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Music for July

Next circle: Tuesday, July 4
7-9 PM
5967 Mallard Way, Regina, Sask.

As promised – although later than I was intending – here’s the new music for July’s all-Canadian circle.

And of course:

Plus, we have more Canadian music already in our songbook:

I’ll print out booklets with all of the music as we won’t be able to use the projector.

See you at my place on Tuesday!

 

June’s circle and Cathedral Festival request

Next circle: Tuesday, June 6
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Sask.

They’re gonna put me in the movies …

This month’s theme is soundtracks, but before we get to the music, I’m still looking for people who can help out with a request.

At May’s circle, I asked if anyone was able to help a long-time Cathedral neighbourhood couple celebrate their wedding at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival on Saturday, May 27. We will gather at 11 AM and the wedding parade kicks off at 11:30. We’ll play a quick song for the couple and then march through the street fair, led by the Pile of Bones Brass Band. Please let me know if you can join us!

I’ll have more details (like the meeting location) after a pre-event meeting on Tuesday. I’ll send a followup to those who can join in.

OK, back to the movie soundtracks. It’s hard to imagine any of these movies without these iconic songs.

(A couple of these have ugly chords. I may try to transpose them to make them a bit easier.)

If there’s time, we have more movie music in our collection, like Stuck in the Middle With You from Reservoir Dogs and A Hard Day’s Night, the title track from the Beatles’ first feature.

 

May 2017: 90s Alternative

Next circle: Tuesday, May 2
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina

At the last circle, Nathan suggested 90s Alternative as a theme. Great idea!

All the new music is up:

Happy St. Paddy’s, March 2017

Next circle: March 7, 2017
7–9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

This month’s song selections should help us throw a pretty good ceilidh!

There are many version of Red is the Rose on YouTube. While most are in D, I like the one above because it’s in C, which is a bit better suited to the ukulele.

There are also many different lyrics for Whiskey in the Jar. The one on here match the version by The Irish Rovers.

Don’t forget! Next month we have to move back a week to April 11. It’s also our third anniversary and your chance to perform for the rest of the group!

February 7: Love Songs

Tuesday, February 7
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

This is as close as we’ll get to Valentine’s Day, so let’s celebrate love.

(I’ve got a couple of tweaks to make on Rhythm of Love. The chords are there, but I’m trying to make the timing a bit easier.)

Thank you to everyone who suggested love (or anti-love) songs. I’ve got a few more stashed away for later circles.

Happy New Year! Next Circle: January 3

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m sorry this email is about as late as it could possibly be. December, as I’m sure you can imagine, has been rather hectic.

Tuesday, January 3
7 PM to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina

Two new songs this month and then we’ll delve into our catalogue:

 

November’s circle: Peace and Love

November 1
7 PM to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

The news has been filled with anger and division so let’s remedy that with a night of peace and love. I’ve pulled together a few favourites from the ’60s, as suggested by our members.

OK, Bobby McFerrin isn’t from the ’60s, but it’s a good one for the repertoire.

The next circle is the day after Halloween, so feel free to dress up!

October’s circle: Kenny, Johnny, June and the Hip

Tuesday, October 4
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

I’ve got three new songs for October:

I was asked for some Tragically Hip and Wheat Kings is one of their best. It also tells a story well known to Saskatchewanians.

How have we not done The Gambler yet?! Note that the original has a key change at the fourth verse, but we’ll take the easy way out and skip that for now. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to put it back in, take it up two half steps to E, A, B7 and B.

Jackson is best known as a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. I’ve marked it where it switches from one to the other.

PDFs

Printable versions coming soon.

September’s circle: Back to the shop

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
7–9pm
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

I hope everyone is having a great summer! After two circles in the open air, the next circle is back at the shop.

I’ve prepared two new songs. Please send suggestions for others.

Grace VanderWaal is becoming a household name after her appearance on America’s Got Talent. She’s only 12 and is making her mark.

Twenty One Pilots is another group bring ukulele to the mainstream. I’ve had a couple of people request this song. The video has a bit more blood than most ukulele songs, but it’s certainly memorable.

PDFs

For our entire songbook in one PDF, see the music page.

Can’t wait to see you all again. Happy strumming!

Tuesday Night Ukes: June 2016

Tuesday Night Ukes
7–9PM, Tuesday, June 7
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

No theme this month:

Tonight, You Belong to Me has become a ukulele classic and I’ve had a few people ask for it. Search for it on YouTube and you will find dozens of versions from movies, celebrities, rock stars and four year olds.

PDFs: New music for June

  • GCEA (soprano, concert, tenor)
  • DGBE (baritone)

Don’t forget about the Manitoba Hal blues ukulele workshop on July 24. Seats are limited and are available at Sawchyn Guitars or at the next circle. Only $35 to learn from one of the best!

The following circle will be July 5 in A.E. Wilson park behind my house (or in my house, if the weather doesn’t cooperate) and then over to Laura’s for August. Details to follow.

Happy strumming!

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