Anu Grace - Lux Nomad

<p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Anu Grace Bio</span></p> <div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">As Lead singer &amp; flautist for&nbsp;<em>The Chocolate Fish Band</em>&nbsp;on Waiheke Island for 17 years, Anu never played uke!</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;It took moving to Australia to gather courage to write, record and perform her own material on tenor uke. She founded</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;<em>Halelujah Baby</em>, a five piece festival band &amp; two albums followed, &lsquo;Love from Woodfordia&rsquo; &amp; &lsquo;Tell me a Story.&rsquo;&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;She is now touring NZ with Folk/Jazz Duo LUX NOMAD &amp; Uke bass player Laurie Bycroft, teaching &amp; performing House concerts.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;There are still openings in their South Island Itinery thru-out Feb March - Check it out at&nbsp;</span><a href=""></a></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Anu taught ukulele when it was first rolled out in NZ schools around 12 years ago but it&rsquo;s only in the last 7 years&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">she has taken to task mastering the instrument. While certainly not there yet, self confessed uke nerd Anu Grace</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;is now a fully accredited James Hill Uke teacher and encourages others to play and sing through private &amp; group</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;lessons and The Pop-Up Ukestra&rsquo;s - immersive educational uke experiences in mastering songs to performance level.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div>

Hyram Twang! (Ballard)

<p style="text-align: left;">Born in a small industrial town on the south side of Los Angeles, Hyram grew up with Merle Haggard, George Jones and Buck Owens ringing in his ears while trying to learn to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell. He played in various bands while growing up but eventually put aside music to focus on his university studies. He completed a BA in Geology in California, worked in the industry for a few years then eventually landed at the University of Otago. While studying for his PhD he began playing music again and fell in with the New Edinburgh Folk Club crowd. Since then he has been a sound operator for bands and concerts, a concert promoter and playing in various folk, country and jazz bands. In 1994 he opened Twang Town in Dunedin and has spent the last 20 plus years selling, repairing and advising on instruments and sound gear. Hyram can sing as well as play acoustic and electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, bass, ukulele and fiddle (a wee bit!)<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /><br /></span>Besides performing in NZ and Europe with the long running (25 years!) folk band The Chaps, in the last few years Hyram has been seen performing solo at the Canterbury, Tui, Whitestone and Whare Flat Music Festivals; the Dunedin and Christchurch Folk Clubs; with his new six-piece band Dr T and the Twang Tones; and as performer and backing musician in a number of stage shows and even a major movie. Earlier this year he released a CD recording of his acclaimed "Eureka" solo concert show and, along with wife Adrienne and daughter Am&eacute;lie who sometime perform with him, they are working toward a CD release of songs for kids which will be bearable to listen to 40,000,000 times as an adult.<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Facebook: Hyram Twang</span><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Website:&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href=""></a>&nbsp;(under construction)</span></span></p>

Pic'n Mix (Invercargill)

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="s2">The mixes are a 7-8-piece&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">retro&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">uke</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;group who have been persevering since 2010.&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">They make a claim that they, being based at Oreti Beach are the most southern ukulele band in the world.&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">They&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">have hit the road for charity and&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">regularly play in retirement homes, festivals and on the street. Most of their repertoire is made up of tun</span><span class="s2">es from the&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">1950&rsquo;s which they play in their own irreverent manner</span><span class="s2">. They play with all sizes o</span><span class="s2">f ukes including a bass and use</span><span class="s2">some percussion</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;and sound effects</span><span class="s2">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Wanaka Ukuleles (Wanaka)

