October 9, 2014 – Bad Moon Rising!

Happy Halloween! Our October meeting was a howling good time, with spook-tacular group strumming and sing-a-longs to “Bad Moon Rising,” “Monster Mash” and “Love Potion No. 9″ as well as some cheerful tunes like “Three Little Birds” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” to help keep the ghosts and goblins at bay.

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Bad Moon Rising” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

The Halloween theme was not lost on our wonderful open mic performers who included eerie tunes like “L’il Red Riding Hood” and “Hotel California.” A big welcome to new members, visitors like Dolly all the way from Amsterdam, and a hearty thank you to all the regular members who came out to make hauntingly beautiful group and solo music on our dearly beloved ukulele. :)

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Janet, Joy, Jack, James
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Woody, Richard, Elissa, Bob
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We’re looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on November 13th! :)

For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

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September 11, 2014 – Here Come the Raindrops!

Our September meeting was a cheerful group of 85+ ukulele players, as we learned to play and sing the quirky and uplifting Burt Bacharach tune “Raindrops Are Fallin’ On My Head.” We’re pretty sure we increased the chance of much needed rain that followed. :)

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

Thanks to all the first-timers, visitors and regulars for making it such a lovely evening, and as always, much gratitude to those who shared their talent during the open mic portion of the night. :)

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Erin, Richard, Walter, John
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Richard, Kevin, Jon, Jack
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We’re looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on October 9th! :)

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August 14, 2014 – We’re Going to Stay!

August’s meeting, our biggest to date, had nearly 100 ukulele players singing and strumming a great tune by The Clash: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The fast tempo and contagious rhythm energized our talented group who proved yet again what a wonderfully diverse instrument our beloved ukulele is, moving seamlessly from reggae to 80’s punk rock, to Tin Pan Alley tunes and Willie Nelson country.

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

A huge thank you to those who shared a tune they’re working on – you all sounded great, and we look forward to hearing more at the Rattle Inn on Tuesday, August 19, and at future meetings. :)

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Vince, Phillip and Kevin, Janet
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Erin, Ryan, and Michael
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We’re looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on September 11th! :)

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July 10, 2014 – Yes, sir, that’s my baby!!

Our July meeting was a mid-summer night’s dream full of everything wonderful! Family gathering, friends chatting, faces smiling, voices singing, and of course, scores of ukuleles strumming! The group did a great job learning a medley of three great Tin Pan Alley-era tunes, songs every ukulele player should have in his or her repertoire: :)

  • “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Ray Henderson, Sam Lewis and Joe Young, 1925
  • “All of Me” by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons, 1931
  • “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby” by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn, 1925

We also had a blast giving a surprise shout-out to some of our ukulele friends across the pond, the Belle V’Ukes of Shrewsbury!

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here.

A very warm welcome to the first-time participants as well as those of you have been joining us for nearly four years! A special thanks to Leta and Thayer, Ryan, Celeste, Jack, Ray and Walter for delighting us with a tune during the Open Mic portion.

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Walter, Sam and Sammi, Ryan, Ray
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Thayer and Leta, Jack, Celeste
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Brady, Woody, and Ian Woodall
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We’re looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on August 14th! :)

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June 28, 2014: Doin’ Our Part to Keep Austin Weird

An ensemble of Austin Ukulele Society members wowed the runners in the 2014 Keep Austin Weird 5K! Many stopped to dance, sing along, or just take a selfie with us. It was a hot time for runners and players alike! MANY thanks to everyone who came out. Can’t wait til next year! :)

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June 12, 2014 – You Got It!

The June meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society was a blast! Our ever-growing, diverse group of members enjoyed strumming and singing great harmonies. We crooned like Roy Orbison, didn’t worry ’bout a thing, rocked it like a Wagon Wheel, and got back On the Road Again just before the thunderstorms and spectacular lightning became perilous. Here’s the group practicing our newest song, “You Got It.”

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here.

As always, a warm welcome to our first-time attendees and those that shared their delightful talent with us during the Open Mic portion of the night.

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Don and Steve, Pops and Randall
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Kendra, Woody, Liam, Jack and Elizabeth
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Looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on July 10th! :)

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May 8, 2014 – We Won’t Back Down!

Our May meeting was the biggest to date, with over 80 ukulele enthusiasts strumming and singing favorites like “Ring of Fire” and “On the Road Again” along with a great rendition of our new song for the month, Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”.

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here.

The group had a fantastic time, with even more smiles and applause than usual! We’d like to give a special welcome to AUS newbies, including Mike and Linda Smith, who drove all the way from Waco! A big thanks to Andy Brooksbank, for filming a profile for the Time Warner Cable News segment “Local Wonders”.

Much appreciation for those who performed during the open mic night; solo or duet, original or cover, we are privileged to have you showcase your talent!

A big crowd!
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Anna & Leta, Kathy & Bill, and Woody
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Annie, Walter, Liam, Kevin, and Gary
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Looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on June 12th! :)

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