Oake Manor Gig Book

Strummers, pluckers, featherers and whangers. Here be the gig book for Saturday.

Oake Gig Book

Rock. On.

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Stocklinch March 18th 2016

Here’s the gig book for this Friday night, folks. Get it while it’s hot. Practise while you’re sober. Realise while there’s time that you don’t know two of them.


PS, if you are FROM Stocklinch… Spoiler Alert.

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Gigs for 2016

Lots of exciting gigs lined up this year!

Some old faves, some new … fetes, parks, brewery….

See the Events page for the whole shebang.


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TUSC Christmas Book

xmasbookgifBy popular request, or by volume of request – I forget, the TUSC Christmas Book is now available on the Songbooks page for download.

Do it now as otherwise next Monday you won’t be able to join in with Frosty The Snowman, and you wouldn’t want that.

Would you?

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Spooky Stocklinch – Gig Book

For those with computers made from potatoes, here’s the book for Friday 30th:


EDIT: It’s here too.

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KCL/TUSC Mixed Jam (Shredless)

If you need the jam books for tomorrow and have an internet connection made of potatoes, you can download them here, apparently. Because potatoes are web-enabled for WordPress.

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R.I.P. Ray Shakeshaft

Ray Shakeshaft, one of the pioneers of the ukulele revival in the UK, died last week, after a long illness.

Ray Shakeshaft

Ray was an RAF radar technician, a college lecturer and a staunch trade unionist all his life. He played banjo in the booming folk music scene of the 60s, then became an accomplished jazz saxophonist. He had to give this up on doctor’s orders – it was doing his jaw in. So he started a Samba Batacuda group, but had to give this up too after a while – it was doing his ears in!

He took up the uke in 2003. It was a less physically threatening instrument and chimed well with his love of jazz standards from the 20s and 30s. He formed SUSA – The Severnside Ukulele Strummers Association – in 2004; probably the first wooden figure-8 uke club in the UK. He also set up the first uke website: ukuke.co.uk . Ray’s example, advice and enthusiasm were the foundation for the many uke clubs that have sprung up since.

He was a joy to be with: endlessly entertaining, generous, caring and a talented musician.

Without Ray, there would probably be no TUSC – and you wouldn’t be reading this brief appreciation. We all owe him a lot.

Fly away, Ray!

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Index correction

index11coverSo when I originally published it, the Index went up to eleven. But not all the way to eleven… (it only included the first forty songs.) Now they are all there. Same link as before.

Please re-download if you grabbed it earlier. The correct Index has a dark column for Book Number. Despite what this image suggests.

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This goes up to eleven

index11coverThe Index has been updated to include the newly minted Book 11. Download it here or from the Songbooks page.

This goes up to eleven.

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Book 11 is released!

Book-11-coverRight. Let’s sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don’t, because if you can’t see value here today, you’re not up here shopping. You’re up here shoplifting.

Book 11, Ladies and Gentlemen, is available here. Get it while it’s hot. Full of songs unashamedly filched from other uke clubs.

You see these goods? Never seen daylight, moonlight, Israelite. Fanny by the gaslight. Take a bag, c’mon take a bag. I took a bag home last night. Cost me a lot more than ten pound, I can tell you. Anyone like jewelry? Look at that one there. Handmade in Italy, hand-stolen in Stepney. It’s as long as my arm. I wish it was as long as something else. Don’t think because these boxes are sealed up, they’re empty. The only man who sells empty boxes is the undertaker, and by the look of some of you lot today, I’d make more money with me measuring tape. Here, one price. Ten pound…


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