HARROGATE'S FABULOUS UKULELE BAND
ABOUT THE GROUP
Come Along and Strum
The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes meet weekly at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings at Oatlands Mount Club, 1 Coronation Grove, Harrogate, HG2 8BU for a sociable 'strum and sing' session. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, new members and Uke players visiting the area are always welcome. So, if you fancy trying your hand on the Uke, contact us for further information and don't forget to check out our Sample Songlist.
Come Join the Band
The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes appeal to music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues and making many public appearances, the Band has earned the admiration and affection of young and old alike. Get in touch to learn more about our repertoire and availability for your function.
NEWS & EVENTS
Well, that's summer over and we're well into autumn following a series of well attended gigs and performances. The highlight was the jubilee weekend where we headlined on the 'Jubilee Square' on the Stray and we were interviewed by Radio York in a bus shelter!
Christmas beckons already with nine bookings for December so far. Four are with our friends Dancing for Well-Being where we are supporting their Christmas parties in the Harrogate district and we are also booked for the Harrogate and Knaresborough Christmas Markets.
One important milestone this year was our collection for St Michael's Hospice – our local charity partner. We started playing in public for the first time for two years in June 2021 at the Harrogate Food Festival. Previously, the COVID regulations and guidelines restricted us to a maximum of six players, but these were relaxed in June 2021. We calculated our collections from that date to June 2022 – a full calendar year – and we cleared just over £3500, which we were delighted to present to Sandra Gilbert, our St Michael's contact on a rather hot day in August.
Steve Bullock, our band leader, Karen Bellerby, HSTU Chair, and Neal Carr, our treasurer presented the cheque of £3500 to Sandra at Saint Michael's head office. Karen commented 'we are delighted to be supporting the excellent work of Saint Michael's, our chosen charity – and it's a 'win win', we love to play and the collections and donations support such a worthwhile local cause.'
Saint Michael's Chief Executive, Tony Collins, added 'We are extremely grateful to the Spa Town Ukes for their remarkable fundraising support this year. The money they have raised will make a big difference to our work vital supporting local families living with terminal illness and bereavement.'
Bookings are already coming in for next year, the most significant being the 120th anniversary of Harrogate Royal Hall where we have been invited to play at the celebration concert in May – so we'll be on the stage at the Royal Hall where previous acts have included The Beatles and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain!
Roll on 2023!
Out and About with the Harrogate Spa Town Ukes
Ukes out on the Town
Whether it's carols at Christmas Markets, spreading a little joy to the elderly at a number of local care homes, appearing at local Galas and Summer Fairs or staging concerts at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate's Valley Gardens and Knaresborough Castle, above all the Harrogate Spa Town Ukes love to perform. Take a look at our Sample Songlist or visit our Contact Page if you'd like to find out more.
Ukes Helping Others
The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes proudly supports a number of local charities including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service, St Michael's Hospice and the Harrogate Homeless Project. This means your donation to them for performing also goes to helping others. Visit the contact page to find out more about how to book a concert or event.
THE UKES LIVE IN ACTION
Check Them Out
The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes entertaining the 'Holiday at Home' guests at St Andrews Church, Starbeck.
UKES FOR TROOPS
Bringing a touch of vintage glamour to Harrogate's 40s Day at Valley Gardens.
The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes 'Ukulele Ladeez' following their performance at a local film club showing 'Some Like it Hot' where Marilyn Monroe plays 'Sugar Cane' the ukulele player in an all female band.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a few carols from the Harrogate Spa Town Ukes.
UKES FOR TROOPS
The Ukes appear again at the 2019 Harrogate International Festival 40s Day at Harrogate Valley Gardens. Here, Ros, Steve (our band leader, or Victor Silvester!) and Linda take a break.
UKES WHO CARE
Harrogate Spa Town Ukes entertain residents of Manor House residential home during their summer fair, on the hottest day of the year - hence the rather casual gear!
UKES WHO CARE
Harrogate Spa Town Ukes supporting the Harrogate Homeless Project.