Ukulele Ceilidh

The Ukulele Ceilidh is all about you! In July 2016 we talked to our subscribers via our E News and tested the water to see whether there was interest in creating a mass ukulele ensemble. Low and behold we were inundated with support. We put it out there. What should we call it? Popular vote chose The Ukulele Ceilidh. So bring your ukuleles along, we have a series of workshops over the weekend held by Miss Amber and Stukulele, and the Melbourne Ukulele School, and join our Uke playing artists Miss Amber and Stukulele, Aoife Scott, Sally Dastey, Sarah Carroll and members of Buckman Coe and Charm of Finches for our inaugural Ukulele Ceilidh.

The Uke’s Third Wave

When ‘The British Invasion’ hit in the 1960’s it was all about electric guitars. Ukulele was considered pretty uncool. In the late 1990’s, the Ukulele’s popularity started to rise again – for the third time since it’s inception. Some of the key folk who brought it back from being a discarded novelty are:re Joe Brown who performed I’ll See you in My Dreams’ at the finale of  ‘Concert For George’ (Harrison ) – a huge advocate of the Uke…(was his song ‘Something’ written on a Uke?)

Jake Shimabukuro whose virtuosic performance of George’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps in Central Park, New York went viral (15,232,953 YT views at time of writing) and James Hill via Chalmers Doane whose pedagogical prowess has helped the uke become the preferred instrument in school classrooms world wide. Beats the recorder… hey, you can sing and play at the same time.

AUTLA – The ‘Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association’ was established in 2014. Their major goals are to improve and expand the options for music education in Australian schools and to support the development of quality teaching and leadership practice in community ukulele groups. Stukulele from Uke Mullum is a card carrying member, so make sure you can attend these workshops so you can confidently join in the inaugural – Ukulele Ceilidh.

WORKSHOP & CONCERT TIMES

Ukulele Breakfast w/ Miss Amber & Stukulele
Shebeen
Sat 10 to 11:00am

Ukulele Ceilidh Workshops w/ Miss Amber & Stukulele
Workshop Hub
Sat 3 to 4:30pm
Workshop Hub Sun 10am to 12:00pm

Uke For Beginners w/ The Melbourne School of Uke
Pavillion
Fri 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Pavilion
Sat 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Pavilion
Sun 9:45 – 10:45 am

Ukulele Ceilidh
Stage 4
Sun 1:00 to 1:45pm