Soup on the music menu for Mother's Day

Last updated 13:46 05/05/2014
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PLUCKING UP: Members of the Sounds Orchestral Ukulele Players (Soup) practise for a special Mother’s Day performance.

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A Mother as Lovely as You is one of the tunes planned by a Picton ukulele band for their show at the Saint Clair Family Estate Cellar Door on Sunday.

Around 15 members of Soup (Sounds Orchestral Ukulele Players) will be strumming up a storm at the cellar door, on Selmes Rd in Rapaura, in celebration of Mother's Day.

Soup "messenger" James Wilson calls the band a bunch of fun-loving amateurs, who play for the fun of it and just happen to get better along the way.

"Most of us wouldn't like to play as individuals although some of our members can and do, but when we're all together we sound pretty bloody good."

The group had been playing and singing together for three years, developing a playlist that includes old and new numbers including It's a Heartache, You are My Sunshine, and Wilson's favourite Foggy Foggy Dew.

Ukulele teacher Anne Maslen is the group's mentor and shows extraordinary patience, he said.

"She helps us with a very light touch."

As well as weekly practice sessions, they're acquiring a history of gigs, including a recent wedding and shows at the Picton RSA and Queen Charlotte Yacht Club.

Over that time they've built up a wonderful camaraderie.

"I love making music with a group of fellow players and singing," Wilson said.

"I tell a lot of people that I can make a fool of myself in this group, and never feel too embarrassed."

If the weather is fine, Soup will play at the Saint Clair Cellar Door on Selmes Rd from 12.30 to 2.10pm on Sunday. Entry is free.

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