CAN A UKELELE SAVE A LIFE ? UNPROVEN AS YET. CAN A UKELELE IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE? UNPROVEN AS YET. CAN A UKULELE HELP IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES? NO. CAN A UKULELE MAKE YOU HAPPY? YES. CAN YOU LEARN TO PLAY THE UKULELE? YES. CAN YOU PLAY ANY SONGS YOU LIKE ON A UKULELE? YES.
The Grand Old Uke of York, (of which I am proud to be a member), rehearse in The Habit on Goodramgate every Tuesday evening from around 8-11pm, and also play a host of gigs. Yet people constantly question us about what makes this particular instrument so fun? So looking at the questions (and answers) above, there you have it by three votes to two with one undecided: it’s time for you to buy your first ukelele. ‘First’ is said quite deliberately because you can be absolutely sure it won’t be your last! York’s premier ukulele group, the Grand Old Uke of York, (of which I am proud to be a member), rehearse in The Habit on Goodramgate every Tuesday evening from around 8-11pm, and also play a host of gigs.
The ukulele is the "People’s Instrument"! It appeals to all ages and backgrounds and the truth is, you can play absolutely any style or musical genre on the ukulele. At one end of our spectrum we might play ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ whilst at the other end we might play ‘Sweet Home Chicago’.
We have previously played at a Burlesque event in The Basement followed by the Remembrance Concert at The Barbican. We also played to packed audiences in back to back performances on two different stages at the Galtres Festival, again at the Knavesmire for the annual CAMRA Beer Festival and throughout a glorious day at York’s first and very own Ukulele Festival …….to be held again this year on Saturday 12th July, so don’t miss it!
You can see that we’re very attached to our ukeleles; at any given rehearsal or gig you will find us playing from a huge range of ukes including Piccolo, Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone, Bass and Banjoleles, all of which, of course, come with their electric siblings. Just as the range of ukuleles is wide and varied, so is the range of people who play them.
We love our ukulele group, affectionately known as GOUY (pronounced Gooey!) ie the Grand Old Uke of York. We’re of all ages, male and female, and modes of employment vary widely. Over the two years we’ve been together we’ve become one big family, caring, sharing and eating cake together! If you don’t believe me, come and hear us play! But more importantly, get down to your nearest music shop, buy a decent ukulele and join a group. You’ll never regret it and life will never be the same!