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A new ukulele blog

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Not much goes on here these days. Too busy playing the ukulele at the moment which is why i’ve started a new blog called “Ukenaut all about my ukulele explorations. See you over there, maybe.

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June 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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Moselele – Eight Days A Week

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I had a great time last night at the first session of the Moselele Ukulele Group – known as Moselele.  No previous experience necessary, and I think that attitude was pretty much embraced.  Top marks to @dazwright for organising us and to my fellow ukenauts for a fun time.

We worked our way through the songbook and I think most of us were starting to get the hang of it.  Anyhoo, here’s our triumphant finale to the practice, Eight Days A Week.

Keep an eye on the website or follow the #moselele hashtag on Twitter to keep up with developments.

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April 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

More Bluegrass from the Old Mo’

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Thought I’d post a few more tracks from the Old Moseley Arms Bluegrass Jam.  I didn’t go last week so these are from the 26 January.

Firstly, a standard, Sally Goodin, which I’m trying to learn so that’s the reason for posting this.  As with all the tracks in this post I’m only playing backing on it.  Maybe I’ll take a lead break next week.

Next up, a great  song that regular, Peter, has been teaching us, Cold Sheets of Rain.  No idea who wrote it but there’s a good version by the Hagars Mountain Boys on Spotify

Our version is better though.

And finally Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown.  

Some of you might recognise this from the movie Bonnie and Clyde where it was used for the car chase.  I think this is why a friend of mine calls banjo heavy bluegrass chase music.

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February 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Cripple Creek – Bluegrass in Balsall Heath

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Been a year since I posted anything.  Oh well.

My favourite thing to do on a Tuesday evening is to go join in the Bluegrass Jam down at the Old Moseley Arms in Balsall Heath.  It’s a friendly and relaxed scene in the upstairs room where a bunch of musicians sit around in a circle playing bluegrass tunes.  I’ve been going along for a few weeks now, just chunking out chord on the mandolin.  When I went a fortnight ago I plucked up the courage to take a short solo – known as taking a break on a tune I had learned, Cripple Creek.

You can hear my mandolin come in at around 38 seconds in for my break.  I’m quite pleased with it.  I got quite a buzz out of playing it and got some encouraging nods and positive comments from a few of the regulars which made me feel real good.

Now I need to get a few more tunes under my belt so I can do it again.

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February 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Tuna Day

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I’m never too sure about this blog.  It’s just a bit unstructured and without a real purpose other than a collection of stuff.  I’m also not very good at posting to it very frequently so there’s not enough to bring casual readers back frequently enough.  By the looks of my traffic it’s mainly people who’re picking it up via their RSS readers or some very specific searches that undoubtedly leave people disappointed by the lack of any useful content they were searching for.

So I’ve decided to have a crack at a daily blog where I post something about different song each day and where possible supply a link where people can hear it.  I’m calling it “Tuna Day” because it amuses me.

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December 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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Dropping science at the LHC

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Picked this up from Word Magazine’s “something for the weekend” mailout.  The boffins at CERN drop science explaining how the LHC works in a rap that somehow is not cheesy.  Some might prefer they concentrated a little more on not bringing the universe to an end and didn’t muck about making daft rap videos but not me.  This video help make sense of it and the chorus is now stuck in my head.

altogether now – “LHCb sees where the antimatter’s gone, ALICE looks at collisions of lead ions………………………”

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September 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

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Caught in My Shadow

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“These streets used to look big,
this town used to look like a city,
these people used to talk to me.”


The best day out I ever had in Birmingham city centre.  Filmed in Pigeon Park (St Philips) in May 1991.

I’m in this 3 or 4 times.

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July 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

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