|It's not too late to sign up to join in a full day of ukulele workshops and performances on Saturday May 14th at Emerald Primary School.|
Cost $60 for the whole day.
On Sunday May 15th you can attend for free and enjoy performances on four stages, including your crazy Lukes mates who are performing at 12noon.
Go to the website for more details and tickets.
|Cheryl Gardner thought this is an article that many of you would find interesting & perhaps interesting enough to pursue.|
Jane Carafell's Hit Show "Uked!" - the first play along ukulele musical will be taking place at the Creswick Courthouse Theatre on 24th and 25th June, 2022.
Jane, the writer and producer says it's a fun, uplifting story, touching on themes of ageing and isolation, and which celebrates the power of the humble ukulele to connect communities.
Bring your uke and sing and play along with Karla, the heroine of the story, as part of the audience or up on stage as one of her fellow ukulele club members.
All details are contained in the article but it certainly looks like a wonderful night of interactive entertainment PLUS it's for ukulele enthusiasts.
The Girgarre Moosic Muster is on again from 5th - 9th January 2022.
There is an Arts Trail, so check all the options out on-line
In 2020, Mandy Cooper introduced us to Play Music on the Porch Day.
==> View the Photos of 2021 Play Music On the Porch Day
|Many members asked us today about the microphones that some of the members are using along with their laptops or computers.|
By adding a USB microphone to your computer, you will notice a great difference in the quality of sound that you transmit by way of ZOOM. THe USB dynamic microphones are designed for Streaming and Podcasting or playing and singing as we do at LUKES. The main advantage of a USB mic is that there is no competition between the singing and intrumental music. They are both transmitted in equal amounts rather than the loudest winning out. or the voice.
Some of us have purchased from OfficeWorks an Audio-Technica USB Microphone.
Ours is the ATR2100x-USB. It is listed as a Handheld Dynamic Microphone but comes with a stand for stting up on a desk. We bought it early last year for about $150 and i notice that the same one is listed currently for $149.
Other types are also for sale these include the Blue Snoball iCE Versatile USB mic for $68, Samson Metori USB Studio Microphone for $89. Have a look and read the reviews on line and see what you think.
Just google OfficeWorks - USB Microphones. and a full range will appear.
You can order on line and do a click and collect or pay for delivery.
They are simple to use but there are a few tricks to be aware of:
If you purchase a USB microphone and would like to have a practise run, give Alison a call and we can set up a ZOOM meeting to make sure you're on the right track and that it works for you.. You can only test these by way of ZOOM we've found.
NOTE: Original Sound - allows you to preserve the sound from your microphone without using ZOOM's echo cancellation and audio-enhancing features.
Technical infromation thanks to https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/how-make-zoom-work-music
|We are unable to invite new members or visitors to our meetings at this time because of Covid restrictions.|
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name, phone number and email address on our waiting list.
If you would like to join and observe one of our Zoom sessions please request the link from email@example.com
Dear LUKES members.
|It is looking like mask wearing may potentially be with us for a while when singing is involved.|
No pressure, but we have a contact who will make singers’ masks to order for $15 if anyone is interested.
They are 3 layers with 2 of cotton and the inner one of sturdy nonwoven interfacing which follows recommended guidelines.
One size fits all, with adjustable elastic to help with the fit. There is a wide colour choice available on the order form.
If you wish to order one it is a 2 part process.
1 – Pay for the mask by bank transfer to the LUKES Account ( see details on the order form)
2 – Fill in the order form and email to Cheryl G
Both these things need to happen by Tuesday 13 July after which a bulk order will be placed.
Turnaround to Cheryl from time of placement of order will be 5 – 10 days depending on the quantity ordered. They will then be brought to your nominated venue at next meeting.
Alternatively, if interested, there is a pattern attached in the next News Item (including how-to video) for a mask which is not technically a singers’ mask but is relatively user friendly for singing and fairly easy to sew.
On Saturday 8th May, Fran, Veronica, Beni and Mandy, on behalf of LUKES Entertainment Group, provided entertainment for the Cheltenham/Dingley VIEW CLUB Luncheon.
