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April @ The Gov

17 April 2012

April at the Gov will offer us plenty of opportunities to share and try out some of our newly gathered tips & tricks, with the usual Tuesday night sessions starting from 7pm. Please note that due to the Easter holidays, the official Saturday session for this month will be held on 14 April from 2pm, although there are plans afoot via the AUAS Facebook group to meet on the first Saturday of April for some informal jamming…check in on our Facebook page for more info. You can keep up via our calendar on the AUAS website too.



13 March 2012

For AUAS members who attended WOMAD over the weekend, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain were a highlight! They featured on Stage 1 on Saturday, Speakers Corner for a workshop on Sunday and then gave us a big Stage 2 finale on Sunday night. Our frantic applause was enough to get them back on stage for an encore, apparently a rare event at WOMAD.

Here we are with our UOGB comrades after the workshop. If you have photos and videos to share, please tag them ‘adelaideukes’ on YouTube and Flickr so we can pick them up!

MUF 2012

5 March 2012

If you can’t stand the heat in Adelaide, head on over to Melbourne for a big dose of Ukulele at MUF 2012 – that’s the Melbourne Ukulele Festival 8-11 March 2012!

This is what is happening…

With 7 international acts from NZ (Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra), USA, Canada, Israel, Italy, & Belgium; 15 interstaters and over 20 local legends all at iconic Melbourne venues, plus workshops for kids and for adults, a uke picnic, luthiers market, uke art display/sale, jamming opportunities, and quality ukulele prizes (including a Scott Wise, Kala and Kiwaya) – this is a big weekend not to be missed!

With budget uke-friendly accommodation available, and a fabulous city like Melbourne to explore, how could you NOT come.?! The MUF festival also co-incides with the famous Brunswick Music Festival, so you can kill 2 birds with one stone! For more info …

March roundup

2 March 2012

Welcome to the month of March 2012! No need to beware the ides for about a fortnight. Let’s see what’s coming up…

Well there are our wonderful regular sessions at The Gov:

  • Saturday 3 March – AUAS First Saturday of the month session in The Gov front bar starting around 2pm. Always a great, relaxed session with jamming and playing songs onthe front-bar stage
  • Tuesday 6 March – Introductory Session and Drop-In Night
  • Tuesday 13 March – Workshop Night
  • Tuesday 20 March – Strumming + Picking and Drop-In Night
  • Tuesday 27 March – Workshop Night

We welcome everyone to come along to these nights. Bring your friends who are showing an inclination towards ukulele playing. If you are coming for the first time, make sure you let us know so we can introduce you and get you strumming as soon as possible. If there’s a song you’d love to do with a group, bring it along.

Ukephoria levels are higher than usual with WOMAD coming up, including a big ukulele thrill with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on the program. There are 3 songs that you can practice up beforehand for the workshop they will be running. The details and charts are here: We look forward to some great fun on this weekend. If you find any lonely ukulele players make sure to tell them about AUAS!

We have already circulated information about the Southern Group – but just in case you missed that:

Meet in the dining room of the Christies Beach Hotel, 12-13 Gulfview Road, Christies Beach
7pm–9pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
More information is available from Vicki

2012 here we come!

3 January 2012

Aloha everyone,

We’ve begun 2012 on a big note, with the 200th member joining our mailing list! It’s unlikely we’d ever get everyone together as we have international and interstate members, but that’s a pretty nice achievement for a social music group. Please pat yourselves on the back.

Reminder: wanna see Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at WOMADelaide in March? We’re organising a group booking, so let us know if you are keen. We won’t actually make the booking til late January, so no monies required; just expressions of interest.

