St Euny Uke's in the Sun
Accounts of St Euny Uke’s Outreach
26th February Barncoose Hospital by Bob
On the 26th February a group of 6 St Euny Ukulele players visited the stroke ward at Barncoose hospital. We were warmly welcomed and copies of the songs played were printed out for the patients to sing along with us. They also had percussion instruments to play. One of the songs we played was Waltzing Matilda and one of the patients had spent a lot of time in Australia and many other places. He really opened up when we played this song and had a long discussion with us afterwards explaining the meaning of all the aborigine words which was great. We learnt afterwards that this patient hadn’t spoken since he had been a patient in the hospital so this was a real bonus to the patient, the staff and gave us satisfaction that we had helped. We hope to return. (By Bob Sanderson)
We also held our first birthday Music Event last September and invited other Ukulele groups to play with us, as well as a guest guitarist Emilio Aylto and student from Mounts Bay Academy.
March Magic at Miners Court 2019 by Terry
In a Cornish missel, we arrived and there were posters of us everywhere announcing our event. Miners Court was busy with activities; hairdressers, bingo and book and coffee corner. The residents were alert going from one friend to another.
And then there was our room the day room, decorates with St Piran flags and the Patron Saint of Miners here “his day on March 5th.
We set up in an arc at one end of the room and went through our programme. Briefly between numbers we chatted with the audience who had been given the song sheets in large print. My goodness they all sang well and when we performed “Singing in the rain” they loudly said how appropriate! We spoke of the countries we were all singing of, Waltzing Matilda (Australia) and were given large applauses at playing Camp Down Races.
In honour of St Piran we played 2 Cornish songs “Little eyes” and “White Rose” which was very rousing. In total we played 16 songs, which we enjoyed by all and when we asked if you could take a jet plane where would you go? This brought amazing replies; Australia, Spain,, the continent and one said I’d stay here in Cornwall, as it’s so lovely.
I believe we stimulated the residents of Miners Court and in turn they inspired us!
Oh Yes, it was also Rosie’s Birthday, so spontaneously we played “Happy Birthday!” A Great afternoon was had by all and we raised £40 towards the St Euny Defibrillator Fund.
Other places we have played;
2nd April 2019 Lanyon ward Rehab Barncoose by Terry
St Euny Uke’s outreach band gathered prompt at out patients reception, eagerly we went to Lanyon ward. We settled into our 18 tune repertoire and this went down well with the patients arms raised to the music and flowing first one way than the next to our version of Rod Stewarts “Sailing”, We also had learnt “Doing the Lambeth Walk” as Lanyon had requested this last time, and this was much appreciated. We also played some other new tunes, “Cockles and Mussels” and “How much is the Doggie in the Window?”
Our programme was geared for rehabilitation and “he’s got the whole world” song did just that, with sweeping arm movements to the “whole mood” and other arm movement for other words in the song.
We also choose a song “deep in the heart of Texas” was chosen so patients could do the 4 stamps and exercise their legs. We ended with “Amazing Grace” and a solo by Phil which was “shake rattle and roll” which received the biggest crescendo of applause for Phil, which was marvellous.
There were 7 ukulele players and 6 select patients, who were at a stage of rehab that would benefit from the groups stimulations by the music. A lady came, complete with her bed! Her eyes remained closed, but during the song’s she sang the loudest and occasionally
Also as I was assisting a wheel chaired lady back to her room she said, “that was lovely, I’m so glad you ended with Amazing Grace, I feel like I have been to Church!
We have also played at
- Butter Market twice ( I will send a pic)
- Redruth Library ( I will send a pic)
- St Merryn Strum in the sun event. ( Pic to follow)
- Various Church services and events at St Euny and Treleigh
- 23rd April St Euny Uke’s performance at Gwennap Church.
- 25th April Open Café and St Euny Uke’s lunch and music day out at Treloyan Manor Village project Thursday
- 16th May at 6pm A community Music, Art and dance event featuring Claire Inglehart choir and Simon Birch Dance Production and St Euny Uke’s.
- 8th June St euny Uke’s performance at Redruth Library “make a noise event”
- June St euny Uke’s at Strum in Sun St Merryn 14th and 15th June
- 3rd August Barncoose Gardens and house have asked us to play a 20 minute session.