VIEW members support the education of disadvantaged Australian children by raising much needed funds for The Smith Family. Through fundraising activities and social events in local communities, members raise money that goes directly to The Smith Family's learning and mentoring programs for disadvantaged students.
The Ladies: Beni McMaster, Mandy Cooper, Fran Paddington and Veronica Young looked resplendent in their red and black and were well received by the guests at the luncheon with their lively perfomance.
|What a fabulous celebration we had for our Club's Treasurer, Les West, on Thursday afternoon. Les has reached the fine age of 89 and is still incredibly active in our club both from a performance perspective, as well as the time he contributes to the club executive committee and the Club's finances. Les you are an inspiration and we all see you as 89 years young.|
Fran Paddington, made an amazing birthday cake, depicting some of Les' favourite historical experiences and the 40+ members at the Mentone RSL joined in an enthusisatic rendition of "Happy Birthday" in Les' honour.
Happy Birthday Les!
|Our celebration of International Dance Day on April 29th at the Mentone RSL certainly exceded expectations. Every one got in to the spirit of the night as was evidenced by the outfits worn, the enthusiastic way the music was played and time many spent on the dance floor. We all managed to play some very difficult songs along with the easier ones in the program.|
We were deligthed that the RSL allowed us to keep the dance floor free for people to get up and in to the groove of the songs played and it was ideal for the cha-cha, waltzes, rock and roll, YMCA and of course Beni's line dance workshop along to Achy Breaky Heart.
Thank you to everyone for your participation on the night - we truly had a rollicking good time.
To see the other photographs go to :https://www.longbeachukes.com.au/dbpage.php?pg=album&Category=22
Sixteen members of the LUKES Entertainment Group (LEGS) enjoyed wonderful 25 degree weather as we entertained the crowds on the lawn adjacent to the new Mentone Railway Station at its official opening on Saturday 1st May from 11am till 2pm.
Mandy Cooper the LEGS Gig Co-ordinator devised a lively program - including a variety of train songs in conjunction with some old favourites. Along with our group of ukulele players the ensemble included a mandolin, a bass, a washboard, a guitar and numerous percussion items and of course a number of train whistles to add to the overall effect.
|Pat's Music Store located at 940-944 Centre Road, Oakleigh South has generously sponsored our club and is our preferred supplier for 2021.|
They are celebrating their 31st Birthday with a special sale this year.
Let them know you're a member of LUKES and they'll give you a discount at any time.
Pats have a great range of Ukuleles as well as strings, accessories, percussion instruments and song books - along with their other musical instruments. So if you're thinking of upgrading or need to get your uke serviced with new strings, go and visit them.
To find out more about their BIRTHDAY SALE go to the following link:
|Our friend and longtime Club Member David Paddington passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, 28th February, 2021. |
Dave has known he was unwell since before Christmas and he and Fran were hoping for a miracle. Sadly this wasn't possible.
We will always think of Dave when we play "These Boots Are Made For Walking". That was one of his bass favorites and it was such fun to follow him on that riff.
We like to imagine Dave is "Walkin'" on to his new uke group.
We will wrap Fran in our music and let it gradually work its healing magic. Fran described Dave as the ying to her yang.
Dave was big brother to Mick and Adrian and loving father of Steven, Kevin and Gary.
There is a private funeral and at Dave's request, Fran will host a party to celebrate his life.
Rest In Peace Dave.
|In order to satisfy both the State Government COVID Safety Regulations and those of the Kingston City Council, the LUKES Executive has devised a COVID SAFE PLAN..|
This has been attached.
The COVID situation, as we've seen around the world as well as close to home is quite fluid and unpredictable and we at LUKES take the health and welfare of our members seriously.
Please take the time to read the LUKES COVID SAFE PLAN and ensure that you implement each point made in the plan.
Version 2 was posted on 1st February, It will be updated as new regulations come to our attention.
|Hall Monitor Responsibilities|
For meetings held on Tuesday evenings at the Carrum Activity Hub we will need a Hall Monitor to prepare the hall and ensure that it is COVID SAFE and ready for members.
