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It’s July already!

30 June 2011

The days are getting longer! In no time, we’ll be able to wear the Hawaiian shirts without the spencer and beanie. Have you seen this article on Fellowship of the Uke?

Saturday 2 July Saturday Afternoon Jam 2pm-5pm at The Gov

Step 1: An hour learning or practicing something
Step 2: a 30 minute performance of these things
Step 3: repeat steps 1 + 2
Bring kids, bring friends – let us know if you want a loan uke.

Tuesday 5 July Beginners session with Richard Tonkin
Drop In Night

Tuesday 12 July Workshop: Michael Liddle will run through that great Stairway to Heaven from last year, and teach an arrangement of Imagine.

Tuesday 19 July Picking and Strumming session with Richard Tonkin
Drop In Night

Friday 22-Sunday 24 July Port Lincoln’s first Uke Weekend – all invited
Let us know ASAP if you are interested or need the details again!

Tuesday 26 July Workshop Night.

Remember, we have an active Facebook page for uke chat and ideas and finds

Adelaide Farmers Market loves AUAS!

11 April 2011

We had a sunshine and showers session at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market on 10 April. Luckily no ukuleles got really wet and the ukulele players remained cheerful and dry while playing 2 lively sets to an appreciative audience. We also had a nice solo (Richard) and a trio (Jackie, Emma and Brian).


Perfect synchrony! Brian, Emma & Jackie

And if you missed The Mighty Uke on ABC TV the other night, don’t despair…you can catch it on ABC iView for the next 2 weeks.

AUAS at Come Out Family Day

3 April 2011

A band of irridescent ukulele players from AUAS played a couple of sets on the stage in Elder Park for Come Out Festival‘s Family Day. Thanks to all who came along and to our Gawler friends for the photo below. Don’t forget our next gig – 10 April late morning performance at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market – RSVP if you’re interested!

Uke feature on ABC Art Nation

21 March 2011

Here’s a nice video (4’30”) on ABC TV Art Nation, a weekly magazine program. Looks like it’s from the 2011 Melbourne Ukulele Festival.

Decorated ukulele 2011 Terry Chapman cc Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

AUAS March – April

15 March 2011

Ukulele 2009 Michael Fawcett CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Summer might be over, but we are still in demand for performances! Many thanks to the members who fronted up not once but TWICE for the Fringe Parade – you were part of history, my friends. And congrats to Vicki, whose ticket came out of the hat to win the Roughneck Uke!

Here’s what coming up:

15 March picking and strumming and Drop In Night – the Gov 7pm
22 March workshop and a bit of practice for Come Out gig – the Gov 7pm
27 March 2.30pm – Come Out’s Big Family Day in Elder Park – see set list below
5 April beginners and novices, and drop in night – the Gov 7pm
10 April late morning performance at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market – RSVP if you’re interested
12 April workshop night – the Gov 7pm
19 April picking and strumming and Drop In Night – the Gov 7pm
26 April workshop OR limelight?

Quick survey: would you like a Limelight on Tuesday 26 April? that’s a public holiday. Would you like a theme to work with? a particular decade? A musical genre? a colour even?

Southside residents: if you’d like to car pool or share a ride up to the Gov on any AUAS night, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with each other.

Songlist for 27 March

Please meet near the stage by 2.30pm for warm up, tune up etc. And could you familiarise yourself with our performance guidelines before then? they are on our website – here’s the link

  • You are my sunshine
  • Jamaica farewell
  • Hey soul sister
  • Brand new key
  • Under the boardwalk
  • Ring of fire
  • Eight days a week
  • Flowers on the wall
  • These boots are made for walking

Dress: bright, brighter, brightest! RSVP by 22 March

Who won the Roughneck?

8 March 2011

There was great anticipation at The Gov tonight as the winning raffle ticket was drawn from the hat. The lucky winner was the deliriously happy Vicki who is now the owner of a magnificent Roughneck Ukulele. Thanks to all who bought tickets, a big thanks to Wayne Shirlock who made and donated the ukulele and congratulations Vicki!

Fringe Parade

8 March 2011

A dozen or so AUAS members pioneered our presence in the Fringe Parade re-run on Sunday. We had fun despite being somewhat inaudible; made $26 busking outside the Stag Hotel; got mentioned in Adelaide Now.  For next year’s parade we have in mind a Rio Carnevale style extravaganza. Rehearsals will begin shortly.


What’s on in 2011

1 February 2011



There’s uke activity most Tuesdays at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel.

For 2011 dates, click here.

First Tuesday – Richard T leads our Introductory Session for beginners and first-time ukers. You’ll get the hang of strumming, learning by ear and some basic chords: enough to feel comfortable and confident  to play away on your own, and probably join the AUAS congregation on another Tuesday. Meet in the Front Bar, tuned and ready for a 730pm start. Finishes about 9ish.

