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2020 / 2021
Gigs are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
BUG Private now exists for us to "meet"
29th of August 2020 saw us together in a virtual sense for Play Music on the Porch Day. You can see it all on this facebook event, all in the comments.
Our 2019 stats: Total songs played: 828 238 Different songs, with 76 One hit wonders
Jeanie's Christmas Party Report 2019:
Over 70 people attended, and we had quite a few folks were weren’t able to make it this year due to other commitments.
Those of you who started attending BUG at the Black Hill Hotel will remember Peg – Karen Connell’s mum, who used to come each week. She moved back to Queensland a few years ago, but it was terrific to see her again at the BUG Christmas Party.
We also welcomed George Walpole back from his adventures around Australia with Donna. How good to play the songs that have Flute solos parts…. Great to hear that again.
Brian was very clever in writing new words to “I dream of Jeannie” (with the light brown hair) which he performed brilliantly…. I am not lost for words very often…. But you really got me with that one Brian.
I thanked all the members of the organising group, particularly Judy (and Helen) for keeping the gigs organised for us. I thanked Jill for her work on our Webpage, Facebook Page and also keeping all the logins sorted for everyone. Suzanne is often there first each week, and sets up the room for us, as well as playing a mean bass. The increase in people able to lead the group both at our BOG sessions and at Gigs, has been very impressive this year, with Rob, Clare, Peta, Jill, Judy, Helen all now able to do this for the group. Ian and Richard have also supported the Organising Group as well.
Open Mike has been a feature this year, with over 182 people performing. Some have been in small groups – e.g. Ukewaymen, Small Town Gals, Crowded Uke, AIR, TBAG, Handsome Buggers, Klamity Ukes and Ukulele Affair, as well as many individuals. This will certainly stay as a component of our weekly BUG sessions in 2020.
Finally, I would like to thank you all so very much for your kind donations. My new uke sounds grand…. And I know there has been some organising going on behind the scenes, so thanks to the organisers of the surprise…. You know who you are.
And so we move on to the next year for BUG.
Our thanks, always, to the people who bring us BUG, by volunteering their knowledge and skill to the Ukulele playing community.
2018 sees us at the Bunch of Grapes, who have even made changes to their menu to make us feel welcome!
Jeannie has run a January Strumming workshop - see details on the Workshops tab, if you are logged in.
Our next gig is in February in Clunes (always the best fun) - see Gigs coming up
14th December sees us at the Bunch of Grapes in Pleasant Street.
RSVPs for Christmas session on 21 December 2017 at Bunch of Grapes - so far we have 70 attending, so definitely in the Bistro room. Anyone who hasn't let me know they are coming, please do so asap.
Sunday 18 September - Ukulele Affair ( Judy, Helen and Jeannie) will be performing at Sutton's House of Music on Sunday 18 September from 2.30 - 4.30pm Entry is free. Hope some of you can make it. We have a whole lot of new material for this show.
BUG Members playing at the MUF
Melbourne Ukulele Festival was held on 28th–30th of October, Northcote, Melbourne
Jeannie, Helen and Judy - Ukulele Affair Saturday October 29, 12:20pm - Open Studio
- 204 High Street, Northcote
Richard Johnson Sunday October 30, 1:40pm - Open Studio
- 204 High Street, Northcote
Booking for July at the Library
6 week programme at the library from July 20 at 2.30pm each Wednesday, run by Tony Chew.
The library has ukuleles for participants to use.
Over the 6 week period participants will learn:
1. The components of the ukulele, the various sizes of instruments and how they sound and how to tune a ukulele
2. Basic chords, strumming technique and links to resources
3. A new song each week
30th June - Beginners session at 6pm (thanks Jeannie) - stay for dinner, and the main session at 7:30
Jeannie is working on the BUG Performance Bug Book 2
Beginners sessions originally were to be for the month of January only. Thanks to Jeannie's commitment, they have run until April.
Changes to Beginners: The beginners group will meet at 6pm Thursdays, BUT from the 21st of April, the Beginners Lessons at 6pm will run every second Thursday, or there abouts.
Please email to confirm beginners is on (it may change due to other commitments).
Easter Saturday - 26th March
Come and hear us play - at 11:30am AND again at 12:30 - Ballarat's Lakeside "Smart Living" Farmers Market - Saturday 26th March 2016 - Lake Wendouree - near Pipers by the Lake.
February/March 2016 Update:
The Beginners Sessions at 6pm are continuing Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant Street South, Ballarat. Stay for a bite, and then the 7:30 jam session with the full group.
Song lists of what we have been playing in the 7:30 jam session have been added.
January 2016 Update:
Update - Thursday 21st - The Beginners Sessions will at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant Street South, Ballarat
January 2016 Beginner Sessions:
Clunes Farmers Market Gig
10th January 2016 - get that in your diaries - between 10am and 12
- Am I ever gonna see your face again?
- Blame it on the Bossa Nova
- Build me up Buttercup (?)
- Come back again
- Down on the Corner
- Eight Days a Week
- Flowers on the Wall
- Folsom Prison Blues (+ key change?)
- Happy together
- I got burned
- I’ll be your baby tonight
- Love is the drug
- Not Responsible (?)
- Out of Time
- Runaround Sue
- Stuck in the Middle with You
- You don’t own me