Well, it were everything we had hoped for and more. Well done to the girls for all the work in arranging a great night out, these things don’t organise themselves. The catering was first class, and a big thank you to Ian, those pies were OMG delicious. Most members scrubbed up really well, hardly recognised most with their clothes on.
Thanks very much to the two Graham’s for leading, great range of tunes, with a good mix of the festive stuff
Well done to Brendan, Paul, Trevor and Steve G for winning pretty much every raffle prize, well, all the drinkable ones anyway. Are they embarrassed, not a bit of it. Well done, everyone the raffle raised over £150. The ukuleles raffled by Dickie (thank you) raised £200 and we got £75 from our exhibition of ourselves at McCarthy and Stone. Thanks to all the members who generously donated the prizes.
Well done and thanks to the musical direction, choreography and stage management from Joy’s School of Music and Dance (New York; Paris and Wigan). Kept flashing themselves in front of the projector!. I must have missed half a dozen chords, - so no change there then. Great work on “Santa Baby” written originally in 1953– thanks Joy; Carole; Wendy; Elaine; Diane; Eunice; Sophie and Margo. Don’t know which was Eartha Kitt, Madonna, Taylor Swift; Maria Carey; Kylie Minogue; Paloma Faith; Macy Gray; LeAnn Rimes; or Lynn Anderson, all of whom have recorded the song, also the SugarBabes and the PussyCat Dolls– so must have been the SugarPussies.
Thanks to this week’s resident band – Brian on drums; Tom on percussion; Eddie on harmonica and Brian on bass.
Thanks to all who volunteered to lead on certain numbers – Eddie; Eric; Steve G; Brendan; Joy; Brian Brittain; Graham K; Sophie; Carole; Margo; Trevor; Mark; Dave D, Lee, Steve McG and Tommy.
Great work by the following
- Carole and Dave D were Shaking Stevens and Bonne Tyler with A Rockin’ Good Way (1984), previously recorded by Brooke Benton and Dinah Washington, the original was by the Spaniels in 1958
- Sophie (backed by Eddie; Steve McG, Tom and Ken) gave us Bette Midler’s Wind (1988). Great bass work by Brian on this one.
- Dickie, Joy and Graham P’s Baby. It’s Cold Outside, written by Frank Loesser in 1944 has been recorded by many many duos in the past.
I had to leave early, or by normal standards on time, so missed saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to most of you. From all of you to all of you, all you wish yourselves. May I just echo Chairman Eric’s words – the success of the Phoenix Ukulele Club is entirely down to you all for your camaraderie, good humour and enthusiasm. It’s been a great year and long may it continue.
Next week it’s Dave and Lee leading, and we may be a little thin on the ground, so we have agreed to allow a few of those on our waiting list to make up the numbers for one week only. Please note, that because numbers are not fully quantifiable no refreshments have been ordered.