Randy The Rooster

The Mullumbimby chapter of the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra rehearsing two tunes for their next performance at Uke Mullum on Thursday 27 March. Well done all. Good focus and great enthusiasm and attitude. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to the final verse for Randy, by Brad Green. Great job everyone!!

26.2.2014

Last night present was: Jeanti, Terry, Peter, Alex, Margot, Betina (welcome back) Patsy, Melissa (hullo and welcome) and Val. We sang a bunch of tunes from the set and worked on 2 new tunes; Terry’s suggestion of ’60 seconds’ and Peter’s suggestion of Man Of Mystery.

Alex would like to do a blues tune and also pulled out a few tunes from the Australia day Big Breakfast book. The music for Paul Kelly’s ‘One For The Ages’ was taken along, though we didn’t run it as Al was absent. We are working towards our performance at The Bleach Festival on Sunday 23 March.

Back to The Fretboard

Well, you and I both know I haven’t left it alone for one day, though this is a quick announcement: Bangalow began last week, Wed 22 back in the church on Market Street, though is not on this week.

Mullumbimby is back tonight Monday 27th January from 7-9:00pm

Ocean Shores return has been delayed due to Stu furthering his education for 5 weeks. Stay Tuned. Oh yeah… also:

The 26th Annual BREAKFAST IN THE PARK was held in Banner Park, Brunswick Heads (in the Housie Tent) on Australia Day SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2014.

It was a wonderful spirited morning with The combined Service Clubs (Rotary Lions and Quota) of the Brunswick Valley served a delicious BBQ Breakfast with bottomless cups of coffee and tea for just $4.00 per person from 7.30 am until 9.00am.

Live entertainment was a huge bawdy sing-a-long with Stukulele & Miss Amber and The Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra with guest Dorothy Johnston + MC UNICE (YOU)

Looking forward to a great uke-ified 2014.

Christmas Break

Stu is in need of a little holiday, so there will be a break from all activity over the Christmas period. Bangalow has two weeks to go; Wed 4 and 11 of Dec then will resume Wed 29 Jan. Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby will resume Mon 27 Jan. Ocean Shores is on break now and Mullumbimby’s last meeting is Monday 16 Dec. Thanks for your support in 2013!
If in doubt please check the calender here.

Mullum Music Festival 2013

For our second Mullum Music Festival, The Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra performed a 45 minute set at the Civic Hall at 1:15 on the Saturday 23rd November with special guests The Mana Aloha Hula Dancers + Miss Amber and Parissa Bouass (who did an amazing job of learning two Hawaiian Songs – ‘Green Rose Hula’ and ‘Puamana’.) The set was received well by the crowd of 60 – 70 or so folk who braved the heat inside the hall. The civic hall is a tough gig in that it is acoustically quite hard to pull a good sound, (though by all reports Adam Biggs did a great job). The Dance Troupe overcame some internal friction and performed 4 lovely hulas to the delight of the audience.

Thanks to all for your efforts including all members of the Bangalow Chapter; Bettina, Terry, Peter, Alex, Alan, Jeanti, Patsy and Val. Thanks to guest musicians, Dave Sanders on Drums and none other than Azo Bell on Lap Steel with and a special mention for Rod Coe on Double Bass who also showed up for the first Pop Up Spot on Friday Night.

If anyone has photos etc. We’d love to see them. Contact us here

Ocean Shores Week Two

Present today were: Pamela, Denise, Marette, Gisela, Faye, Ann, Janette and Linda. We recapped last weeks session and recorded a version of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ with melody and harmony parts. Then looked at ‘Jackson’which sounded pretty good from the get go. We also learned about the chuck stroke or the mute stroke. We agreed to meet each Monday in November then have a break to resume perhaps Mid January or Feb. Well done everyone. Starting to take shape nicely.

I would like to mention that the time we have together is limited each week, and to make the most of it, try to refrain from social chatting till after the session is finished. I guess we could add 5 minutes so we could have a half time and get it out of our system. Please make time to practice … even if it’s 5 minutes a day. Great things can come from a little bit of concentrated effort.

Ocean Shores Chapter Begins

Today was the first meeting of the Ocean Shores chapter of the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra. Thanks for showing up today (from left to right): Pamela, Denise, Ann, Belle, Gisela, Faye and Janette.

Download the sheet music in the sidebar to the right. The pace was for beginners and we were rolling along nicely towards the end of the session. There will be some practice required so I have made some clips for you.

Here’s the C major scale:

Here’s one for You Are My Sunshine: