Hopefully, everything you need to know about BilliUke
BilliUke is formed of people from in and around Billingshurst. Started in 2010, the group meet regularly to play the ukulele and socialise. We occasionally play sessions for groups within the village. You don't need to have a ukulele (uke) to come along as we normally have spares so you can join in on the evening.
We meet in the King's Arms, Billingshurst every two weeks.
You can see the details of our next meet on the Meets page.
We don't charge a membership or ask you for monthly subs, and all the work is carried out by volunteers. We do ask that you support the King's Arms by buying drinks as they are supporting us by letting us through their doors.
We don't charge a membership or ask for subs, and all the work is carried out by volunteers. We do ask that you support the King's Arms by buying drinks as they are supporting us by letting us through their doors.
This is important to the existance of both our supporting pub and BilliUke.
No problem! We come armed with spare ukes and at least one of us can show you the basics. All you need is a slight sense of timing and some fingers. We welcome people of all abilities.
We make sure that you can attach your tablet onto the local wi-fi so that you are able to download the songs that we'll be playing during the meet. Once you have settled in and visited the bar to get a drink, then we will start to go through the playlist for the session. Songs for the playlist have been chosen by members the previous week through Facebook. We can tell you more about this when we meet you.
We'll play through the songs on the playlist - stopping midway through the meet to chat and get another drink - then if we have time, we can add more songs to the playlist to see us through to the end of the meet.
If we are at the pub, then it's only right and proper that we support them in the same way that they support us.
You can search our songbook by pressing the Songs button at the top of this page.
All our songs are presented as PDFs. Most computers should be able to handle PDFs.
When you come to one of our meets, you should bring a tablet computer as we don't have paper folders any more. We play from a playlist of songs chosen by members the previous week through Facebook. We can tell you more about this when we meet you.
You sure can. All songs are for educational purposes and we do not attemnpt to make a single penny of profit from their use.
The PDFs are mostly A4 in size, but some pages are longer to cater for songs that would normally have spanned two pages. We will try to mark these pages so you know they will not print as you would like.
The oldest songs (numbered under 100) have a basic style and this has hopefully improved as time goes on, with the 300s having a more settled style with markings to show intros, outros, single strums and instrumental parts. Songs numbered 5000 and above are user contributions that have been shared with us over time. Their style and formatting is nothing to do with BilliUke. If one of these songs proves popular, then we will write it up in the current house style. Corrections to existing songs usually mean that they will be saved in the house stule as well.
You need to be a member of our Facebook group in order to be able to choose songs for a jam.
A few days before the jam, a link will be posted to a form where songs can be chosen from the songbook. Fill the form in and then your songs should magically appear on the next playlist.
These songs have only two chords, so are easy ones to start with.
Songs that need only three chords, so are nice and easy to start with.
Songs that need four chords, fairly easy to play.
A loose collection of Irish-themed songs. They might be Irish, or have been performed by and Irish act.
Christmas songs. This list will only get bigger!
Songs that are no longer chosen for the meets. A lot of these were submitted by members who have moved away or no longer join us. Some of them are fairly niche and only the the person who brought it along would know the song. Others just don't work for a collective and would be better played solo, so feel free to play these, just don't choose them when we meet.
There are music shops in and around the county that will talk you through what to buy and like most things, the more money you throw at a vendor, the shinier the ukulele will be. Ask any of our members about their uke and they will tell you why they like it and where it came from. We have spare ukes with us, so you can try before you buy!