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It’s World Ukulele Day!

2 February 2012

We like to think every day is Ukulele Day, but if you haven’t picked up your uke in a while, or if you’ve never played but want to, what better day than World Ukulele Day?

If you’re up for learning a new tune, our very own local uke guru Richard G has an amazing and always-growing resource at Scorpex, and you can find a couple more great resources at Ukulele Tabs and Ukulele Hunt. Need help with chords? Try EZ Folk.

If you’re in the Adelaide area, you can always find the AUAS at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel (59 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA) on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (and usually the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, too — check out our 2012 calendar for the schedule, and keep up to date at our Facebook page too). Folks of all ages and all musical abilities (newcomers too!) and musical tastes are always welcome.

There’s also a brand-new southern Adelaide ukulele collective getting started at the Christies Beach Hotel (12-13 Gulfview Road, Christies Beach SA) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays commencing on 7th Feb 2012, 7 – 9pm. (Come earlier if you want a meal from around $10.)

Or you can just enjoy the wonderfulness that is the ukulele. Here’s a tune from a recent Tuesday at the Gov, recorded by one of the AUAS regulars…

Diary for August, September and Long Weekend

19 August 2010

Can you see the end of winter?  There are daffodils and jonquils everywhere and the sap is rising in those ukulele strings. I know it’s a while ’til we’ll be in t-shirts, but it’s only six weeks until daylight saving starts. Hey, that means it’s time for the Semaphore Music Festival, our favourite gig of the year! Come along and find out why – I’ll put up some pix on the website on the weekend. And i think there’s a gallery on the Festival site too.

Tuesday 24 August
Yes, another night  of all uke-ing, all singing, bright colours, some dancing, some kazoos and lots of surprises in the front bar. Frock bright.
And then we get to do it all again on…

Friday 27 August Front bar gig
Let’s bring the great energy and enthusiasm for Limelight to our Friday night front bar gig.  We’re going to try it with same set up as Limelight  (the mikes at the pool room end this time, instead of in the corner) and with more smaller groups performing. Of course there’ll still be some all-in numbers! Please come along. And do
bring family, bring friends, bring neighbours.

Tuesday 7
September Beginners night – also good if you are feeling rusty after winter.

Tuesday 14 September Usual session – we’ll polish some good things in the repertoire for Semaphore. Suggestions welcome!  Remember  $2 donation when we pass the hat.

Tuesday 21 September Strummin’ and pickin’ with Richard T. Learn new strums, new rhythms and how to play better.

Friday 25 September  Front bar gig
Show us the spring in your step and celebrate the end of winter!
ring family, bring friends, bring neighbours.

Tuesday 28 September Usual session, including practice for those playing at Semaphore Music Festival

Sunday 3 October  Semaphore Music Festival
Ye ha – it’s back.  We’re on the Foreshore Stage at 11am for about 40 mins.  And then popular demand (well, I like to think so), we’re running another ‘learn the uke’ workshop at the RSL from 2pm-3pm.

  • If you think you’d like to play let me know soon, and I’ll send you set list etc.
  • If you can help with the workshop, let me know.
  • And if you’ve spare uke you could lend for the workshop, that would be fantastic!

If you’ve any questions about it, or need a bit more encouragement to come along, please just call or see us on Tuesday.

Diary for Feb – March

2 February 2010

Aloha everyone! Thank you to everyone who came and joined the fun on Australia Day – and welcome to new faces who were given ukes for Christmas, or made a New Year’s resolution to learn to play (or both). There are photos here.

Our New Year’s resolutions are to give members more notice about songs we’ll practice, some more skills, and something fun for the kids. I think we’ve got most of that here, and if you enjoy it, we can keep it up.  Please let us know if you like this, and anything else we ought do/sing/include/learn/practise.

You can find lyrics, chords and chord charts for all these songs on Richard G’s songbook. And all sessions are at 7pm at the Gov unless otherwise stated!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more info – or if you spot any ukulele shows in the Fringe or Festival that we should all know about.

