Bayside Ukes has had a great year. We finished the last term with Performance Night playing some great group songs that we had been working on for a while. Well done everyone.
Thanks to everyone who did solos for our entertainment. It was wonderful to hear the contributions of songwriters and some new covers.
The performances were followed by drinks, snacks and lively conversation.
We look forward to more fun times in 2018, whether you are an old hand or fairly new to the ukulele.
Wishing our members and readers a very Happy Festive Season and New Year.
Kat, Bayside Ukes Member
Here’s the wonderful Taimane Gardner and Jazzy Jazz with a festive tune to get you in the mood
The ukulele can take you on all kinds of musical journeys. Melbourne Indie Duo Charm of Finches (sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes) use the ukulele to great effect in their hauntingly beautiful song Sky Watching. The video was filmed in Victoria’s picturesque Otway National Park amongst the tree ferns and towering native trees and has a romantic yet strange ghostly feeling in a place where you might see spectres from a bygone era.
Adelaide’s Ukulele Death Squad (website ) are coming to Melbourne for a gig and workshop on 28 November at the Open Studio in Northcote. It should be a lot of fun. Here is link to get tickets: Tickets
They are also playing at the Newport Bowls Club (24 Nov) and the Queenscliff Music Festival (25 Nov).
Check out their latest video of Paris On a Train.
Bosco from Ukulele Cheats does a lovely rendition of Redbone by Childish Gambino in a beautiful forest setting. It would be wonderful to be able to play in such a location all the time. That is the convenient thing about a small ukulele. You can take it with you when you venture into the great outdoors. There is usually a log or rock to sit on and play while you contemplate nature.
Here’s the accompanying tutorial for this song:
Here’s another great strum to add to your repertoire. Ukulele Zen’s Stuart Fuchs gives a helpful lesson and demonstration of the “Boom Dit-ty” strum. It’s good to be able to put a name to this familiar strum, which can be used in lots of songs.
Swinging the beat can really improve your ukulele strumming style. For those who want to develop their playing technique here is a simple and clear lesson on this method by Katie DeNure.
Young British performer Amelia Coburn gives her own interpretation of David Bowie’s Life on Mars with her ukulele. She has a lovely voice and a fresh style. It’s great to see such an enthusiastic ukulele player.