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.

Christmas sessions 2020

Funk Wire Christmas 2020 continued:

Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Silent night

Covid Christmas



Funk Wire Christmas 2020 :Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Merry Chistmas Everyone

Funk Wire Christmas 2020 : When A Child Is Born
Funk Wire Christmas 2020: A Winter's Tale


Ron's Covid Christmas

Week 25

Here we are with The Last of the Rons! - a repeat of the most watched song: I Can See Clearly Now - The dress rehearsal for the final singalong of Mr. Blue Sky - Here it is! The full singalong of Mr. Blue Sky - 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 - Everybody singalong to Daydream Believe - Final tutorial for men : Mr Blue Sky - Final tutorial for lower ladies : Mr Blue Sky - Final tutorial for upper ladies: Mr Blue Sky

Week 23 - Everyone sing along to Here Comes the Sun - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Men - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Lower ladies - Mr Blue Sky tutorial - Higher ladies

Week 22 - Sing along Bring Me Sunshine with the usual Ron antics - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for men only! - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for lower ladies only! - Tutorial on the verses of Mr Blue Sky for higher ladies only

Week 21 - All sing along together - Dancing Queen - Tutorial on the instrumental bits for Tragedy - everyone! - Tragedy, try to sing your bit against this instrumental backing track - 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 - Singalong together Mamma Mia - Tragedy chorus - a bit for everyone tutorial - 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. - Men's tutorial for Sunshine on Leith - Lower Ladies' tutorial for Sunshine on Leith - Higher Ladies' tutorial for Sunshine on Leith - Singalong for everybody Sunshine on Leith - Bonus clip -guest stars


Week 17 - Tutorial I've Got The Music in Me - All together! I've Got The Music In Me

Week 16

Here's this weeks session for you all - An old favourite:Downtown - Karma Chameleon tutorial- get this right and you can join in clip 3! - Karma Chameleon - all together!


Week 15 - With A Little Help From My Friends - Hey Jude and poll results

Week 14 - Vote for the song you want ( just email us your three choices)  and sing along to I Only Want To Be With You. - I'll Be There - Bonus track - hear how He Ain't Heavy should sound if we all sing our parts correctly!

Week 13 - We'll Meet Again - He Ain't Heavy all together

Week 12 - Da Do Ron Ron al fresco - He Ain't Heavy - higher ladies - He ain't Heavy - lower ladies - He ain't Heavy - men

Week 11

Here is this week's choir session - happy singing! - Enjoy Yourself - on location - He Ain't Heavy - Introduction for everyone


Week 10 - It Might As Well Rain Until September  - Full run through of I'll Be There For You with backing track and the big "Ewervision" Reveal

Week 9 - 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!!! - tutorial for Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - 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: - Annie's Song and an invitation to choose a new song for us to learn (see below) - 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:


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



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!!  - Ron the Barrow Balladeer bewildering Robbie on location!  Singing I Can See Clearly Now - 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.
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 <>

2. Lean on Me - male voices <>

3.Lean on Me Lower females - <>

4. Lean on Me - Angels! <>



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!!              Watch 1st             Watch 2nd


Week 3

Here are the new YouTube links for this weeks online Funk Wire sessions: 


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 
The second one is the song so remember to sing like no one is listening!!
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!!


You may have seen the news of online choirs popping up and you might like to try 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 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. 



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