A fabulous time was had by all 17 ukers (and one groupie – Wendy L). A very appreciative crowd of young at heart residents sang, waved and danced along to their old favourites. Reg and Leigh kept us on track with their bass playing and Irene was out in front grooving along.
Thanks to Cam for a well organised gig and it was great to see our events manager John, back in fine-form.
Debbie, Glendale’s effervescent entertainment hostess with the mostest, along with Wendy L, kept the crowd upbeat throughout our performance. It really is wonderful to see the residents recalling these old Uke songs. We will return.
Now the winter months are here, Townsville Ukuleles ramp up their performances at the many events showcased in our town at this time of the year. Some of us joined “The Ukestra” at the Palm Creek Festival. Mark Jackson and Jane Gelbart, the driving forces from the Ukestra, conducted an impromptu workshop at the West End Hotel at the tail end of the festival. Looking forward to a return visit next year Mark and Jane.
Celebrating 150 Years of Townsville, we joined the Waitangi Community float in the Pacific Festival Parade. Irene led us in her Kiwi favourites and her group wowed the dignitaries with the Maori Haka
Another group of players headed to Magnetic Island to perform at the Maggie Island Community Care lunch. This is a very popular gig on our performance calendar and everyone who sailed had a wonderful time.
And now full scale practice is on for the Cairns Ukulele Festival…See You There!
There was a great vibe, with a mix of our ukulele island/drinking songs along with a jolly Oom Pah Pah band. The home beer brewers offered an amazing variety of beer styles for tasting, most welcome on yet another hot day. A great mix for a lot of fun.
Rhonda, set the scene for this event with her Magnetic Island Party Hire equipment and still managed to look the Pineapple Princess after a lot of hard work.
We always love performing on Magnetic Island and Bay Dayz can’t come quick enough!
2015 was “Bigger Than Ben Hur”. It seems as though the West End Hotel has become “Ukulele Central” with attendance growing every Tuesday night. Outside of our regular meetings, under the guidance of John Lawn and Donna Marhin, our community recitals have grown considerably. Here’s the rundown.
Masonic Home, Social “Play in the Park”, Garden Settlement, Blind Society, South Townsville Bowl’s Club, Jam Sessions – Alligator Creek Sports Club, Rasmussen Markets, RSL – War Widows, Home Brew Festival – Magnetic Island, Cross Roads – Mt Louisa Uniting Church, Cancer Fund Raiser Morning Tea, Friendship Club, Lantern Parade – Swagman Float, Bayz Dayz Festival – Magnetic Island, Good Shepherd Nursing Home, St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Missionaries Fundraiser, Magnetic Island Community Care, Mayor’s Xmas Tree Launch – City Centre Stage, Dementia Carers – Brothers League’s Club, Prostate Cancer Support Group – RSL, Mayor’s Xmas Tree Appeal – V8 Track, Ukulele Xmas Party- Hangi hosted by Irene and Xmas Carols along the Strand.
Others travelled afar to the Ukulele BBQ weekend at Kuranda, Norfolk Island’s Ukulele Festival and a visit to the Newcastle Ukestra.
2016 is shaping up to be a very active ukulele year here in Townsville, elsewhere in Australia and in the Pacific.
A big crowd filled Frangipani Street with laughter and sweet uke sound at this year’s Xmas party. Games, hula competitions, and a lot of ukeing added to the fun. Irene set a lovely tropical theme and the Roberts family aka “Tikitiki Hangi” laid on a sumptuous feast. Appreciation was shown to our 4 Kohunas, Donna, Rhonda, Lindsay and Col lee and our intrepid photographer Cam, was kept on his toes and did a great job of recording the night.
All aboard Sealink for our performance at the Spring Equinox Fair at beautiful Alma Bay.
LOTS OF PINEAPPLE PRINCESSES AND ONE PINEAPPLE PRINCE
This was one of our most successful concerts. The audience loved our batch of island songs and the extra rehearsals we put in really paid off. Many players who stayed over, jammed into the night. Just something about an island and ukuleles that brings out the best in us!
Townsville Ukes were thrilled to lead the Lantern Parade as part of this years Cultural Festival. Around 19 players turned up with ukes, happy smiles and a well practised “Waltzing Matilda”. We all assembled on the back of the truck along with a 4 metre ‘Swagman’ and whilst waiting for the parade to begin, entertained the crowds with a few lively tunes. The parade was a lot of fun and the onlookers sang, clapped and cheered. We all had a great time and finished off the evening with pizzas by the Rockpool.