A proud moment for Dave Jenkins, founder and leader of the Spa Strummers, as he received an award from the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa at the Town Hall May 2019. The award was for the Spa Strummers community and charity work and contribution to the Life of the Town over 7 years. The citation mentioned performing at many local and nationwide events including care homes, church charity concerts and village fetes. Also faciltating and encouraging many beginners to take up the ukulele to have fun and make music with others.
10 years ago on October 20th 2011 was the first meeting of the Spa Strummers. So it's our 10th birthday party on Wednesday. We'll have some fun with a comedy themed Free N' easy and Open Mic at the Cubbington Club function room. We'll have a few singalongs, a suitable birthday cake and buffet. Bring some food of your choice to share. Break at half time for socialising and short Irish bingo session with prizes. I am hoping to show one or two pics and short videos from the last 10 years.
The theme for the night will be fun and comedy,( no dirges allowed !) and if you like, prepare a suitable song, recitation or comedy sketch to entertain everyone. You can perform solo, duo etc or in a small group. Anything goes - dress up (or down), just as you like or put a Strummers T shirt or loud top on .
Or you can just sit back and enjoy the fun.
Everyone welcome, bring one partner or friend. Let's have a hoot ! .
.OPEN MIC LISTED BELOW
Diary for next few weeks
Oct 13th practise for upcoming gigs - No Open Mic this week
Oct 20th - Our 10th birthday party. Free n' Easy / Comedy night.
Sun Oct 24th 1.30pm - private birthday party at Newbold Comyn Arms
Oct 27th - rehearse for Fireworks Extraganza Nov 6th
Nov 3rd - ditto
Sat Nov 6th - Fireworks Extraganza at Warwick Racecourse 5pm to 6.45pm
Open Mic - We will not be having an open mic this week.
This week 13th Oct at 7.45pm a small group of beginners will join us from the bar upstairs and we will play one of the songs they have just practised with Laura,
These are - TBA here
The 1st gig is for an senior lady and she wants bouncy middle of the road stuff.
The 2nd gig will be more rock and a few hot or fire songs.
We have 1 week of practice before the 1st gig, then our 10th party, and a further 2 weeks before the 2nd gig Fireworks Extravangaza
PLAYLIST.----------------- (* not played last 2 weeks)
This week we'll use some of the songs the Christmas Song Book kindly lent to us by the Northampton Ukulele Group (NUGS), plus a few others as listed below
NUGS Christmas song book We have our own arrangements for some of the songs, but we'll go with the book songsheets. We won't play all the songs, we'll have a 'Uke Box' with free play, choosing as we go.
This week I am trying something different to give more people a go and have a bit of fun.
I would like the nominated names shown by each song to come on stage with me and we'll do each song in little groups. There may be one or two more not in list who would like to join in, we'll sort that on the night.
we are currently on our August break - resume Wed Sept 7th
at: - Function Room - Cubbington Club
This week is the last week before our August break, and we will not use the stage or PA, and have everyone in a circle the room mostly acoustic. (Apart from the bass amp and Johnny A's amp plugged in). Something I have been meaning to do for a while.
See the rough sketch below.
As you will know, this arrangement makes for a great singalong and we will be able hear us as a group much better.