What happens at practice?We convene at Shelley Village Hall between 1:00pm and 1:30pm for a 1:30pm start. Music stands are available and cushioned chairs are available to ensure comfort whilst playing. Band leader Dominic Beresford will bring new songs for the group to run through together, answering any questions the players may have throughout the practice. We usually take a 15 minute break at 2:00pm for refreshments provided by the Village Hall.
Do I have to be an accomplished Ukulele player to join?Not at all! We have had many people who’ve joined our group who had never picked up an instrument before in their lives and within weeks were strumming along with the rest of the group. We encourage people of all abilities, from complete beginners to virtuosos.
Do I have to live in the Shelley area to join?No, we have people who travel from all over Huddersfield, Wakefield and Penistone to join us. Wherever you’re from you’re welcome to join.
Do I have to be able to read music?The good news is you don’t need to be able to read sheet music! We simply use easy to read chord diagrams. Any beginners will be given a crash course in the instrument and band leader Dominic also offers private tuition just to get you up to speed.
Will I need to bring my own Ukulele?Not to begin with, no. We have several spare Ukulele’s you can try out at the group and one of our members will gladly help you decide on which Ukulele is best for you.
What kinds of music does the group play?We tend to play music from the 1920’s all the way up to the 1970’s. Anything from old music hall favourites such as ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’, George Formby classics to The Beatles, Elvis and good old rock n roll classics.
Do I have to join in with concerts?Not at all. There is no obligation to join in with any of our events, although many of our group love the opportunity to play in front of an audience! The emphasis on our group is fun and connection. We embrace people of all genders and cultural backgrounds and for many of our group the social aspect of our group is as vital as the performing itself. We’re not competitive, we’re there to enjoy the experience of making music together.
What if I play a wrong note or chord?This question gets asked a lot! Never fear about hitting a bum note because there will always be someone nearby who can play the right one! When we all play together the sound is both joyous and uplifting.
How do I join the group?Simply turn up on a Monday and introduce yourself. One of our members will be there to show you the ropes. Your first session will be free and subsequently £5 per session.
For any further info, please don’t hesitate to contact out band leader Dominic: