Queen City Ukes

A ukulele community in Regina, Saskatchewan

Month: December 2015

Music for January: Elvis lives!

Next circle: Tuesday, January 5
Sawchyn Guitars (2132 Dewdney Avenue)

Hello all! I hope everyone has been able to spend time with friends and family this holiday season. Was Santa good to those who still believe? Any new strings, tuners or ukuleles under the tree?


Todd reminded me that January 8 is Elvis Presley’s birthday, so this month we’ll add a few more songs from the King to our repertoire.


There was a problem with Burning Love in the PDFs. If’ you’ve already printed them out, here’s the correct version.

The song books below have been fixed.

Ukuleles seem to be a popular Christmas present so we may have a few more people than usual. There may also be a few new members from Gary’s and Don’s ukulele classes and our appearance on CBC could also give us a bump. In order to get an idea of how many chairs to put out, please let me know either by email, a comment on this article on the website or add yourself to the Facebook event. There’s no need to reply in multiple places, though, as I don’t want to accidentally count you twice.

Happy New Year and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

A couple of extra songs for New Year’s Eve

At the last circle we played all Christmas songs, but here are two bonus songs just for New Year’s Eve. You can’t ring in the new year without Robbie Burn’s ode to friends near and far, Auld Lang Syne. The other is a bit more challenging than most of our repertoire, but it’s seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to a celebrity YouTube post a few years ago.

These aren’t for the next circle; I just thought a few of you might like the challenge.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt released the video above four years ago and it quickly became one of the most requested songs on all the ukulele sites. Ukulele Hunt did the best job with identifying the chords.

One warning for those playing along: the video is flipped horizontally. That’s why all the chords are backwards!

Want to be on the radio?

CBC Saskatchewan has asked us to help out with their Comfort and Joy campaign!

Friday, December 11
8–8:30 AM
CBC Galleria (2440 Broad Street)

On Friday, December 11, the Morning Edition will be broadcast from the CBC Galleria and will be open to the public. The show traditionally ends with the crew singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, but this year they are inviting ukulele players to help them out.

If you’re interested, be there by 8 AM. We’ll perform at 8:25. The version of the song they are using is the same as ours.

Money raised during the campaign goes to Saskatchewan food banks, so those participating may want to bring a few dollars to drop in the basket. Donors will be entered into a draw for a prize package.

The musical guest is Eli Barsi and she will be leading the sing-along. The show starts at 6am, so you are welcome to arrive early and watch the radio magic!

If you can’t make it, be sure to listen in on 540 AM or 102.5 FM.

See you at the next circle on January 5 or at Margaret and Don’s Ukulele Sing-along on December 15.

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