Ukelele group set up at Sunderland pub

MUSIC: Ukulele enthusiast Charlie Lally (62) who is starting afternoon sessions at The Dun Cow Picture: DAVID WOOD
MUSIC: Ukulele enthusiast Charlie Lally (62) who is starting afternoon sessions at The Dun Cow Picture: DAVID WOOD
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MUSICIANS can add another string to their bow with the formation of a new group.

Steamin’ Ukes is the latest new music venture to be hosted at the recently-renovated Dun Cow pub, off High Street West.

Held upstairs in the Edwardian pub, the group is a chance for ukulele players to meet, sing, play and share expertise.

It’s been set up by ukulele player Charlie Lally, from Seaburn, who says the stringed instrument is enjoying a revival.

Charlie, who’s been playing the ukelele for eight years, said: “A lot of people play in the region now, it’s certainly an instrument that’s undergoing a revival. It certainly always brings a smile when people hear it being played.”

He added: “There’s a ukulele club which meets in Hylton Castle, but that’s an evening club. I thought it would be great to have an afternoon club for older people with some time on their hands.

“It’s mainly for players to spend a couple of hours sharing tips.”

•Steamin’ Ukes begins on May 6 and will be at the Dun Cow on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1pm to 3.30pm. Entry is free. For more information, email ukehassle@hotmail.com.