By the end of their second year playing together, the chUKES were ready to take on the world! Well, Bulimba Ukulele Festival and QPAC’s Bands on the Green anyway. Which they very succesfully did. Setting the bar high, with repertoire from recent charts hits, favourites of individuals in the band and a few classics thrown in by their director, the challenge was to memorise! And just as well they did, as the stage at Bulimba barely fitted them all with no room left for music stands, and the storm that blew through Southbank on the night they played there in December made that step forward very worthwhile as they kept right on playing while the wind whirled leaves and banners around the stage and stage crew ran to catch equipment.
Earlier in the year, sucessful gigs had included leading a set at Cooparoo Jam night, playing for the Oxley Community Bands on the Green, and Graceville UC and Milpera’s Art Exhibition.
The chUKES were proud to sing in the Indigenous Yuggera language while on Yuggera country. This new song which was co-written by Gaja Kerry Charlton and local school students, seeks to acknowledge our Frist Peoples, a very important step in reconciliation and celebrating 2019 as a year of Indigenous Languages.
And of course, finishing the year alongside the CAGE at the Pajama Foundation Christmas Party and the Oxley Community Carols were a great way to get into the festive season.
As member grow older we’ve had a couple of people ‘retire’ from chUKES to concentrate on their high school studies. We are looking for some new members to join us this year. You’ll need to audition – a very casual audition – by playing and singing a song of your choice including at least 3 chords. Contact Megan on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rehearsals are held 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday’s of each month (except school holidays), at Corinda State School.
The chUKES are looking forward to performing a set at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in April 2019, and playing at local school and community events throughout the year.