Ver Players wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year!
We’ve had a lot of fun in the last few weeks playing the festive favourites along with less familiar songs and carols, accompanied by a host of ukulele players.
Here’s a flavour of what we’ve been up to from our final sing-along at the lovely Courtyard Café.
10th December – 7pm at the Hare & Hounds
14th December – 5.15pm in the Tipi at the Christmas Market next to the Abbey
23rd December – Noon at the Courtyard Café
Our impromptu version of ‘Kiss’ by Prince, at our April practise session. We’ll do a few more of his songs at our regular get-together at the Hare & Hounds on 8th May (see events top right).
Have a look at the events calendar on the right to find out when our next get together is…
Ver Players is a community ukulele group based in St Albans. Founded in 2012, the group has grown to around eighty members of all ages, who meet once a fortnight to sing, play and unleash their inner creativity. The group alternates between small, focused practise sessions in St Albans’ The Courtyard Cafe and larger old-fashioned singalongs in the Hare & Hounds, a local pub open to all. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to get together and experience live music.
Members typically join as complete beginners before quickly gaining confidence as they realise they can start to produce real music. The open, collaborative spirit ensures a fun and friendly atmosphere to learn, laugh – and ‘lose yourself in the ukulele’!
We also run a programme of ukelele workshops and can provide one-to-one teaching. To join us, take a look at the membership page.
Singing “Calm after the storm” by The Common Linnets, in the Courtyard Cafe. Good practise – two songs in two hours!
‘She’s not there’ is 50! The song was first played by Rod Argent to the rest of The Zombies on 29th April 1964 at the Market Hall, St Albans. It went on to reach No 12 in the UK singles charts, and became their biggest hit.
On Saturday 3rd May 2014, we marked this anniversary by playing the song, on around 20 ukuleles at the Courtyard Café on Hatfield Road, just a stones throw from The Blacksmith’s Arms where the The Zombies first met.