Churchstanton Gig Book

Ukers, ukeists, and ukelators. And bassists. If you are playing at the Churchstanton School Summer Fayre you will need the gig book.

It is here.

Click the “here”. Not this here. The here up there. Or here.

You may also need directions.

Please remember to respond to The Email to confirm your attendance, and then you’ll get a complementary burger/hot dog and drink. Emailing to confirm your non-attendance would be handy as well, so that catering can be reasonably confident of demand.

I thank you.

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Blagdon Hill Gig Book

Here be the gig book for this Saturday.


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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: . 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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