<p>We are a group of about twelve very enthusiastic ukulele players who meet weekly in Wanaka to enjoy singing and playing together..</p> <p>The original group started about six years ago under the leadership of Ken Bagely and met in his shop, Selectrix - only one member, Barry Scott, remains from this original group.</p> <p>Four years ago Rachel Pearson Irvine took over the leadership, teaching us challenging songs until she had to leave last year. So we have no regular weekly leadership but we enjoy Rachel teaching us new more difficult songs once a month. we welcome new members especially those who can play and sing!!</p> <p><span>Well, notably we have changed the name from Aspiring Ukuleles back to Wanaka Ukuleles and we have recently become an Incorporated Society. We are currently 17 members strong, but getting every together at the same time is rare. But if there's 6 or more of us available then we agree to gigs.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>We are a not for profit group but we are in the process of fundraising for a sound system so that we can be heard better, especially outdoors. We primarily play at community events but we are excited to be booked for one of our first paid gigs this New Year at the Hawea Hotel.</span></p>

LX Ukes (Alexandra)

<p>LX Ukes is a group of enthusiastic and talented musicians with an eclectic repertoire of material. We try to surprise with neat harmonies tied into strong rhythms and clever lead ukulele.</p> <p>If everyone is available we number fifteen, but that doesn't always happen.</p> <p>in the time that LX Ukes has been together we have raised close to $6000 which been donated to various charities.</p> <p>We were recently nominated for a Central Otago District Trustpower Community Volunteer Award.</p> <p>We were thrilled to win the Art and Culture section.</p> <p>Members of LX Ukes have been strong supporters of ukulele events in Lauder, Alexandra and the. wider area of Central Otago, and are pleased to help support the growth of the ukulele phenomenon worldwide.</p>

Ukes In Thyme ( Alexandra)

<p>Ukes in Thyme are a really enthusistic group of singers and ukulele players based in Alexandra, New Zealand. They &nbsp;all (or most!) &nbsp;started as pupils of KiwisCan Ukulele!, a ukulele school run by Barry (Baz) Bemrose In our now famous basement Music room (currently splitting at the seams!)</p> <p>We have performed in a wide variety of locations - the Thyme Festival, various senior homes and most memorably in entertaining a group of golfers after a well-lubricated golf tournament. Birthday parties have also been catered to!</p> <p>We had a great experience in last year's Alexandra Blossom Festival Parade when we entertained thousands of people from the back of a truck with our "Ukuleles for Peace" float. All the better to promote the ukulele and our festival!</p> <p>We continue to grow in numbers and in musical repertoire - long may we prosper!</p>

Lauder Ukes ( Lauder)

<p>The Lauder Ukes started with Uke lessons from our leader, Bruce MacDonald. We originally met in the lounge of the Lauder School B&amp;B.</p> <p>We now &nbsp;have a group of eight - we meet bi-weekly at the home of Sue Murpy and spend our time finding, learning and practicing new songs to suit our various choices, singing voices and style.</p> <p>Five of our group live around Lauder, two are ex-pat Lauder-ites and one is a complete ring-in, but our love for uke - playing &nbsp;and singing binds us together to entertain at the local pubs, rest homes and other functions that call for light entertainment.</p>

Secret Lives of Ukuleles ( Christchurch )

<p>"Nothing if not eclectic!"</p> <p>"The Secret Lives &nbsp;of Ukuleles play everything from Hank Williams to Kylie Minogue"</p> <p>"The Secret Lives of Ukuleles play whatever they want - especially for you!"</p> <p>"They have Ukuleles and they are not afraid to play them!"</p> <p>"From out of the primordial swamps and fault lines of Otautahi-Christchurch The Secret Lives of Ukuleles bring you the future of ukuleles &nbsp;- and cigar-box guitars!"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Fox Street Funomenon (Formerly Highly Strung)

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span>The Fox Street Funomenon is a ukulele band from Central Otago. We started life as a few ladies having a jam in a Fox Street living room. Now the nine of us guys and gals meet twice a week in Alex and Clyde to jam and enjoy each other's company. We used to play under the name Highly Strung but ditched that as when we pick up our instruments and start strumming we are anything but!</span><br /><br /><br /><span>The Fox Street Funomenon has eclectic taste and will play anything that takes band members&rsquo; fancy, with no shortage of ideas on its future playlists (thanks Brian).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Check us out at &nbsp;</span><a dir="ltr" href=""></a><span>/&lt;</span><a dir="ltr" href=""></a><span>&gt;</span></p>

