by Lucy and Neil Carleton

Put together 20 strumming ukuleles, a djembe drummer and 70 voices raised in song–and what do you get? A real, old-time hootenanny!

Uke beginners and pros alike tapped their toes and strummed their instruments as the lyrics and chords popped up on the big screen above the stage at JR’s Restaurant on Thursday, December 19.

Down-down-down-down, down-up, down, down-up. The jam leaders provided all the enthusiastic participants with simple rhythm patterns for strumming and song sheets for the familiar tunes. But singers and strummers raised more than their voices .The Ukelaide Benefit Concert for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines also managed to raise $1000 in donations. This amount will now be matched by the Government of Canada, and will go directly to UNICEF Canada to providing clean drinking water, essential medicines and emergency nutritional supplements to provide humanitarian support and relief. Thank you to the musicians of the Bytown Ukulele Group, who came out to lead the sing- and strum-along, and who set the tone for a groovin’ good time.

 

Led by members of the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG), new and experienced ukulele players joined friends and neighbours last week to play and sing at a special fundraising event in Almonte.
Led by members of the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG), new and experienced ukulele players joined friends and neighbours last week to play and sing at a special fundraising event in Almonte.
Ukulele enthusiasts from around the valley gathered last Thursday night At JR’s Restaurant in the Downstairs Pub to raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Ukulele enthusiasts from around the valley gathered last Thursday night At JR’s Restaurant in the Downstairs Pub to raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
The event was a great opportunity for everyone to sing along.
The event was a great opportunity for everyone to sing along.
From the Beatles to Johnny Cash, and folk tunes to popular standards, the place was hopping.  It was a full evening of foot tapping, finger snapping, ukulele strumming fun.
From the Beatles to Johnny Cash, and folk tunes to popular standards, the place was hopping. It was a full evening of foot tapping, finger snapping, ukulele strumming fun.

Thank you to the musicians of the Bytown Ukulele Group in Ottawa, <www.bytownukulele.ca/>, who led the sing-along and strum-along.  The contributions of supporters across the valley was appreciated very much.