2 Feb   Beginners and novices with Richard Tonkin
9 Feb   Regular session of old songs and new.
Group songs include Honolulu Rock-a Roll-a and Under the Boardwalk
Beginners – Sloop John B and Jamaica Farewell (both in C, same four chords)
Flowers on the Wall (for anyone who’s never done it or wants to practice it)
Ramones songs with Andrew B.
Sunday 14 Feb *new* Family Uke Session 1-3pm at the Gov. Bring the kids and their ukes. There’ll be a sausage sizzle in the courtyard. If it’s a lot of fun, we might make it a monthly session for families with under 16s, on the second Sunday of the month. Please invite anyone you know who’ll enjoy it! And let us know if you need a loan uke.
16 Feb
*new* Richard Tonkin on strumming and picking and being a better player (more uke, less singing)
Sat 20 Feb Nina and Jeff Cross cordially invite players to their southside home to celebrate all things uke – videos of what overseas groups do, talk about strings and tuning, and playing too. Contact Nina on 8270 7581 or email for more details.
23 Feb   Regular session of old songs and new
Group songs include Walking after Midnight and Eight Days a Week
Rosalie on vocal harmony – she’ll take a song we already know and work with us to make or improve harmonies
Beginners – Ring of Fire and Bad Moon Rising (both in G, three chords)
These Boots are Made for Walking  (for anyone who’s never done it or wants to practice that run)
Is this the way to Amarillo? (for anyone who’s never done it or wants to practice it)
26 February  Front Bar gig at 8pm
2 March   Beginners and novices  with Richard Tonkin
9 March   Regular session of old songs and new
Saturday 13 March at 7pm  Bosko and Honey’s Ukulele Safari
Yes, it’s true: they are coming to Adelaide to visit AUAS. Phil Harmonic has kindly offered his big backyard (close to the city) for this special event (and sausage sizzle) – we’ll take RSVPs and let you know the address. More details soon about the evening – check their site for great video, info about special guests and the Safari ’round Australia.
Sunday 14 March *new* Family Uke Session at the Gov 1pm-3pm
16  March *new* Richard Tonkin on strumming and picking and being a better player (more uke, less singing)
23 March   Regular session of old songs and new
Rosalie on vocal harmony – she’ll take a song we already know and work with us to make or improve harmonies
26 March  Front Bar gig at 8pm

Happy Christmas all!

24 December 2009

This photo is used with permission of the State Library of Victoria. It shows Australian troops in Borneo 1945. Nothing to do with Christmas at all really, but a great picture that suggests that this uke and its owner survived some hard times. The description says that this is Dvr RT Wilson (Vic) who took his ukulele for the Seventh Division landing at Balik Papan.

Satellite of love

18 November 2009

Great work from the band and thanks James for coool video!

Suggestions for end of year

11 November 2009
  • Tuesday 24 November – think about some Christmas songs for Semaphore Street party
  • Friday 27 November – pretty normal white board number in front bar
  • Sunday 29 November – Semaphore Road – mix of things we know by heart and may be something festive (but not twee)
  • Tuesday 1 December – Richard Tonkin’s class – some of the easier Chrissie songs
  • Tuesday 8 December – the Chrissie song learning binge
  • Friday 11 December – SPECIAL Front bar gig – with much seasonal festivity including eggnog, carols and frivolity
  • Tuesday 22 December – oh, whatever

Here’s a clip of us at rehearsal on 27 October, thanks James!

Have a look at some great pix, taken by Ian Fisk, at the Fleurieu Folk Festival a few weeks back.

ukulele on couch / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Diary update for next 3 months

30 October 2009

With everyone’s diaries filling fast, here’s an AUAS diary update for the next three months.  Of course, there might be extra gigs, royal command performances and surprise record deals to add, but  the bones of it are below.  We’ll basically take a break from 22 December to 12 January.

Concert request
Brendan Moore’s school, St Michaels (East Avenue, Beverley), is very keen to have AUAS play a concert to the school in the week commencing 23 November.  Karina Moore and Richard Gibson have already done a presentation of ukes and uke music to Brendan’s music class, which was a great success.

