Friday, 25 October 2019

The Woodlands Tavern



Celebrating the music of the 1960's, this fancy dress evening organised by band member Paula Taylor raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and St David's Hospice.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Forest Faddle


We're in print! The Forester newspaper, 23rd October, had this to say about our gig at at the Forest Faddle in Coleford.
This year's special guests from over the border were The Buskuleles of Usk. Led by John Scannell the 20 Buskuleles proved so popular that the audience was reluctant to let them finish. Part of the Dean Forest Voice organising team, Lynn Morgan said: " It was absolutely fantastic, really good toe tapping stuff."

Saturday, 28 September 2019



The 4th Usk Valley Ukulele Festival was indeed a joyful event!

We were delighted to welcome the following bands to the festival today, The Newport U3A Ukulele Band, Ukes Uv Azzard, Cardiff Ukulele Wolves, Maesteg Ukulele Band , Le Pub and Nifty Strings from Cwmbran.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning Mamhilad



We were delighted to be a part of this private event that raised over £2,000!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Usk Show


We had a great view from the bandstand at The Usk Show this year, lots of happy, toe-tapping folk enjoying the sun and some ukulele music!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Dingestow Village Hall


What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  We were delighted to have been invited to provide some entertainment at an Afternoon Tea fundraiser  for Ty Hafan in Dingestow Village Hall.


Monday, 26 August 2019

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Greenmeadow Golf Club

What a lovely gig for a very appreciative audience. We even had a contribution for our charities. Thank you Cwmbran Inner Wheel.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Buskuleles in the Bar



There are a number of great things about being a Buskulele.

Making music with friends, striving to continuously improve, entertaining in the community and raising money for charity to name a few.

Our April gig in the bar of The Grange (Usk Cons Club) helped us raise £380 for our chosen charity - Children's Wales Air Ambulance.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Buskuleles in The Bar

The room was packed and the beer and music flowing. Great fun was had by all andwe are delighted to report that the raffle raised over £300 for Wales Air Ambulance.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Usk Rotary Club Charity Musical Evening

The Buskuleles shared the stage with some serious local talent this evening at The Usk Rotary annual charity musical evening. Opening the second half with a selection of toe tapping songs that provided plenty of opportunity for audience participation! a taste of our set is offered below, you can find a full recording of our contribution to a fantastic evening of entertainment here on Youtube.

Monday, 11 March 2019

The Buskuleles of Usk Third Birthday

The Buskuleles celebrated their 3rd birthday this month.  John was delighted to cut the ukulele shaped cake, Carol had made for us, in our rehearsal break this evening.  It is amazing to think that most of the band had little or no musical instrument or performance experience before joining the band.  With John's patience and enthusiasm we have all come a long way.


The twice weekly rehearsals are full of fun and friendship and although many of the band still get nervous before a performance watching the audience sing and dance to the music we make is so rewarding the nerves usually disappear after the first couple of songs!










Monday, 11 February 2019

Rehearsals

The Buskuleles practise twice a week, Mondays at The Conservative Club, Usk and Thursdays at  The Glascoed Pub, Monkswood.  If we are rehearsing for a gig we will have a shortlist of songs to run through for several weeks before deciding which songs to include in the set.  John will have thought about the type of gig and audience we are playing to before drawing up the initial shortlist.

If we don't have a gig on the horizon practise sessions are an opportunity to learn new songs.  Learning a new song can be challenging in a number of ways, new chords, unusual phrasing or if you haven't heard the song before simly learning the tune!

We have some really talented band members who are always happy to share what they know and there are always impromptu 'tutorials' happening before  we start and during our break.