Fun page for our Ukulele jam…our aim is to have ukulele fun, playing popular songs badly and singing loudly, with a pint, or two, close to hand… and the occasional pizza from the kitchen of that smashing pub behind the Empire Theatre. Packed with fun, good beer, Ma’s pizza, the occasional visit from cast members of the latest Empire show, lots of audience participation – what’s not to like?
In 2018 the D’ukes organised the second ukulele festival in the world famous Cavern Club! (the first year in 2017 has two hour queues to gain access) It was a roaring success and we can expect more of the same in the future. You can see the performances on our You Tube Channel – Cavern Ukulele Festival 2018 Playlist
They have also played the Waterloo Ukulele Fun Festival, Mossley Hill Beer Festival Ukulele Takeover, Liverpool’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Transgender Awareness, Liverpool Pride, Liverpool Loves, Weddings, Kids Fest, Music Against Cancer, Smithdown Road Festival, Pilgrim Rock Night (yes ROCK !!!), Parbulele, Tall Ships Festival, Summer Strum (Hoylake) and regular busking appearances around Liverpool One (including the Christmas Lights Turn On). We’ll be appearing on stage again soon so keep an eye on our Facebook and Gig Page for regular updates or view our Live Performances on You Tube
Ukulele Jamming every Thursday each week in Ma Egertons pub (behind the Empire) arrive for singing to start around 8pm… entrance is FREE although we do ask for a small donation for our chosen “Charity of the Month”
This year we have supported the following, amongst others :-
- Paper Cup Project (homeless)
- Whitechapel Centre (homeless)
- Walton Neurological Centre
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Encephalitis Society
- Local Foodbanks
- Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
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D’Ukes of Hazzard Songbook V1 – Dukes of Hazzard Small Book March 17
However in our Pub Jam we normally refer to the Busking Songbook
Ukulele Wednesdays Songbook their latest songbook can be downloaded from their website Not sure how one (or more) of the songs go? Have a listen to this Ukulele Wednesdays playlist! ♫ Ukulele Wednesdays songs – http://spoti.fi/Q2E840
The Jim Carrey Songbook for the Ukulele is awesome over 2,500 song complete with transposer to change songs into those easy chords, not only that but Jim also provides options for Baritone Ukulele, Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin amongst others http://ozbcoz.com/songbooks/
We do some of the songs provided by Richard G from his website. Lots of songs from our mates over in Crosby, Liverpool at the Stamps Ukulele Group (they meet every Tuesday) and a few selections of songs from Moselele , who meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, in Birmingham, UK their full list of songs are here Moselele Songs
If you are near Wicklow or Arklow in Ireland then pop over and see Ronan and the gang, they have a great songbook to download with 1000 pages of hits.
Christmas Songbook – you can find on our Christmas Page… even if it is the middle of June !!
We are located in Ma Egertons Stage Door every Thursday from 8pm.
“the one instrument you can’t play and not laugh”
Here at the D’Ukes we play for fun and enjoy it, our enjoyment is infectious and we can’t help but bring a smile to people’s faces. If you want to start then pop along to one of our pub sessions with your ukulele (if you’ve not got one, get in touch and we’ll bring a spare for you to play) we’ll show you the chords and get you started on a wonderful journey. Alternatively come to Yin Yan Band run by our resident Yogi – Robin, and we’ll teach you there or if you prefer a structured way to learn enroll on a Ukulele Club Liverpool course.
Ukuleles are tuned GCEA (George Clooney Eats Apples)
We suggest you buy yourself a “clip on chromatic tuner”, however, you can always borrow one off someone in the pub. If you want to practice at home these apps have built in tuners http://theukuleleapp.com/ and https://kalabrand.com/pages/start.
There are some great resources out there on You Tube, we do suggest a few to follow :-
- Bernadette Teaches Music, she has a 30 Day Uke Course starting with the basics.
- The Ukulele Teacher
- Ukulele Underground
- Morristown Uke Jam
- Cynthia Lin Music
- Christopher Davis Shannon for some old school skills…
Before that though get to know your ukulele and tuning with Petey Mack’s (from Memphis, USA) Putting The Fun Into The FUNdamentals Of The Ukulele or nip over to Will Grove-White, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, website for starters https://willgrovewhite.com/learning-to-play-the-ukulele-lesson-one/
Circle of Fifths
A handy interactive Circle of Fifths by Rand Scullard helps you transpose those chord progressions easier.