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  • Hat Band Night - Songs From Movies
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019
    Hat Band Night - Songs From Movies


    On the 8th October - we were entertained by Songs from the Movies with A Hat Band Night!


    When we arrived we were randomly divided into 6 groups and each group workshopped a couple of songs from Movies and then each group performed their two songs to the rest of the Club Members!

    Thanks to Alison and her helpers for a fun night - Brad, Fran, John, Beni, Jonno, Veronica, Peter, Dave, and Donnella!

    We covered quite an array of songs including The Rose, The Gambler, The Tide is High, Pretty Woman, Eidelweiss, Doh Re Me, Mrs Robinson, Summertime, The Yellow Rose of Texas, I Want To Break Free, Lil Liza Jane, The Rainbow Connection..

    Each group presented their songs well and there was great joy and hilarity in the hall as we supported each group in their efforts.
    Who'd have thought we would enjoy a reggae version of Eidelweiss....... !!!

    ⇒ View the groups in action at our Hat Band Evening

    Les Fox

  • TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2019
    It is against our upbringing to be suspicious and on guard all the time, but sadly these days you must always be on guard.

    The truth is, you are most likely to be scammed when off guard and least expecting it.


    Here is a quick summary of some key rules:

    • Never click on a link in an email, text or website unless you are 100% sure it is okay.
    • If worried, call the institution.... NOT the number on the email or text, as it may be false.
    • Never say "YES" to someone unknown over the phone. Just hang up on these annoying calls.
    • Remember - responsible organisations DO NOT ask us for information or to click on links. This includes the Banks, NBN, Australia Post, Telstra, Tax Department, Pay Pal etc.
    • Check your bank and credit card statements monthly and check other financial accounts.
    • Don't fall for "FREE" big offers - if it sounds too good to be true, it is a scam.
    • Change your passwords regularly.
    • Beware of "false tradies" knocking on the door. Check their identity. Don't be hassled and rushed into something you might regret.
    Printed with permission of the Editor of NHW 3193's Newsletter, 3rd Quarter 2019.
  • AFL FOOTY SONGS AND THEIR ORIGINAL SOURCE SONGS
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 29 Sep 2019
    AFL FOOTY SONGS AND THEIR ORIGINAL SOURCE SONGS

    There was no doubting the serious Footy Fans in our UKE Club on Footy Songs night!

    The night was opened by Tatyana leading us in with the quintessential Aussie Footy Song "Up There Cazaly".

    Dressed in their team colours the die hard followers of AFL sang their team songs with special enthusiasm and dare I say competitive spirit. We were led off by Veronica, an ardent Adelaide supporter, who was peeved her team song wasn't in the original list. But not deterred she provided not only the Crows song but the US Marines Hymn it was based on.

    We then all sang along with Tatyana leading the 12 original VFL club theme songs as well as the songs they were sourced from.  Chris had done an amazing job researching the team songs and not only provided their history but the old-time songs they were all derived from. Few if any of us were aware that St Kilda had two theme songs!

    Alas the footy part of the night was over all too quickly - but we were all well and truly into the fever of the footy finals - even the not so enthusiastic football followers got into the spirit of the theme night and sang and played their ukes so that our hall was filled with the joy the occasion called for.

    For those who missed the evening the songs are all in the back section of LUKES Main Songbook 3, along with their history and source song.
     

  • BLUES NIGHT AT LUKES
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 19 Aug 2019
    BLUES NIGHT AT LUKES

    Presented by the Blues Sisters

    Tuesday 13th August 2019

    Jill Thompson and her Blues Sisters presented a wonderful evening of workshops and well known songs from the Blues genre as well as songs featuring Blue in their title. The variations on "The Blues Brothers (& Sisters) outfits, as always were fascinating - with lots of black suits, black fedoras, white shirts and black ties, finished off in true style with black sunglasses.

    It could be said that no one was in a blue mood - there was definitely joy aplenty in the room!

