We've often been asked how an odd bunch like us ended up forming a band. We all met through the Cambridge Ukulele Club and have - miraculously - stayed together since 2012. We like to think that our USP is that we actually like each other, enjoy playing together and share our fun with the crowd. We perform in local venues and festivals, and are available for private parties and weddings. Depending on the venue, we are happy peforming acoustically or amplified. Enquiries for bookings can be made here.
Ros has a natural ability to pick out lovely harmony lines, but is also essential in her role as band manager: she books the gigs, makes sure we know where we're going, that we've rehearsed, come up with a suitable set list and that we all get there in plenty of time. Once arrived, she has a sixth sense to locate the nearest bar. She plays proper music in Major Swing, a gypsy jazz band, and we're all secretly hoping they don't make it too big so that she doesn't leave us this way.
We love Lee's falsetto, and have offered to buy him even tighter jeans so that we can add some Sam Smith to our repertoire. Whenever we play Wagon Wheel live, he has set himself the challenge of seeing how many times he can force us to repeat the last chorus. His current record stands at 7, achieved at The Earl of Beaconsfield on August 16th 2014, when the packed pub got wise to it and egged him on. Mama was comprehensively rocked. To our future audiences: please don't encourage him.
Rae remains a mystery: we can't work out how someone so small can be quite so loud. She loves her audience participation, possibly a little too much (we once watched on helpless as she chased passers-by down the street). Her bright ideas never fail to get us in trouble, and she narrowly avoided getting arrested when we were filming the music video for 'Video killed the radio star'. That's part of the reason why we wear dark glasses when we're out together - buy us a drink at our next gig and we'll tell you the rest.
The most recent recruit, Simon is in charge of the fancy twiddly bits, and generally keeping the band on the straight and narrow. Just as well he bangs out great solos effortlessly, because he's always late for rehearsals. A human subwoofer, he sings the lowest harmonies, and the trilby he wears for gigs has earned him comparisons to Bruno Mars. A multi-instrumentalist Lindy Hopping Rubik's Cube speedsolver, he has talent oozing out of him. Just don't feed him any dairy.
Agnes is one of the very few people who gets away with telling Rae what to do. With the world's worst sense of direction, she succeeded in getting lost on the way back from the Ukulele Festival in Grantchester two years running. We never tire of reminding her that she panicked and dried up during the live recording for Cambridge 105 way back in June 2013. She doesn't technically play a ukulele, but a Little Martin guitar, and moonlights for The Martinis, an acoustic duet blending upbeat guitars and harmonies, and Vaguely New, a quartet covering pop to rock in a jazz style. Nice.