Group Leader:- Don Harcombe
Article published in our newsletter in November 2018
We formed our group in January 2014, we had 16 members at that time. Since then we have grown to a membership of 50 and we have a waiting list of two.
Our meetings are held at the Winstanley Tennis Club lounge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm and we finish at 4.00pm. Our song repertoire consists of 9 books each containing 60 songs (540), they cover a whole range of music from early 20th century to modern day.
On our meeting days some 20 odd songs are picked from one particular book.
We then play for an hour after which we stop for refreshments, tea/coffee and biscuits. At the start of the the 2nd half we have volunteers who will perform solo, a song of their choice from a particular book, or if they wish, any other song that they have found. Sometimes there will be duets, trios, or even foursomes. Generally there will be 4 or 5 of these spots and then we will go back to our original book for the last ½ hour or so.
It’s great fun, so we can laugh at any mistakes we make.
We don’t actually teach how to play the ‘uke’, but we can recommend some books on the subject. It is a very easy instrument to play; the fact that it has only four strings helps. I would say 15 minutes a day over a period of a couple of weeks could get you started.
Another part of our playing is to visit pensioners clubs and various nursing homes to play and sing for them. They all usually sing along with us, as we pick out some old songs for them. Any donations that we receive go to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Don Harcombe ( Group Leader)