Sunday, 1 July 2007

A New Venue and a Noisy Gig

It's been a busy week in the world of ukulele revolution. I spent Monday night at TUSC, with good songs and some great ukeing. The Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club have always met at the Old Inn, but this week we felt it was time to change. So on Wednesday I went to the Constitutional Club next door to the Old Inn to see if it could serve as a new home for TUSC. After some funny looks from the locals, I saw Trevor, ex landlord of the Old Inn, propping up at the bar with his usual cup of coffee. He bought me beer and spoke kindly of the uke club. He then put in a good word with Dave the steward and we are all set to try the Constitutional Club as a new venue. A few quick calls to the vicar and we also have use of the church hall car park too.

The Gig

Yesterday the TUSC camper van rolled down to Devon for a gig at the West Hill Village fete. Due to the rain we were in the village hall a high ceilinged, noisy old barn of a venue. We set ourselves up and at 1:00pm launched into our set. The response was completely underwhelming, everyone kept on buying plants and cakes... Perhaps it was because they could hardly hear us, we could hardly hear ourselves. Gradually one then two people stopped to listen... we began to build an audience. When Scott and I stood up for the song "Israelites" the tide turned and we had a proper audience. Apparently the acoustics of the hall were such that they could hear us better than we could hear ourselves. The gig was great fun and we had many great comments from the audience.

If you are interested in what TUSC are playing for gigs here is the set list from yesterdays show.
  • Sloop John B
  • I Wanna Be Like You
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Rudi
  • The Hypnotist
  • Lion Sleeps tonight
  • Five Foot Two
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Ukulele Lady
  • Israelites
  • Man of Constant Sorrow
  • Sweet Georgia Brown

And so as is the way with all our gigs and club nights we finished by standing for 'Sweet Georgia Brown', the ukulele national anthem.

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