What is Moselele? When is it?

Moselele is the second best ukulele group in the whole of Moseley. On the first and third Thursdays of every month we cram into the back room of the Prince of Wales and attempt to play a range of eclectic songs on ukuleles.

That’s about it, really. It’s not a lesson, it’s not a gig, it’s just a bunch of people playing everything from The Kinks to The Killers, on ukuleles, in a small pub room. And it’s massively good fun.

Everybody’s welcome – as long as you’re willing to have a go.

I’m a beginner – can I come to Moselele?

Of course you can! We welcome players of all levels.

The first thing to do is to print out the songbooks and have a little go at playing the easier songs.

It helps if you can practise strumming and get used to reading the chord tabs before your first visit, but don’t worry about not being able to finger all the chords straight away. Our advice is to stick to C (which is a one-finger chord) at first, and just play that every time it comes around. It comes around a lot.

We don’t give lessons, but at Moselele you can ask daft questions and watch how other people play, which we think is the best way to learn.

I don’t want to play. Can I come and watch?

Sorry, but Moselele is a participation-only event. The room we play in is very small, so if people come in and don’t play, it means someone who does want to play will be out of a seat.

Playing is a lot more fun than watching, anyway, so why not have a go? You might surprise yourself.

What will I need to bring? How much is it?

Moselele is free to join – you just need to bring your uke and print your own songbooks. Oh, and bring some money for drinks – the Prince of Wales is lovely enough to give us the room for free because we keep their bar busy.

(If you don’t have a ukulele, there are usually a couple of spares at each meeting.)

We should warn you that the back room of the Prince does get very crowded when there are 25 people in it strumming tiny instruments, so be prepared to share your table with others. And it does get rather warm – especially in the summer – so leave your woolly jumper at home.

I’ve got a guitar/banjo/mandolin/lute/penny whistle/any other instrument – can I bring that to play instead?

No. Sorry. We do allow the odd kazoo solo, but Moselele is a ukulele group through and through.