So, today I learnt to play the Ukulele and you would have too if you’d been at Robin’s Ukulele Extravaganza earlier like me. Described as a children’s’ show, the number of adults there far outweighed any children as we gathered around on comfy cushions to begin our musical master class. Each equipped with our own ukulele, Robin’s attitude was friendly and encouraging rather than patronising as everyone strummed along together to the likes of Yellow submarine, Somewhere over a rainbow, Rizzle Kicks and Jessie J.
With the help of some evocative Hollywood strings in the background, a little bit of percussion and an odd chicken toy we managed to create a pretty good sound and it was a reminder how much fun it is to sit and make music together and have the satisfaction which comes with learning something new. It wasn’t advanced stuff and couldn’t have happened without those helpful little stickers on the strings but it was mildly educational and a brilliant show to take kids to as, more to the point, it was fun to clap along to beats and rhythms before transferring them onto our Ukulele’s.
No extravaganza would be an extravaganza without party poppers which adamantly separated the show from the mundane realms of a mere music class to become something much more interesting. Don’t go expecting musical masterpiece, but if you’re up for a laugh and trying something new, this is something you won’t regret doing.