July Update

Aloha Uke Heads!

A busy time of appearances in May, June,  and July has come to an end. Below is a letter of thanks from the Port Dover Yacht Club and an article from the Norfolk News.

From our new friends at the PDYC

From our new friends at the PDYC

July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

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O Canada, We Play Our Ukes For Thee!

Blue skies prevailed

Blue skies prevailed

What a beautiful day was had in the small but popular town of Port Dover on Tuesday, July 1st! Despite weather reports warning rain and thunderstorms, luckily the beautiful blue skies and warm sun prevailed. The Port Dover Lions Club puts on an annual Canada Day Festival down at Silver Lake Park, beginning at 6 p.m. with the Kettle Corn booth and others setting up for the evening, entertainment from 7 p.m. til 10 p.m., finishing off with a fantastic fireworks display.

This year, the Dover Uke Heads were honoured to have been invited to play from 7 p.m. til 8 in the Pavillion. (We warmed the audience up for the Mushy Peez!) We had a real warm welcome from the club president and Mike Penton, one of the Lion’s Club organizers, and Gerrie’s husband Ron took all these pictures with my Fujifilm camera - thanks, Ron!

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Play Ukulele By Ear

It all started with an email! I guess we made a fan out of Ralph Shaw, who toured Ontario in the fall of 2012 and attributed the idea and the contacts with other uke groups to me (Cat). That was how Jim D’Ville started out his message to me. He really wanted to come to Port Dover but he couldn’t find any place that would allow his cat. Well Jim, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that now that we know what your needs are, I am certain we can accommodate you any time you want to come and stay at Port Dover.

Anyhow, Jim spent a week in Southwestern Ontario and he hit all the sweet spots: S.O.U.P. in London, Corktown in Toronto and String Along in Dundas. On Monday June 23 he is booked for BUG – Bytown Ukes – in Ottawa. I’m sure they will enjoy his visit there every bit as much as we all did. His last Canadian showing is scheduled for July 5th in Montreal.

As soon as he was booked with S.O.U.P. and with String Along, both of the uke club co-ordinators contacted me to invite Dover Uke Heads to attend. This worked out great as it allowed people the option of attending either Monday night in London or Thursday night in Dundas. The pictures featured here are from Thursday night in Dundas with String Along, which is run by Norm and Elayne Ruplin, and it was held in the auditorium at St. Joselph’s Villa.

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Elayne and Norm were beyond thrilled to have Jim D’Ville. They had gotten to know him years ago when at the Portland Uke Festival. Jim has been described as a “high-energy roller coaster” on his website by James Hill, and he sure deliverd. He encourages you to listen to how each chord you play in a song contributes to the lyrics and overall feel or “emotion” conveyed. The “home chord” is where the song usually starts off and is where you feel the most comfortable during the song. The “sunshine” chord adds happy feelings, and then there is usually some sort of “tension chord” that is associated with negative feelings. He used lots and lots of songs to illustrate his point. On a personal note: I found him hysterically funny, and I couldn’t stop laughing!!

Jim's Website

Jim’s Website is a continuation of his teaching style. You can sign up for online lessons sponsored by Kala ukes, which are comprehensive 3-minute video’s. http://www.playukulelebyear.com/

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Twistin’ With the Ontario Retirees Camp-out

Norwich

Tuesday June 10th we were twistin’ the night away in Norwich, playing a variety of songs from both our Regular and our Hawaiian set lists, for the Ontario Retirees Camp-out organization. When we arrived at the Norwich Community Center it looked like about a hundred or more campers and RVs had descended upon the track and ball diamond, and the auditorium sure was packed with people listening to our entertainment hour.

This event was booked by Karen Edwards, who is a member of Grace UC Port Dover, and we couldn’t be more thankful to her for inviting DUH to play for them! What a fun audience! They sang along, they clapped allllll the way through Let’s Twist Again, AND they laughed at our jokes! One of our funnest outings yet! Afterwards a few of us drove over to the Tastee Treat for soft ice-cream and admired the restored muscle cars.

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On the Beach at … Port Dover Yacht Club

 

HAWAIIAN LUAU PIC

Dover Uke Heads spent a few weeks brushing up our skills on our Hawaiian songs and learning new ones to add to our repertoire. This was in order to bring a little “Wicky Wacky” to the members of the Port Dover Yacht Club at their Hawaiian Luau on Saturday May the 31st.

