Adderbury ukes

Adderbury Ukulele Group

A brief history of the group, 2015 - 2022

In the 2010’s, in the village of Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, several ukulele players met each week at The Sun Inn, taking it in turns to pick a song to strum and sing. By 2015, the numbers had dropped and the remaining players moved to The Bell Inn in the village of Adderbury. The pub was renowned for supporting music with the back rooms being used by folk and singing groups and the local Morris dancers. The ukulele players were welcomed and the Adderbury Ukulele Group was formed. Around a dozen players met each week, to play a selection of songs for fun.

Requests for entertainment at functions required the group to organise their music. A music book of 20 numbers was created together with a word book to be handed out to the audience. The tone was then set for a “Sing Along” entertaining band and each year a new book was added with a current total of six books. 
Once or twice a year, beginner courses were run and the number of players grew. Some very talented teenagers joined and were sadly missed when they left for university. A ukulele bass player joined, adding depth and tone to the sound. Unfortunately, it lasted a few short years when he passed away.

With success came the problem of space with a large number of players squeezing into the back room of the Bell. The nearby Adderbury Bowls Club, offered a large lounge with good lighting and in 2019 they moved to the club. But, early in 2020, life changed for everyone with the start of the covid pandemic. Soon after performing to an Age Concern group, the country shut down with covid restrictions. The group moved online with a twice weekly zoom meeting and though not ideal, it kept them together.

By the summer of 2021, restrictions were eased and they were able to meet up to practice and play at a few gigs. The care homes however, were unable to allow large groups to play. During the shutdown, many members left, but soon a regular 20 plus members met each week. Beginner class resumed and by the spring of 2022 the number of members grew to 40 with a wide range of abilities and ages enjoying playing in a friendly and relaxed environment. 

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