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kaizersoza
08-21-2011, 09:40 AM
would love to have a uke get together in swansea uk, but there are not many ukers from swansea, but if you are out there...somewhere lets get in touch and start playing together

sto4
09-07-2011, 07:31 AM
Have you had any interest in a swansea uke get together? I might come along if you have.

kaizersoza
09-07-2011, 11:34 AM
not yet sto4, i have spoken to one guy rupe but he has'nt got back to me yet, how long you been playin?

Doogle300
09-08-2011, 02:01 AM
Hey there. I would definitely be interested in coming to a group meeting of uke players. I have just bought one myself and am waiting for it to be delivered.
I have never played one before though so I will probably suck, but just having others to play with would be an amazing start for me. I am currently in Bristol living at home but I head back to Swansea on the 18th and would love to join in with a ukulele session XD
Feel free to add me on facebook
My name is Callam Lawless

kaizersoza
09-09-2011, 03:00 AM
yo doogle300, i only been playin for 3 months or so, a guy called rupes showed some interest and so has sto4, so who knows i'm up 4 it, i'm away this w/end but when i get back i'll add you on facebook, catch u soon, my name is richard gent if u want to add me before i get back

sto4
09-09-2011, 06:11 AM
I'm pretty new to the ukulele, I play guitar, so I'm still getting to grips with the small scale and transposition of chord shapes. I I've had a cheap uke knocking around for a while, but only just got round to filing the nut and bridge down so it's playable.

Simon

kaizersoza
09-14-2011, 05:45 AM
yo sto, no problem m8, doogle is back in swansea on th 18th so once he gets sorted, we can agree on a place then we will get it on, speak soon
kaizer

Shakespeare
09-22-2011, 01:05 PM
Hi, I'm in Swansea and would be up for a jam. I am very much a novice though.

kaizersoza
10-05-2011, 08:24 AM
we need to find somewhere to get together, i am in the middle of renovating my house so if anyone got any ideas please post

arpie
10-05-2011, 11:38 AM
Good one guys!! Sounds like you have the beginning of a Uke Group happening!! You'll have to think up a name now!! Swansea Ukulele Players or Band (SUP or B)? I am sure you'll come up with something cute. It is a great way to meet up with new people with a common goal - to become better players!

If you want more to join the group - see if your local paper will put in a free 'Join the Ukulele Craze' editorial (like our paper did here in Forster!) I've had 15 or more enquiries & now have 2 groups (beginners & betters) meeting up every week - usually about 5-6 in each group! A nice number! I was secretly hoping that someone that plays REALLY WELL would jump in & 'take over' the group, but that hasn't happened yet!!

I then asked our local Returned Soldiers Association (RSL - big club with concert facilities, restaurants, bars, etc) if they could 'lend' us a room for both groups once a week & as a 'community investment' they have said YES - for NO CHARGE! We just have to find alternate accommodation during school hols & so far just met up at my place or my neighbour (also bought a uke & joined!)

Bowling Clubs or even pubs often let ukers play, as they know that you will be buying drinks & possibly a meal afterwards. It also gets you used to playing in front of people, too.

I've just put together the Forster Jumping Fleas Songbook No 1 & showed it to the troups yesterday & they are thrilled with it - so working on No 2 now!! I've pinched all the songs from the internet or from other uke songbooks. I'll email a copy to you, Richard!

Cheers & all the best with your new uke group!

Roberta

kaizersoza
10-06-2011, 06:08 AM
hey Roberta, thanx for the uke songbook, some new songs on there for me to learn, i've sent you some songs back from my collection hope you enjoy

catch ya soon

richard

kaizersoza
10-08-2011, 07:29 AM
sadly no enthusiasm in swansea for a group get together so i now close this thread

kaizersoza
11-30-2011, 07:04 AM
thread open again, Roblat got in touch and we are meeting up next week to get a plan underway so we can kickstart a uke group/meet in Swansea, if anyone interested please post so we can see how much interest there is locally thanx for takin the time to read the thread
kaizer

kaizersoza
12-06-2011, 12:37 PM
Good one guys!! Sounds like you have the beginning of a Uke Group happening!! You'll have to think up a name now!! Swansea Ukulele Players or Band (SUP or B)? I am sure you'll come up with something cute. It is a great way to meet up with new people with a common goal - to become better players!

If you want more to join the group - see if your local paper will put in a free 'Join the Ukulele Craze' editorial (like our paper did here in Forster!) I've had 15 or more enquiries & now have 2 groups (beginners & betters) meeting up every week - usually about 5-6 in each group! A nice number! I was secretly hoping that someone that plays REALLY WELL would jump in & 'take over' the group, but that hasn't happened yet!!

