From the Bay to the Hills

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Bayside Ukes is very busy at the moment getting ready for our spot at the Hills Ukulele Festival on Sunday, May 19. We will be performing on the main stage at 11.00 am and are very excited to have been invited to participate in this wonderful event.

The Hills Ukulele Festival takes place from May 18 & 19 at Emerald, situated in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges which are part of the Greater Melbourne area. For anyone unfamiliar with this precious and scenic area of Victoria the following drone video should give you an idea .

For more information about the Hills Ukulele Festival go to the website by clicking here.

I’m sure many players and fans of the ukulele will greatly enjoy this event and the wonderful setting.  Hope to see you there.

Kat

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Bayside Ukes Back for 2019

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On Tuesday, January 29 at 7 pm, Bayside Ukes are back at the Hampton Community Centre.

As we head into our sixth year we plan to include some new and exciting songs that will sound great on the ukulele and will enhance everyone’s playing and singing skills.

This year there will also be plenty of opportunities for those who are raring to get out and perform with the group.

We are lucky enough to have many dedicated members, some of who play more than one instrument and are happy to share their knowledge with newcomers.

To get the most out of our sessions, we recommend that absolute beginners have some lessons before joining the group. Also see our Links page for online lessons. Beginners who can already play some basic ukulele chords will benefit greatly from playing with more experienced players and should improve quickly with our help.

We are a friendly bunch so don’t be afraid to come along and join us. It’s cheaper than a pint of beer or a glass of good wine and much more fun.

For more information on our sessions see the About section in the above menu.

Kat

Happy Holidays from Bayside Ukes

 

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Bayside Ukes has finished its sessions for the year. We’ve had a great year with several performances, the most memorable being the Sandy Village Festival in October.

A big thank you to all our members for making 2018 such a wonderful, fun year. Your enthusiasm for the ukulele is what it is all about.

Thank you also to all those who have supported this blog. It’s great to have an audience of fellow Ukulele lovers.

Just for fun here are a couple of festive songs that are just made for the ukulele. The first is performed by the fabulous Memphis Ukulele Band. The chords can be found on the Doctor Uke website.  The second, being typically Aussie, is just plain silly. For a link to the ukulele chords click here.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday with lots of ukulele joy.

Kat

Bayside Ukes: The Sandy Village Festival 2018

Well we did it, and what a fun time we had. It was a beautiful day, with a sea breeze from the nearby Port Phillip Bay. The beach road is directly behind the Stage, hence the rumbling noises in the background of our song videos.

We were really lucky with the fine weather and there was a large audience. They seemed to enjoy our performance for which we are very thankful.

Here are a couple of our videos.

More videos of this day can be viewed on the Bayside Ukes YouTube channel. Just click here.

Happy strumming,

Kat

Ukulele Girls

Bayside Ukes Tuesday sessions are back on after a two-week break so hope to see everyone raring to go for the last term of 2018. We have some fun things in the pipeline.

Finally the weather is warming up after a long, cold, windy Melbourne winter and early spring. Hopefully everyone can rid themselves of the annoying coughs and colds that have plagued so many of us in the colder months and will enjoy playing their ukuleles in the sunshine.

I found this happy ukulele video that should get anyone in a good mood no matter what the weather. It’s called The Ukulele Girls and is by The Little Things who hail from South Florida. They performed their original and upbeat song at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information on this duo click on this link to their Facebook page.

Yes, I must say it is wonderful to be a ukulele girl!

Happy strumming!

Kat

The Thin White Ukes

Melbourne’s wonderful David Bowie Ukulele Tribute Band, The Thin White Ukes performed at the recent Port Fairy Folk Festival and have featured in a story on the ABC News with a great video of them doing Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes live. Here is the link.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-17/bowie-ukulele-tribute-band-thin-white-ukes/9531172

All Summer Long

ukulele ladiesIt’s still summer here in Melbourne and in places where it is winter, you have the summer to look forward to.

I wrote the following poem to remind everyone to make the most of it while you can, with your ukulele of course.

All Summer Long

Ukulele Lady, Rock-A-Hula Baby

On the Beach, Just Out of Reach

Of Big Boss Man, Get it While You Can

Let the Good Times Roll, Heart Full of Soul

Down by the Seaside, Roll with the Tide

Sea and Sand, Listen to the Band

Party all the Time, Come Rain, Come Shine

Crazy, Maybe, Blame it on a Ukulele

Play that Song, All Summer Long

Kat  (Apologies to all the song writers)