Queen City Ukes

A ukulele community in Regina, Saskatchewan

Ho Ho Ho! December’s circle is here

Next circle: Tuesday, December 6
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Sask.

Though the weather outside has actually been pretty nice, Christmas is just around the corner. We’ve got a few new holiday tunes lined up to add to our existing song book.

OK, Spirits isn’t exactly a holiday song, but it was suggested before our ’60s night and we can pretend it’s about the Christmas spirit.

Hope to see you all there!

November’s circle: Peace and Love

November 1
7 PM to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

The news has been filled with anger and division so let’s remedy that with a night of peace and love. I’ve pulled together a few favourites from the ’60s, as suggested by our members.

OK, Bobby McFerrin isn’t from the ’60s, but it’s a good one for the repertoire.

The next circle is the day after Halloween, so feel free to dress up!

October’s circle: Kenny, Johnny, June and the Hip

Tuesday, October 4
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

I’ve got three new songs for October:

I was asked for some Tragically Hip and Wheat Kings is one of their best. It also tells a story well known to Saskatchewanians.

How have we not done The Gambler yet?! Note that the original has a key change at the fourth verse, but we’ll take the easy way out and skip that for now. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to put it back in, take it up two half steps to E, A, B7 and B.

Jackson is best known as a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. I’ve marked it where it switches from one to the other.

PDFs

Printable versions coming soon.

September’s circle: Back to the shop

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
7–9pm
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

I hope everyone is having a great summer! After two circles in the open air, the next circle is back at the shop.

I’ve prepared two new songs. Please send suggestions for others.

Grace VanderWaal is becoming a household name after her appearance on America’s Got Talent. She’s only 12 and is making her mark.

Twenty One Pilots is another group bring ukulele to the mainstream. I’ve had a couple of people request this song. The video has a bit more blood than most ukulele songs, but it’s certainly memorable.

PDFs

For our entire songbook in one PDF, see the music page.

Can’t wait to see you all again. Happy strumming!

August 2 ukulele circle

First off, thank you to everyone who was at the circle this week. I had a great time and loved being able to open my home to you.

Next month’s circle is at Laura’s.

Tuesday, August 2
7–9 PM

There will be no new music, so we’ll play through our songbook. Laura’s deck is a bit more shady, so I’ll try to get the projector working. Those of you who have printed songbooks or tablets are encouraged to bring them just in case. It’s not a bad idea to throw a lawn chair in your car, too.

Also, Laura has invited everyone to her 14th Annual 50th Birthday Party! It’s this Saturday, July 9 at 7 PM. Bring an instrument and snacks. Bushwakker beer will be provided; bring your own refreshments if you prefer something else.

One last reminder: the blues workshop with Manitoba Hal is Sunday, July 24! Details are on the Queen City Ukes site.

Tuesday Night Ukes: Welcome to summer!

Next circle: Tuesday, July 5
7–9PM
Dave’s house

It’s summer! Time to take a break from the shop and enjoy the great outdoors (or a nice dry basement if the weather turns).

The first “field trip” will be to my backyard in the west end of Regina. (Please join the mailing list or Facebook group for the address.)

We won’t have any new music this summer, but I’ll set up the projector and we’ll play through some of our favourites.

Please bring a lawn chair if you’ve got one.  Parking is limited, so carpool if possible.

Next month we’ll be at Laura’s and don’t forget the Manitoba Hal workshop on July 24! Contact Sawchyn Guitars for details and tickets.

Tuesday Night Ukes: June 2016

Tuesday Night Ukes
7–9PM, Tuesday, June 7
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

No theme this month:

Tonight, You Belong to Me has become a ukulele classic and I’ve had a few people ask for it. Search for it on YouTube and you will find dozens of versions from movies, celebrities, rock stars and four year olds.

PDFs: New music for June

  • GCEA (soprano, concert, tenor)
  • DGBE (baritone)

Don’t forget about the Manitoba Hal blues ukulele workshop on July 24. Seats are limited and are available at Sawchyn Guitars or at the next circle. Only $35 to learn from one of the best!

The following circle will be July 5 in A.E. Wilson park behind my house (or in my house, if the weather doesn’t cooperate) and then over to Laura’s for August. Details to follow.

Happy strumming!

Ukulele events

Hello!

This is just a quick note to let everyone know about some upcoming ukulele events. The regular email with music and video links will come next week.

Sunday, May 22 – Rehearsal with Sisters of Mercy

Anyone who’s available is invited to help back up the Sisters of Mercy woman’s vocal ensemble on Merry Happy. There are only four chords: A, G, F#min and E.

Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Avenue
7:30PM

Wednesday, May 25 – Sisters of Mercy: Love, Loss, and Lessons Learned

Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Avenue
7PM

Tuesday, June 7 – Tuesday Night Ukes

Our monthly circle. No theme this month, but I’ve prepared a few new songs: Take Me Home, Country Roads, The Joker and Tonight You Belong to Me.

Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue
7–9PM

Sunday, July 24 – Blues Ukulele Workshop with Manitoba Hal

Finally, I can’t thank Sawchyn Guitars enough for giving us a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best blues ukulele players recording today, Manitoba Hal.

Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue
11:30AM–1PM
$35

Seating is limited. Sign up at the next circle or at the store.

Happy strumming!

Tuesday Night Ukes, May 2016: Totally rad ’80s night!

Tuesday, May 3
7 to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

Calling all gnarly dudes and mall chicks. It’s time to break out your leg warmers, pastel suits, acid wash jeans and shoulder pads. Well, maybe not all at once.

I’ve prepared a few new songs and we’ll dip into our catalogue for some other ’80s hits.

The new stuff:

OK, technically Maybe Tomorrow was written at the end of 1979, but show didn’t become a hit until the ’80s.

And from our song book:

PDFs

See you all in May. It will be totally rad!

Happy birthday, Queen City Ukers!

Tuesday Night Ukes 2nd Anniversary
Tuesday, April 5

7 to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina

Queen City Ukes has been around for two whole years!

On April 5 we’ll celebrate with an open mic night. Bring your favourite song and show off your skills. For those who want to perform, I’ll put a signup sheet on the counter. If you have a song you’d like to play with the group, email it to me, bring it on a thumb drive or let me know a website where I can find it and I’ll put it up on the projector.

Even if you don’t want to play in front of the group, be sure to bring your ukulele as we’ll end the night playing tunes from our song book.

As a reminder, I’ll be collecting dues to help keep the group going. It’s $10 for the year and Sawchyn Guitars has been kind enough to offer occasional discounts for card holders.

Thank you to everyone for making Tuesdays in Regina a lot more fun. I look forward to our time together every month and I hope to do so for many years to come.

PS – May is ’80s night. Send me you favourite songs and I’ll try to add them to the list.

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