Keith Lightfoot

<div class="page" title="Page 4"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Keith is a&nbsp;</span><span>grandfather,&nbsp;</span><span>songwriter, a musician, a singer, an author and a powerful motivational speaker</span></p> <p><span>His original songs are&nbsp;</span><span>about life,</span><span>&nbsp;love, family, home and heaven, and h</span><span>is words&nbsp;</span><span>often&nbsp;</span><span>describe what many people feel and what most are reluctant to talk&nbsp;</span><span>about</span><span>. Keith&rsquo;s&nbsp;</span><span>enthusiastic&nbsp;</span><span>stage presence&nbsp;</span><span>is well&nbsp;</span><span>documented</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>through videos and live performances.</span></p> <p><span>When he was seventeen years&nbsp;</span><span>old</span><span>&nbsp;Keith learnt to play the ukulele and the guitar. Music education came via live rock concerts, excessively loud parties, treasured vinyl records and ridiculously oversized bedroom based speakers.</span></p> <p><span>Keith's ukulele training videos and speaking videos are&nbsp;</span><span>very&nbsp;</span><span>popular on&nbsp;</span><span>youtube</span><span>. He&nbsp;</span><span>has performed live and inspired audiences locally and internationally.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>In recent&nbsp;</span><span>times</span><span>&nbsp;he has crafted a ukulele based genre of music using personal experiences to share his heart and to pose deeply emotional questions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Keith is an Endorsed Artist for Boulder Creek Guitars (Riptide Ukuleles).</span></p> <p><span>Keith Lightfoot Music Website:</span></p> <p><span><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><span>New Zealand Album:</span></p> <p><a href=""><span></span></a></p> </div> </div> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Valley Chicks - ( Dunedin)

<p>1st photo: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Left to right: &nbsp;Ann Taylor, Marley Bray, Donna Thomson, Jo Field, Margie&nbsp;Davis, Greg Hings,Marita Purchase&nbsp;<img id="OWAEmoji141765" class="EmojiInsert" src="cid:1391dee2-6ef3-4731-a7e3-cefbbdba82a6" alt="😊" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;2nd photo: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Left to right: &nbsp;&nbsp;Marita Purchase, Margie Davis, Ann Taylor, Marley Bray, Jo Field, Donna Thomson ,Greg Hings .</p> <p>Pic taken at Cambodian festival with friends from the Cambodian community as back up&nbsp;players</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are a&nbsp;bunch of friends who&nbsp;have been together a year or two having fun and laughter with our ukulele jams and events.&nbsp;</p> <p>We recently found Greg Hings through the New Zealand Ukulele Network and are delighted he has joined us to add his bass to our sound.</p> <p>We are looking forward to the next mini Woodstock ......oops,Lauder uke festival in sunny Central Otago. &nbsp; &nbsp;See you there friends .</p>

Mama D'Ukes - (Fairlie)

<div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_9535"> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_9535"> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_9535"><span>Mama d&rsquo;Ukes, from Fairlie/South Canterbury, are returning to Lauder after performing here in 2017. They are a ukulele and voice duo (</span><span>Deborah Tipa and Mary Anne Ward) now combined with bass/rhythm (Nikki Hall). &nbsp;These women play and sing songs, in harmony, from the 50's through to the 80's, across all genres. They love playing in cafes around South Canterbury and recently performed in two concerts at Iona Church, Port Chalmers.</span></div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_9550">&nbsp;</div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_7787">&nbsp;</div> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1480586428953_9552" dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div>

Ukonz - (Christchurch)

<p class="s3">&nbsp;</p> <p class="s3"><span class="s2">We are Ukonz from Ch. Ch. and have been&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">ukeing</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">together&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">for many years.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s2">Carol and Jack play in the New Brighton&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">Uke</span><span class="s2">lele</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;Pirate&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">Group,</span><span class="s2">and</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;&nbsp;play Jazz and Blues</span><span class="s2">Ngaire</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;&amp; Trevor</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">play &nbsp;and sing in countr</span><span class="s2">y groups , Tom has been sharing bass duties</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;for Silverbacks&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">Craycroft</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;since it was formed 5 years ago.&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">and plays in social gigs around Ch. Ch.</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s2">&nbsp;Together we are looking forward</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">to another wonderful weekend in Lauder.</span></p>