    Fran led the evening off with a workshop of 12-Bar Blues strumming in the key of A or C and she was followed by a Solo demonstration by Veronica with an easy riff or lead in to Tennessee Whiskey.

    Members sang and played along to classics by of course The Blues Brothers (Minnie the Moocher), Elvis,  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Roy Orbison, The Supremes, Fats Domino, Daddy Cool, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash,  Ray Charles, Canned Heat, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, to name but a few.

    Thank you to Jill and her gals for their hard work in pulling together another fabulous night at LUKES.

    ⇒ View photographs from the Blues NIght at LUKES

  • ELVIS AT LUKES
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Aug 2019
    ELVIS AT LUKES

    Wow, what a sensational night!

    The KING was absolutely in the building!

    Check the photos!


    Elvis may have passed in 77, but he was alive & rocking on Tuesday night August 6th at Lukes!

    A sensational evening was put together by Alison, Brad, & Fran - supported by a cool tech team, & a hot range of groupies, warmly named the Elvisettes .. (we know who you are!!} Sideburns, Elvis outfits, posters, & EP body cards {thanks Les}, peanut butter cup cakes - set the scene....
    The Hat Band groups rose to the occasion, belting out Elvis standards, that would indeed rock Gracelands foundations.

    Terrific FUN, & folks, that’s what it’s all about.

    The rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone by the LUKES gang sent shivers through the spines of all present and was a fitting finale to the evening!

    Elvis cupcakes, peanut butter cookies, OREOS and Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches made for a delicious but fitting supper in homage to the King - many thanks to Fran and Shirley for these added bonuses.


    A hunk, a hunk, of burning work went into putting this fabulous night together.
    For all the members who participated, your Chiropractor appointments are in hand, & to those who could not make the night - you missed a HOOT!

    Again to Alison, Brad, Fran & all the wonderful helpers, terrific effort, MAKING US ALL 18, ONCE AGAIN!!??!!

    Cheers, & "thank you very much" {lip curled}

    Rick Nuttall.

    POST SCRIPT : The recent report that Lukes members were observed "making out" in Pink Cadillacs in the carpark, & that Colonel Parker has lodged copyright proceedings, are unsubstantiated..... but the day's not over yet!!
     
    ⇒ View photographs of Elvis at LUKES
  • FAMILY & FRIENDS DINNER JAM AT MENTONE RSL
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 4 Aug 2019
    FAMILY & FRIENDS DINNER JAM AT MENTONE RSL
    Friday 26th July saw a great gathering of LUKES members and their family and friends enjoy dinner together followed by a jam session with many of our favourite songs from the LUKES Main Song Books 1, 2 & 3.
    The joy was evident in the room and those close to us "get" why we love gathering with our like minded Lukeans to enjoy our music. The RSL provided us with a relaxing venue and and easy meal.
    Thanks to Carolyn Coxhead for pulling this event together, Brad Croft for setting up the PA system and manning the mixing desk all night, Andrew Hesketh for his diligence with the camera and Tatyana for the song book.
    A few shots of the evening.
    Mike, Judith and Johnno
    John, Joyce, Fran, Carolyn and Les in action
    John, Fran, Alison & Johnno
     
  • HAT BAND - ELVIS WORKSHOP
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 4 Aug 2019
    HAT BAND - ELVIS WORKSHOP

    Wow did we have a great workshop last Tuesday July 30th, for all to participate and develop new skills and ideas for our upcoming Elvis night next Tuesday the 6th of August. Many thanks to Alison for her behind the scene work and for being MC and to all the leaders of the small teams for guiding us and offering help when needed. 
    I know our leader Brad was excellent in that he gave us clear guidance and also helped a newer member develop confidence in the chords for each song.
     
    The HAT BAND idea (which I had never heard of before)  involved each person picking a mini coloured ice-cream stick from a hat and joining with other like colour people to create a small group of approx 7 to work together for the night .
    Each group picked 2 Elvis songs  from a list to both practice and add instrumentation and other creative options and presented these songs to the enthusiastic audience. The energy and laughter was amazing.

