FUNK WIRE

The "Funk Wire" is a choir for everyone who enjoys a good sing – even if they can't. So, if you were ever told you were ‘tone deaf’ or thrown out of a school choir – then come and join us. We sing like no one is listening, for the pure enjoyment of it. No musical ability is required!

We meet every fortnight on Thursday afternoons in the Village Hall in Arncliffe from 2pm to 4pm.

Dates and events for 2020:

Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus the choir is cancelled for the foreseeable future and we will post a restart date on the website as soon as we can safely reconvene.

Week 25

Here we are with The Last of the Rons!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqQpy5oa6iU - a repeat of the most watched song: I Can See Clearly Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r090QlllLiY - The dress rehearsal for the final singalong of Mr. Blue Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFFDYzXexbM - Here it is! The full singalong of Mr. Blue Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy0r9Jwd4YU&t=249s - The grand finale of Last Night of the Rons. Have a final singalong and indulge Ron in his bid for rock stardom.

Look out for the Christmas Special

Week 24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjYJwDh55zg - Everybody singalong to Daydream Believe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hryR0TYI6bQ - Final tutorial for men : Mr Blue Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuEozCLO9sQ - Final tutorial for lower ladies : Mr Blue Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y99ghpxXpEY - Final tutorial for upper ladies: Mr Blue Sky

Week 23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPQNxTxwd-8 - Everyone sing along to Here Comes the Sun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLxxGimwFY - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Men

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVhxcCCrHs0 - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Lower ladies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ZiXlsavcE - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Higher ladies

Week 22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCf9hIbN9FE - Sing along Bring Me Sunshine with the usual Ron antics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MCJpoQAu_0 - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for men only!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSQOpz58PFk - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for lower ladies only!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7yIzLafJiA - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for higher ladies only

Week 21

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki9zUzsonAM - All sing along together - Dancing Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDYrQEUYhBs - Tutorial on the instrumental bits for Tragedy - everyone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86heKezZUKk - Tragedy, try to sing your bit against this instrumental backing track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad3HCd3eRmY - Have a blast at singing Tragedy all the way through with the accompanying backing track that has everything, including the kitchen sink, on it!!

 

Week 20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CBmkYZaRJY - Singalong together Mamma Mia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dy4KYGeyRM - Tragedy chorus - a bit for everyone tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOz-KSS6PQU - Tragedy verses - a bit for everyone tutorial with Robbie accompanying!

Week 18

Please note there will be no choir session next week. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDYW8Kna5-4&t=139s - Men's tutorial for Sunshine on Leith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlHqgSd8eog - Lower Ladies' tutorial for Sunshine on Leith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpbiCdk-Lnw - Higher Ladies' tutorial for Sunshine on Leith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2w1-sYejFM - Singalong for everybody Sunshine on Leith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBI88rOidUs - Bonus clip -guest stars

 

Week 17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ih5WFmLyE8 - Tutorial I've Got The Music in Me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVy5K_p2t54 - All together! I've Got The Music In Me

Week 16

Here's this weeks session for you all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfy10TnyALA - An old favourite:Downtown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy5-U74Zfok - Karma Chameleon tutorial- get this right and you can join in clip 3!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6zy0cpFtys - Karma Chameleon - all together!

 

Week 15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c086Q7xU4Ms - With A Little Help From My Friends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoqNCpeafNU - Hey Jude and poll results

Week 14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjqBYtV7KeQ - Vote for the song you want ( just email us your three choices)  and sing along to I Only Want To Be With You.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IMU6f1rVQA - I'll Be There

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZCnOfK-XUY - Bonus track - hear how He Ain't Heavy should sound if we all sing our parts correctly!

Week 13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwgv2wYQlxc - We'll Meet Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWaL-7ncNk - He Ain't Heavy all together

Week 12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnkpkWKGkqo - Da Do Ron Ron al fresco


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNdhN_qwct8&t=34s - He Ain't Heavy - higher ladies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rioIOUG8FRE - He ain't Heavy - lower ladies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbZO99Xavss - He ain't Heavy - men
 

Week 11

Here is this week's choir session - happy singing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CPflokeLgY - Enjoy Yourself - on location

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USq-983BrLY - He Ain't Heavy - Introduction for everyone

 

Week 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKJQIo6L-M - It Might As Well Rain Until September

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzUp4K9DaD8  - Full run through of I'll Be There For You with backing track and the big "Ewervision" Reveal

Week 9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZ8Ada_gCM - Upon the Roof PLEASE don't attempt to replicate Ron's exploits. You may gather from this recording that Geraldine has him covered by an extremely generous Life Insurance Policy!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-n_Tw-ADmc - tutorial for Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuQMSOSskHE - singalong to the backing track of Nothing's Gonna Stop Us.

Week 8

As this Saturday would have been the Eurovision Song Contest, Funk Wire is marking the occasion with some special activities alongside the usual singalong shenanigans…the two links this week are:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7XICSSc_c&t=45s - Annie's Song and an invitation to choose a new song for us to learn (see below)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1lnn_0d9d4&t=298s - Livin' on a Prayer and a chance to share the silliness!

