‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’ has never been more pertinent to ukulele players!
In June 2020 — with COVID restricting gatherings to 10 people — I decided to start a local group where I live in Algester/Parkinson. After advertising on Facebook, I had a few starters. As the weeks stretched out, the virus wasn’t moving away. So after several weeks of practising, I decided that it was time to get my ten “starters” motivated to perform for an audience.
At the beginning of October 2020, my local cafe, Milli and Mols, was hosting a Pink Morning Tea to raise funds for breast cancer. With a huge smile and ukulele in hand, I approached the cafe on behalf of the group, now aptly called Parkinson Ukulele Group (PUG). We offered to entertain the Pink Morning Tea patrons.
With 15 songs rehearsed, new matching group shirts, and lots of enthusiasm, PUG entertained the cafe patrons for two magic hours. Tunes like Bye Bye Baby, Three Little Birds and several others rung out across Algester. We had a few requests from the crowd that gathered to listen and take pics and vids. Fortunately we could accommodate most of them.
Both our local council and state members attended and were very impressed by PUG — so much so that they’re keen for us to play at other gigs around the area in 2021.
A terrific time was had by all. But the winner of the day was the ukulele. Spreading the joy of music and sharing the love of this great instrument really is the key to a long and happy life.
Look out for the PUG at a venue near you. We’re currently scouting for some Christmas gigs. I’ll keep you posted!