Ukulele gig report - playing with new people

1 Mar 2011

Ukulele gig report - playing with new people

Occasionally I like to share with my readers a short gig report or two, and I do this in order to provide some inspiration as to songs that go down well.  I hope these reports make you get searching for chords and say "hey, I'd like to play that tune!"

Tonight was an impromptu gig that started at a local pub that we thought would be a bit of practice.  Soon enough the pub was rather busy and we ended up with a singsong!  I was playing with an old friend who had invited a couple of mates who also uke.

The session went well, with me letting the guest take the lead and me playing along to some songs I didnt even know (including one or two Hawaiian traditional tunes) - thankfully with simple chord progressions!

The sing-along song referred to above was (I must admit it) Delilah by Tom Jones - as strange and silly as it sounds, give it a try - the ukulele gives it a kind of Spanish sound, and in the instrumental refrain before the final repeat of the chorus we were strumming HARD!

Anyway, back to the inspiration for you - a selection of the songs played included

Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Friend In Me - Randy Newman
Maggie Mae - The Faces
Everybodys Talkin - Nilsson
Born To Run - Springsteen (in a George Formby style)
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor - a tune I have been working on, plus I remembered all the words!
Take On Me - A Ha
Under African Skies - Paul Simon
Pennies From Heaven / Five Foot Two / Tonight You Belong To Me (our traditional old time section!)
Creep - Radiohead
Losing My Religion - REM
Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheel
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton (I can assure you, I didnt attempt the vocals)
Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
One Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morrisette
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Dylan
Delilah - Tom Jones

Try some of the above out - they work well!

(Apologies for any typos - am blogging mobile!)


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