1. Ewerovision- Ewe Decide!

Firstly, we would like you to cast your vote for which song(s) you would like us to cover in the next few weeks. Below is a shortlist of six songs – please express your preferences for up to 3 songs, (1st, 2nd, 3rd) using the table below, and return your email:

Title

Original Artist

Your Vote

1st choice = 1

2nd choice = 2

3rd choice = 3

Come Together

The Beatles

 

I’ll be There for You

(Theme tune of ‘Friends’)

The Rembrandts

 

Anarchy in the UK

(in the Club Style)

The Sex Pistols

 

He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother

The Hollies

 

Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Starship

 

Karma Chameleon

Culture Club

 

I Get Around

The Beach Boys

 

2. Funkwirevision Singalong Livin’ on a Prayer Challenge

As you’ll see (!) the second file this week is ‘Living on a Prayer’. As well as joining in at home, we’d like to set you a challenge, if you can manage the technology – to make a short recording (even 10 seconds will do!) of someone in your household having some fun with it….send the recording back to us and prizes will be awarded!

 So – get singing and we look forward to receiving the results! It would be great if you could get the votes to us by Monday so we can prepare the first song for next week. But we’ll give you a whole week for the recording!

 

Week 7

Here's this week's choir session - slightly different this week!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTn-Icl06Ik  - Ron the Barrow Balladeer bewildering Robbie on location!  Singing I Can See Clearly Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_XwbOwi74 - Another, and final, Lean On Me

 

Week 6

It's that time of the week again!! Here are the latest recordings from our choir master Ron:-
You Will Never Walk Alone is to mark Captain, now Colonel, Tom's birthday and the second is to check how you have learned your parts for Lean On Me.
First: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lZECbC9JFA
Second:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SNVgX1RR-o 
For some reason there has been a slight technical hitch with the second recording so it has cut short very slightly
Happy "singing" and keep well

 

 

Week 5

Here is this weeks session. You'll notice the different parts correspond to the lyrics sheet sent round by Eileen. Enjoy..........

1. For everyone - Bye Bye Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErkbTNppxV4&t=32s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErkbTNppxV4&t=32s>

2. Lean on Me - male voices https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj7d_kPjH3s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj7d_kPjH3s>

3.Lean on Me Lower females -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxJxEXaSbw <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxJxEXaSbw>

4. Lean on Me - Angels! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_CMvaj <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_CMvajgJU8>

 

 

Week 4

Here is session 4 from Ron for the FUNK WIRE. As usual there two links for you to use and they are marked

in the order that you should watch them

Hope you enjoy them - Robbie is not too sure!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpq-f2az7PY              Watch 1st
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL--JOD9k2o             Watch 2nd

 

Week 3

Here are the new YouTube links for this weeks online Funk Wire sessions:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9AL20SZrTc 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMSD-01RqHA 

 

Week 2

Thanks to Ron and Geraldine we now have our second choir session which I've just uploaded to YouTube.
There are two videos to watch this week. The first one is the warm up session so watch this one first 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RGSVtwERbM 
The second one is the song so remember to sing like no one is listening!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mglTAyV_Dp4&t=47s&pbjreload=10
If either don't work as a link then just copy them into your browser and they should work fine.

 

Week 1

As you know our UWALS Funk Wire is out of action at the moment so for those of you who are suffering from withdrawal symptoms, Ron has recorded something to help you keep on top of your "practicing". The video starts in the middle so drag the slider to the beginning to start it.

Click on the YouTube link below and sing like no one is listening!!


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4oslUIJzAdNyj7pWaYbhgw

 

You may have seen the news of online choirs popping up and you might like to try https://www.thesofasingers.net/. It is important we don’t let our voices get rusty!

 

 

  • A date for your diary - Chrismas 2020 Sing Along - December 11th 7.30pm. Arncliffe Village hall.

 

Past events:

Christmas Singalong 2019
A very good night was had by all! 

End of 2019 events and dates are:

  • Friday 13th December 7.30pm Christmas Singalong and supper

  • Choir resumes after Christmas break on Thursday 6th February 2020 2pm, Arncliffe.

Funk Wire flash mob sing-along

On Saturday 29th 2019 June the Funk Wire held a flash mob sing-along in the Square as part of the Grassington festival. The audience quickly got into the swing and enjoyed singing along with the choir for a 45 minute session of well known songs.  The feedback at the end was very positive with a number of people expressing an interest in joining us.  Well done to all who participated.

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JUNE 2019 GREAT NEWS - The Funk Wire has just been awarded a generous grant by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust through the Roger Stott Community Grants Programme. This generous grant has bought a new iPad which the choir can use to store the music backing tracks and also a top of the range projector. Our thanks go to the YDMT Roger Stott Community grant for their support.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information Tel: 01756 770051 or 01756 770350


We are pleased to announce

Present in the Past

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This collection of writings and accompanying photographs, Present in the Past, captures all that is Upper Wharfedale: its people, its history, its customs and, above all, its wonderful landscape.  You can buy it for just £10 by emailing uwalsociety@gmail.com or phoning 01756 770051/770350.  We can arrange delivery or post copies on.

Ron Norman has produced an exciting new YouTube video for you to watch which will let you know how this piece of work has developed over the last few months.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIC5VEHQDno&feature=youtu.be 

                      

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