Sunday, 19th October:
Home again after a slightly 'damp' week in Mallacoota. Despite the rain it was good to catch up with Don and Meredeth again and Owen who had just bought a 6 string banjo. This looks and sounds like a banjo, but is played like a guitar. Owen was having great fun working it all out.
During the week, several potential players emerged. Margaret, a new uke-er from Rosebud, joined in our pre-Happy Hour sessions each day and was enjoying it no end.Grahame from Gerringong mentioned he had his harmonica with him, so he was encouraged to bring it along and join in. Robert from Inverloch is fairly new to Avanning and only came to light, unfortunately, late in the week so we only managed one session with him. He plays guitar and seemed to enjoy himself too. I also spoke to Bob from (I think) Koonawarra. He was enjoying listening, and has promised to get his old banjo out and start playing again.
The dark horse discovery was Les, also a guitar player, but is thinking about getting a uke.
We did do other interesting things during the week, but you can read obout them elsewhere.
Saturday, 13th September
Just had a very pleasant play along with Meredith and Don, who called in for a cuppa and a chat. They have managed to visit 8 other uke groups in their travels around. If you are going to Mallacoota, bring your uke. They will be there too.
Wednesday, 10th September, 2014.
I have been a bit slack with the webpage of late. We have just returned from a fascinating 19 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. I hope to put a new song, 'Little Brown Gal (in a Little Grass skirt)' soon.
Monday,28th July, 2014.
I just stumbled across the fact that Irving Berlin, who wrote 'White Christmas' and 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' and 'Play a Simple Melody', as well as over 1000 other tunes, could not read or write music. So, it shows that even if you have little or no musical knowledge, you can still succeed. Maybe not to the same extent as Irving Berlin, but at least enough to enjoy yourself.
It is worth spending a few minutes following up the Irving Berlin story. Discover how many of your favourite songs were written by him.
Tuesday,24th June, 2014.
I have been helping with a beginners uke course run under the local U3A group, the last session is tomorrow. Why not check if there is a similar group operating in you area. If so, send me details to share. Incidentally, 'U3A' stands for University of the 3rd Age, though 'Ukulele of the 3rd Age' sounds good too.
Monday,16th June, 2014.
Susan Nicholls has given permission for us to use her words to 'Blame it on the Ukulele' The words and chords are now posted on the website.
Check the Photo Page for 2 pics of Avanukes at Warrnambool. More pics welcome.
Saturday,14th June, 2014.
'Verandah Music Ukulele Orchestra meets for practice on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 12 to 3pm, at the Rosebud Memorial Hall Rosebud. Everyone is welcome. Next practices are on Saturday the 14th and 28th of June, 12 to 3pm.' (Thanks are due to Don and Meredith East for passing on this info.)
(*If you know of a local group that holds a regular session, let me know and I will add it to "NEWS", so others can join in.)
Saturday, 7th June, 2014.
The Merimbula Jazz Festival weekend. I have spotted a number of ukes already.
Thursday,22nd May, 2014.
Could Not Resist! Just had an email from one of our group.
"We went to The Green Table Uke session at Dandenong and the man taking the session there had ukes for sale and I found myself tempted to buy one."
(Check the Photo Page!)
Tuesday,6th May, 2014.
Note the new logo. Managed this one all by myself!
Currently at the U3A Mac Users and have just added a 'Contact Me' page. Just a click and an email is set up. Don't hesitate to use it if you think I can help with something, or you have a bit of uke news to share. Have also added 'Chopsticks' in a downloadable PDF form. I will be trying to do the same for other tunes.
Saturday, 3rd May, 2014.
Just in from a uke playing friend; An ABC Radio documentary about the uke. You can listen and compute at the same time.
Tuesday, 29th April, 2014.
A very reliable source who was performing at the Folk Festival, Hawaiian born guitar and ukulele player, Jeff Peterson, informed us that we all play the "oo-ku-le-le".
Alan Hall performed with his Canberra uke group, the 'Ukulele Republic of Canberra, also known as 'URoC'. The group ran a strum-along session every morning of the festival for about 40 minutes to general acclaim. Jennifer Cameron was in the audience one morning with uke and strumming along.The audience wanted to go on much longer and always called for more. We played along with some great tunes, including 'Blame it on the Ukulele' (based on 'Blame it on the Bossa Nova')