Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ukulele Fun. Cruising on Fred Olsen's Balmoral. UK and Ireland ukulele clubs. Chris Seth-Ward

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Many things can be done on board ship, but ukulele lessons are a novelty on cruises anywhere in the world.

Thirty-four passengers on a recent cruise to the West Indies on Fred Olsen's Balmoral signed up for ukulele lessons, thanks to enterprising Chris Seth-Ward, 74, from Newton Ferris in Devon.  He brought 35 brightly coloured ukuleles with him, which were not nearly enough for the 68 passengers who wanted to play, as he needed his own, and the lucky first-comers had to have theirs to practice on. 

Chris and his cruisers can be seen practicing and playing in the concert on http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9C8eCsZp0oY

Chris and some of the 34 learners, 
many of whom had never picked up a stringed instrument in their lives. 

The players were so keen that practice sessions were extended, and took place fornine days during days at sea, between visits to the islands, ending in a resoundingly successful concert in the theatre. Chris chose old favourites such as My Grandfather's Clock, Ain't She Sweet, Sailing and other songs reminiscent of George Formby: the players also sang along with gusto. 

Twenty-nine players bought their ukulele and once back on dry land in December, nine have already joined ukelele clubs in the UK.

Chris  founded the Newton and Noss Ukulele Band which performs in local pubs and village halls and often raises money for Help for Heroes, Devon Air Ambulance, St Luke’s Hospice in Plymstock and other charities. He teaches the ukulele at Newton Ferris School as an after-school activity, and his pupils performed at Glastonbury in 2008.

Former maths teacher Chris and his wife Rosemary were house-parents at Windlesham House in West Sussex before retirement to Devon, but it looks like Chris has a whole new career ahead of him on cruise ships, together with Rosemary, who does a sterling job with the admin.

Ukulele clubs UK

Ashton Keynes Ukulele Strummers
Location: Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, UK
Website: www.ashtonkeynesukulelestrummers.co.uk or email

Aylesbury Uke Jam
Location: Hop Pole Public House, Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Bucks
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/aylesburyukejam/ or email

BAD ukes: Brighton After Dark Ukulele Session
Location: The Hanover Pub, 242 Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 8ZB
Website: http://www.bad-ukes.moonfruit.com/#/home/4546677299

Balham Ukulele Society
Location: London and South East, United Kingdom
Website: https://myspace.com/balhamukulelesociety

Bar Kick Uke Jam
Location: 127 Shoreditch High St., London, United Kingdom
Website: https://myspace.com/barkickukejam or email – lukeguilford@hotmail.com

Bath Ukulele
Location: Bath, Somerset
Website: http://www.facebook.com/groups/252348808153939/

Bedford Ukulele Group
Location: The Horse and Groom Public House, Clapham, Bedfordshire, U.K.
Website: http://bedfordukulelegroup.co.uk/

Bishops Stortford Ukulele Society
Location: The Royal British Legion Club, 28 Windhill, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2NG
Website: http://www.bsus.co.uk/

The Black Country Ukulele Players
Location: Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club, Manor Abbey Stadium, Manor Way, Halesowen, West Midlands B62 8RW
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Country-Ukulele-Players/179909585402963?sk=wall

Blackheath Ukulele Group
Location: Blackheath Liberal Club, 51 John St, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0EP
Website: http://blackheathukulelegroup.yolasite.com/

Blackpool George Formby Branch
Location: South Shore Cricket Club, Blackpool
Website: http://www.blackpoolgeorgeformbybranch.com/

Bolton Ukulele Group
Location: The Old Man & Scythe, Bolton. BL1 1HL
Website:https://www.facebook.com/groups/boltonukulelegroup/and http://boltonukulelegroup.tumblr.com/

The Bradford Ukes
Location: Clayton Village Hall, Bradford, BD14 6QN
Website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/the.bradford.ukes/

Bridgnorth Strummers & Ukulele Band
Location: All Forces Club, Bridge Street, Bridgnorth WV15 6AF
Website: http://www.ukuleleband.co.uk

Bristol Ukulele Jam 
Location: Baden Hall, Northcote Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol. BS16 9HF
Website: http://www.bristolukulelejam.com

