Stan Gee

Pick n Strum

Please note that because of technical reasons, this site crashed approximately 18 months ago! Please accept my sincere apologies for the undoubted inconvenience and frustration that resulted. 

It has recently been reconstructed, but may take sometime to update the info. especially with regard to venues, dates, instruments in stock & prices. Therefore, if you have any queries about Instruments, Tuition, The Cleveland Ukulele Fraternity, the Pickin Parlor Club, or even if you just want to shoot the breeze, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

However, I must admit that I find my one finger typing very time consuming so much prefer the Telephone - Stan on (Redcar) 01642 478859 or Eve 01642 490517. If you get the answerphone, please leave your number, I will always get back to you!

This site is about Stan Gee and his love of American Music, and in particular Western Music, and the instruments needed to present the atypical sound! His forthcoming performances & CDs; accompanied by his partner Eve; their instrument Collection associated with their love of this music.

Surplus instruments for Sale and/or Hire. Workshops, Group & Personal Tuition service on all instruments.

You can find some fairly rough examples of live performances on YouTube simply by putting Stan & Eve in the search box. But there are more professional clips of Ukulele playing filmed by the Dangleberry Music Company to promote their line of ukuleles.

The running of the Cleveland Ukulele Fraternity club has been passed on to some of its members and now meets at The George pub in Skelton,  Cleveland, on a Tuesday evening. 

The best bit of News by far is that our patience has been rewarded by finding two young kindred spirits who are not only on a par with our multi-instrumental skills, but also share our dedication towards vintage American instrumental music!  We have been joined by Marie Walker and Marie’s talented 14 year old son Gabriel.  Marie’s main instrument is Bass, but she also plays Guitar; Ukulele & 5-string Banjo.  Gabriel mainly plays Guitar, to an exceptionally high standard, (actually winning the ‘Pick & strum’ Trophy at the 2011 Saltburn Festival)!  He also plays keyboards and Ukulele with equal facility.

Eve still provides the solid rhythmic base with her accompaniments on Tenor guitar; a wide variety of Ukuleles & Strumsticks (walkabout Dulcimers), whilst Stan’s melodic role on 5-string Banjo; Guitar; Autoharp & Harmonica has been extended to include the use of Mandolin or Fiddle!

Marie has a rare deep Contralto voice, whilst Gabriels voice is a strong Baritone also rare for a young man!  Both Marie & Gabriel’s former experience includes unaccompanied harmony singing which has extended the groups range of material to include some early Anglo-American Ballads, but the bulk of most performances is still the sincere representation of American Traditional Music in all it’s instrumental forms, from Minstrel; through Old-Time Country; Bluegrass; Dixieland Jazz and culminating in Western Swing.  A unique feature in their program is the inclusion of several Native American themed songs & tunes!

They have derived their band name from Garrison Keillors long running American radio show A Prairie Home Companion whose ethos is to showcase Artistes who Pick & Sing  all the above facets of Evocative American Music, and hope one day to join them!

They got together via Eves Uke at the Duke club and emerged as a group proper in June 2011 at the Billingham Ukulele Festival, played the Natures World & Saltburn Folk Festivals, and several Folk Clubs in between, (and looking for more outlets!).

In the short time they have been together, Gabriel has also become proficient on the Mandolin; Tenor; Plectrum; & 5-String Banjos, as well as honing his guitar skills to a mind boggling level!

We are currently working on our 1st. compilation Demo C.D., which when available, will be free to club & Festival organisers. If you have not yet been lucky enough to catch us in a live performance, check out The New Prairie Home Companions on YouTube, I hope you will be amazed & delighted!

                                                                     

Last but not least, the  ‘Pickin’ Parlor’ club has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes of the Spa Hotel, Saltburn, done a short temporary spell at The Duke William before finding its most suitable venue to date at The Yorkshire Lass, New Marske in Cleveland. The venue has a large but cosy concert room with a stage in one corner. We are currently running it as an Open Mic Stage night catering for Self Accompanied Singers and Instrumentalists. Starting at 8 pm. until 10.30 pm. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, with a nominal cover of £1 plus optional Raffle in order to boost the booking funds.

The New Prairie Home Companions perform short opening and closing spots which may vary dependent on how many participants turn up. Whilst our first priority is to encourage the performance of music, our unchanged ethos is to lead by example and book whenever possible guest Artistes of exceptional ability in their chosen instrumental field!  These performances may be on different nights to the regular monthly night and by necessity have a higher cover charge! Guest Artistes will not be booked on an Open Mic night but may require support from The New Prairie Home Companions.
We would like to extend a welcome to prospective guest Artistes, especially Americans intending visits in the future. We are particularly interested in Folk Singers & Musicians in a traditional vein. ie.´Old-Time´Bluegrass; Western, but are also amenable to contemporary artistes providing that they consider that the instrumental side of their work is as vital as their songs. Please send us your demo C.D. and promo material and I am sure we can fix you up with a gig at the Pickin´ Parlor! 
We are very lucky to have the support of the managers of the Yorkshire Lass in this endeavour and trust you will pay us a visit soon?  Chordially Stan Gee


Please note that our little Ukulele Club Shop now stocks AQUILA strings, Cheaper than anywhere else including online! Ukulele Stands & Felt Picks along with the very new range of fabulous KORALA Ukuleles. Here are just a few of a comprehensive range available:



Plus the more modestly priced  but great sounding RICHWOOD range:




Not forgeting the cheap & cheerful MAHALOS:available in a choice of 9 colours with Bag!




We always have one or two  used & Vintage Ukuleles & Uke-Banjos, shown on the instrument page of the website.
Some of the Instruments available at recent guitar shows 



These shown are all sold thanks, but we still have a few more modest items and several good acoustics, plus a fair range of used & Vintage Banjos! Check on the instrument page for more details and prices.

Pick ´n´Strum Instruments & Tuition 



Stan Gee teaches All Styles, on most Stringed/Fretted instruments & Harmonica at competitive rates.
He can also supply well set-up used instruments for Sale &/or Hire to prospective pupils. 
Available for individual or group music tuition; workshops & gigs, including the Historical & Geographical presentation ´How the West Was Sung´