Thursday, 5 July 2012

Ukulele Shed Heads!

What an AMAZING afternoon we all had at
The Tin Shed Experience in Laugharne.

30 people turned up in total.

Some from ukulele courses, some from Swansea Ukulele Group ...

and some I have never met before!

Mostly everyone came dressed in the outfits!

They looked absolutely fabulous.

There were points when I thought to myself that I couldn't believe that we were all there.

I had drawn a picture in my head that I could see as a projection in the production and now here we were, in The Tin Shed Experience 1940's Museum, all strumming my song, Mr Blueface.

Mr Blueface is about the Dylan Thomas Trail and how I keep seeming to bump into him ...

It was genuinely moving to see so many people playing my song, that I haven't even finished recording yet!

I sung it live in draft, so that they at least had an idea of the melody.

Then everyone went for it!

Rob and Ollie are father and son.

When I caught eye of them playing football before we started filming, I almost cried.

They look so beautiful together.

In the group filming I was very gentle with them. I didn't want to shine the bright head lamps on them, but once we got into the tin cottage I could sense that Ollie was more comfortable, so I started gentley directing them.

Everyone was brilliant, but I have to say that the folks from Swansea Ukulele Group looked the business and I would seriously consider asking 4 or 5 of the lads if they would be up for perfroming with my for the production. We shall see!

Seimon Pugh Jones took the stills shoot for me, which I thought was so incredibley kind because I would never have been cheeky enough to ask when they were already kind enough to let me bring everyone.

Our 'arrangement' for the use of the venue is a barter. I like these. They gave me the venue and I have agreed to help organise their line up for a live music event next year.

I think in the old days when bartering like this was how people got by, it brought people closer together and actually fosters a real sense of community.

All of these stills here (except the Father & Son playing footie) on this post are from Seimon's shoot.

Aren't they absolutely gorgeous.

You can book a shoot too!

It's how the Tin Shed manages to stay afloat without outside funding the photo shoots and venue hire enables this team of passionate people to bring their collection the community.

Think about it, where better to have a Retirement Party or an Anniversay Celebration, a Themed Wedding or a Divorce Shin dig!

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress on their days off, happen to be ukulele players and lovers of folk music, they run a Folk Train from Llanelli to Ammanford on a regular basis which ends up humming and strumming in the pub!

Why not have a look on my facebook to link up with them.

BIG THANKYOU to Meinir Min Evans. It is becasue she held out a reaching  hand of friendship that I visited The Tin Shed Experience in the first place just a few weeks ago!

Also, thank you Min for your beautiful cakes and serving up afternoon tea for everyone.

The Tin Shed Experience is an authentic 1940's family team. Matthew on Marketing and Communications, Andrew owns the buildings, Seimon the Collection, everyone pitches in ... all the families, girlfriends, children. Just like it would have been way back then!

I am definitely a SHED HEAD!!

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