     Keep up the practice folks and people I spoke with were all excited by the evening with some positive feedback being trying to find a few quieter areas for the groups to rehearse and for those singing to engage the audience by learning the chords and smiling to the audience........

    Well worth repeating was a common comment!

    Shirley Biggs
     

    ⇒ View photographs of Hat Band Performances
  • AGM
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 20 Jul 2019
    AGM

    The Annual General Meeting of the Longbeach Ukes Incorporated was held on Tuesday 16th July.

    It was well attended by 47 members, with apologies from 3.
    The President Michael Bell delivered his report on the activities of the club to the end of June 2019 with special thanks to a few notable members.
    The Treasurer's Report was delivered by Tony B with thanks to specific members who have assisted him throughout the year.
    All positions were declared vacant,
    There were nine nominations for the nine roles on the committee.
    There being no other nominations, the following members were declared elected:
                President: Peter Grigg
                VIce-President: Andrew Hesketh
                Secretary: Carolyn Coxhead
                Treasurer: Tony Brooker
                Committee Members: Shirley Biggs, Tatyana des Fontaines-Burns, John Kingma, Les West and Jill Thompson.
    We welcome new committee members Shirley, John and Les and also Peter in his role as Club President,

    Following our meeting a special presentation in the form of a 'heartfelt thank you production' was made to our founding President Michael Bell. In true LUKES style Michael was honoured for all his work in setting up the Club six years ago and for being such a wonderful President since we were incorporated 3 years ago.

    Michael & Jeanette Bell with their thank you gifts
    Michael Bell thank you compendium

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  • BEATLES THEME NIGHT JULY 2019
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 20 Jul 2019
    BEATLES THEME NIGHT JULY 2019

    What's not to like about singing our favourite Beatle's songs with a group of like minded friends?

    That's what we did when we gathered together on Tuesday 16th July following our AGM.
    The hall was decorated with Beatle's Album covers, photographs and various paraphernalia and members were dressed to various degrees in Beatles or period outfits.
    What is certainly not in doubt is the vigour and enthusiasm that we all exercised as we played and sang throughout the evening.

    We had an assortment of electric guitar players and drummers at the back of the hall helping to keep the beat and members took it in turns to lead songs at the microphones.
    Thank you to Michael, Tatyana and Les for a wonderful evening of 'Beatlemania'.
    We have only a limited number of photographs of the evening at this stage but if you have any that would add to the memory and enhance our photogallery, please email them to Alison ASAP.
    If you'd like to further enjoy the music, the collection of Beatles songs we sang is included in the members area under Song Library.
     

    ⇒ View the Photogallery of our Beatles Theme Night

  • WEDNESDAY WINTER DAYTIME SESSIONS
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Jul 2019
    WEDNESDAY WINTER  DAYTIME SESSIONS

    During the winter months we will be holding day-time Lukes meeting on the first and third Wednesdays of the Month starting on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 from 1-30pm to 3-30pm.  The alternative meeting time is being considered for those who find it difficult coming out on a cold winters evening for these July, Aug and Sept months. These day-time meetings are in addition to the Tuesday evening meetings. Photographs of the inaugural meeting on July 3rd can be viewed in the Photogallery.

    The day-time meetings will be held at Don and Meredith East's home at Richfield Village, Aspendale Gardens.

    To date 15 members have nominated to attend.

    Members should bring their Lukes Main Song Books 1, 2 and 3  ( Song Book 3 should be available end of July ) and music stand.

    The cost is the same at the Tuesday night meetings $5-00 per member and $ 10-00 for non-members, the sessions will be similar to our Tuesday night meetings c/w coffee and tea  break half way through the session. 

    If you have any queries regarding these day-time sessions please contact Michael Bell.