I then asked our local Returned Soldiers Association (RSL - big club with concert facilities, restaurants, bars, etc) if they could 'lend' us a room for both groups once a week & as a 'community investment' they have said YES - for NO CHARGE! We just have to find alternate accommodation during school hols & so far just met up at my place or my neighbour (also bought a uke & joined!)

Bowling Clubs or even pubs often let ukers play, as they know that you will be buying drinks & possibly a meal afterwards. It also gets you used to playing in front of people, too.

I've just put together the Forster Jumping Fleas Songbook No 1 & showed it to the troups yesterday & they are thrilled with it - so working on No 2 now!! I've pinched all the songs from the internet or from other uke songbooks. I'll email a copy to you, Richard!

Cheers & all the best with your new uke group!

Roberta

on the name thing Roberta roblat has come up with the name SUCAS:- Swansea Ukulele Chunkers And Strummers, also SWUKES South Wales Ukes, i came up with that one, if you can think of a good catchy one by all means please contribute in fact this could make a good thread lol

Olarte
12-06-2011, 01:00 PM
Too bad it's not Swansea, MA in the US. That's the next town over... :(

baggycp
12-08-2011, 01:11 PM
Hi,
im a student in swansea, i been playing uke for about a year (still not very good tho) but am well up for meeting up with you guys for a jam share tabs ect. its so hard to find decent tabs on line!!

if your still searching for a meeting place id like to recomend the Rhydings pub in brynmill, the landlord there is really easy going, they got two rooms to the bar. I went there the other week with some friends with guitars and ukes and the landlord loved it. i can call in and ask if you like.

Let me know if you already got a meeting planned ill come.

you can add me on facebook. Christopher Parker

arpie
12-08-2011, 02:03 PM
.... SUCAS:- Swansea Ukulele Chunkers And Strummers, also SWUKES South Wales Ukes,....

They are both good, Kaizer - but I think (personally) I prefer yours - it actually has Ukes IN the shortened name - which makes it easier to identify.

Good luck with the Pub venue at Rhydings pub in brynmill - that sounds a great idea! Take a couple of spare (cheaper) ukes along & let people try them out!

We're hoping to get a 'holiday' venue by giving free 1/2 uke lessons leading up to our sessions over the Xmas Break - to encourage the patrons to attend, as we lose our room over the holidays (it is used to entertain the kids) - so maybe make the same suggestion to the Landlord?? Also encourage you to eat there as well on the night you attend!

Good luck - hope you get a regular venue up & running soon.

Roberta

kaizersoza
12-08-2011, 03:14 PM
Hi,
im a student in swansea, i been playing uke for about a year (still not very good tho) but am well up for meeting up with you guys for a jam share tabs ect. its so hard to find decent tabs on line!!

if your still searching for a meeting place id like to recomend the Rhydings pub in brynmill, the landlord there is really easy going, they got two rooms to the bar. I went there the other week with some friends with guitars and ukes and the landlord loved it. i can call in and ask if you like.

Let me know if you already got a meeting planned ill come.

you can add me on facebook. Christopher Parker

Hi Christopher, looked for you on facebook but alas did'nt know which Christopher Parker you were, i have started a facebook page called Swansea Ukulele Club check it out and join up you are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you in the new year, don't worry about your playing skills because we have a few ideas up our sleeves so we can all improve together m8, roblat who is also a member on here has had a chat with the landlady of the rhyddings pub already as well as a few other venues around the city, so join up on our facebook page and if you want add me as a friend my name is Richard Gent, look forward to meetin up with you in the new year m8

kaizersoza
12-08-2011, 03:32 PM
.... SUCAS:- Swansea Ukulele Chunkers And Strummers, also SWUKES South Wales Ukes,....

They are both good, Kaizer - but I think (personally) I prefer yours - it actually has Ukes IN the shortened name - which makes it easier to identify.

Good luck with the Pub venue at Rhydings pub in brynmill - that sounds a great idea! Take a couple of spare (cheaper) ukes along & let people try them out!

We're hoping to get a 'holiday' venue by giving free 1/2 uke lessons leading up to our sessions over the Xmas Break - to encourage the patrons to attend, as we lose our room over the holidays (it is used to entertain the kids) - so maybe make the same suggestion to the Landlord?? Also encourage you to eat there as well on the night you attend!

Good luck - hope you get a regular venue up & running soon.

