Tonight is Ukulele Wednesdays SEVENTH Birthday!

Here’s some old photos to commemorate it.

Seven years ago, to the day, we formed our little group, huddled around a table at the Royal George. Today, Ukulele Wednesdays spans 3 venues and attracts hundreds of ukulele players each week.

Want to take a quick look back? Here’s the very first Ukulele Wednesdays!



Calling All London Ukulele Players! This Saturday!

Calling All London Ukulele Players!

Do you live in London and play the ukulele? Do you like dressing up in a 1940’s fashion?  Want a fun video with you playing White Christmas in it, to send to your family and friends at Christmas?

Can you spare 3 hours in the daytime on Saturday 2 November, from 11am-3pm?

Perfect! This is your big chance! Read on for all the info:

What do I have to do?

1. Learn the chords to a song:  White Christmas.

The chords are super simple and you will probably play the song through once and then probably a 2nd time through – double time (at double the speed). The whole video will be approx 1.5 minutes long.

Click here for the chords & here for the sound file of how you will probably play the song. (strumming pattern: D DU DU DU)

2.  Tell all your friends!

They are trying to get 50 uke players there for the shoot so if you have any friends who do, and might be interested please send them these details!

3.  Tell the organisers you’re coming!

There is only space on camera for 50 people, so they’d like to know if you’re definitely coming, so they don’t get oversubscribed to.  Just send an email to

4. Put on a costume.  What kind?

Women should wear a dark, plain dress (black, brown, gray, dark blue, dark purple etc), sheer tights and black shoes. Please wear your hair curled and in a pony tail if this is possible. and if you can bring some sort of ribbon for your hair (that can be tied into a bow). If you don’t have a curling iron we can curl it when you arrive. If you have any strands of pearls or gold chain necklaces please wear that.

Ideally a dress with a vintage feel to it (1940s is the era!) They’re filming in black & white so exact colours don’t matter.

Men should wear a dark suit (black, brown, gray, navy blue etc), a white shirt, dark dress shoes and a bow tie (if you have one), otherwise a solid tie. Please wear a trilby or vintage style hat if you have one.

4. Turn up!  Where?

Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle and Kennington.

Studio Boardroom
22b Iliffe Yard
Off Amelia Street
Kennington Park
SE17 3QA

When? 11am-2pm (approx) on Saturday 2nd November.

The company will provide snacks and drinks & will try to get you in and out as quickly as possible.  If you like playing ukulele, meeting others and dressing up, it will be a fun experience!

Why? What is this all about?

It’s Christmas teaser trailer, for A Quick Fortune – a web series  in a 1940s screwball comedy style.  Coming out next year. The overall plot is something like this:

The main character Archie is on his own singing White Christmas for a short while, Kate enters playing the ukulele, much to his dismay as she’s stealing his limelight.  Archie continues, but is irked. The camera will pan out to reveal some back up vocalists, and Archie gets even grumpier. Then the camera pans out a final time to reveal 50 ukulele players, playing White Christmas.  This is the final straw.

As it’s a Christmas song, you will be able to use the video to wish your friends & family a Merry Christmas in a fun way.

More about the web series:

Cerys Matthews’ Learn To Uke Strummers…

Well, it happened. A lovely bunch of @learntouke competition winners and Learn To Uke course alumni took to the stage with the wonderfully talented Cerys Matthews last night, for Book Slam at the Clapham Grand. The Welsh Singer, Songwriter, Broadcaster (listen to her gorgeous voice every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm on BBC 6 Music) and Writer was promoting her new book in old London Town.  Didn’t know Cerys has written a sing along book? – Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book which is good for all the family. Apparently, even after all the years she has spent in the music business, she loves nothing more than to sing in good company. We agree.  It has to be said that the lady has great taste.  Sing and play along we did.  We had a fantastic time!  

See the photos here:  (thanks to Sharon G for taking them)

The gang warming up over a few drinks

The gang warming up over a few drinks

Cerys on stage on her own

Cerys on stage on her own

During the Performance

During the Performance


Win! 2 Tickets! Strum with Cerys Matthews!

You could strum along with Cerys Matthews!


You can go and sing and strum with the gorgeous Cerys Matthews next Thursday, for Book Slam at the Clapham Grand. That’s right! The Welsh Singer, Songwriter, Broadcaster (listen to her gorgeous voice every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm on BBC 6 Music) and Writer. Yes! Cerys is a writer, and she has written a sing along book Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book which is good for all the family. Even after all the years she has spent in the music business, she loves nothing more than to sing in good company. The lady has great taste. So, what better way to spread the word about it than to invite amateur musicians to play and sing-a-long with her? I, for one, will be right there in the front row!

Want to win the chance to sing and play-a-long with Cerys? All you have to do is follow and RT the competition on @learntouke or like our facebook page then share and comment on the competition link to win! Winners will be notified on Wednesday 12 June.

If you don’t win, you can always grab yourself a ticket, and read all about the event here. And, to prepare yourself, you should download a copy of the song sheet O Susanna that we’ll be playing with Cerys. Exciting!

Want to get ahead of the curve? Grab yourself a copy of Cerys’s Book before the event! Go here to buy a copy!