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.
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.
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!