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
When the time came to decide where to make our main donation for 2018 the overwhelming choice was Shroton Village Hall, specifically towards the new central heating system that is being installed there. The old system had limped on for the past few years but was well past its best, and Monday evening practises in the Hall on a February evening were unpleasantly cold. So our donation this year had an element of self-interest about it!
The new system is up and running and working very efficiently. In the photo we see Andy Rees, the chairman, being presented with a cheque for £500 from our own Sid Falla along with other members of the Club.
The Club chose the Poole Radiotherapy Unit as the destination for its major 2017 donation. The money was raised form the various concerts the Ukes give in local care homes. Alan Morris and Chris Pearson, who have both benefitted from treatment at the unit, are seen here presenting the cheque to the hard-working Karen, who rules the place with a loving rod of iron. Karen is also on the funding committee so she can ensure that the money gets spent within the unit. Top of her wish list is a super-silent Dyson fan which is much-needed for a private room where patients are sometimes given news that is difficult to deal with. The money would be able to secure that and more."