‘Side-by-Siders’ Ukulele Band
In 2013. four of our ladies decided it might be fun to learn to play the ukulele so they found a tutor and started to practice. Despite limited previous musical experience, each of the members quickly developed their skills and soon were getting invitations to play publicly.
Because much of their repertoire is popular songs from the early 20th century, they found their playing was particularly appreciated by the older generation so as well as performing to church and community groups, invitations started to arrive from care homes, day-care centres and even from our local Good Hope Hospital.
The name ‘Side-by-Siders’ was taken from one of the band’s favourite songs. Little did they realise how their idea to have some fun together would soon develop into a ministry where they would be coming ’side-by-side’ with people whose mental abilities were fading but able to smile and join in with songs from their younger days.
The band has since gained additional players and welcomes new members whether absolute beginners or experienced musicians. They normally rehearse at the Chapel on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00pm.