Erm.... actually I’ve changed my mind. Would any really notice if I left?
In January 2013 the FFP sent me along to do a story on a new ukulele group which had formed in Burntisland. I had a bit of a strum and enjoyed it so much I ended up joining.
Now I find myself sitting in the Adam Smith Theatre waiting to take to the stage as a member of the Fife Ukulele Orchestra in the Fife Festival of Music and last minute nerves are creeping in
This was actually the second time playing at the festival for the group. Last year we entered at the last minute and it was a bit of a ramshackle affair - I myself had only been playing for three weeks. It’s probably fair to say that we made it through on enthusiasm alone!
This year we had hopefully improved, and had rehearsed three songs; ‘Let It Be’, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and ‘Bye Bye Love’. To flesh out the sound a bit we now have a bass player, an ever-so-subtle name change and, most importantly of all, matching polo shirts (!).
So in the second half of the evening after a 20 minute break, which included a one-child stage invasion and impromptu ukulele performance by five-year-old Hannah Neilson, it was our turn to go on. I was feeling a little daunted having watched all the other groups - with actual proper musicians! - who were all unfailingly superb.
As we began to play one thing which was noticeably different was how quiet we seemed to sound on stage. We weren’t miked up to a PA so the sound was all going out to the front. Was I playing louder than every one else? Due to the size of the theatre we were much quieter than at our fortnightly rehearsals at the Sands Hotel in Burntisland.
The three songs seemed to zip by in no time and thankfully, bar some tempo issues, there were no major disasters, though I was annoyed with myself for fluffing the last two chords and went in a huff for a bit.
But I can die happy saying I played on the same stage as was once graced by David Bowie!