June Events

28 06 2016

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.

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

Parade FloatUke Float

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!

Cairns Ukulele Festival


Home Brew Competition…Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island. 1.4.16

13 05 2016

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.
Crowd Scene

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!

All of Us


Recap on 2015

12 01 2016

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.

Our Xmas Party

20 12 2015

Hey Hey the Gangs All Here.

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.

Uke Xmas Party Collage 2015

Mayor’s Xmas Tree Appeal – Dec. 2015

20 12 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas!

Playing our chirpy brand of Xmas carols, Townsville Ukuleles added to the entertainment at the “Mayor’s Xmas Tree Appeal” morning tea, hosted by our mayor, Jenny Hill and M.C’d by Steve Price. Mayor's Xmas Party 2015

Jack, Leigh, Judy, Irene, Kathy, Our Uke-ranian Fan, Kent, John and Deb




Equinox Spring Fair – Alma Bay, Magnetic Island 20.09.15

25 09 2015


All aboard Sealink for our performance at the Spring Equinox Fair at beautiful Alma Bay.




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!


Cultural Fest Lantern Parade 15.08.2015

27 08 2015

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.



Cancer Fundraiser Morning Team, Cranbrook – July, 2015

5 08 2015

15 Happy ukers performed at Cranbrook for a morning tea fundraiser. The audience was in high spirits and sang along to our songs. We in turn enjoyed a sumptuous morning tea and the friendly atmosphere. Hoping a motza was made for cancer research. Thanks for the “Happy Snaps” Shirley.




Palm Creek Festival 2015

23 06 2015

Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – Palm Creek Festival

While half of Townsville Ukuleles were enjoying the lovely “Magnetic Island Home Brewers Festival”, another part of the group were solidly entrenched in their camps at the Palm Creek Festival.
We caught up with the “Whitsunday Ukoholics” who were surprisingly low key (probably after a big night jamming on rum) Well most of them are pirates and sailors! However they have taken to camping and their beautiful retro caravans are pure artforms.
Most of our mob are so diverse in their love of music and dance and the Palm Creek Festival did not disappoint.
Our focus, however was the Ukestra. With a couple of practice hours leading up to the final performance, both audience and players were thrilled in what was achieved. Newcastle Ukestra Mark Jackson and his partner Jane Jelbart whipped us up into a performance, which those of us from Townsville Ukuleles will never forget.
Palm Creek 2015

Crikey! ..we are into the winter months and so many great uke meets happening for Townsville Ukuleles.

23 06 2015

Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – Magnetic Island

We all look forward to the beginning of winter  and the long weekend. So much to enjoy.
Townsville Ukuleles performed on Magnetic Island for the “Home Brewers Festival”, and many of the crew made a weekend of it.


Caricature by Carole Miller

Caricature by Carole Miller




Upper Ross Monster Markets


Thanks for inviting us. These are emerging markets for the community of Upper Ross and you and your team organized a splendid morning with a big crowd of families enjoying a sunny day out.