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.

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.

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Mullum Uke Club now… an Orchestra

Mullum Uke Club at the Mullum Ex-services club has been in existence since June 2012. It has been like the petri dish for the Northern Rivers Uke experiment… where the policy and format has been moulded to create the most enjoyable and fulfilling outcome for a bunch of ukesters. Now, after many format changes, we have settle on becoming a performance group like the Bangalow chapter. Therefore our aim is to learn 3 songs per month (may end up being two), with out music so they can be performed as a troupe or orchestra at the monthly Uke Night at the Courthouse hotel. The first performance of a 5 piece group is this Thursday night, 28th of November 2013.

Ocean Shores Week Four

Present were regulars Gisella, Margrette, Pamela, and 3 first timers; Rae, Cathy and our first male ukester, Jeff. The 3 regulars spent some time outside practising the new Hawaiian triplet strums as the newbies went through some basics. By the end of the session we were all playing Jamaica Farewell together quite confidentially. Well done all, thanks to the regulars for your patience as the newbies learned. Looking forward to regrouping in the new year and really getting in to the swing first week in Feb. Thanks for all your efforts and attendance so far and… Merry Christmas!!!

Below is a version of Lovely Hula Hands to play along with.

Ocean Shores Week Three

On the third week of the Ocean Shores uke orchestra experiment we had present, Ann, Gisella, Margrette, Janette, and Faye. We played the tunes we have been practising… You Are My Sunshine, Jamaica Farewell… then looked at the MMF Parade tunes. We also, in passing mucked around with some of the Hawaiian tunes that the Bangalow chapter have been rehearsing. It was soon revealed that Gisella and Margrette were keen. There we have it. Till next week

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.