What a way to cheer up a rainy bank holiday monday….

we had a little select gathering for our bank holiday session yesterday…it was not an evening for venturing outdoors as the relentless rain i imagine kept people in! i am always pleased that people come to play their uke come rain or shine….and i hope people left feeling a little more sunny! i certainly did.

i owe some of you an apology. i said i wasn’t going to do a new song. i lied.

we started looking at wild mountain thyme. i LOVE this song…i haven’t heard many recordings of it besides the byrds version….i only really know it through hearing my dad, stepmum and their friends playing it at folk things or impromptu sing-a-longs after last orders has been called. so i can imagine that people may notice that i have created a lyrical hybrid of this song as so many versions exist of it.

wild mountain thyme was written by northern irish singer francis mcpeake, but it is based on an scottish song the braes of balquhidder by robert tannahill (1774-1810). it is generally thought that mcpeake knew about the scottish song and developed the melody and lyrics to create what we know as wild mountain thyme.

anyway, it’s lovely. and it presents us with a new chord to get our heads round (Em)! we had a good practise round and round changing from F, Em to Am and it sounded lovely by the end. check out the sheet music here WILD MOUNTAIN THYME lyrics and chords. if i get my voice back to normal soon i will post a little demo of it too.

hope to see you next week and keep practising!




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2 responses to “What a way to cheer up a rainy bank holiday monday….

  1. Janine Gaunt

    Hi Jen
    I really like this one!

    Spent an evening with Tom the other week and he managed to persuade me to take up the ukelele and join your group. I must admit that I was a bit reluctant at first and if Im honest it was the thought of a drink in the pub and the offer of a meal at Tom’s afterwards that really swung it (Tom’s a great cook!)

    Anyway, I am glad I did. Have been checking this wonderful site and practising ever since – ‘ouch!’ (that’s my fingertips talking!)

    Looking forward to meeting you all. Hopefully I’ll manage to make the next session.


    • hello janine!

      it would be wonderful to meet you and i hope you would like to be a part of the ukulele orchestra!

      we have a whole range of people who come along and you would be more than welcome. tomorrow we will be looking at the same songs we have been working on for a few weeks now so no surprises…!



      ps – your fingers will toughen up soon enough! i compromised nice lady-like nails a long time ago haha!

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