First and Third Tuesdays are also Drop-In Night – turn up with a uke and song or piece you’d like to play and see who else is there to join in.  Nothing formal: no mikes, no leaders, just a chance to meet other ukers, noodle along a little, get in some group practice.  7.30pm-9.30pm or whenever…

Second and Fourth Tuesdays are Workshop Nights. Everyone is welcome, and in the first hour we practice songs in our repertoire, maybe learn something new, maybe have a guest artist. In the second hour, smaller groups learn something new (there’s always a group for beginners) or practice something up, and we then perform for each other.  We aim for 7pm for tuning and settling, 7.30pm start,  and finish between 9pm and 9.30pm.Though there’s always a core of players who will perform til the pub closes.

Third Tuesdays – Richard T leads a session on Strumming + Picking – excellent for players who’ve mastered strumming and want to extend their skills.  Meet in the Front Bar, tuned and ready for a 7.30pm start. Finishes about 9ish.  It’s also Drop-In Night.

Fifth Tuesday (when there is one) – that’s when we stay home and scour the web for uke-related items, polish our ukes, and talk to our families.

Fourth Friday is The Front Bar Gig. The ukers provide front bar entertainment in a part-open mike, part-all-in performance from 8pm.

Limelight – every now and then, we drop the workshop and spend a night performing and singing. These nights (complete with bright costumes and party pies)  will be posted when they are confirmed!

Ukuleles & eucalypts

30 January 2011

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide have their finger on the pulse – or maybe that should be the fingerboard of a ukulele. They are offering guided walks called Ukuleles and eucalypts at 10.30am daily from 18 February to 13 March 2011. You will have the chance to stroll around the gardens and find out which trees are used to make ukuleles as well as some less interesting instruments such as pianos, guitars and shakuhachis. How about an AUAS group tour with ukulele accompaniment?

flowery ukulele

flowery ukulele © 2008 etcher67 CC Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works

AUAS this week, next month and summer

22 November 2010

Aloha everyone! What a week coming up – our first tram ride/flashmob moment and our last 2010 Friday night front bar gig. Thank goodness summer is here and we’ll all be full of boundless energy! Won’t we….

Our final Limelight’s shaping up with all the energy of Cirque du Soleil and all the style of Honolulu’s Christmas Pageant.  It’s our last session for 2010 – do bring family and friends to share the celebration!  We’ll be raffling a Roughneck ukulele, handmade here in Adelaide by Wayne Shirlock – and generously donated by him! Tickets $2 and proceeds to AUAS.  A round of applause and gratitude to Wayne, please.

Tuesday 23 November AUAS Hits the Tracks!  Meet at the Gov at 7pm, we’ll catch the free tram out the front about 7.30pm, and play and sing our way to Victoria Square (all our classics and some Christmas tunes). We’ll descend on the Hilton to play a few more tunes (and have a drink), then ride back to the Gov.  It’s going to be a gloriously warm summer night. Yeeha!
Friday 26 November Front Bar Gig – come along for fun and bring friends and family, 8pm-ish
Sunday 28 November Semaphore Street Fair  onstage at 1pm. Please let me know if you can be part of this lively event.  We’ve a 40 minute set and it will include Flowers on the Wall, Under the Boardwalk, Jingle Bell Rock, Folsom Prison Blues, Hey Soul Sister, Honolulu Rock a Rolla, Bad Moon Rising, Bye Bye Love and probably one or two more. More details to follow. RSVP to get updates and final arrangements.
Tuesday 7 December Beginners and novices 7pm at the Gov. Last one ’til February!
Tuesday 7 December If you want to practice in your group (or make one) for Limelight, come down to the Gov on this night. Bring your own song sheets, or select from the song box.
Tuesday 14  December LIMELIGHT.  End of year shindig, party and performance

We take a break from formal proceedings. No beginners class this month. Then on 11, 18 and 25 January, it’s Ukulele Drop In Night in the front bar from 7pm. LOTS of you are asking for more chances to practice and work in small groups, so let’s try this format in January. Nothing formal, no set up, no mikes or leaders, just turn up with a song, make up your own small group and enjoy making music. Bring a few copies – could be something new, could be something in the repertoire, something from the song box or Richard G’s Ukulele Songbook.

Back to normal, but with a couple of special events and amendments. The first and third Tuesdays become Ukulele Drop In Nights – see above.  Richard T will run a session for beginners on the first Tuesday of the month, and a strumming and picking session on the third Tuesday.
Tuesday 23 February Special Guest: Jim D’Ville. AUAS is delighted to present a workshop by one of the uke world’s favourite players and instructors, Jim D’Ville from Oregon. At the Gov – more details in the New Year, but clear your diary now.
Sunday 28 February Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival  at 11am. Our first official gig for 2011 – please let me know if you want to be part of it and we’ll keep you posted