When we all got together for our first meeting in the Moseley CDT, drinking tea and eating biscuits I bet none of us thought this would all still be going three years later. Well it is still going and seems to show no signs of stopping.
This Thursday we hope you can come and join us to have a special evening playing all those songs that have meant a lot to us over the years. Be it songs that people told us we could never play in front of other people, or even songs none of us thought we’d ever be able to play.
We’re really please to be able to say that we have finally finished making Songbook Number 4. We’ve made a bit of an effort with this one to try and make it much easier than the last few books.
Make sure you download a copy as we will be concentrating on songs from it for the next few meetings. There are quite likely to be a number of songs that you will not have heard of before. You can listen to them on the Spotify playlist that we’ve made for this book, or all of the songs are contained in the Youtube playlist embedded below.
Many people have helped with putting this together, through either suggesting songs, working them out or testing that we’ve got them mostly right. A big thanks to everyone that’s helped. It’s taken a few months but we did get there in the end. There are some really fun songs in here so we hope you enjoy them as much as we have done.
I know it seems like only last week that everyone got over wishing you happy new year, but one more won’t hurt will it?
2012 turned out to be a really good year for us. Besides our usual meetings every other Thursday (I know they’re not really every other Thursday when months are particularly fat) we got to play in loads of different places.
We managed to do loads more gigs than we expected last year and it is down to the patience of the people that turn up to each meeting that give up their free time that means we still seem to be getting away with it.
We’re really looking forward to 2013, we’ve got a new songbook coming in the next couple of weeks but we’ve also overhauled songbooks 2 and 3 to try and sort out the odd errors that were in them. In songbook 3′s case there were quite a few.
Hopefully the change documents will stop people having to print out so many pages. You obviously don’t need to print these out but if you don’t you’ll be playing different versions of some songs to other people.
We hope to have the new songbook ready for you in February.
We are going to be meeting on Thursday at 8:00pm in the Prince of Wales so hopefully we will see you there.
Another December and another year over. That doesn’t mean it’s time for morose introspection.
No, it means we get another chance to crack open the Snowselele song book. We’ve got quite a packed festive period with two meetings, a gig and, what some people have been telling us is, our customary Christmas sing-a-long. We’re not convinced it can be custom after two years but we are looking forward to it.
So we will have two normal meetings on the 6th and 20th of December (I know the meeting dates panel on the page has stopped working), at these meetings we will just be playing songs from the Snowselele book.
On the Sunday 23rd December we will be playing all night in the beer garden of the Prince of Wales. We will have songbooks for anyone who wants them and we really want to encourage everyone to come along and join in with us through just about every classic Christmas song we can think of. It was the highlight of our year last year and hopefully it’ll be just as good this year.
As part of Children in Need on Friday (the 16th November) we will be playing two sets at the Mailbox in town.
We’ll be playing on the BBC public space stage at 18:35 and again at 21:00. We decided that if we got to play twice then we’re going to play two completely different sets. So we’ve got some old songs and some new songs all ready to go.
Come along and watch us and they might even ask us to do it again in the future.
Next Thursday (1st November) will be a special meeting because it is the one week a year where we break out the Spookelele songbook. All manner of scary songs (well vague references to the paranormal).
The book has been updated since last year. It has another nine songs in. So it might be an idea to listen to the Spookelele playlist to make sure you’re familiar with most of them.
There will also be sweets and scary ghost costumes.
On Saturday the 13th October we will be playing as part of the Oxjam Brum festival. This is a great festival that takes place across the City Centre. You can buy a wristband from their website that gives you access to all the venues.
We’ll be playing at Cafe Blend, on Navigation Street, at 5:00 pm. Our gig will be a pay what you can one, so you don’t need an official wrist band to come along, but you can still give something to support Oxfam.
We’ll probably have a number of new songs and we’d be very pleased to see you .
As we leave August behind us and say goodbye to what little Summer we had I thought it would be worth letting you know all the things we have coming up in September. There are quite a few of them.
On the 9th of September we will be doing two sets as part of Artsfest. We will be playing at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery at 1:30pm and in Brindley Place at 3:30pm. We’re hoping to do quite different sets so there is no reason to not come to both of them (I’m not sure if that double negative makes any sense).
We will be doing our normal Thursday at the Prince, from 8:00pm, on the 6th and 20th, as always, feel free to come and join us.
We’ll also be playing at the Moseley Community Games which have been rearranged for the 22nd September. We’re not sure what time we’re playing but why not come down to the park for the whole thing?
It is also the Moseley Folk Festival on the 31st August. It’s a great weekend and many of us will be going but contrary to what we might have told you previously we are not playing.
We are meeting this Thursday(16th August) as normal. We’d like to get some of the songs that haven’t been properly done yet finished. Have a look at the videos below so you have a rough idea how they go. You don’t have to learn them in time for Thursday, just listen to them.
You might notice that the dates on the right hand side are looking a bit strange. We have been using Live Brum to feed dates to the site but it’s changed the way it works. I’m not sure the change has been for the better but I’ll look at how we can make sure the dates are correct.
Just try and remember that it is always the first and third Thursday of the month.
Keeping up to date with things is much easier if you join the Facebook group, I know Facebook is evil but it seems to work for us.