The Ukulele Society of Great Britain (USGB) was founded in 1970 with the aim of 'promoting and establishing an interest in the playing of the ukulele and ukulele banjo in their various styles and methods of presentation'. The following year Billy 'Uke' Scott was made President and in his acceptance letter he stated that "he was pleased to learn that the aims of the Society were dedicated to promotion of the instrument".
USGB was for many years the only ukulele society in the country, (apart from the 'George Formby Society') and members travelled from all corners of Britain, and indeed abroad, to meet other uke players, enjoy the concerts and perform at the bi-
In a relatively short space of time; as the popularity of the Ukulele increased, an abundance of new 'local' ukulele groups and events emerged and the society lost some momentum, yet these local groups cannot match the quality of a national society where ultra-
So in recognition that many Uke players want more than a 'local' uke jam in a pub can offer, Emily Miller and I set up the USGB Facebook group and Twitter account and when our Chairman Fred Pearson recently announced that the current committee needed new enthusiastic helpers, Lorna Johns offered to re-
Between meetings, we have a magazine, 'The Syncopator' which keeps members informed and involved and those who share a passion for the Ukulele and the Ukulele Banjo continue to meet in April and October where they catch up with friends, play the ukulele and share their knowledge and talent with others -
The atmosphere has always been wonderfully friendly; established members welcome newcomers into the fold, sharing their experience, tips and skills -
So if you want 'something more' Why not join us to sample the unique experience of the USGB? If you're an existing member, in touch with any of the members who aren't online, please remind them and to get along to the next meeting in October 2016 at Digswell Village Hall, Hertfordshire!
The USGB produces 'The Syncopator International'; an aptly named bi-
Download a free copy of The Syncopator (Spring 2016)