In ‘normal’ times, BUMS gets requests to provide entertainment at various events like markets, charity walks, child care, aged care and retirement villages. Our Gigmeister arranges a band to perform. Recently, we had a different request from the Forest Lake Men’s Shed. They have a weekly ‘chin wag’ session where they invite a guest speaker to their shed.
They wanted to know about ukuleles and why they are so popular. Angela McGrath, our Vice President, agreed to share all things ukulele with them. She took along Pat Wilson and Melissa Cooney from the Parkinson Ukulele Group (PUGs) and a few different styles of ukuleles – including a banjolele and two hand-made ukes.
There was some amazing wood and artwork on display in their shed, and Ang was nervous the ukes might not impress these industrious men. She need not have worried.
Ang explained the origins of uke and described the parts of the instrument such as the sound hole, tuning pegs, strings and fret boards. The men were fascinated by the way ukes are put together, and the detail like the Paua shell inlay and tattoo markings on the Luna uke.
Pat, Melissa and Ang played some songs for them and encouraged them to sing along. We demonstrated the chords C, F and G7 and they tried their hands at playing.
The men were so warm and friendly. It was a pleasure to spread the love of the uke and news of BUMS activities.