Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing is a fortnightly Monday night open Ukulele Jam for anyone with a Uke and also the home of TWUNT the Band. We meet at the Cross Keys Pub, in Tunbridge Wells and have a right laugh playing away those Monday blues!
TWUNT the BAND
“The most sublimely orchestrated group of musicians working in the UK today”, “The very definition of cutting edge”, “An avant-garde fusion of experimental dub step and Tuvan throat singing”, are all things that have never been said about Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing (TWUNT), and never will.
However, what you can say about TWUNT is that it offers a pack of stupidly enthusiastic ukulele players with a wry sense of humour and the silliest set list this side of Jive Bunny’s mega mix.
TWUNT is a twenty to thirty strong group of players from in and around Tunbridge Wells who meet in a local pub on a fortnightly basis to have a drink and a good old sing-along – playing songs from a truly eclectic range of artists from Lady Gaga to Alice Cooper, stopping off somewhere in the middle for a bit of Johnny Cash. The youngest player is yet to hit their teens and the most senior member is in his 70s, and should be old enough to know better by now. Some of the group are experienced musicians whilst for others learning ukulele has opened up a whole new world of fun… which is what it’s all about.
The TWUNT band has grown out of the regular jam nights and is formed of only the most obsessive and fanatical group members. Their inaugural gig was in 2011 at Eastbourne’s “Magnificent Motor” festival. To the band?s astonishment, during the set more people came to listen than got up and left…so they decided to do it all over again. Since this the group has developed and established itself as a favourite at local festivals and charity fundraisers, with appearances at the fabulously named “Poofest” and the prestigious Rusthall village fete where the group not only managed to play without drowning in torrential rain but also stormed to victory in the Tug-of-war in a battle which will surely resound through the ages.
TWUNT the Ukulele Jam
Do you play the ukulele (or own a ukulele that sits in the corner of your room whilst you studiously ignore it)?
Live in or near Tunbridge Wells?
Fancy getting together with other ukulele players to have a good old sing & play in the back room of a pub on a regular basis?
Emphasis is on playing, having a good sing song and a laugh. Beginners will feel at home, as too will the more seasoned players.
Well – here we are… once a fortnight on Monday.
Everybody’s welcome, we’ve got songs to suit a good range of ukueability and if it all gets too much there’s still singing to be done (you must be able to ignore all known time signatures and be well versed in messing up the chorus of ‘Creep’ by Radiohead before you are allowed to join in with this).