Wednesday, December 11, 2019

There will be another open mic this coming Wednesday, December 18th. 

Participation is optional but it's a great way to practice performing in front of an audience because you already know us and we're all in the same boat. :)  It's funny how performing solo (we have also had members perform duets) seems scarier when it's called an "open mic" performance without a mic (our first take on this new uke club tradition) and even scarier when there is an actual mic and it's turned on (the last time we had an open mic session).

As we did last time though you are free to play just one, more, or no songs. If our last two open mic sessions are any indicatioin, the evening will also include lots of group strumming and singing.

As Lana mentioned in her email, if you would like to bring refreshments or snacks to nibble on that would be a great addition to the evening.

Hope to see you there!

Also, welcome to our newer members including Melissa who just joined.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Thanks to everyone who was able to represent us at the concert on December 1st and to Barry for hosting a get together after. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Verna and Thelma reported that there were thirteen in attendance and the group practiced our two Christmas pieces at the beginning and at the end of the strumming session.   

Those at practice decided to meet at the United Church to practice our two Christmas songs next Wednesday night (Nov. 27) at 6.45 p.m. Linda arranged for the doors to be open at 6:30. There is a choir practice at 7:30 so the group will have to be finished by then. 





Wednesday November 6, 2019

We practiced our pieces for December 1st and will continue to work on them.

We had a wonderful turn out, 14 players. Last week we had 13. Great fun and enthusiasm with such a large group. 

- Thelma 

Sorry, I missed it. :) I have been practicing the pieces Lana sent out last week including Runaway and Christmas in Killarney for the December 1st performance at the Sonatrice Christmas concert.

Below is a nice version of the song by the Barra MacNeils

- Heather




For Wednesday November 6, 2019

Please check your email, the song list on the blog or the songs on the drive for some new song additions from Lana including:

Christmas in Killarney, I'm into Something Good (two versions), Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, Someday You'll Want Me to Want You, and Aloha Hula Wula


Lana also reported that at last week's session members decided we would perform Runaway and Christmas in Killarney at the Sonatrice Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 1. If the schedule is the same as last year, we should arrive at the United Church at 1:30 to do a run through.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

If you missed our group's second open mic night (this time with a real mic and sound system) you missed the musical stylings of Thelma, Verna, Judy, Linda, Lynn, Cathie, Heather, Lana, Louise, Zenith, Marge and her special guest, husband Dale.

We gathered in the gallery area of the Golden Prairie Arts Council building, utilizing the new sturdy mic stands and comfortable chairs purchased by the council.

The current art display at the gallery, Writing on the Wall, with framed copies of song lyrics written by Ernie Enns and Brenda Major, was a perfect backdrop for the evening.

Song selections ranged from at least the 1920s to 2019 and included everything from gospel favourites to alternative rock. We heard covers of artists like John Prine, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Don Ho, and more with plenty of opportunities for everyong to join in for the choruses and a variety of ooo and ah parts. Players also demonstrated their picking, chord melody and blues skills, inspiring me at least to go home and practice some different techniques. We also played some old favourites together like We Are Going to be Friends, Angeline the Baker, You Belong to Me, and, of course, our signature set-ending song.

It was scary playing with an actual mic this time (thanks for setting that up Lynn) but a great opportunity to share our love of singing and playing ukulele and a chance to hear and learn about some new songs.

The group decided we would try to have another open mic in a couple of months so watch this space for more information.

Also, Linda asked us on behalf of the Sonatrice Singers if we would play a couple of selections at their Christmas Cheer concert on Sunday, December 1. We agreed in principle and will discuss song selections in the coming weeks. 

Hope to see you at our next meetup on Wednesday, October 2.

Until then, keep strumming! :)

- Heather

P.S. Feel free to send me the titles of the song or songs you played and I will add them here.

Verna - a homemade 12 Bar Blues tune based on Manitoba Hal's workshop lesson 
Thelma - Pearly Shells (Don Ho)
Cathie - Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
Heather - I Guess I Just Feel Like (John Mayer), Perfect Situation (Weezer), Space Oddity (David Bowie)


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lorna, Zenith, Shirley, Marge, Cathie, Barry, Heather, Thelma, Lana, Louise, and Lynn met in the gallery of the old train station to sing and play a number of old favourites and a new tune.

We played: Eight Days a Week, I Can See Clearly Now, If I Needed You, When They Ring the Golden Bells (new song), What a Wonderful World (a little different from the add-on to Somewhere Over the Rainbow), Goodnight Irene (which Barry said he was able to use to put his grandson to sleep), Silver Wings, Relax Your Mind, I‘ll See You in my Dreams, Runaway, Ukulele Lady, Wayfaring Stranger (we also listened to Lynn and his daughter Emily’s rendition on Youtube which was recorded on Lynn’s birthday last week), Fish and Whistle, Red Wing, Moon River (Cynthia Lin’s version with 1, 2, 3, 4, 2 picking), Puff the Magic Dragon (in G), Bad Moon Rising, Walk Away, Log Driver’s Waltz, Farewell to Nova Scotia (in honour of the residents out east who went through the hurricane-related weather last week), and our signature set-ending song.

Louise suggested we hold another optional Open Mic night in two weeks time on Wednesday, August 25th. We held one (not with an actual mic) last year before Christmas. It’s a great way to practice performing in front of a small, appreciative crowd – your fellow club members. Feel free to play any song you choose, including songs from our repertoire.  We will attempt to have a real mic this time. You can also bring a friend.

Hope to see you next time. :)

-         - Heather