Oct 2018 – Strum ‘n’ Sing

This was an open theme for the Uke Mullum Community to choose songs they most like to play… There was quite a few suggestions that came in and the result was a nice eclectic mix. The one thing I learned from the exercise is that it’s not easy to make an all inclusive easy to play and sing-a-long songbook. Everyone has such varied music listening experiences. We also issued the turkey in the Straw challenge… some great lyrics written by Terry Flatley and Val Hodgson, though no one seemed to be up to speed with the melody… what a shame. Stu did however manage to create a solo version fo the piece and is still able to perform it at a moderate tempo. (Hoorah!)

Though the numbers were down (as they often are at this time of the year). all those in attendance had a fun time. Jason Caspen was ill and couldn’t make the evening so there were no drums and the ukes were ringing out.

Special guest Chris Aronsten supplied some wonderful fiddle and a little mandolin as well as some fine harmonies with our Roddy on bass (Rod Coe). Thanks to Erina Leech for lovely renditions of ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and Nora Jones ‘ Don’t Know Why’. The live stream was done with the old iPhone 7… sound is a bit muddy sorry. But here you go. SET 1 | SET 2

If you would like the songbook so you can strum along, click here. The Turkey in The Straw files are available on that link as well.

April 2018 – Lounge

Thanks to all who came along to the LOUNGE UKE NIGHT. It was a well attended evening of cool tunes and amazing musicianship with Steve Russell on keys, Jaimie Pattgalin on drums Rod Coe on bass and Kate Gittins on all things wind and even the accordion.

Erina Leech from the Monday night crew nailed two Shirley Bassey inspired versions of Spinning Wheel and You are The Sunshine Of My Life. Daughter Rosie sang Mambo Italiano which was dedicated To Clelia Adams our Italian Country Music Queen who is recuperating after an operation here’s a little snippet

The Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra, played instrumental versions of The Girl From Ipanema, A Taste of Honey and The Munsters Theme which all went down a treat and I’m sure it was as big a thrill as it was for me to be backed by Steve Russell and Jaime on drums. Thanks to Luis for excellent sound, Ash on the door and Club Mullum for hosting our little community event.

Check out Niche Pics Lyn McCarthy’s Photos here

October 2015 – Stones Night

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This was the third show at out new home in The Ex-Services club. I was worried sick that no one was going to show up. The publicity had a hitch and it was a rainy night. Just as we were to go on stage, the room started filling up and bang… It was a superb evening. The band was cookin’ – a real nice rockin’ sound.

Miss Amber sang well and really enjoyed herself, I think partly because Maria Stratton was back on violin, percussion and BV’s, the pair were like naughty school girls. Our guest vocalists Pete C and Jerry Chambers were just perfect for the evening. Just the right attitude and tattoos. Al Brooker was the man for the job on bass and Rex Carter on drums made a fine Charlie Watts.

Much kudos and respect to Evan Sun who had all the right guitar tones and the licks and solos worked out brilliantly. Went off without a hitch. Some mighty cheers from the crowd and the participation was excellent, with great choir work. Erina Leech got up again for the second consecutive uke night and sang a wonderful version of “As Tears Go By”. Great sound from Luis.

Much gratitude to all who helped including Deb on the door, Luke from the club and Cristine Sharrat. Sista Mary remarked at the end of the evening, Uke Mullum has now made the club it’s home. Could not be happier with how the night went.

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