    Wednesday Winter Afternoons at Richfield Retirement Village
  • LUKES MEMBERS NAME BADGES
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 28 Jun 2019
    LUKES MEMBERS NAME BADGES
    As a means of encouraging friendship, courtesy and inclusiveness at LUKES we encourage all members to wear a name badge at each LUKES meeting. Some people have placed their Membership Cards in a plastic sleeve and clip it on their tops, hats etc. others make their own but if you'd like one of our special LUKES name tags please put your name in the order book at the front desk.
    The badges cost $12 each.
  • LUKES BEGINNER'S SESSIONS
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 28 Jun 2019
    LUKES BEGINNER'S SESSIONS
    LUKES will hold beginners sessions on the first two Thursdays of every month until Novermber.
    The first one kicks off on Thursday 4th July at 7-00pm at the Carrum Activity Hub.

    We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for these sessions , please bring your Uke, music stand and Lukes song books.

    Beginners practising at Carrum

    Michael Bell leads the Beginners Group at Carrum




     
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  • The Recording Studio - Ukestra
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 23 Jun 2019
    The Recording Studio - Ukestra

    ABC iView Program "The Recording Studio: Series 1, Episode no 7

    Brad Croft recommended the ABC Series "The Recording Studio" and Episode no 7 is particularly relevant to our LUKES group. The ABC Recording Studios were taken over by a UKESTRA (Ukulele Orchestra) from Newcastle and they were recorded celebrating community.
    One of the most interesting facets of the show, apart from the joy of the Ukestra, were the ABC musical directors and producers trying to work with the tempo of the group and get them all playing and singing to the same beat.
    Tempo and arrangement are two of the skills that Brad worked with us on at his recent Drumming and Percussion and earlier Arrangement workshops.
    Take the time to watch this episode and in fact the whole series is excellent. It can be seen on iView at the attached link.
     
  • AUSTRALIA DAY THEME NIGHT
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2019
    AUSTRALIA DAY THEME NIGHT

    Well where do you start, the Ukes theme nights just seem to get better and better. With a back drop of gum trees, Australian flags and even a camp fire, the team sang classic Australian songs whilst playing various instruments including guitars, washboards, a tea chest base box, a wokka board, lagerphones and of course ukuleles.

    With a break from singing Brad recited a classic poem from Banjo Paterson, Mulga Bills Bicycle, which was made even better with a slide show showing Mulga Bills exciting bicycle ride.

    Then it was back to singing but this time it was to sing Happy Birthday to Rick, a popular long time Ukes member who was celebrating his birthday. With Rick’s family joining Ukes on the night, Rick was taken by surprise and seemed to enjoy his family and friends joining his celebration.

    After a short break for a cup of billy tea, damper, lamingtons, Anzac biscuits  and yoyos the team played two up, toss the thong into the esky and cherry pip spitting! A lot of fun was had by all and a special thank you must go to the organisers - Alison for the two up, Fran for the thong tossing and Brad for the cherry pip spitting.


    The evening finished with more playing and singing and a great night was had by all.
    Special thanks must go to all who helped make this night a fantastic success.
    Alison and John, Bradley, Fran,  and of course Michael, Rick and Les Fox for his Australia Day badges.


    Andrew Hesketh

     

    View the Australian Songlist for the night


    View the  Photogallery of our Australia Day Theme night


    Celebrating Australia Day at Longbeach Ukes

  • COUNTRY & WESTERN THEME NIGHT
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2019
    COUNTRY & WESTERN THEME NIGHT

    Don & Meredith East and Alison Davies worked together to produce a fun filled Country & Western Night on 14th May, 2019.

    There was a meticulously chosen Song List, which was well received, and reflected Don's love of this genre of music.
    The whole crew dressed for the occasion and sang their hearts out to many old favourites. We had an Indian Chieftain, Dolly Parton, some fine steeds (on wheels), a Mexican as well as a mottley crew of cowboys, and cowgirls. (is there such a term as Cowperson?!?)


