Shroton Ukulele Club
We are the Shroton Ukulele Club, originally a group of neighbours that came together in February 2014 for the enjoyment of playing the ukulele. Most of us had never played a musical instrument before in our lives, so it came as some surprise to find that, before very long, we were making a decent sound and even playing gigs!
The ukulele is a surprisingly easy instrument to play and most people can play it with a little bit of instruction and practice. The ukulele likes to be played with other ukuleles and a bit of bass guitar, backed-up with additional sounds like the kazoo, harmonica and washboard.
WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM?
The name 'ukulele' is the traditional Hawaiian name that was given to a small instrument called the machete (machete de braga), which was originally developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal. The machete itself is a descendent of the early European and Middle Eastern plucked stringed instruments (such as the lute), is a member of the guitar family, and goes by several different names including the cavaquinho, braguinha, manchhete and cavaco. The machete was brought into Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, who moved to the islands to work in the sugar cane fields in the late 1800's. Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo, who arrived in Hawaii on the Ravenscrag in 1879 from the Portuguese Islands of Madeira are believed to have been the first makers of the Hawaiian 'ukulele`
Tiny Tim bought ukulele playing to the pop charts with his 1968 hit single "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". The ukulele is played by plucking at its four strings. There are now electric ukuleles. Ukulele's are generally made from mahogany wood, however cheaper versions can be found in plastic.
The ukulele is small, seldom more than 60cm long. The first ukulele was made in 1879. As of the year 2000, there are only 3 companies in the world which manufacture ukulele's. The 4 strings of a ukulele are tuned the the notes G-C-E-A
We practise at Shroton Village Hall each week and have plenty of members who have joined us through word of mouth. Like the ukulele, the club is relaxed and informal, and we catch up on each other’s news with a drink at The Cricketers after rehearsals. We have become quite popular with our audiences and play at local residential homes, parties and community events.
Our wardrobes are now adorned with the colourful waistcoats and red bow ties that have become our ukulele-playing attire!.
This website has been designed for the benefit of both our members and our supporters to help us communicate. There is a members only area which is accessed with a password so that we can each print off copies of the music sheets in our repertoire. Everyone can access a copy of our engagement diary and links to other relevant websites and resources.
If you are a member of a local Ukulele group we’d be pleased to add a link or add contact details to this site. Just get in touch with Chris Pearson.
We would be delighted to discuss your event and how we can help make it something special. Please give Chris a call on 01258 863892
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"At a Macmillan coffee morning organised by Jane Morris, the Shroton Ukulele Club proudly presented their cheque for £500. They’d raised the money from playing at Care Homes in North Dorset. Each year the club nominates a different charity to receive their £500 donation and this year it was Macmillan, a charity very close to the heart of Trevor Knight (centre of the picture). Macmillan nursed his wife through her final days and were wonderfully kind and professional. The Coffee morning itself was a great success making £350, which exceeded the amount Jane raised at the event last year. So, well done Shroton! As a result of your efforts £850 is winging its way to Macmillan Cancer Support."
Shroton Ukulele Club entertained an audience of the great and the good at the Dorset Community Action awards for 2016 held at Cerne Abbas Village Hall. We were delighted to win the runner-up prize in the People's Project category, in recognition of our concerts in local care homes and keeping the over 65s in Shroton usefully occupied and out of trouble!
We received a cheque for £75.00. So now we can refer to ourselves as the “award-winning Shroton Ukulele Club”, although of course we're much too modest to do such a thing.
Picture by kind permission Melisa Collett
February 2017-presentation The Shroton Ukulele Club gathered to present Roger Morgan, of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, with a cheque for £500. The Ukes had raised the money from last year's concerts in care homes around North Dorset. Roger said a few words in appreciation, pointing out how his organisation depends on voluntary contributions like this to carry out their work.