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Record Attendance 31/7


Last week’s meeting, July 31st, saw a record 37 (or was it 38) people in attendance! Perhaps we’ll hit 40 by the time of our 3rd anniversary on September 15.
There are even some photos on the gallery page

ABC Open Mic


On Friday, May 21st, Neil, Mark and Bob appeared on the ABC's regular “open mic” segment with Morning Show host Joseph Thomsen. We spent about 20 minutes with him and performed 3 songs - “Riptide”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Five Foot Two”.

Click on the link to have a listen or right click and 'save as' to download it.

ABC Open Mic

Albion Aniversary Gig


On Sunday, December 15th, we celebrated two years (plus three months actually) of our existance with a performance and meal at the Albion. I was sure I counted about twenty six players but the photographic evidence doesn't seem to support that! In front of an adoring crowd of around fifty family and friends we played for forty five minutes before most of us stayed for dinner at the pub.

I will admit a bit of bias but I thought we sounded a lot better than last year; having Marshall on the U-bass this year helped both the overall sound as well as helping to keep us together.

You'll find a few photos in the gallery.

Bob.

Deni Uke Festival 2013.


Over the weekend of November 15, 16 and 17, a small contingent from our club travelled to Deniliquin for their first uke festival.

The weekend included an open mic night, workshops and a dinner/concert featuring the guest presenters and a massed performance of around 80 festival participants – this only left an audience of about 40 to watch us! On the Saturday morning, we also took part in a ‘flash mob’ in the main shopping area of Deni. Staff and customers alike seemed quite surprised to see 80 odd uke players take over their shops; it was a lot of fun for us too.

Personally, it was my first trip to Deni and I’ve got to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s a lovely town with beautiful parks and some great old buildings, dominated by the Edward River running through the middle.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended weekend – I’ll be back next time!

Bob.

See photo gallery for images from the event!


Cairns Ukulele Festival 2013.


In the first week of July, a small group of us travelled to Cairns for their fourth annual Ukulele Festival. I have to say first of all that Cairns is a very nice place to visit in July! Leaving behind the wintry Border for 26 degree days in FNQ (Far North Queensland) is pretty easy to do.

Glen and Bob did a two-day uke building workshop run by KoAloha. Three guys actually came out from Hawaii to show us what to do! It was more assembling and finishing than actually building from scratch but at the end of it we had a couple of lovely ukes that we had at least partially made.

One of the activities we all participated in was an attempt at the World Record for the most number of uke players playing the same song simultaneously. Despite contributing nine players to the attempt we fell well short – only 1300 when the record stood at over 2200!

We also attended concerts and workshops put on by the various performers at the Festival and even managed a bit of ‘tourist’ stuff as well. Look for some pictures in the photo gallery.

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