Tonight we ran some of the old set numbers to warm up, then re-visited the hula numbers for the Mullum Music Festival that we began last week. The method for learning the songs now is no charts to begin with. It helps one be more present in the music I believe. After a few runs through, the charts are handed out. I do hope you will not rely on them, as we are doing 3 flash mob performances at the festival and lugging music stands around would a pain and it interferes with interaction.

We started work on the final of the 4 Hula tunes, ‘Lovely Hula Hands’ and had a crack at a few ditties in the last 15 minutes including ‘Paper Moon’. I am always conscious of keeping a healthy balance between focused practice and having a bit of fun. I do hope I get it right. Please speak up if your needs are not being met.

Thanks for your hard work. Sincerely Stu.

NRUO 28.08.13

Tonight was about consolidating the performance tunes for Spruke. Twas a great night of focus and fun. We made a few arrangement decisions and I believe we are in pretty good shape. Apart from the first recording of the somewhat controversial Butterfly Tree… This is my proposed running order for the performance. Please do comment. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm and dedication. Take care Al in this very tumultuous time. Looking forward to the big jam at Terry’s on Saturday September 14. (orchestra only). Many Thanks, STU

21.8.13… Sprukers Full Moon

It was a pretty full moon tonight and the animals were out to play… The 9 mainstays were in attendance… including Christine, Patsy, Alexis, Bettina, Jeanti, Al, Terry, Pete and Stu… this would appear to be the SPRUKERS! Tonight was a break through to me as we tried something a little bit daring with the segue from one tune to the next… this kind of thinking is exactly what I had hoped for when we began 14 months ago. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and commitment to greatness!!!! We need to talk about a weekend get together / rehearsal and perhaps talk car pooling to get to Brissie on Saturday Sept 21.

We Uke… We ROCK!!!

NRUO 14.8.2013

Tonight was about more preparation for our performance at Spruke. As Terrence has just become a grandfather again (Yay!) he was away, as was Jeanti, Bettina and Jan. Though Brad and Pete and Rob were there to fill the ranks and we soldiered on and had fun getting our stuff together and even tinkered with a new song by the Lumineers. (Thanks Kylie from MPS). Great night and well done every one for your focus. I just want to Say Christine you bring a lot of light and major congrats to Patsy, proud owner of a lovely new Maton Soprano thanks to the Cairns Ukulele Festival Facebook comp.

7 August

Brad… you made it. So great to have you along. Energy is what makes this beast great, and I have always loved your energy. Tonight we started the night… almost seriously… and the music felt great. Everyone listened tonight. We spoke about singing the particular rhythm for each song in your head and then sitting on the pulse and relaxing into the groove. Tijuana Taxi sounds great in this set. When we can do that the ukes resonate together and make a mighty sound. We named our ‘SPLIT arrangement’ (where some of us play long strums on the first beat on the bar and others play short sharps on the 2nd and 4th bar).

I want to say thanks for the birthday wishes (and sneaky gifts). Still some tightening up to be done with the arrangements though we are well on the way to greatness people!!! Thanks for your continued enthusiasm. Spruke Spruke Spruke!!!

Wed 31. July

We had a full house tonight. Robyn and Peter from Mullumbimby joined in tonight. Everyone was thrilled to have some new players along… welcome Peter and Robyn, you both sat in beautifully. So we ran a few tunes and tried a new method of learning a new song, namely ‘Come Dancing’ by The Kinks. We played the song without the chords in front of us in an effort to learn by sound rather than sight. It seemed to go down ok… it’s a deceptively tricky little tune though so I will chart it fro next time. We then put together our set for Spruke in September and ran through those. Alex brought along “BEI MIR BIST DU SCHÖN”.

First Birthday Celebration

Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra

The Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra turned one year old on Saturday 29th July. We had a great get together at The Bangalow Bowlo. Stu was honored with a performance from the orchestra – ‘Stu The Achiever’ done to the tune of ‘I’m A Believer’. (You are all wonderful and have a warm place in my heart.)

Sincere and humble thanks to everyone, with a special mention for Terry for organising the event, Madeline for the yummy cupcakes and Alex for the awesome ukulele cake.


Everyone performed a tune, either solo or in a small group, some for the first time ever and it was very inspiring to see how much work had gone into the performances. Also to watch everyone battle their nerves and get through to the end of the piece. (I loved every second.)

Remember, we practice every Wednesday night in Bangalow. The Orchestra is open to all players at any level. – $15 per session. BTW we are looking for a bass player to become a permanent member. If you know anyone… let ’em know wont’cha?

17 July 2013

This evening, we made final preparations before the rehearsal of Uke Mullum’s 2nd Birthday performance (Monday 22 – 7:30pm). We were thrilled to have Linda from Mullum Uke Club along as well. Terry and The Brosnans were back from Cairns, so it was a full room with much chatter, fun and laughter. Of course this Saturday is our first birthday at The Bangalow Bowlo from 12:30, so if you are reading this, make sure you can offer up something in the way of a favourite song, or a solo or duo performance… maybe lead a song. I am very proud of our progress in just 12 months. I hope we have tears together on Saturday over how great we are. STU

10 July 2013

Patsy… you mentioned there was no post this week. This is due to the fact that I thought I had forgotten my phone and didn’t record anything (only to find it in the car at the end of the night)… Though rest assured while you were away winning Maton Ukuleles in cairns we were rehearsing our arses off.  : P

June 26

We were a small group indeed tonight and really just had a bit of fun playing the tunes we haven’t played for a while. We also did some serious Metronome practice… holding out to see if we are playing at Spruke in Brisbane and also selecting some songs for The Uke Mullum 2nd Birthday celebration. I’ve included a version of All Over The World I recorded a while back that may help.