If you would like to book the band for your event, party, school or care home
Please check this years gigs and bookings page on this website to see if your chosen date is already booked. We try to average one care home booking per week, which we’ll fit around our own work & family commitments. If your chosen dates are flexible, just mention this in your email and we’ll come back to you with a selection of dates.
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- full name, full postal address and postcode of your venue. Some band members are not Local Lincolnites and need all the accurate information.
- start time and whether this is an all day event or up to an hour.
- parking arrangements – many band members travel long distances, so please ensure there are several free parking spaces available so we can unload equipment safely.
- audience profile – will this be for elderly, children’s group, young families, general open community / all ages etc? this will help us choose suitable songs.
We do not charge for care homes, schools or not – for – profit community groups, however we are happy to receive voluntary donations: all money goes towards supporting the running expenses of the band such as printing music books, running the lyric projector, rehearsal room hire & insurance.
We want to delight our audiences so – in order to avoid disappointment and confusion – we can only confirm bookings by direct email once all the information above has been received by email. Telephone or letter or ad – hoc conversation is not a confirmation of booking, only an email direct from email@example.com with the title BOOKING CONFIRMATION is a firm confirmation of a booking date and time. All confirmed bookings will appear on this year’s gigs and bookings page, please feel free to check your booking here on our website.
Thank you for your co-operation, this is for your peace of mind and to avoid any confusion.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE & RISK ASSESSMENT
In these safety – conscious & red – tape times, we are aware that venues may need to see copies of our current PLI or include them in your risk assessment. Here are copies, please feel free to download and print them for yourselves if you are a venue manager / event organiser and need to see the paperwork before booking the band.
Further Information for your risk assessment, please feel free to email any particular questions if your answer is not already here:
- Our ukuleles are acoustic, they do not require electrical power. The bass guitar does require electrical amplification but can be powered by its own internal batteries. We do not bring an electrical generator or need mains electricity.
- For outdoor events we bring and erect our own gazebo – this is a standard, commercially available shelter-tent with a footprint around 4m x 4m it has a properly fitted & current fire label, and if guy-ropes are used. they shall be decorated with lavishly hand – sewn, brightly coloured bunting to avoid trip hazards.
- No naked flames or flammable liquids of any kind are used by the band during performances or stored in the music stands, chairs etc. while the band are performing. We do not currently use solidified carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen, dry ice, laser beams, smoke machines, or other pyrotechnics in any performance. One of the bassists vapes, but he doesn’t do it in the tent.
- Our performances do not feature live animals. Except the coco-tronic 3000 rhythm machine TM which is under the control of the drummer. Most of the time. Sometimes one of our members brings a miniature schnauzer to outdoor performances where the public will also have their dogs, and at outdoor venues (where dogs are allowed) but he is kept on a short lead in the tent and is no trouble to anyone unless they are allergic to dogs.
- No peanuts or other allergens are used in our shows. Our songs are now 90% gluten and lactose- free and do not contain sulphites. One of the expert kazooists uses sulphites for cleaning her diaphragm (in the kazoo) at home but don’t worry, she is a retired nurse and very hygienic.
- Our band leader is particularly fond of cakes with tea after the performance (not before, as dairy cream can have adverse effects on vocal range and make high notes challenging, particularly reaching that F sharp in “Bring me sunshine”. Fresh cream cakes are always welcome and ensure a repeat booking. The booking secretary does as she is told once the leader has judged the cake offerings.
- At least two of our band members are over 6ft tall. While this is very useful for putting up the gazebo (see item 2 above) Please ensure any doorways lower than 6’6″ are clearly marked with blue flags at 15cm intervals and full EU safety-compliant lighting after sunset.
- Please don’t shout “wottizzit / hoo-izzit / wennizzit” at our booking secretary or start asking about available dates and liability forms as soon as she gets in the door. She is “at that funny age” and her head is so full of chord diagrams, harmonic turnarounds and key signatures that she cannot also keep the entire gig calendar in her head. Almost all the information you need is already available on the website which she spends many patient hours updating every week – please do help yourself and look there first before asking the same questions.
