LEAMINGTON ukulele group Spa Strummers are preparing for the gig of their lives – supporting chart-topping rockers Kasabian.
Spa Strummer Jan Hyatt heard a call on radio station Absolute asking for ukulele players to ring up and show off their skills to mark national Ukulele Day.
And while presenter Christian O’Connell started out mocking the instrument, he soon changed his tune, after her performance of Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’.
So impressed in fact was he, that he invited Jan and the rest of the Spa Strummers to play with Kasabian, whose hits include Fire,
Cutt Off; and Empire.
After hearing her play, Christian said: “That was so lovely, what a treat. I hope we can convince the Spa Strummers to play before Kasabian, it would be wonderful.”
And the group did not take much convincing, and are now preparing to perform at the radio show’s ‘BreakFest’ at a school in Essex on Friday May 19.
Group founder David Jenkins said: “We are really excited to be playing with such a huge band.
“We are trying to learn one of their songs now which I think would be nice to perform on the day.
“We can’t all make the gig as many of our group work – there are around 50 of us in total. We are from all walks of life which makes it so diverse. There are players from lecturers to dustbin men.”
The group practice weekly and regularly play at festivals across the county and rest of the UK.
‘BreakFest’ which features the Strummers will air live in Absolute Radio’s breakfast show.
Visit spa-strummers.co.uk to find out more.