First gathering for 2015 – Uke picnic Ross River

21 01 2015

A small but brave group rocked up to our first gathering of the year. You could have cut the air with a knife with humidity at 90%. Our picnic spot flanked by the big python, was brilliant, with the deep shade of a giant Rain Tree and a little breeze from the Ross River – picnic food as usual “delish”.
Walkers, cyclists and pram pushers enjoyed our music as they sweated it out on the exercise path.

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2014 Roundup

8 01 2015


                                                             Whew, that was a busy year!

Apart from our regular sessions on a Tuesday night, 2014 saw us out and about at various locations around Townsville. Here’s a rundown.

Ann’s “Down by the River” New Year’s Day
Picnic in the Park (Queen’s Gardens)
Blind Society Performance
Meeting “The Big Red Couch” on the Strand
Cairns Ukulele Festival
Island Bay Dayz on Magnetic Island
Garden Settlement performances x 3
South Townsville Bowls Club
Picnic in the Park (Ross River)
St Andrews Meals on Wheels Anniversary
Mission Fellowship
Willows Xmas Parade
Townsville Ukes Xmas Party
The Robert’s Family Hungi
Xmas carols Annandale

This year we will continue to spread the joy of our mighty little ukes.

Townsville Ukuleles Wishing all Ukers in the Ville a Very Happy Xmas

23 12 2014

Xmas Uke

Townsville Ukulele’s Xmas Party 2014…West End Hotel

16 12 2014

Townsville Ukes Xmas 2014

It was great to see so many of our ukers along with family and friends, not to mention Ulla from Sweden, attend our Xmas Party. Happy diners, a quiz from John, a slideshow by Lindsay, prizes and presentations made for a great night of fun. Congrats to Donna K and Cam for the best Xmas hats.

The Pineapple Princess Hat

The Pineapple Princess Hat

Donna and Irene

Donna and Irene

Our thanks to Fay

Our thanks to Fay

Cole- lee, Lindsay and Irene

Cole- lee, Lindsay and Irene



Willows Xmas Pageant 2014

13 12 2014

All aboard the happiest float in the Willows Xmas Pageant.
Congratulations to Townsville Coastguard for this year’s win. You do an amazing job around our Townsville waterways.
This year the trailer supplied by our man Kent, was enormous and worked so well for our big contingent of uke players. Willows Xmas Pageant 2014Big thanks to our primemover driver who joyfully honked his way thru the parade. Our set Xmas Carol list narrowed down very quickly to “Rudolph” a big crowd pleaser, with Donna conducting up top. We definitely put smiles on faces and that’s what it’s all about!

Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival

7 10 2014


Four weeks of stimulating Island events with the help of Island partnerships and the local community saw food, arts, music, markets and sports presented in the many beautiful bays on Magnetic Island.
Our gig at the “Spring Equinox Fair” was staged in stunning Alma Bay. Such a good vibe with a great mix of performance and markets. Our repertoire of island songs proved a hit, particularly the rendition of “Gilligan’s Island”.

Warming up

Donna and Cam warming up for their moves on the dance floor.

Many of us stayed over at the local hotel and kicked up our heels on the dance floor.

Here at Gilligan's Café and Bar

Here at Gilligan’s Café and Bar

Sunday saw us up bright and perky…swimming for “some”!!! and walks before a little performance at “Gilligan’s Café Bar” along with a delicious brekky. Ofcourse “Gilligan’s Island” went over a treat.
Big thanks to SEALINK for your generosity in getting us happily too and from Magnetic Island. “Cos I’ve got what I want 20 minutes away”
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Cairns Ukulele Festival 2014

23 08 2014

We love performing at the Cairns Ukulele Festival, so thanks to Gaby Thomasz and her team for once again organizing this amazing event and inviting us in.



Some of us went cruising (on boats), others threw themselves into workshops and we all met up at Fogarty Park to perform and to enjoy all the many fantastic players. Catching up with other ukers from all over the place is always a plus as was seeing Richard again with OUR “Big Red Couch”.Get Off Ya Couch 1 jpg


O.K. we didn’t quite strum into the Guinness World Record Book (and probably never will), however standing with 1100 players, singing to The Mavericks’ hit “Dance the night Away”, was an awesome thing to do in anybody’s language.


Cairns Ukulele Festival 2014

We kept tight and together on Saturday night, meeting at the Courthouse Hotel for dinner and let loose with the laughter, music and the naughtiness we are capable of dishing out.

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The Sunday arvo concert, as usual electric, showcased the best of the Pacific and Asia and ofcourse our own NQ favs Ryo and his “Montgomery Brothers”.
Thanks to Cam, Sue and Rhonda for our happy snap album. We held great restraint in not publishing the untidy bits, you can find them in our Dropbox. Bribes to be paid at our next meeting.


Big red couch comes to town

27 06 2014

After waiting for the media to show we finally gave up and spent a few hours jamming on our beautiful Strand. Thanks Michael and Anna for providing the gorgeous couch…see you in Cairns.

Our bums are firmly on the couch and we are on our way to the Cairns Ukulele Festival!

Our bums are firmly on the couch and we are on our way to the Cairns Ukulele Festival!

Cairns Ukulele Festival 2014…just around the corner!

24 06 2014

The BIG RED COUCH is moving up the coast and it looks like a Thursday arrival in the “Ville” so glam up or down and be part of it’s presence in Townsville.
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Meanwhile, Townsville’s Ukulele Club is getting into the full swing of practise with our first Sunday Sesh attracting 19 players. Thanks to Donna and Col Lee for our new upgraded song albumns and Mark for his Just4Kids warehouse space.
Sunday Session

Blind Society Performance

15 05 2014

What a great evening was had by all. There were 15 Ukers, 6 wonderful family supporters and Rhonda and Donna K were there to support and take photos, thanks girls!
We entertained, talked to and had a meal with these lovely people, and I think that they really enjoyed the break in routine for their monthly BBQ.
We sang and laughed through our list of tunes with a wonderful introduction to each song by John explaining its origin etc.
I am so happy to be involved with this awesome bunch of people, who interacted so comfortably with the members of the Blind Society and in particular Wally, Irene and Shirley who made an extra effort that meant so much.
To me, these are the special gigs and I look forward to a lot more of them.

Thanks again to you all for coming, ukers and supporters, see you all at our Tuesday meets.