We’re really pleased that we have finished our eighth book of songs. It’s taken a few months to put together but it’s an epic book. As always, we’ve done all of the songs from scratch and, where possible, matched each song to the original so it’s easier to figure out how to play them.
This year we’ve kept up the focus on recent songs but also have a fair wack of the 80s in there.
We’ve got songs by Garbage, George Michael, DNCE, DJ Fresh and Ezra Furman. It’s quite a range of songs.
As there are quite a few songs in the book that people might not know, we’ve also put together a Spotify playlist with almost every song on it.
Have fun with it and let us know how you get on.
Last year we put up this post for people that were thinking about coming along to Moselele. As Christmas has come and gone we always pick up a few people that have ended up with a ukulele over Christmas.
I won’t bother going through everything I put in the last post. It’s all still true. Well we do have seven books now rather than six books, that bit changed.
Anyway, don’t be nervous about coming along. Most people are friendly and we can find someone who will let you share a songbook. Or bring a tablet with the books on. That’s a full on 2017 solution to not printing out hundreds of pages.
We start at 8 and it does get busy quickly. We’ve never turned anyone away yet so we will find room for you.
See you on Thursday.
With Christmas bearing down on us like an unstoppable force we thought it might be useful to let you know what our plans are for the next month or so. We’ve less gigs coming up than we’d usually do at Christmas but what we’re lacking in quantity is more than made up with by quality.
We’re really pleased to be playing as part of Barbara Nice’s Christmas Cracker. This is exciting for us, it’s like being professionals. Barbara’s show features everything you expect, a tombola, a raffle and mince pies. Oh, and us playing songs on ukuleles.
We’re playing at:-
There are still tickets left but these are likely to sell out.
Lots of people have been asking about our annual Christmas sing-a-long at the Prince of Wales. It’s happening, this year it will be Thursday 22nd December. As always, get there early. It really is the busiest night of the year. There is supposed to be some sort of system to stop the place getting overwhelmed this year, we’re not sure quite how that works.
If you can’t come to see us then remember we’ve got a whole book of Christmas songs for you to play.
Hopefully we’ll see you at one of these things in the next few weeks.
We’re really pleased to say that we, at last, have a Baritone size ukulele for sale. It is based on our existing Bambookulele but, as you would expect, much bigger. It’s got a good bit of weight to it so you could probably use it as weapon or a tool for creating beautiful music. It comes with a gig bag, which is also big,
and we’re going to be selling it at £106. We did want to get it under £100 but the exchange rate is killing us at the moment. Ignore that, you only live once, £99 and it’s yours. Yes, the exchange rate is still killing us but we might as well go out in style.
It’s a lovely instrument, you should buy one.
It’s got all the things you would expect from one of our ukes:-
- Bamboo Body
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Aquila Strings
- Looks Nice
- Strap button
Oh, you should note that these are Baritone size but are strung gCEA as you would expect with a smaller ukulele.
It’s the scariest time of the year. That means we all get to dress up and stand in a pub beer garden whilst you all shout at us.
Yes, it’s the Spookelele Sing-a-long on Thursday. We did this last year and it was a great night. Not quite the out of control mayhem of Christmas but a chance to sing some classic Halloween songs and some songs that have only the most tenuous connection with Halloween. To be honest there aren’t that many good Halloween songs so we quickly just get back to singing fun songs whilst dressed up.
You can let everyone you know that you’re going by clicking on the Prince of Wales’ Facebook event. Or you can just turn up. We’re starting at 9pm but if you get there a bit earlier you might end up with a seat.
It follows the same old pattern that all our sing-a-longs do, we start off and then just leave it to you to sing-a-long. There will be some printed copies of the words but one of the things we noticed over the years is that it gets a bit dark at night. That helps the spooky atmosphere but doesn’t help the ability to read the words. So you can access to the book of words if you go to www.moselele.net on your preferred electronic device.
You don’t have to dress up but we’d really appreciate if you did.