Roberta

Hi Roberta things are starting to take off , i have set up a facebook page though pretty basic hopefully it should attract some interest its temporarily called Swansea Ukulele Club check it out and join as well the more the merrier, we are hoping to start around early february just so as we can get christmas out of the way and it gives us a chance to get everything set up and a venue sorted out, also i have got to have an operation to remove my gall bladder in the new year coz its causing me no end of problems, age doesn't come alone eh!, the rhydding does sound like a good venue maybe we'll be able to sort some thing out , roblat is also looking at a number of other venues in that part of the city as well so we should get somewhere soon, i like some of your ideas as well about taking along some cheaper ukes for people to try, no doubt i will speak to you before but if i don't, you and your family have a very happy christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year also tight line when you are fishing as well

catch ya soon

richard

arpie
12-08-2011, 04:26 PM
...called Swansea Ukulele Club on Facebook... Cool Richard!! Hadn't thought of doing that!!

Oooh - all the best with the surgery - hope it remedies the problem! Yeah, getting old ain't all it is cracked up to be, eh??

Tried my buddy's Mainland Red Cedar Concert yesterday - it really DOES have a lovely tone & nice & loud!

When you are up & running, I'll let my niece know where you meet up - we did a Happy Birthday Video for her, Keith, my nephew & me on uke & nephew's fiancee singing as well - hilarious! Nephew only learned that day, Keith learning uke for 2 weeks & me leading the troup!! :D She thought it hilarious - thought it explained a lot about our family's eccentricity!! LOL!

Take care, have a great Xmas & New Year
cheerio
Roberta

darrendiablo
12-11-2011, 11:56 PM
ill prob be snooping about :)
daz

kaizersoza
12-12-2011, 02:42 PM
you are very welcome Daz, we lookin to start up in february i'll keep you in the loop, i just got a facebook page up n running called Swansea Ukulele Club join up m8 the more the merrier, if we can get about 10 regulars we will be laughing, we got about 9 now including yourself, catch ya soon JACK ARMY

darrendiablo
12-13-2011, 11:25 PM
request sent mucker :)
daz

Cuckooclock
12-28-2011, 12:34 PM
Make that two requests.
Cant wait to be on board.

kaizersoza
12-29-2011, 02:43 PM
good to know Cuckooclock, for venue and times check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/SwanseaUkuleleClub/ and join the group there, but if you have a problem with that PM me your email address and i will send you any updates

thanx for showing interest

kaizer

Cuckooclock
12-29-2011, 03:43 PM
Joined and Added. Awsome.
I got some prices for the meeting rooms at the YMCA but theyre askin 12.50 per hour. And thats without a bar!
Im still lookin tho.

kaizersoza
01-06-2012, 03:53 PM
thanx for that cuckooclock, good to have some help setting the club up, we could be starting sooner than the end of february coz a lot of club ukers are chomping at the bit to get started, i will speak to Roblat and see if we can push things along a little see ya soon

kaizersoza
01-13-2012, 02:48 PM
Hi guys just had confirmation from Rob that the first meet of The Swansea Ukulele Club will be at The St James Club on 7th February from 7 30 till 10 30, look forward to seeing you

kaizersoza
01-18-2012, 06:21 AM
just a quick post to let anyone on here who is interested in our uke club, The Evening Post (local newspaper) will be including us in their what's on guide and they are going to do a piece on us nearer the time of our first event, so happy days are coming guys

kaizersoza
01-31-2012, 12:51 PM
Hi guys just one week to go for the first session of The Swansea Ukulele Club, if anyone on here is interested and wants to come along we are meeting at The St James Club in Swansea on tuesday the 7th of February at 7 30 pm, everyone welcome from beginner to pro, look forward to seeing you

kaizersoza
02-06-2012, 05:41 AM
oh well fame at last...............http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/United-music-ukuleles/story-15145985-detail/story.html

kaizersoza
02-07-2012, 01:46 PM
we had our first ukulele club night tonight and it went really well, a bit disjointed but everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, there were a lot of smiles in the room tonight, about 20 people turned up and of all levels of playing skill, a big thanx to Anthony and John from Porthcawl Ukulele Band, who turned up and gave us all a lot of support and some sound advice on which direction to take the club forward, we were only expecting about 6 people so we were flabbergasted at the turnout, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who turned up, next uke club night will be on 21st February, be there or be square

arpie
02-07-2012, 01:58 PM
Hi Kaizer - the first couple of meetings are always a bit disjointed - it just needs someone to sort of take charge & 'suggest' what to do that evening. Try & get everyone to use the same book so it is easy to just turn to Page xx.

