FUNK WIRE

Many people have been put off singing in choirs by experiences at school or elsewhere, or may simply lack the confidence to join with others in collective music-making. But many of us also really enjoy a good sing and would like to enjoy the many proven physical and emotional benefits of singing together …. so this is where the Funk Wire, led by our "choir master" Ron Norman, comes in.

The Funk Wire is an inclusive community participation choir which we originally set up in 2016. No previous experience, ability to read music or musical ability needed! 

With a wide repertoire of pop tunes from Abba to Zappa (well … maybe one day!) and other favourites, we sing primarily for our own pleasure, with occasional events with guests (such as our annual Christmas gathering) where we try to facilitate ‘singalongs’. 

We normally meet fortnightly on Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm at the Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall, and anyone is very welcome to come along for a ‘taster’.

Please note a temporary change of venue below.

The Funk Wire resumes on Thursday 15thFebruary 2pm in The Octagon, Grassington. Also February 29th and March 14th.

Please note the change of venue for the first few meetings while Kilnsey with Conistone Hall is repaired.

Other dates: April 4th and 18th venue to be confirmed.

 

Choir Dates for 2024:

Thursday February 15th 

Thursday Feb 29th

Thursday March 14th

Thursday April 4th

Thurday April 18th

 

 

Choir dates for the remainder of 2023

Thursday 2nd November, 16th November and 30th November 

Thursday 7th December
Friday 8th December Christmas Singalong, Kettlewell

If you would like to know more or participate, please email us on uwalsociety@gmail.com or telephone 01756 770350

You can watch and participate in the Funk Wire YouTube videos here

 

Funk Wire – Past Performances

Sadly our 2020/21 events were severely curtailed due to the Covid Pandemic

9th May 2020: A singalong celebrating the anniversary of VE-Day, outside (and socially distanced) on the village green Arncliffe

Summer 2020 Ron established the YouTube videos for the choir to keep singing whilst in Covid lockdowns.

11th November 2021: The Funk Wire sessions restarted in Arncliffe village hall

10th December 2021: Christmas singalong at Kettlewell Village Hall

 

2019

29th June: Funk Wire sang in Grassington Square as part of the Grassington Festival encouraging the audience to sing along

13th December: Christmas singalong to a packed audience in Village Hall, Arncliffe

22nd December: Funk Wire took part in the Christmas Carol Service at St. Oswald's church in Arncliffe 

 

2018

19thDecember : Christmas singalong to a packed audience in the Falcon Inn Arncliffe

10thJuly : Performance and singalong with Kettlewell WI at the Village Hall, Kettlewell

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice Funk Wire held two performances of period pieces at Cracoe Village Hall as part of the 1918 exhibition

14th December: the Choir held a Christmas singalong to a full audience in the Falcon Inn Arncliffe

23rd December: Played a part in the Christmas Carol Service at St. Oswald's church in Arncliffe

 

2017

17th August: Inaugural "Summer Singalong" at the Falcon Inn  Arncliffe

                              

 

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The Funk Wire performing in Grassington Square during Festival weekend
 
 

For website 8.JPGThe Funk Wire annual Christmas Sing along


The Funk Wire resumes on Thursday 15thFebruary 2pm in The Octagon, Grassington Also February 29th, March 14th.

Please note the change of venue for the first few meetings while Kilnsey with Conistone Hall is repaired.

Other dates: April 4th and 18th venue to be confirmed.

2024 Subsidised Workshops 

Details of workshops in felting, tapestry and lino-printing will be released soon.

Watch this space!

Presenting the Past

If you missed the exhibition weekends don't worry, you can enjoy much of it here:
 

The Photo Archive

The Film of the Project

The Interviews