We’re really pleased that we’re going to be playing at Oxjam Brum on Saturday (15th). This is a great festival. Oxjam take over venues all over Birmingham and for a couple of quid you can get into all of them and see any bands that are on.
We’re playing at two venues. We’ll be on at Brewdog at 3:15 pm, their first band of the day, and Cherry Reds (the City Centre one) at 9:00pm. At Cherry Reds we’re on just before the Dirty Old Folkers who are easily one of Birmingham’s most entertaining bands.
If you’re about then you should come along, there are over 70 bands taking part this year.
Oh, and all the money raised goes to Oxfam.
You can see times for all the bands and their times on this page. See you on Saturday.
We’re very excited to be going to the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain on Saturday (the 18th). We’re taking a good selection of all of our Bambookuleles with us, so if you’ve ever fancied giving one a try, or you just want to have a look, you can.
If you have ever bought a Ukulele off of us AND you happen to be in Cheltenham this weekend we’d really like to see you. Come and say hello.
We’re also putting a Soprano uke and gig bag into the raffle. We have no idea how many tickets there are but we will randomly predict that you’re almost certain to win.
See you on Saturday.
We haven’t played a gig in ages. That’s about to change.
We’ll be playing loads of new songs, and quite a few old ones, at the Night Owl in Digbeth on Sunday the 19th June. There’s a Barbecue and it will be sunny and we’ll be playing songs largely about Summer.
The afternoon starts from 12 noon (as it does everyday). Come and join us.
Happy Birthday to us. Six years old at last. You get less for murder, or so they say. Though that’s obviously not true, not since the Criminal Justice Act 2003. It’s probably the sort of sentence you’d get if you were to assault an officer of the crown legally tasked with preserving a ship wreck.
Leaving aside the vagaries of UK sentencing policy, six years. Who can honestly say you thought we’d make it this far? From that first week sitting in the Moseley CDT where it quickly became obvious that nobody had a bloody clue what they were doing. That slow realisation that not only were we going to have to sing in front of strangers but, more than likely, we’d probably end up disturbing the meeting that was oddly double booked with us.
Through the wilderness years at the Patrick Kavanagh where we never knew if we had a room or there would be a random party. Interestingly I notice in putting up the link to Kavanagh’s that their function room is free now. They used to charge us £15 a week.
To the Prince of Wales where we finally turned into a proper group. We’ve done amazing things in the Prince of Wales. We’ve met hundreds of people. We’ve learned over 400 songs (some more competently than others). We’ve hosted sing-a-longs that have often not been far off good natured riots.
In the last three years we’ve sold thousands of ukuleles to people all over the world (every continent except Antarctica), meaning that on every corner of the earth there are people who have a vague awareness of what Moselele is even though, without exception, none of them can pronounce it.
We’ve also helped to set up other groups in different parts of the UK, which has meant we’ve had great people to share songs with.
And it’s all down to the people that keep coming back month in month out.
We’ll be celebrating on Thursday, at the Prince of Wales, by doing what we always do. Drinking beer and playing inappropriate songs on tiny guitars. We have no shame.
We’re pleased to say we’ve gone and completed our seventh book of songs. It’s got a really wide range of songs in, most you won’t find anywhere else. We know this because we tried to find them and they were nowhere to be seen.
It’s got loads of stuff in there that’s fun to play. There’s a bit of Everything Everything, our now annual go at a Violent Femmes song, the obvious Bowie contributions as well as Faith No More and Pendulum. We’ve tried to fill in our disco gaps with varying success and we seem to be developing a weird obsession with the Weather Girls. What can go wrong with that?
As usual we’ve created a Spotify Playlist with all of the songs on. Because this seems to be a thing there is also an Apple Music playlist. It’s well worth a listen as it’s unlikely that many people will be familiar with every song in it. We’re not and we put the thing together.
Thanks to everyone who contributed songs. As in other years there were many more submissions than we had room for so some did get left out.
We’ve put together a Youtube playlist, if you’ve got a spare three hours you can watch videos of every song we’ve put together.