June 20, 2021 

It has been a while since the group has been together in person but we were able to meet virtually using Zoom near the beginning of the pandemic and when public health orders as a result of the pandemic allowed, some of us met outside in small groups. 

A few of us also met online virtually to play a few tunes. 

A hightlight though was receiving a grant from the Carman Area Foundation this spring which allowed us to prepare a couple of selections to share our music as we used to in person with seniors (or anyone else) that might like to hear us sing and play. 

Each member involved recorded themselves singing and playing one or both of two pieces while listening to the initial performance by Tom and Lori on headphones. 

Then all of the parts were edited together into two videos using the CAF funding. 

Here was the article about the group's virtual performances posted at Pembina Valley Online.
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)