Brockley Ukulele Group
Location: Broca Food Market, Mantle Road, Brockley, London
Website: http://brockleyukegroup.blogspot.com/

Budleigh Ukulele Strumming Club
Location: The Salterton Arms, Budleigh Salterton, Every Monday 7 PM to 9 PM
Website: http://busc.weebly.com/

Cambridge Ukulele Cooperative (Cuckoo)
Location: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Website: facebook.com/CambridgeUkulele

Carlisle Ukulele Club
Location: Club Britannia on Lowther Street Carlisle
Website: http://www.carlisleukeclub.webs.com or e-mail: carlisleukuleleclub@live.co.uk

Chichester Ukulele Group
Location: The Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester
Website: http://chichesterukeclub.co.uk/

Cleveland Uke’s
Location: Royal George, Skelton in Cleveland, England; Every Tuesday 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Website: clevelandukulele.co.uk

Community Uke
Location: Shrewsbury Shropshire, Horseshoes Inn, Pontesbury
Website: http://www.communityuke.org.uk

The Cool and Uke Club
Location: The Coalbrookdale Inn, Telford, Shropshire
Website: https://www.facebook.com/coolandukeclub

Daventry Ukulele Society (Dukesukes)
Location: Romer Arms, Newnham, NN11 3HB
Website: http://www.dukesukes.co.uk

Derby Ukulele Club
Location: Bandstand room (upstairs) at the BREWERY TAP (1 Derwent Street, Derby, DE1 2E); Alternate Wednesdays, 7 PM to 9/9:30 PM
Website: http://derbyukuleleclub.weebly.com/index.html or email: derbyukes@gmail.com

Timebugs Banjo-Ukulele Group
Location: Derby, UK
Website: Enquiries to: timebugs@gmail.com

Dulwich Ukulele Club
Location: London, UK
Website: http://blogs.myspace.com/thedulwichukuleleclub

Exeter Ukuleles
Location: Exeter White Ensign Club, Trinity House, South Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 1ED; Every Tuesday between 7 PM to 9 PM
Website: http://www.theexeterukuleleclub.com/

Frome Ukulele Club
Location: Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Fromeukuleleclub or email: fromeukuleleclub@hotmail.co.uk

Glasgow Ukulele Society
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=120785867936274&v

Grinners and Strummers Club
Location: Swinton Labour Club, Swinton, Manchester
Website: http://uk.myspace.com/raymondouk

Haddenham Ukulele Musos
Location: Rose and Thistle, Station Road, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8AJ; 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/haddenhamukulelemusos/

Halesowen Ukulele Group Strummers
Location: Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club. Manor Way Halesowen B62 8RW
Website: http://halesowenuke.yolasite.com/

Hammersmith Ukulele Group
Location: The Stonemason’s Arms, 54 Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith
Website: http://www.mpurves.webspace.virginmedia.com/MPWebSite/Ukulele!.html

Hatherleigh Ukulele Bashers
Location: Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Devon
Website: http://hatherleighukulelebashers.net

Haworth Ukulele Group (HUG)
Location: Cobbles and Clay Cafe, Main Street, Haworth, near Keighley
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/haworthukulelegroup/

Hayling Huggers Ukulele Group
Location: The Lifeboat Inn, 30 Seafront. Hayling PO11 9HL
Website: http://www.haylinghuggers.com/

Herts of Uke
Location: The Doctor’s Tonic, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6PR
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/hertsofuke/home

Hukuberry Jam
Location: Horsham, West Sussex; 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 8 PM
Website: http://www.hukuberry.co.uk or email – web@hukuberry.co.uk

Hull Ukulele Group
Location: The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull
Website: http://hullukulelegroup.wordpress.com

Invicta Ukulele Club
Location: The Queen’s Head, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3ED; 2nd and 4th Monday of every month 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Website: http://www.invictaukuleleclub.co.uk

The Knoydart Ukuleles
Location: Knoydart, Highlands
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Knoydart-Ukuleles/245950382126031

Levenshulme Uke Up
Location: The Kingsway pub, Moseley Rd, Manchester, M19 2LJ; Every 2nd and last Sunday of the month
Website: http://levenshulmeukeup.tumblr.com/