All of the tasks are set out in the document attached.
If you are the Hall Monitor on a Tuesday night, please print off the document, date it and then run through the checklist.of tasks to be done both before and after the meeting.
Updates will be made as the situation changes
Did you see this article on the ABC recently (March 6, 2020) ?
'It's the happy instrument': Surge in popularity of ukulele shows no sign of slowing downhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-06/ukulele-now-australias-most-popular-musical-intrument/12024578?utm_source=abc_news&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=mail&utm_campaign=abc_news
This fun cartoon featured on Facebook from the Michael Leunig Appreciation Society:
Les Fox who always leaves us with a sense of anticipation about what badge will be accompanying our chocolate, did the same as he led us in his first LUKES Session on Tuesday 3rd March:
ALL MEMBERS NOTE:If you are not a financial member by March 17th 2020, you will be removed from the Club Database and lose access to the club website members login area.
Every new and 2019 members of LUKES are required to fill out the 2020 Registered Club Membership Application Form.
Payment can be made by EFT into our bank:
Chelsea - Mordialloc - Mentone NEWS 22-11-2017
Happy SongJudith Crocker is all smiles a the Melbourne Ukulele Kollection's (MUK) Bayside get together. The ukulele playing group began in Aspendale five years ago and is always happy to welcome new members.
Read the accompanying article that was in the local paper - it gives a great outline of the history of LUKES.
|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.
Beginners Classes will be run on Thursday nights, in two periods this year, each of six consecutive weeks.The first period of Beginners' Classes will begin on Thursday 20th February and run through until 26th March.
The second period will begin on Thursday 23rd July and run through until 27th August.
Dates: are listed on the website Calendar.
Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Carrum Activity Hub
Contact to Enrol: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements: Classes are free for LUKES members. You can take up Membership of LUKES on the first Thursday night of the lessons.
Ukuelele; Please do not buy a ukulele from ALDI or a really cheap one - from experience they do not hold their tune. Expect to pay upwards from $60 for an insturment which is not a toy. Consider a Tenor Ukulele if your fingers are stiffer and less dextrous as they have bigger fret boards than the smaller sized Soprano Ukuleles. Ukuleles range in size from Soprano (smallest) to Concert (mid size) up to Tenor (large size). Try out ukuleles from local music shops and see which one suits your fingers best - our Club's preferred supplier is Guitars Plus at 5 Melrose Street, Sandringham. We have a few ukuleles we can lend to our beginners until you are able to purchase your own, on both Tuesday and Thursday nights.Resources: A Beginners Booklet will be provided and LUKES Main Songbooks can be purchased and are available at the lessons for $15 each. They are not necessary for the Beginners Classes but will give you material to work with going forwards at the Tuesday night LUKES Meetings and are a wonderful resource to practise from.
LUKES has 3 Main Songbooks - 1, 2 and 3 and to make it easier for beginners, the degree of difficulty of each song is listed on the Index pages, beside each song.
LUKES MEMBERS - Do you have a friend who has shown an interest in joining LUKES? - why not encourage friends or family members to come along to the Beginners' Classes to try it out and gain some confidence along the way.
Street Performance Charman Road, Cheltenham November 15th 2019
Follow the sucess of "Jessie's Girl" we were asked by Kingston Council to come and perform in the street, to entertain the public while the street was closed, in preparation for the removal of the railway crossing. I wasn't sure how many LUKES members would be keen to do this, but then to my surprise,we had a really good turnout. I lost count after 25!
We performed after an amazing band called Vados, who did some wonderful Russian folk type melodies, on violin accordian and double bass, that had some of us dancing. So we thought they be a tough act to follow.
Everyone loves to sing a long with songs they know and we certainly managed that. We had quite a crowd gather and stay a while, to listen and join in. Everyone in in the group was smiling and jigging, which really engaged the audience. The songs were well performed by all the team with their solo parts, group and all in sections. There were beautiful harmonies and backing shoo-ups, for variety and interest.
Great show guys, you made me proud.
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