THE Lyme Luggers Ukulele Group have been a part of local life since 2013, when the group was formed by Paul Burnage and Paul Grinter.
Although neither Paul plays with the group now, they both still have the ‘ukulele bug’, playing in their groups Pasajada and The Seaton Smugglers.
Some of the original players are still involved, but there are also many new players, who help to keep things fresh.
Most of the current players had no previous musical experience, and have found the joy that making music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with a relatively low cost and fun-to-play instrument can give.
A few have even gone from never previously playing an instrument to writing their own songs, which they perform in the group’s bi-annual Open-Mic (Without a Mic) Night. Although the weekly practice sessions are a fun way of honing skills, there is nothing like performing live.
After a quiet year of change last year, the group are looking to add a few extra dates to their calendar in 2020.
They enjoy playing a wide range of music, much of it from the hay-days of the 60s and 70s, and have held many popular performances around the Lyme area, and especially enjoy the opportunities they have had to perform on the seafront during the summer and by the Christmas tree in winter.
Last year, the Lyme Luggers linked up with local music charity B Sharp during its Busking Festival and helped teach a group of locals and visitors to play ‘In the Summertime’, which they then performed together, all in less than 40 minutes.
Neil Harvey of Lyme Luggers said: “The ukulele is a great little instrument for bringing people together. It is relatively cheap and easy to get started on. No-one takes it too seriously, but as a musical instrument, particularly in an ensemble, it can do amazing things.
“It can also suck you in without realising it – many Luggers have many more instruments than they can play at a time, each one for a particular purpose, or simply because they look lovely!
“The Luggers don’t aspire to perform or write like Beethoven, but they do live by one of the quotes attributed to him ‘to play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable’.
“So why not come along and play a few bum notes and have a laugh with us – you’ll fit right in!”
For more information on joining or booking the Luggers for an event, contact Neil on 07931 663 885, email email@example.com or find the group on Facebook.