A ukin’ great time – 12-14 October
Ukuleles at the Winery was held over three days in October at Mountview Wines in Glen Aplin, 10 mins south of Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.
This was the 8th event of its kind and it’s proving to be more popular each time.
While the weather was not too kind to us, with cooler temps around 13 and interment showers most of the weekend, the cellar door fire and the beautiful wines of Mountview keep everyone warm and spirits high.
With many vans, tents and cars arriving early on the Thursday, we saw the festival kick off early with some impromptu jams and lots of catch up hugs and laughs. Friday and Saturday were filled with strum and play sessions, workshops of all kinds and jams sessions to practice for open mic.
Friday beginners workshop was in the very capable hands of David Pedler with some help from his trusty side kick Lyn Lucas. David produced a one-page guide so that participants could take home some info. The workshop was well received and lots of fun. Spreading the love of uke …
This festival saw many regulars and also some new faces which added to the mix on open mic night, lots of new talent with everyone remarking what a great night was had by all.
Saturday workshops proved popular with some new skills shown and learnt. Learning to write a song with John Nicholson, was fantastic and terrific fun. Participants had a great time with this workshop.
Lee Williams, a very accomplished and professional muso, was pleased by the number of people who attended his Uke Tips and Tricks workshop, and inspired by their skill levels. Roger led a bluegrass workshop that included bluegrass, 12 bar blues and circle of fifths. Lots of great info there.
Phil showed us how to use a capo. This was interesting and very informative for those who hadn’t used one before.
Rowena and Hans did a wonderful job in the learn a song workshop. Within an hour, participants learnt a new song to perform at open mic. They were great!
Early Sunday morning we had a quite memorial for an original Uke Fest friend, June Baran. A rose was planted in June’s memory, we shared fond memories, and sang a few of June’s favourite songs.
Sunday morning also bought some local Glen Aplin banjo, bass and mandolin players to jam with everyone in the cellar door with some gospel songs.
Leading the morning jam were Roger Sherack in checkshirt playing Uke Local Stanthope muso’s Dave on banjo, Rob on mandolin Dave’s wife on double bass. The morning Blue Grass jam was a huge hit.
Most people enjoyed the onsite catering with meals $ 5 pp/ This option left everyone free to enjoy company, wines and some uke playing.
Thanks to everyone to came along and made our October 2018 Ukes in the Winery such a special event.
For those of you who’d like to join the fun, Ukes at the Winery is held twice a year. The next event is in March 2019, date yet to be released.
Angela and David McGrath
Thank you very much Leona Counsell for sending us this video.