SMF is over and FFF is coming up


Congrats and thanks to everyone involved with Semaphore Music Festival – it all went very well.  About two dozen people came to our workshop – 18 of whom required loan ukuleles – big thank you to everyone who generously lent their instruments. We’ll see some of these workshoppers soon at our Tuesday sessions.

Our Sunday morning performance went well too – we sang away the clouds and the sun shone forth.  Ukulele Baby was the hit.  If you’re a beginner and perhaps felt too shy to perform, ask Robyn, Evie and Elley about it – they nearly stole the show!  And thank you to Richard and Wendy Gibson for their superior green room and breakfast service. See the photos from the festival on our Flickr group.

Fleurieu Folk Festival 24 and 25 October
FFF have asked us to play two 45 minutes sets on Sunday:
Village Marquee 11.45am-12.30pm and Cafe Acoustica 2pm-2.45pm.  And they’ve offered free camping sites to performers.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can be part of this event (and if you want a camp site), so we can advise the organisers of numbers.  We’ll provide directions, meeting times and details to those who are attending.

For each session, we’ll do eight songs together, and we’re looking for smaller groups to do some songs in the middle. This is the moment to put up your hand if you’ve a burning desire to perform something you’ve done as a small group on a Tuesday or Friday night.  Bring your suggestions on Tuesday 13 October (or email me).

At the moment the draft list is:
First session

  1. Bye Bye Love
  2. Bad Moon Rising
  3. Is this the way to Amarillo?
  4. Eight Days a Week
  5. (smaller groups)
  6. Pay me my money down
  7. If I had a Hammer
  8. Ring of Fire
  9. Ukulele Baby

Second session

  1. Brand New Key
  2. Sloop John B
  3. Walking Down the Line
  4. (smaller groups)
  5. Under the Boardwalk
  6. You ain’t going nowhere
  7. Jamaica Farewell
  8. Flowers on the Wall
  9. Ukulele Baby

These might change with your suggestions and depending on numbers of players for the event.

Playing for WCH on Saturday 24 October
One of our members has asked if some uke players would like to do four tunes at the beginning of the Amazing Race – it’s a mad treasure hunt/competition organised by staff of the  Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
The starting line is at the lovely Pinky Flat (riverbank park in the corner of Montefiore Rd and War Memorial Drive) and you’d need to be there by 9am.
The four tunes are:

  1. These Boots Are Made For Walking
  2. Bad Moon Rising
  3. Is This the Way to Amarillo?
  4. Ukulele Baby

Other diary dates

  • Friday 23 October at 8pm – our Front Bar gig at The Gov – all welcome, whether you want to play a little or a lot. Or not at all – just be social. if you want to know how it works or what it is, just ask!
  • Tuesday 27 October – our regular session at The Gov at 7pm
  • Tuesday 3 November – Richard T’s class – and Cup recovery
  • Saturday 29 November – Semaphore Street Party gig. Still a possibility – note date in your diaries.

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