Paul Jonson

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Paul Jonson - 2018<br />Musician/Tutor/Facilitator</p> <p>Paul was hoping for a guitar for his 8th birthday but got a ukulele instead, and when his father saw how disappointed he was, he promised to get him a guitar as soon as he could play his uke well enough &ndash; a week later Paul won the school music competition playing his uke; word spread quickly, and that night his Dad brought him a guitar. 59 years later Paul shares his personal passion for music with many, and focuses on teaching intermediate and advanced ukulele players; folk blues, boogie and ragtime. Paul has only been playing ukulele seriously for 5 years but has already delivered hundreds of workshops and performances, and is now on a path to present fun ukulele experiences using the many unique ukuleles he has built and set up. His new book on, &ldquo;muscle memory magic for ukulele&rdquo; will be out this year and contains many special learning tools and techniques to play ukulele without the cumbersum task of any music theory.</p> <p>Paul plays several instruments, and he says that one of the best parts of that experience was leading the youth camp fireside sing-a-long in a Northern Canadian kids camp-out at -35C, try keeping your instrument tuned in those conditions...</p> <p>Paul is the Managing Director of Sing&rsquo;n Uke Ltd for his performances and tutoring. His mission is to inspire personal development on a ukulele while making it so enjoyable participants ultimately grow their abilities and natural pizzazz. He has been a member of the Devonport Folk Music club since 1971 and has run the Hibiscus Coast Folk Music Club in his own region since 2012.</p> <p>He attributes a great deal of his wonderful friendships and his own personal balance and unique style and energy to his indulgence in music.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t stop playing because we get older, we get older because we stop playing.&rdquo;</p>

The Flukes (Dunedin)

<p class="s3"><span class="s2">The Flukes,&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">a 3-piece ukulele band from Dunedin,&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">have been fluking it in Dunedin since 2016!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s2">As&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">&lsquo;</span><span class="s2">first day</span><span class="s2">&rsquo;</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;members of the University of Otago ukulele group, Uni Ukes, the group&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">was formed</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;when&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">Su White (concert and tenor uke), Tushar Robins (tenor uke) and Fiona Stuart (soprano uke)</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;thought it would be a good idea to&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">further&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">challenge themselves, and&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">to perform</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">the&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">songs they really wanted to</span><span class="s4">.</span></p> <p class="s3"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s4">Their early performances were</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;busking on the streets&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">of&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">Dunedin, moving on to&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">busk</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;at their local supermarket and playing 2-hour stints at the Otago Farmer's Market. The Flukes hav</span><span class="s4">e played for friends and family, have been booked for the odd private function</span><span class="s4">, and have&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">developed&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">a solid fan base.</span></p> <p class="s3"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s4">The Flukes&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">were</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;invited</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;to open for Canadian ukulele virtuoso James Hill in Geraldine in&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">November</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">2017, and most recently were on the big stage at the Geraldine Ukulele Festival in July 2018,&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">playing before</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;the American folk duo, The Quiet American</span><span class="s4">.</span></p> <p class="s3"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span class="s4">To The Flukes,&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">every song is a uke song&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">&ndash;</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;and</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;they</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;are happy to play and sing songs from a wide range of genres. They particularly like to surprise people by&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">performing</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">songs that&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">no one</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;expect</span><span class="s4">s</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;from&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">3</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;middle-aged women!</span><span class="s4">&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">They love to incorporate different strumming patterns, picking and plucking to add texture to the&nbsp;</span><span class="s4">music</span><span class="s4">they play, and their intricate vocal harmonies bring richness and vibrancy to their performances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="s3"><span>&nbsp;</span></p>