

The producer and director of Forever Beta paid a couple of visits to watch and listen to us in our Monday evening meetings and soon afterwards we heard that we had been selected to take part.

The next stage was for four of our best players (Ann, Geoff, Howard and Keith) to visit a recording studio and play the song Tender by Blur. Before this however was a lot of work for the players to familiarise themselves with the version required for the advert. This involved a lot of changes and many hours collaborating to make sure they got it right.

After a last rehearsal, they were picked up by a minibus and taken to the recording studio. Three of us accompanied them - after all someone had to help eat the delicious salads and sandwiches that were supplied!


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The next stage was a day where members of SUP were filmed rehearsing in a local pub.

Before that, Geoff and Sue had an early start when they were taken to Mam Tor to be filmed walking across the fields carrying their ukuleles. Unfortunately this scene did not make in into the final cut, but it was a nice ride out on a misty morning.

Back in the pub we met the others for our "rehearsal" which was a lot of fun and we were fed well from the catering van in the car park.

During the day, some of the group (Bernie, Helder, Keith, Malc, Martin, and Nia) were taken off to be filmed in a car and then in a playground - playing ukulele on a slide was fun!


Then it was time for the big day - we were taken to Halle St Peter's in Manchester for the Christmas Party. Quite a bit of time was spent waiting around but we got to know members of the other groups and entertained ourselves and each other by performing some of our favourite songs.

Finally, after we had been fed (a nice choice of curry, lasagne, hotpot, etc followed by cakes) we were taken to the main hall for the filming.

It was hot (we were wearing Christmas jumpers and hats), it was busy but it was great fun.


You can see the result here:  Christmas Advert

You can also read about the groups who took part in the Advert and listen to or download the  Charity Single.

I had far too many photos to include them on this page so I made a Slideshow with photos supplied by members of Stockport Ukulele Players.

We received some more photos from Forever Beta so I made another Slideshow

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Discover Little Underbank

Fun Day at Roman Lakes

This was a fun afternoon, despite the rain. 

September Twang!

What have we been up to this summer?

Saturday 1st July
A return visit to Romiley Village Market money for Crohn's and Colitis UK South Manchester Network.

Friday 7th July
Twang! at Seven Miles Out

Saturday 8th July
Playing at St Peter's School Summer Fair 
Our monthly visit to The Crown, Heaton Lane

Sunday 16th July
Playing at Romiley Beer Festival

Saturday 22nd July
A Garden Party at Haigh Bar

Sunday 30th July
Playing in Seven Miles Out for the Stockport Pride Event

Friday 4th August
A fundraiser for Christe Hostital at Pembroke Court
Friday 7th July
Twang! at Seven Miles Out

Saturday 12th August
Our monthly visit to The Crown, Heaton Lane

Tuesday 22nd August
Entertaining the Tameside Wellbeing Group at Age Concern Tameside

Monday, 19 June 2017

Withington Baths

A lovely afternoon in the shady Sensory Garden at Withington Baths. A community event as part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox.
Great atmosphere and delicious food, what more does a ukulele player need?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New Mills Carnival

We will be playing in the carnival field after the parade

Saturday, 6 May 2017

May Day

May Day on the Meadow at Tangshutts Field, Romiley

Photo by Ian Gough

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Twang! Friday 5th May

May Day on the Meadow

Local community group Friends of Tangshutt are running an event on 1st May, Bank Holiday Monday called Mayday On The Meadow.
This free event takes place at Tangshutt Meadow in Romiley and includes nature crafts, maypole dancing and giant bubbles. There is also the chance to listen to local band the Stockport Ukulele Group.
Please note that there is no parking on site.

Sunday 30th April at Seven Miles Out

We just cannot stay away!

We will be back in Seven Miles Out for the second Sunday of the Folk Festival.

Playing a short set from 2pm

Foodie Friday 28th April

Don't miss the great music on offer at this month's Folk Festival Foodie Friday.
Performing in the Market Hall are
Stockport Ukulele Players at 6.15pm, Wilson McGladdery at 6.45pm, Chloe Jones Music at 7.30pm and Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band at 8.15pm.
The artists will be performing second sets in Seven Miles Out later in the evening.
Hope you can join us for some fabulous Folk Fun!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Absolute Beginners Ukulele Workshop

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Another successful workshop with about 21 participants. Several joined us for a short performance in the market square.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Beer Shed Micropub

A very small group of us played at The Beer Shed in New Mills on Friday 10th February.

Probably the smallest venue we have played ( we were in the window) but we enjoyed a good evening with an appreciative audience.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Twang! Our 1st Birthday

Yes it is a year since this started at Seven Miles Out.
Over 50 people joined us for our birthday Twang! They came from far and wide - Bidulph, Congleton, Macclesfield, Chapel en le Frith to join the singalong and to take part in the open mic part of the evening.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Stockport Vintage Village

A cold, damp day in Stockport Old Town but that didn't stop us playing.