    We were regailed with Line Dancing by Beni and Judith along to Achy Breaky Heart and enjoyed the Cowboy Hat cup cakes, cleverly decorated by Fran Paddington for our supper.  As has become a delightful surprise at Lukes each week, Les Fox produced badges complete with heart chocolates, 'I Heart Country' and also provided some wonderful C & W decorations.

    This group certainly boasts an array of happy, quirky members who love nothing more than the opportunity to get in to the spirit of every event. Thank you again to Andrew H for his photography on the night.

    Download the Country & Western Songlist.

     

    View the photogallery of the Country & Western Theme night


    The group photo at our LUKES  Country & Western Night May 2019
  • SIX MOMENTS IN KINGSTON
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2019
    SIX MOMENTS IN KINGSTON

    JESSIE'S GIRL PERFORMANCE

    On Saturday May 25th 2019 an enthusiastic group of LUKES performers participated in the CIty of Kingston's  'SIX MOMENTS IN KINGSTON', a dynamic series of public artworks set in sites around Kingston.

    The audiences braved the unknown, and embarked on a mystery bus tour, trekking trough the wilds of suburban Kingston, on a luxury bus tour voiced by Michael Caton and Kate Fitzpatrick.  

    Shane McGrath ably orchestrated our LUKES group to perform the song Jessie's Girl, written and popularised by the past Parkdale resident Rick Springfield. Following weeks of rehearsals, 17 or so members played ukulele's or tamborines and sang Jessie's Girl as we walked along the street, accompanied by a Bull Terrier (much to Peter G's chagrin) and followed by the audience, who had alighted from a bus in the nearby street. We all stopped outside Rick's old home where we played along to a guitarist who did a wonderful riff.

    We performed 4 times throughout the day at 2 hourly intervals and in between our 'Green Room' was at the Old Mordialloc Hospital, where we had some wonderful yet typical fun jam sessions in between refreshments. Veronica taught us another of Rick's songs 'Reach To The Sky' which by the end of the day, we sang following our Jessie's Girl performances, as the audience made their way back to the bus.

    I'm sure every member of our Jessie's Girl Troop will have very happy memories of our participation in one of the six moments in Kingston - though most of us never want to sing the song again, in the short term at least!

    Special thanks to Mandy Cooper for co-ordinating our group and to Brad and Fran for their roles in transposing the song and leading rehearsals.
     

    View the Photogallery of LUKES' Moment in Kingston


    Jessie's GIrl Banner based on Cover of the Album
    Jessie's GIrl Banner based on Cover of the Album
  • Allity Montclair songlist 23rd July
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2019
    Proposed song List for LEGS Gig at Allity Montclair 23rd July 2019
    Some existing LUKES book songs and Elvis songs mixed (the Elvis songs will be posted or given out) 
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  • LUKES Tuesday Night Meeting Roster June-Sept 2019
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 16 Jun 2019
    Download the latest calendar showing the Tuesday night Meeting Roster of Activities firmed up until the end of September 2019
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  • LEGENDS OF ROCK 'N ROLL THEME NIGHT
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 16 Jun 2019
    LEGENDS OF ROCK 'N ROLL THEME NIGHT

    Tony Brooker (our own Jimmy Hendrix on the uke) ran our LEGENDS OF ROCK 'N' ROLL  theme night on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

    The songlist covered many legends from the 50s, 60s & more. 

    Songlist for our Legends of Rock 'n Roll night.


    The songs were projected onto the screen as always and the vast majority of people dressed up for the night's sing a long. Peter and Brad added to the Rock 'n Roll theme with their drumming along with other percussion instruments. It was rather obvious the decades the vast majority of our group spent their adolescence in. Each song on the list was sung with enthusiasm and passion with many members happily fronting the microphones to belt out their favourite Rock 'n Roll tunes.

    Well done Tony on orchestrating such a great evening of fun and music!

     

     ⇒ View the photogallery of the Legends of Rock 'n Roll


    Legends of Rock 'n Roll at LUKES June 2019



     

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