Rollingstone Full Moon Ukulele Festival

15 05 2017

Our inaugural “Full Moon Ukulele Festival” was held at the Rollingstone Big 4 Caravan Park.    Around 50 of us travelled from Townsville to stay in an utterly beautiful setting. Beach front, lagoon and a big fat full moon.

The weather was glorious with just a bit of fairy rain on Friday night which we in the north always enjoy. The following days saw crisp nights and mornings with mild sunny days.

Our mob started coming in and there were lots of hands on with setting up tents. Rollingstone also offers great cabins so everyone was happily housed.

We based ourselves under the Newman’s Big Top  and kicked off with our first workshop..Irene’s Hula Moves with some good backup from clapsticks, uke and bongo. Heaps of energy went into this and got us going for a big weekend.



Anu Grace and Laurie Bycroft had set up the “Billy Jean Ukestra Workshop” and those Am’s and G’s were working hard. It’s all about timing folks.

Townsville Ukulele “Full Moon Camp” – Irene’s Hula Moves Workshop


We will keep you posted soon with the date of the 2018 Rollingstone Full Moon Ukelele Camp.

Cheers Annie.

Glendale Aged-Care Facility Performance – 18th Feb.

24 02 2017

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.

Cairns Ukulele Festival 2016

15 01 2017

A large team of Townsville Ukuleles travelled to the Cairns Ukulele Festival to perform and participate in workshops. A mighty time was had by all at the many concerts and activities.

Way too much fun. Pumped and ready to go.


The gathering crowd

Our signature song…..Bad Moon Rising……Ohoho Yeah!

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.