Lions Club Caerphilly
Location: Kings Arms, Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, South Wales
Website: email – ukeband@caerffililions.org.uk

London Branch of George Formby Society
Location: 399 High Road Tottenham N17 6QN
Website: http://www.georgeformby.co.uk/

Macclesfield Ukulele Club
Location: The Boarhound Pub, 37 Brook Street, SK11 7AD
Website: http://www.maccukulele.co.uk/

Marlow Ukulele Group
Location: The Cross Keys, 46 Spittal Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1DB
Website: http://www.marlowuke.co.uk/

Marmite Ukulele Club
Location: The Early Bird Pub, Grove Green, Maidstone
Website: https://marmiteukuleleclub.com

Monday Ukearist
Location: Mackenzie School of English, 6 John’s Place, Leith, Edinburgh
Website: http://ukearist.wordpress.com/

Morecambe Ukulele Club
Location: Trimpell Sports & Social Club, Out Moss Lane, Morecambe. LA4 4UP
Website: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/287481978040089/

Location: Patrick Kavanagh’s, Woodbridge Road, Birmingham
Website: http://www.moselele.co.uk/

MUSK Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub
Location: Rydal Arms, New Milton, BH25 6JJ
Website: http://peteflunky.simplesite.com/

The N’Ukes
Location: Nantwich, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.nantwichnukes.com

Newton Abbot Ukulele Club
Location: Abbrook Park Sports & Social Club, Strap Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ12 3PS
Website: http://ukulelesocialclub.ning.com/profile/steveNewtonAbbotUkuleleClub

Location: The Old Black Lion, Black Lion Hill, Northampton U.K.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/northampton.ukes

Nottingham Ukulele Club
Location: ‘The Centre’ Main Rd, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7AL
Website: http://www.nottinghamukeclub.com/

Ormskirk Ukulele Group
Location: Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf, Burscough L40 5RZ
Website: http://ormskirkukuleleclub.org.uk/

People of Lewisham’s Ukulele Club (PLUC)
Location: Lewisham
Website: http://lewishamukulele.wordpress.com/

Plymouth Ukulele Players
Location: Stonehouse Recreation Ground, Plymouth, devon, PL1 3SF
Website: http://plymouthuke.yolasite.com

Poole Ukulele Players (PUKE)
Location: The King Charles, Thames Street, Poole
Website: http://www.wix.com/caines/puke

Porthcawl Ukulele Band
Location: Farmers Arms, Nottage, Porthcawl
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Porthcawl-Ukulele-Band/279132437655?ref=search&sid=548493639.1980450277..1

Pompey Pluckers
Location: Florence Arms, Southsea
Website: pompeypluckers.org

Preston Ukulele Strummers Society (PUSS)
Location: Beautiful Planet Community Hub and Cafe at 69 Friargate, Preston, PR1 2ED
Website: http://tinyurl.com/PrestonUkes

Sandy Ukuele Group
Location: Baptist Church Hall, Bedford Road, (at the roundabout) Sandy Bedfordshire; Every Friday 7 PM to 9 PM
Website: SandyUkuleleGroup.com

Scottish Multicoloured Ukulele Troop (SMUT)
Location: Glasgow
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Multicoloured-Ukulele-Troop-SMUT/242711280525?ref=ts

Severnside Ukulele Strummers Association
Location: St George’s Social Club, Radford Avenue, Kidderminster
Website: ukuke.co.uk

Sheffield Ukulele Sundays
Location: Riverside Café Bar, Sheffield
Website: http://www.ukulelesundays.co.uk/

Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra
Location: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, Midlands, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.myspace.com/sleafordukuleleorchestra

S.O.U.P. Ukulele Club 
Location: Enfield, London and South East, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.myspace.com/ukulelesoup

Southampton Ukulele Jam
Location: Talking Heads in Portswood Southampton
Website: http://www.southamptonukulelejam.co.uk

Southend Uke Group
Location: Southend
Website: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=365286957639&ref=mf

Spa Strummers Ukulele Group of Leamington Spa
Location: Leamington Spa
Website: http://spa-strummers.co.uk/index.html

