Month: September 2019

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Maria, Sue and Margaret on the Pickering to Whitby North York Moors Railway Ukulele Express

Roy’s Video 

Walton Ukulele’s annual excursion to Pickering to join the Ukulele Express
was, as always, great fun with over three hours of playing and singing on the return train journey across the beautiful North York Moors. There were groups from all over the UK on board with sections from Hull and Warrington adjacent to us. The Wrens with Felicity were further down the train.

On the way to the seaside we all played from the Uke Express Official Songbook. This included Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds which pleased Sue Taylor so much that when we reached the end of the song she yelled, ” last verse again” and after that “AGAIN” each time we got to what we thought was the end.

At Whitby there was time for Fish and Chips at the Magpie followed by a stroll in the sunshine to Whitby Music Shop, managing to get lost on the way, and then a pint for some back at the excellent railway station bar.

On the return most in our carriage sang our Walton Uke Express  Songbook which contains 17 songs selected by Maria, Margaret, Sue, John, Roy and Richard. There were also songs sheets distribute by other groups with the last verse of Delilah ringing out at Pickering Station as the Uke Express came to its final stop with bemused and smiling NYMR passengers looking on from the platform.

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Stan Sykes’ video of  Ukulele Lady

Twelve players from Walton Ukes teamed up with Cawthorne Ukulele for this gig in the splendid Cannon Hall Ballroom to help celebrate the Apples and Pears festival.

The Songlist was Putting on the Style (Lonnie Donegan), Shotgun (George Ezra), Somewhere over the Rainbow ( Israel Kamakawiwoʻole) , Ukulele Lady ( Vaughn De Leath ), Deadwood Stage (Doris Day), Whiskey in the Jar (The Dubliners), Grandma’s feather bed (John Denver)

The Ukes were followed by Cawthorne Brass Band.

The performance  was well received  and Cannon Hall are hoping we might appear there again at Christmas when the ballroom is decked out in all it;s seasonal finery.

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October 20th 2019

A new Festival featuring all things ukulele was held at Horbury Community Centre on 20th October. Organiser Lorraine Lane attracted seven Ukulele groups to perform throughout the afternoon, There is a beginners workshop, ukulele artwork and a mass ukulele jam to round of the day.

Walton Ukuleles and Walton based Wakeyleles performing at the festival.