Young Ukers go underground

"It’s easy to play. It sounds really happy.”

"It’s easy to play. It sounds really happy.”

YOUNG UKERS: The next generation of Gisborne Ukelele Underground musicians known as Young Ukers have their inaugural gathering tomorrow at the Gisborne Bowling Club.

THE next generation of Gisborne Ukelele Underground musicians known as Young Ukers have their inaugural gathering tomorrow at the Gisborne Bowling Club. “This is a chance for young people to play together,” says Ilminster School drama, ukelele teacher, and longstanding member of Gisborne Ukelele Underground, Keren Rickard.

“There will be school groups, individuals and duos. Then everyone who wants to bring a ukelele can join in a strum-along. We put a chart with chords and words up on a screen.

“It’s not essential to come with a ukelele. Just come along and enjoy the evening.” Spot prizes, and the opportunity to win a ukelele will be available. At tomorrow night’s gathering will be Ilminster uke players (centre) Phoenix Ngata, (front row, from left) Keira Coogan, Rhiannon Kapa, Jemma Powley, Zharia Marsh; second row, Samuel Florence, Sophia Spurr, Ztivilye Wimutu, Kahu Ratima, and back, Kahlan Spraggs and Olivia Proffit

They performed American Authors’ song Best Day of My Life during The Gisborne Herald’s visit.

“My sister started playing ukelele and I always used her uke,” said year 8 student Keira Coogan.

“Then I got one for my birthday. It’s easy to play. It sounds really happy.”

THE next generation of Gisborne Ukelele Underground musicians known as Young Ukers have their inaugural gathering tomorrow at the Gisborne Bowling Club. “This is a chance for young people to play together,” says Ilminster School drama, ukelele teacher, and longstanding member of Gisborne Ukelele Underground, Keren Rickard.

“There will be school groups, individuals and duos. Then everyone who wants to bring a ukelele can join in a strum-along. We put a chart with chords and words up on a screen.

“It’s not essential to come with a ukelele. Just come along and enjoy the evening.” Spot prizes, and the opportunity to win a ukelele will be available. At tomorrow night’s gathering will be Ilminster uke players (centre) Phoenix Ngata, (front row, from left) Keira Coogan, Rhiannon Kapa, Jemma Powley, Zharia Marsh; second row, Samuel Florence, Sophia Spurr, Ztivilye Wimutu, Kahu Ratima, and back, Kahlan Spraggs and Olivia Proffit

They performed American Authors’ song Best Day of My Life during The Gisborne Herald’s visit.

“My sister started playing ukelele and I always used her uke,” said year 8 student Keira Coogan.

“Then I got one for my birthday. It’s easy to play. It sounds really happy.”

Young Ukers, tomorrow, 6pm, Gisborne Bowling Club. $5 entry.

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