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Shroton Ukulele Club 2016 Ode - Printable copy from PDF

What a busy, busy year it’s been
With all this ukulele-ing!
We’ve now done 80 gigs and counting
And with each one our funds are mounting

So as the nights are drawing in
Once again I can start to dream
Of Anne and me strolling hand in hand
In Barbados along the sand

Who’d have thought? Who could have foreseen
Back in February 2014?
As you sat in eager anticipation
Waiting for a clear explanation

As to how to play the silly thing
That you’d gone out and bought, pretty much on a whim
From a charity shop. Were you out of your mind?
It had seemed such a good idea at the time

I stood at the front beside the white board
And drew lines and dots and said “This is a chord!
Press down with your fingers – give it a go!”
I could sense that progress was going to be slow

Soon there was an air of gathering gloom
For your fingers there just wasn’t enough room
You squeezed and you shoved but it was no good
It just didn’t sound the way that it should

Lucky for me some Shaftesbury friends
Had come down to see what our club might portend
They’d all been playing their ukes for a while
To see us all struggling didn’t half make ‘em smile!

But they gave us some confidence and helped us believe
That with some practice we too might achieve
A level of competence to go out and gig
Who knows? One day we might make it big!

So we got through those tricky early days
Where once there was criticism, now there was praise
“You’ve got a lot better” folks started to say
Flamboyantly throwing their ear-plugs away

Of course it hasn’t all been plain sailing
There’s been lots of moaning, lots of complaining
I considered leaving and moving to China
Until you’d mastered your C and A minor

But then came the day of our very first gig
They asked “What’s your fee?” and I said “£50”
By now we looked smart in our waistcoats and ties
A treat for both the ears and the eyes

What a seminal moment that was!
After each song we drew some applause
They liked what we offered, they made us feel great
And what’s more they fed us with tea and with cake!

And so pretty much from that moment on
We’ve enjoyed performing and singing our songs
And over this last year we’ve really got better
Even Jim Bird and his triple carburretor!

Alan chats up the ladies – they don’t seem to mind –
One day we may just leave him behind
Sid becomes Biggles in front of their eyes
While Malc does his Elvis, shaking his thighs

It’s all such a laugh, it’s all such a joy
And as well as keeping us usefully employed
It allows us inside Dorset’s local care homes
To see which one one day we’d like as our own

That’s in the future; for now, full of vim,
We strum and we sing, our voices undimmed
A very merry Xmas to all of you here
And I wish you a melodious and happy New Year!





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.

Each month we will profile one of our members by posing them them a series of set questions.

This month it is our very own Jim Bird

Question : Where were you born
Liss in Hampshire

Question : What other interest do you have
Badminton, golf, walking, gardening and DIY (fanatic)

Question: Are there any more musicians in the family?
No. Angela has a guitar and plays the uke about the same as me. Michael is completely tone deaf (listen to the recording he made of us singing on St David's day if you don't believe me!!)

Question : Do you play any other instruments ?
Not at the moment.

Question : What attracted you to the ukulele:?
Sounded like fun and hopefully not too difficult

Question : What`s your favourite style of music ?
Just about any, classical, jazz, pop. Not made on sca or rap and definitely not modern jazz.

Question : What`s your favourite song/instrumental:
Most of Saint-Saen, Bruckner, Good pop and of course Puff, the magic dragon!

What further ambitions do you have?
To live peacefully in Shroton

Question : If you could take just one item on a desert island what would it:
A pipe organ since I'd have plenty of time to learn how to play it and wouldn't have to worry about the neighbours!