Here’s what’s on in this Happy New Year:

Tuesday 3 January nothing official, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be other uke players at The Gov

Sunday 8 January Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. Meet 10am ish in the garden. All details below

Tuesday 10 January Beginners and novices session, and general drop in night, 7ish at The Gov

Tuesday 17 January Beginners and novices session, and general drop in night, 7ish at The Gov

Tuesday 24 January All Australian session and open mike night – bring a song! 7ish at The Gov

Event: Adelaide Showground Farmers Market, Leader St, Wayville
Time: Meet 10am, start playing 10.30 am, two x 45 minute sets
Place: Under the tree in the kitchen garden. Use the Leader St entrance. Parking is $3, but tell the attendant you’re performing
Dress: Bright summer!
Set list: all on Richard G’s Uke Song Book
First set
Flowers on the Wall
Eight Days A Week
I’m A Believer – melodica please Phil!
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring of Fire
You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Jamaica Farewell
Ukulele Baby (G)

Second set
Is this the way to Amarillo
Under the Boardwalk
Honolulu Rock a Rolla ?
Jackson ?
Bye Bye Love
Brand New Key
These Boots Are Made For Walking (D)

Diaries out everyone – it’s nearly December

17 November 2011

20 November Community Christmas Picnic in Woodville

22 November Workshop night – some more Christmas tunes…

27 November Mega-uke day

Gig 1: 11am Semaphore Street Festival along Semaphore Road. Meet at 11am near Brock Harcourts, 87 Semaphore Rd (north side of road between Jagoe and Penny Streets) for 11.30am start to a 45 minute set. Music stands OK. Dress bright

Gig 2: 1.30 Community Alliance launch at St Clair Reserve on Woodville Road. Meet near stage by 1.30 for 30-40 minutes set (same songs as SSF).

Gig 3. 4pm Brian and Viv Tonkin invite all ukers to their annual Christmas party at 105 Childers St, North Adelaide. Not really a gig, but always a fabulous time with lots of music

29 November Limelight – Woohoo! We’re hosting this in the Venue this time, so you’ve no excuse not to bring friends and family and make a night of it!

3 December Saturday Afternoon Jam 2-5pm at the Gov, bring the kiddy winks

6 December Beginners and Novices, also Drop In Night

11 December Adelaide Showground Farmers Market 10am-12noon. Meet at the big pine tree in the garden

13 December Last ukulele night of the year – open mike, Chrissy drinks and end of year bon homie


So many things in November!

2 November 2011

The year won’t end on a whimper, that’s for sure. And do keep sending your suggestions, requests and dreams for 2012.

All sessions are 7pm ish, at The Gov, unless otherwise noted.

1 November Beginners and Novices, also Drop In Night

5 November Saturday Afternoon Jam 2-5pm at the Gov – bring the kiddy winks

8 November Workshop night and Birthday Celebrations! Who? why us! AUAS is four years old!

13 November Adelaide Showground Farmers Market 10am-12noon – meet at the big pine tree in the garden. Song list below.

15 November Strummin’ and pickin’, also Drop In Night

20 November Possible gig in Woodville – more details as they come to hand

22 November Workshop night

29 November Limelight – woohoo! We’re hosting this in the Venue this time, so you’ve no excuse not to bring friends and family and make a night of it!

3 December Saturday Afternoon Jam 2-5pm at the Gov – bring the kiddy winks

Just in case you missed this…

2 November 2011

Here we are on SA Life – check out the video!

AUAS on SA Life

Sema4 and more

12 October 2011

Thank you everyone who helped make our day at Semaphore Music Festival a grand success! We’ve had terrific feedback from festival organisers and volunteers, audience members and workshop participants. And wasn’t the weather a dream!

There are some great photos of the day doing the rounds – take a look!

Coming up… Strumming and Picking on Tuesday 18 October and another workshop on 25 October.

And the popular Saturday Afternoon Jam returns 2-5pm on 5 November. Suggestions for workshop, and feed back from Semaphore most welcome.

The day we went to Semaphore

4 October 2011

Didn’t we have a loverly day? The gig went well, the workshop  filled the RSL to capacity and we all enjoyed an afternoon of eating, imbibing and strumming. There are lots of photos – thanks Ian Fisk and all the other photographers!