- Band members are all responsible for their own regular health checks and will bring any necessary prescription medication in correct containers labelled with their names. Pharmacy medications will be kept under close supervision on the band members’ person. We do not bring an official medical officer of our own to each performance, but we have several (trained but now retired) medics, nurses and first – aiders in the group and most of the band are responsible adults who will find out how to call for help if needed.
- That should be all, I can’t think of anything else at the moment.
- To join the band
- If you already play ukulele (or bass!) and would like to meet the band or attend a rehearsal with a view to joining us, we meet every Thursday evening at 7pm in the community room behind the fish counter at Tesco Wragby Road LN2 4QQ just email us to let us know you’ll be coming along. Bring your ukulele / u – bass, or just come along to find out what goes on at our rehearsals.
NB these sessions will often have guidance on music theory, TABlature, picking / strumming techniques and the more intermediate -to- experienced progressions, jazz chords etc. The emphasis is on trying out different vocal harmonies and voicings and agreeing on musical arrangements of each piece to give the best, most polished performance possible for our audiences. You are welcome to attend either or both sessions, see which suits you to start with, we are all members of the same band and all have the same aim – to bring affordable live music to the community with our ukueles.
If you are a complete beginner and would like to learn to play ukulele in a fun group, email us, we run a learners- to – improvers group on Tuesday evenings 7pm Burton Road methodist church LN1 3LW we can get you started with a loaner uke and some basic lessons. Here you can learn and practice the most popular chords, strumming rhythms, fun easy songs and singalong in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. There will be experienced singers and players joining in too to help keep things in time and tune and you’ll soon feel part of the session.
Travel Directions – NB This is NOT the Orthodox church on the roundabout with the free car park in front, it is the Methodist Church hall on the main road Burton Road near the famous Burton Road chippy. From the “shell garage roundabout” you need to be heading in towards town, the Methodist church hall will be on your left hand side, one block into Burton road at the corner of Mount Street. Parking on street is uaually available nearby. Here is a picture of the building to help you find us. (NB depending on the time of year, there may or may not be snow on the roof 😉
No prior experience is necessary. You do not need to be able to read music as a beginner. Don’t be shy, if you have always wanted to learn an instrument now may be the time- drop us an email! You’ll learn much faster as part of a group making progress than struggling along at home. A collection pot is passed round, though you are under no obligation to contribute any money. A voluntary donation of £1.50 per person per Tuesday session covers the cost of the room hire and songsheet / music printing eack week.
Baritone players – You are very welcome to join us if you play baritone ukulele, some of our members are also keen guitarists / bassists / banjo / mandolin players and we like to feature these and other instruments in our performances to add variety and entertain our audiences. However, to keep things straightforward for the learner – improver group we do not teach the baritone – specific chords, and most of our printed music and songsheets will have only the standard soprano concert tuning (gCEA / GCEA) notated chords to avoid confusing our beginners & improvers. If in doubt about what sort of ukulele you have, bring it along to a Tuesday session and one of our experienced players will be able to advise you, and lend a concert tuned instrument if you require.
COSTS & FUNDING – As a community group we operate on a not-for-profit basis. Band members are true volunteers and do not receive any payment or compensation for performing, teaching music or hosting our entertainments, events and workshops. Lincoln Ukulele Band members subscription is just £1 for a whole year’s membership. Tuesday beginner group (£1.50) and Thursday (£1) rehearsal sessions are supported by a voluntary donation into the collection pot per person per session.
All donations from venues, corporations and money raised from collections at fetes etc go towards our community work in care homes and schools and cover the costs of running the band (public liability insurance, printing the song- sheets, maintaining and running the printers and projectors, sheet music, rehearsal room hire etc)
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