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Last Saturday turned out to be a great ukulele day for The Night Owls. It began with the discovery that my article about the ‘History of ukulele and it’s great players’ had been published in Acoustic magazine. As well as the main piece it also featured a side bar about TUSC with an excellent quote from Jim, and a mention of the School Ukulele Revolution. Best of all they added a large picture of The Night Owls taken by Dave Wood. The magazine is available from WHSmiths or online from Acoustic’s website. This month is a Ukulele special with 14 pages of ukulele coverage.
In the evening we got togther, suited and booted, to make our first proper You Tube video. We choose the song ‘Sway’ and within an hour had recored a live take of the song with close ups and an intro sequence. So what to do next? We were all dressed up so it seemed a good idea to head out and do a little live promotion.
We are still building up a profile on the local music scene so on Jim’s suggestion we headed out to a local pub to promote ourselves with a little impromtu live performance. The place was quiet and the small audience of evening diners enjoyed a few of our mellower numbers. The landlord was most complimetary and we left in good spirits with a possible gig in the pipeline.
After a flat NO from pub number two we finally eneded up in a lively tavern where the frindly landlord was most excited to hear us play a few numbers. After two songs he quickly ushered us up to a large hall behind the pub where a wedding was going on. The bride had heard us and wanted a few numbers as an alternative to the flagging disco. We went down a storm playing a short set of upbeat numbers to the enthusiastic wedding goers. The pub provided us with plenty of beer and food and a quick whip round left us with £100 in our pockets, not bad for half an hours work. A great end to a great ukulele day!
Here is Tom with his 1950’s upright bass. We had our first practice with Tom playing the new bass last night and oh boy, it sounds good. My personal highlight was ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ which, with Jim’s marvelous lead playing and Tom’s cool groove was mighty fine.
I must just take the chance to congratulate Tom and Beth on their marriage.