As you can tell from the pictures, we really added a Hawaiian vibe to the Yacht Club’s Luau. Some of our outfits reflected an “anything goes” attitude towards dressing for the event. For example, “Barnacle” Bill wore his white sailor’s hat with his state-of-the-art grass skirt coupled with the latest of coconut bra fashions strait from the runways in Paris. (Pictures to prove it!)

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It was a beautiful sunny day and many boats and yachts were moored up along the canal beside the P.D. Yacht Club. We were situated under a shady tree on the front lawn before the clubhouse, just like when the Royal Hawaiian ukulele bands used to play on the lawns of the palace down in Honolulu.

We had a great song line-up: Hukilau, Blue Hawaii, Little Brown Gal, Lets Talk Dirty in Hawaiian, Makin’ Wicky Wacky Down in Waikiki, Moonlight Bay, On a Coconut Island, Pearly Shells, Tiny Bubbles, Rock-A Hula Baby, Ukulele Lady, Yellow Bird and three or four others we could have done but ran out of time. Songs like Little Grass Shack and On the Beach at Waikiki were a great hit with the crowd.

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Many thanks to Margaret Creighton the organizer, who booked us to play a true Hawaiian welcome while party goers received flower lei’s up on the deck as they entered the Clubhouse doors, and enjoyed happy hour before the pork roast dinner and a dance. Marg was great to our group, and the Yacht club members gathered around to hear us play were so appreciative that they bought our group a round of icey cold beer!!! Mahalo!!!

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Scenes Around Lansing, MI

Aloha! Here are some scenes of Old Town Lansing, Michigan, the scene of the Mighty Uke Day Festival held there annually.

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Here are some video’s from the workshop with Sarah Maisel, the group strum at Sir Pizza, and the Spirit of Aloha Performers.

Sarah Maisel during her Chord Melody workshop:

Group Strum at Sir Pizza ~ Spiderman:

The Spirit of Aloha Performers featuring Craig Chee ~ Sitting in My Rocking Chair:

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DUH Visits MUD

AT Elderly

Once again, a few adventurous DUH members struck out on a field trip to partake in a ukulele festival. This time we struck out for Lansing, Michigan, to attend workshops, group strums and concerts being held at the Mighty Uke Day Festival. This annual festival has been organized by convenor Ben Hassenger and his local uke group, L.A.U.G.H (Lansing Area Ukulele Group) for the past 4 years.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the legendary and fabled store, Elderly Instruments. In our carpool vehicle, as we entered the Lansing area we all took a vote on it and unanimously chose to go strait to the store before we even located our hotel to check in! All I can say is, walking up the wide concrete steps under the famous striped canopy of Elderly Instruments and entering the lobby through the heavy wooden door, is comparable to walking into a casino for the first time in your life! And the ukulele area was even more incredible than online pictures had shown! They had to share the space with a few banjo’s and about a thousand music books, but there were plenty of benches to sit on while trying all the various makes of instruments.

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Workshops ranged in topic. You could take anything from Do-Wop Til You Drop – featuring the 4 chord progressive songs of the 50′s – with Jazz ukulele virtuoso Sarah Maisel, to Chord Melody; from Boot Camp to Ukulele Care and Set-up (which was free). You could learn how to Play Chords Beyond the Third Fret or how to  do a mid-song solo with Gerald Ross – learning when to “take it!”; how to Strum and Play What you Hear with Mitch Chang; or explore the Percussive Side of the Ukulele with Craig Chee.

Peter, Lisa and Cat enjoyed Chord Melody with Jazz performer Sarah Maisel

Peter, Lisa and Cat enjoyed Chord Melody with Jazz performer Sarah Maisel

Sarah with her custom DaSilva concert uke

Sarah with her custom DaSilva concert uke

Most of the workshops took place in the basement at Elderly Instruments and others extended to Preuss Pets. They had also organized strum hours during Friday and Saturday by projecting songs onto a big screen at the downtown eatery Sir Pizza.

Friday night’s concert was called Michigan, the Great Uke State. The talented line-up included Hawaiian steel lap-guitar-player Gerald Ross; the Springtails (Andy & Julianna Wilson); Magdalen Fossum, a 13-year old ukulele virtuoso; The Fabulous Heftones (Brian Hefferan and wife Lynn); and Strangers in the Night. “Strangers in the Night is a loose configuration of Elderly Instruments employees; about as close to a house band” as Elderly can get. I would say every instrument for sale in the store was included in their uproarious show! The concert really delivered a great variety of folk songs, blue grass roots music and comedy!