This performance is a fab opportunity to promote the uke to a younger audience and the school, which is growing its music program…and be a good performance practice for us!  The catch – it’s in school hours – Wednesday 25 November, 11am-11.45am is the proposed time.

Are there enough of us with flexible time agendas to do this? If you can take part, could you email Richard immediately at  If you can’t do that day but are available at another time during that week, let him know that, too.

First Tuesday Uke Class
Richard T’s classes aren’t just for beginners – if you want some more advice, practice, to learn some different strums or are having trouble with particular chords or songs etc, come along – it’s like a private workshop. Always relaxed, very nice and about an hour or so long, unless we all get carried away.


  • Tuesday 3 November – Richard Tonkin’s class – at the Gov, 7ish – race wear optional
  • Tuesday 10 November – second Tuesday of the month – regular session at the Gov
  • Tuesday 24 November – fourth Tuesday of the month – regular session at the Gov
  • Wednesday 25 November – Concert at St Michaels 11am
  • Friday 27 November – Friday front bar gig at the Gov
  • Sunday 29 November – Semaphore Road street party – details to follow
  • Tuesday 1 December – Richard Tonkin’s class – at the Gov, 7ish – santa hats optional
  • Tuesday  8 December – second Tuesday of the month – regular session at the Gov
  • Friday 11 DecemberSPECIAL front bar gig – with much seasonal festivity including eggnog, carols and frivolity
  • Tuesday 22 December – fourth Tuesday of the month – regular session at the Gov

Remember – no front bar gig on 25 December!


  • Tuesday 12 January – second Tuesday of the month – regular session at the Gov

And lots of pix from the Fleurieu Folk Festival performance here – thanks to Ian Fisk.

AUAS at Fleurieu Folk Festival

Uke beginners session

5 October 2009

Just a reminder that Tuesday 7 October 2009 is the first Tuesday of the month – that means Richard T is leading a session for beginners, novices and people who want to be better players.

And he says this time The Strum’s The Thing: we’ll look at how to strum, and new strums for all occasions.

Starting time is 7.30pm, at The Gov. / CC BY 2.0

Festivals, gigs and workshops coming up

21 September 2009

It feels like we’re fast approaching the height of ukulele season, what with our regular session, our Friday gig and Semaphore Music Festival all taking place in the next three weeks.

In this post:

  • Our next session on Tuesday 22 September at the Gov
  • Our workshop at Semaphore Music Festival (SMF) on Saturday 3 October
  • Can you lend a ukulele for the SMF workshop?
  • Our performance at SMF on Sunday 4 October
  • Dates for your diary

Tuesday 22 September our regular get-together starts at 7pm at The Gov. We’ll practice our songs for the SMF (see below) and maybe have a break and do something different or new. Don’t worry if you’re not part of the SMF troupe – you will get to do something other than rehearse!

Saturday 3 October there’s lots of interest in the workshop AUAS is running for SMF – thank you for helping us promote it. Please forward the flier to everyone you know, or print some out and put them up and pass them on. If you really can distribute lots of these, let me know and we can arrange copying. If you’re able to help at the session – welcoming, tuning, inspiring, playing, even leading a small group – let Richard Gibson know – he’s at

Can you lend a ukulele? Do you have a spare uke that we can borrow for the workshop? Several people have said they’d like to be part of it, but don’t have a uke – yet. We’re not after your rare and heirloom instruments – perhaps the one you started out on, or the one you take to the beach or let the children use? We will tag it and look after it.

Let Kate know (if you haven’t already) if you are joining the two dozen or so seasoned and novice players who have already signed on. Reply to

Red ukulele by Benoît Derrier

Red ukulele by Benoît Derrier

Planning ahead – ukulele festivals in 2010

29 August 2009

Looks like 2010 could be a big year for ukulele festivals.

Our friends, the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, are holding MUF 1, the INAUGURAL MELBOURNE UKULELE FESTIVAL from 26 February to 2 March 2010. And then there’s the Cairns Ukulele Festival, 3-4 July 2010.

Start saving up, and either give up your day job to fit them all in or book your annual leave now!

Melbourne Ukulele Kollective

Melbourne Ukulele Kollective