If there is someone REALLY good who is prepared to take the absolute 'newbies' aside & show them the basics (ie tuning, basic chords etc & easy songs) - it would be terrific - that happens at our Taree meeting - they head off to a different room (which we are really lucky to have the use of) and get close up tuition, whereas everyone else who is reasonably proficient can already just get stuck into some songs!

Our 2nd meeting of the year is today - I missed the first one - so it'll be great catching up with everyone! I think we have 3 newbies starting today, too! :)

Play Loud, Play Proud!!

cheerio

Roberta

kaizersoza
02-07-2012, 03:57 PM
Hi Roberta, hope the wedding went well, great to see you back on UU, enjoyed the forster vid you put up, and i agree we will structure it a bit better when we meet next time

catch you soon

richard

Cuckooclock
02-07-2012, 04:54 PM
Nice one Kaizersoza, well done for tonight. Gutted I missed it. and the next one. Should be there in March tho.
Looking back to the start of this thread and to see it nearly shot down before it even had a chance to take off makes it all the more fantastic.
A thousand congratulations to yourself and the 20 (Twenty? amazing!!!) who made it.

(Any idea if your using any of the name suggestions I sent ya on facebook?)

kaizersoza
02-08-2012, 01:42 AM
i know i could'nt believe 20 people turned up and fair play they were a great bunch of people, when i started the thread there was'nt much interest to be honest, i had one or two replies but never heard from them again, so i was about to throw in the towel, then Rob msged me we got together and formed a plan, if it had'nt been for Rob getting in touch it probably would'nt have happened, as for naming the club m8 we did'nt get around to discussing that, we had 20 nervous people sitting there, no one knew each other, so to break the ice we started having a strum, and that sorta chilled everyone out and we all started to relax a bit then, after the first coupla songs there were a lot of smiling faces

darrendiablo
02-21-2012, 05:23 AM
looking forward to tonight :)
daz

kaizersoza
02-22-2012, 08:18 AM
hope you enjoyed the evening Daz, you had some nice fancy strum techniques, you can teach me them next time,
last night was our 2nd uke evening and 26 players turned up for the session, we tried to structure the evening a bit this time asking the absolute beginners to come 30 minutes before the more seasoned players, we then went over some simple chord progressions from the boot camp with them that Uncle Rod had posted (thanx Uncle Rod) they are invalueable for beginners to learn chord progressions, we then went on to some songs simple 2 and 3 chord songs including Jambalaya, your cheating heart, and Bad moon rising, there was a room full of smiling happy faces, this for me makes all the effort really rewarding, when we had all had enough some of the guys sort of drift into groups and they all start to have little jams, this is a really laid back hour or so, one of the guys brings along an harmonica and we jam with him, what a great night can't wait for the next one, one thing we really do need is a bass player, so if anyone is reading this post and knows one please point him/her in our direction thanx and thanx to all the guys for their support last night

kaizersoza
03-02-2012, 12:04 PM
don't forget guys tuesday 6th March Swansea Ukulele Club jam night usual venue usual time be there or be square, some great suggestions for new songs looks like its gonna be a good good night

kaizersoza
03-06-2012, 01:53 PM
WOW, i can't believe it, 40 players turned up tonight for our 3rd evening, what a turnout, if this keeps up we're gonna need a bigger venue, its all starting to come together a bit now we are more structured and the beginners including myself have had some time to practice the songs and we are starting to get much better eg we are in tune(most of the time) and in time (most of the time) great fun though everyone is really enjoying

kaizersoza
03-07-2012, 03:41 AM
some pics from last nights jam sesh

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darrendiablo
03-07-2012, 09:11 AM
hmmm it seems to be doubling in numbers every meet lol gutted i missed it especially after missing the first one too :(
daz

kaizersoza
03-30-2012, 01:46 PM
We are meeting next on the 3rd April at 7 30pm any one on UU who lives near is very welcome to attend we always look forward to meeting new and old uke players, so if you live near Swansea South Wales come along for a bit of Ukulele fun, for more details PM me

kaizersoza
05-01-2013, 04:01 AM
Just a quick update on The Swansea Ukulele Club, we started in February 2012, we were expecting around 9 players to turn up, we were shocked when around 20 players came along, the following jam sesh nearly 40 players came to jam, we now boast over 100 members, we have a band called 'UKOHOLIX' who are constantly gigging, and 'WE ARE LOVIN IT'