The Nanaimo Ukulele festival started as a local summer one day event in 2011 and was produced by Anna Lyman, a local ukulele and vocal teacher. The festival promoted and supported the growing interest in the ukulele in Nanaimo.
A FULL ITINERARY FOR THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ON THE WEBSITE SOON.
WE LOVED THEM SO MUCH LAST YEAR, THEY ARE BACK AGAIN – THE NAKED WAITERS – NOW BASED ON OAHU – WILL BE HEADLINING OUR CONCERT ON FRIDAY 13TH.
THREE JHUI CERTIFIED TEACHERS, LIZ DEBARROS, CAROL JOHNS AND ALI ROMANOW WILL BE LEADING WORKSHOPS AT VARIOUS LEVELS ON SATURDAY SEPT 14TH. THERE WILL BE AN OPEN MIC AND SING AND STRUM LEAD BY THE REVOLVING DOORS.
TWIN CHORDS WORKSHOP AT GROUND ZERO ACOUSTIC LOUNGE (GZAL) ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23RD 2019. 10.30AM TO NOON
This is the third in Liz Debarros’ ukulele workshop series.
This workshop is for newer strummers and those wishing to add some cool chords to their repertoire.
The ukulele, with its four strings, makes playing some difficult sounding chords easy. We will look at the magic of “chord twins”, how we can utilize the same chord shapes moving around the neck to play some wonderful songs.
This workshop costs $30 and will use James Hill’s “Booster Uke” book which costs $19.
Four one-hour lessons 11am to noon on Wednesdays at The MAC in Parksville
Wednesday January 16th to February 6th 2019
If you have ever thought about playing the ukulele but never even held one; or have been strumming for a while but would like to learn how to pick a tune, this four-week course will guide you through those skills
The cost is $70 and includes the course book “You Can Play Today”. If you don’t have your own ukulele, you can pre-order a good quality beginner package of ukulele, bag, tuner and strap from me for $120.
There’s a Ukulele orchestra starting up at the Seniors Centre in Qualicum Beach – see details below
5 Five-week Ukulele Sessions: Melody, Harmony & Chords and Strum & Sing
Can you read and play treble clef notes and a few chords on the ukulele?Join other friendly and supportive players for one or more fun sessions! Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm 2018/19.
September 19 to October 24.Jazz and Pop Standards. Ensemble Tunes: 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. Fly Me to the Moon and Moondance. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
November 14 to December 12.Christmas and Seasonal. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. The First Noel, O Christmas Tree, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire and (Alvin!!) The Chipmunk Song. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
January 16 to February 13. Jazz Love Standards. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. It Had to Be You and The Way You Look Tonight. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
April 3 to May 1. Early Music. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. Scarborough Fair, Greensleaves and Suo Gan . Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
May 22 to June 19. Jazz Standards and Beach/Summertime Tunes. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. Summertime and Oye Como Va. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
A new four session series of Absolute Beginner group ukulele lessons with Liz DeBarros is starting at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge (GZAL) on Monday September 17th at 7pm. All the details are on their website http://www.gzalounge.com/ukulele-lessons.html .
Liz is also excited to announce a series of six ukulele workshops to be given at GZAL over the course of seven months, starting with “Strumming Patterns” on Saturday November 24th, 10.30am to noon. Again, all the details are on the GZAL website, keep scrolling down the page to see all the workshops on offer. You can register and pay for the workshops through the GZAL website.
Wow! Didn’t we all have a great time this year with Cynthia Kinnunen, Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer of the Naked Waiters and Bill Naylor, Ade Barnum, Dean Williams and Liz DeBarros of the Revolving Doors.
The workshops were well attended and we received very positive feedback from the participants. The Saturday night concert was a hit with stellar performances by Cynthia and The Naked Waiters. It was truly a wooo hooo time.
Sunday afternoon was a blast with several performances kicked off by Katelyn & Mira, followed by several excellent open mic players. Then the concert with the Revolving Doors proved to be a big hit again this year. The sing and strum, led by the Revolving Doors showed that 100+ ukesters and friends always do have a great time when we all get together. All the performers and organizers, Liz, Melissa and Carol got up on stage to close the festival with a rousing rendition of Hey Jude.
And, I think I can say, that a great time was had by all.
We will be posting pictures and comments that we receive on the blog. I will also be putting up information about where you can get involved with groups in your community if you play the uke and want to connect with others.
We’d love to hear your feedback and any comments. Please get in touch.
Carol, Liz and Melissa
After the festival was over, Melody and Russ offered to take the Naked Waiters, Kim, Clark and Andy, on a sailing trip off the shores of Nanaimo. Here is the video that Melody took during their three hour tour.
The Naked Waiters sailing in Nanaimo, B.C. - YouTube