Hi and welcome to my website.
I started playing the Ukulele around 1979 and I still love it today just as much as I did back then when I was learning.
I had my first wooden Ukulele given to me by my art school teacher that was going to learn to play it himself. It was sitting in the storeroom of the art class I was in. It had no tuning pegs or strings and was a piece of Chinese rubbish really. I didn’t know that at the time though. I thought it looked sweet and pestered his life out untill I got it. It then got chucked into a cupboard for a couple of years or so at home.
It finally got my attention again after seeing Peter Sellers the actor/goon playing on the Michael Parkinson TV show. He did two songs, the second one being a George Formby song called When I’m Cleaning Windows. He got to the solo part and I knew right there and then that I had to learn to play like that. The funny thing was I didn’t even know who George Formby was. I’d never heard of him.
The shop I used to buy my strings from had a chap working there called George (small world lol.) He used to be a club act and he did some George Formby stuff himself. He let me borrow some LP’s he had of George and I recorded them onto an old reel to reel recorder that belonged to my Grandfather. I later bought a book called The George Formby Complete and it all started there really.
Three years passed by and I saw a documentary about George on TV and it mentioned the George Formby Society. I wrote to the BBC for some info about it and they sent me the details I needed to become a member. I went to my first meeting in The Imperial Hotel in Blackpool in 1981 and have never looked back since. My membership cost me the great amount of £2.60 per year back then.
I have met some of the nicest people in the world at the GFS, and in fact class them as my second family to this day. Well that’s a bit about me. I hope you enjoy my website and the Ukulele journey I will take you on.