Ukulele artists move outdoors

Last updated 13:55 15/11/2012
Ukes of Hazard
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HAVING A GO: Ukulele duo Ukes of Hazard Terry Telford, left, and Ron Kjestrup.

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Ukulele Sundays will move outdoors with the arrival of the warmer weather.

Held at The Abbey Bar and Restaurant on the Coastal Highway, the monthly open-mic gathering of local ukulele players has been using the inside, restaurant area of the venue over the winter months but will move into the extensive gardens for the summer months.

Between 25 and 40 ukulele enthusiasts regularly attend Ukulele Sundays and one of the organisers, Ron Kjestrup, says the point is to get them up playing.

"We wanted to give all these players a chance to get up in front of an audience with a decent pa [public address]," he says. "And it's worked. We usually have six or seven different groups and individuals perform each month and we meet new players all the time."

Ron says one of the attractions is that performers can play one song or a whole set.

"People have a chance to experience the feeling of playing for a supportive audience - even if it's only one song.

"We have some fantastic players in the region. The ethic at Ukulele Sundays is: ‘have a go - everyone will support you'."

Ukulele Sunday is on the third Sunday of the month at 2pm at The Abbey. There is no charge.

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