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Saturday night’s concert was the Spirit of Aloha Performers with Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee. The Spirit of Aloha Performers opened the show with Mitch Chang playing traditional Hawaiian songs for a Hawaiian singer and two traditional hula dance performers. They were joined by Gerald Ross on lap-guitar and Craig Chee on ukulele and vocals. (I was also told afterward, that the guy trying to hide in the background with a U-bass was Elderly employee Steve Szilagyi.) After the hula performance Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel performed their mix of jazz, pop, instrumental and Hawaiian music, backed by Mitch, Gerald and Steve. It was a bit calmer evening, LOL!

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The weather also co-operated with us, as it was sunny, beautiful and mild. My other pics of scenes around Lansing, Michigan to follow in the next post. For more information on MUD4 click here: http://www.benhassenger.com  and to shop online at Elderly click here: http://www.elderly.com .

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Country & Western Night

A101 Tuesday April 15th the Dover Uke Heads held a Country and Western theme song night at the Grace United Church. We had a lot of fun dressing up, singing old western songs, and even watched a skit by “guest ukers” Donna Jean (Cheryl) and Ellie May (Cat). One of our beginners from last year found the gumptshun to get up in front of everyone and perform a song, and Peter was joined by Glenda’s son who did some improve solo-ing on his tenor.

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Irish Songs Night with DUH

There was a bit of the luck of the Irish in some of the Dover Uke Heads this Tuesday night. We held a theme song night in honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, and shared lots of Irish songs together on the uke.

We played I’ll Tell Me Ma, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, attempted Oh Danny Boy, which came out better than expected, and ran through some others such as Molly Malone, That’s An Irish Lullabye (Too ra loo ra) and the traditional version of Whiskey in the Jar.

As you can see from the pictures below, there was more Irish in some of us than others! And I’m not sure exactly what was going on between Ian, with his green bow tie and his Scottish kilt (???), and girlfriend Mandy, but we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Never a dull moment on any Tuesday night when DUH plays at the Grace United Church.

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Sharing Our Music

Never let it be said that the Dover Uke Heads are not a generous, giving AND fun-loving bunch!

Starting in January our group has been busy practicing set list songs and playing out for various organizations. We began with the Simcoe & District Horticultural Society on January 8th, then entertained the residents at Parkview Meadows in Townsend at their Hawaiian Luau party on January 24th.

But the fun didn’t stop there as we also visited the residents at Dover Cliffs here in our home town of Port Dover at the end of February. The next week found us playing on the stage in our own Grace United Church on March 4th – Shrove Tuesday – for their annual pancake supper. Next week we will be playing for the residents of Delhi Long-term Care. What these three performances have in common, is that DUH is volunteering to play. We love to entertain, but we also acknowledge that many nursing homes just don’t have the funds to provide “extras” like musical entertainment for their residents. And the Grace United Church has been so good to us this past first year, that we decided to return the sentiment by entertaining the diners at their pancake supper. (Proceeds from the supper went towards sending Sunday school children to United Church camp this summer.)

Here are some shots of us and the diners at the church on March 4th, taken by Gerrie’s hubby Ron:

Around 20 DUH showed up to play for the diners at the Grace UC's pancake supper.

Around 20 DUH showed up to play for the diners at the Grace UC’s pancake supper.

Standing room only on the stage, but we still had fun!

Standing room only on the stage, but we still had fun!

Cheryl, Mandy, Ian, Trudy, Evelyn, Mark

Lynn, Barbara, Cheryl, Mandy, Ian, Trudy, Evelyn, Mark

Evelyn, Mark, Gerrie, Mary and Sandy

Evelyn, Mark, Gerrie, Mary and Sandy

We have a bit of a break for the rest of March and April, but we are picking up the pace again in the months of May and June. Our calendar already holds some exciting upcoming performances such as Parkview Meadows again, Cedarwood Village, the Port Dover Yacht Club Hawaiian Luau, the Relay for Life on June 6th, the Norwich Ontario Retirees Camp-out, and the Father’s Day jam at the Crepe House. Whew! We also have a new invitation which we are very excited about. The Port Dover Lions Club has asked us to play an hour on the stage this year for the Canada Day festivities held in Silver Lake Park. What an honour! Peter is already testing out some Canadian songs for us to play! Hope to see you there!

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