On March 25th, Levy Uke Up will be a year old. Yesterday was Part One of our birthday celebrations. We had a fantastic workshop with Phil Doleman, beautiful handmade ukes by Robert Collins and news of a Grand Northern Ukulele Festival from Mary Agnes Krell. Oh and this amazing birthday cake made by Jane! Thanks to everyone involved.
Part Two of our birthday celebrations will be our regular Uke Up this Sunday 24th March, 7pm at the Blue Bell Inn, Barlow Road (note the new venue). We’ve even compiled a songbook of our greatest hits from the past year. These are songs that always go down well at Uke Ups and they’re all fairly easy to play. I’ve updated some of the arrangements and amended the lyrics for Sister Kate.
Lou and the Llamas: http://www.louarmer.com/
Already dubbed as “Levenshulme’s own super-group”, Lou and the Llamas showcase the songwriting talents of Lou Armer and play a unique blend of idiosyncratic jazz, folk and blues. With a line-up that features ukulele, guitar, double bass and drums as well as Lou’s spellbinding vocals, for the Jamboree they will also be joined by several guest musicians, all found on her hunt for Levy music makers, so expect a few surprises!
Paddy Steer: http://www.myspace.com/paddysteer
Paddy Steer is a Manchester music legend who should need no introduction. King of the leftfield, he’s played with a wide range of music and artists over the years, including his own Homelife and Graham Massey’s Toolshed, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian slide guitarist or all of these at the same time! Expect synths, electric octave fuzz glockenspiel, electrified drum kit, electric shakers, vocoder, lap steel and bass pedals… Mayhem and calm in an 80/20 ratio.
Little Sparrow: http://www.littlesparrow.org/
Local songbird Little Sparrow AKA Katie Ware plays a mix of acoustic folk with a line-up that includes cello, violin, percussion, guitars and an abundance of harmonies. â€œShe has a singularly beautiful voice, complimented by the delicate vocal and instrumental talents of her fellow musicians. Her growing repertoire of songs, packed with genuine emotion and warmth mark her out as someone very special to listen out for and not under any circumstances to be missed live.”Â Â Â – Shay Rowan
Levy Uke Up: http://levenshulmeukeup.tumblr.com/
Levy Uke Up is a ukulele jam that takes place twice a month at Pod Deli, Levenshulme, Manchester. Every second Sunday and last Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, just bring your ukulele and join in! Download the songbooks and sign up to the mailing list at the website. Expect an eclectic mix of songs performed by an eclectic bunch of people!
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At the last Levy Uke Up, we were lucky enough to be joined by local photographer Ed Sprake. Ed specialises in photographing music and people, amongst other things and he has a great eye. As some of you know, I get quite self conscious having my picture taken but Ed seems to guage just the right moment to capture people at their natural best without you even knowing he is doing it.
The above shot was taken on a Zorki 4 – Ed has a range of both film and digital cameras to choose from. Check out the full photo set here. You can also read Ed’s blog post about it: Zorki 4 and the Unfocused Ukelele Invasion
The songbook is ready! This is a collection of songs we shall be playing on Sunday 25th March at Pod Deli. Please print so you can bring it with you on the night.
I’ve pilfered the chords from various corners of the internet. Thanks to all the people that share their ukulele resources – I’ve credited the source where possible. If you spot any mistakes, please let me know so I can correct them. There’s a couple of swear words in there – I hope nobody minds!
If you have any song suggestions, make them known so they can be considered for the next time we uke it up.
Following a chance encounter on Twitter with Terry from Pod Deli, I’m starting a ukulele night in Levenshulme. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to dab hands and everyone in between. Most of the songs we’ll be playing on the night will be really simple. I’ll also be putting chord sheets up online later this week, so you can just print them off and bring them with you on the 25th. Yay!
Thanks to Laurie Pink for the amazing artwork.
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