St Helens Ukulele Group
Location: The Junction, News Lane, Rainford, WA11 7JU
Website: http://st-helens-ukulele-group.co.uk/

Stockport Ukulele
Location: Fingerpost Hotel, Hempshaw lane, Stockport, UK
Website: http://stockportukulele.btck.co.uk/

Stockton to Darlington Ukulele Express
Location: Foresters Arms, Darlington
Website: http://ukuleleexpress.blogspot.com/

Stort Valley Ukers
Location: The Old Bell P.H., Sawbridgeworth, Herts. CM21 9AN
Website: http://www.stortvalleyukers.org

Surrey Ukulele Banjo Society
Location: Nutfield, Surrey
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/surreyukulelebanjosociety/

Swindon Ukulele Club
Location: Bandstand,Town Gardens, Swindon
Website: http://ukeboxjury.co.uk/ubjwebsite/swindonukeclub.htm

Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club
Location: Taunton
Website: http://www.tusc.co.uk/

Tayside Ukulele Club
Location: Tayside, Angus, Dundee, Scotland
Website: http://www.ukulelescotland.co.uk/

Teddington Ukulele Players (TUP)
Location: The Royal Oak, 172 High Street, Teddington TW11 8HU, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TeddingtonUke/ or http://www.tup.me.uk

Tune Army Ukulele Club
Location: The Crown, 48-50 front street, Whickham, NE16 4DT
Website: http://tunearmy.blogspot.com/

Uke at the Duke
Location: Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea; 2nd Tuesday of every month 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Website: http://www.ukeattheduke.co.uk

UkeGlos – Gloucestershire’s Ukulele Club
Location: The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham; Every Monday at 8:fuke00 PM
Website: www.ukeglos.co.uk

Ukes for Fun
Location: The Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne
Website: http://groups.google.com/group/ukes

Location: Pitchcombe Village hall, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 6LP
Website: http://ukestroud.wordpress.com

Ukulele Allstars
Location: Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne
Website: http://groups.google.com/group/ukes

Ukulele Club of Hebden Bridge
Location: Cross Inn, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge
Website: http://www.tinguitar.com/ukuleleclub

Ukulele Jam Croydon
Location: Green Dragon, Croydon High Street
Website: http://www.myspace.com/neil_latic

Ukulele Club Liverpool
Location: 105 Aigburth Road, Liverpool, L17 4LH
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ukuleleclubliverpool

Ukulele Nights
Location: Cardiff City Centre, UK
Website: http://www.ukenights.co.uk

Ukulele Nights
Location: The Albion, Glebe Street, Penarth
Website: http://ukenights.blogspot.com/

Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding
Location: Spalding
Website: http://ukuleleorchestraofspalding.co.uk/

Ukulele Pub Jam Session
Location: Orange Tree, Chelmsford
Website: http://www.davidwarren202.demon.co.uk/ukulele.htm

The Ukulele Society of Great Britain
Location: Digswell Village Hall, Digswell, Hertfordshire
Website: http://www.usgb.co.uk/

Ukulele Wednesdays
Location: The Royal George, Goslett Yard, off Charing Cross Rd, London
Website: http://www.myspace.com/ukegottobekidding

Ver Players
Location: The Rose and Crown, 10 St Michael’s Street, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4SG
Website: http://www.verplayers.org.uk/

Wigan Ukulele Club
Location: Crooke Hall Inn, Crooke, Wigan
Website: http://wiganukuleleclub.co.uk/

Wirral Ukulele Fantatics
Location: Vanilla in Hoylake, Wirral, UK
Website: https://www.facebook.com/WirralUkuleleFanatics

Wukulele (Worthing Uke Jam)
Location: Upstairs at Worthing Rowing Club, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PN
Website: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=125828990259&ref=ts


The Hotspot Ukes
Location: The Hotspot Cafe, Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thehotspotukes

Uke Ireland
Location: Open Mic Night at Shebeen Chic, Ireland
Website: http://ukeireland.com/

Ukuholics Club
Location: The Village Inn, Drumlish, Longford, Ireland
Website: http://ukuholics.webs.com/

Location: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Website: https://www.facebook.com/UkuHooley