Pic'n Mix (Invercargill)


The Pick n, Mix Ukulele Band are this year in their tenth year of playing but haven’t left the music of the 1950’s and haven’t aged a bit.

The group regularly play all the retirement homes of Invercargill as well as special occasions and festivals.  They have played at every Lauder Festival and last year achieved some success at Gores Gold Guitars. They promise new songs and new gadgets at this years performances.

LX Ukes (Alexandra)

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. If everyone is available we number fifteen, but that doesn't always happen. in the time that LX Ukes has been together we have raised close to $6000 which been donated to various charities. We were recently nominated for a Central Otago District Trustpower Community Volunteer Award. We were thrilled to win the Art and Culture section. 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.

Ukes In Thyme ( Alexandra)

Ukes in Thyme are a really enthusiastic group of singers and ukulele players based in Alexandra, New Zealand. They  all (or most!)  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!) 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! We had a great experience a couple of years ago in the 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! We continue to grow in numbers and in musical repertoire - long may we prosper!

Lauder Ukes ( Lauder)

The Lauder Ukes started with Uke lessons from our leader, Bruce MacDonald. We originally met in the lounge of the Lauder School B&B. We now  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. 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  and singing binds us together to entertain at the local pubs, rest homes and other functions that call for light entertainment.


Valley Chicks - ( Dunedin)

1st photo:            Left to right:  Ann Taylor, Marley Bray, Donna Thomson, Jo Field, Margie Davis, Greg Hings,Marita Purchase     2nd photo:      Left to right:   Marita Purchase, Margie Davis, Ann Taylor, Marley Bray, Jo Field, Donna Thomson ,Greg Hings . Pic taken at Cambodian festival with friends from the Cambodian community as back up players   We are a bunch of friends who have been together a year or two having fun and laughter with our ukulele jams and events.  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. We are looking forward to the next mini Woodstock ......oops,Lauder uke festival in sunny Central Otago.    See you there friends .

Mary Anne Ward - (Fairlie)


The events of March 15 were momentous in our lives and are ongoing, and for Mary Anne there was a huge, immediate call to write a song about this for her school students, outpouring of emotions and expressions of looking after each other. This was the start of song-writing for Mary Anne and it has continued over the year. Songs with a message, songs with a difference.


While she had been singing in a duo for a few years, loving singing in harmony, Mary Anne currently is enjoying the song-writing journey, the folk style, and this is mostly what will be heard in her performance this time around.

Ukonz - (Christchurch)

  We are Ukonz from Christchurch, and have been ukeing together for many years.
Carol and Jack play in the New Brighton Ukulele Pirate band and play Blues and favorites 
and Jack also plays Harmonica. Ngaire and Trevor play in the Cashmere Club Thursday group
and in country groups, on steel and bass. Tom plays bass, Mandolin, and uke for some groups.
Together we are looking forward to another wonderful Lauder Ukulele Festival.

Ukes.Crom - Cromwell

Ukes.crom began around August 2017 from a small group of Ukulele enthusiasts having lessons from Nancy Williamson, guitar and ukulele teacher who had recently moved back to Central Otago. After an ad in the local rag, the group has grown steadily to around 10 regular members who meet weekly. They play a cross-section of music from easy country songs to up-beat swing and jazz. “I believe in challenging players with interesting chords, always with an easy option for those with less experience” says Nancy. “The progress Ukes.crom has made in just over one year is proof that when encouraged, players can exceed all expectations!
Ukes.crom is always on the lookout for new members, especially those who can sing! We love singing in harmony where possible, and are fortunate to have Bill Pompey on the team, a legendary vocalist/musician who helps steer us in the right direction. However the most important aspect of our regular get-togethers is to simply have fun and enjoy the music, all newcomers welcome.

The Tuesday Pickers - Christchurch

Cashmere Tuesday Pickers consists of Lyn Robb, Waveney Inch, Geoff Anders and Colleen Lucas.  

We started out a couple of years ago with about 12 people teaching ourselves new skills.  We are the stayers.  

We meet every Tuesday night to play material from Youtube and the net.  We are always looking for material that allows us to grow. We play classical, popular,s Irish, and Blues music and love to play at as many venues and any opportunities as arise.

We have learned how to pick together but realised we needed a more rounded sound. The group has developed some Ukestration on both old pieces and new, and so rhythm and bass have become part of our group.

Warren "Wazza" Watson

Dunedin and Christchurch based. Playing baritone ukulele.. Been involved with theatre , bands & music clubs over the years. Perform a mix of styles from traditional Folk, Pop, Rock... and write a few myself.  Love to sing and get "The Audience " involved.  

Mr Man

Stone the Crows

The group was originally called ‘Three and a Half’ as a working name until it was decided to rename it to 'Stone the Crows' after a song from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat resonated with the group.


We came together in December 2018 with a common love of music. Each person has a different approach to the songs they bring to the group and this has been beneficial as it has extended what we are playing on our ukuleles and introduced us to different genres. 


We are pushing the boundaries with our songs, by introducing new instruments into the fold alongside the ukuleles. 


Anne, Tania, Jackie and Frankie are looking forward to Lauder and look forward to meeting you.

Paul Lee

Riverton Ukulele Group

Gilly Darby

Gilly had her first paid gig aged 14 and was signed up to a major record label at 16.
From there on she has spent most of her life as a professional singer touring world wide and with many famous nanes such as Van Morrison, The Hollies and Tori Amos....to name a few.
She has appeared at most of the major NZ and Australian festivals and her last CD gained a 5 star review in NZ MUSICIAN magazine.
Originally from the UK she was touring in NZ when she met her current partner and now resides with him in Central Otago.
But of a lifestyle change from poverty stricken muso to poverty stricken organic market gardener....haha.
Still touring internationally and here in NZ she will be performing for you at the Lauder Ukulele festival and giving 2 workshops in Vocals and Stage Craft....

Patrick Collins

Patrick Collins is a voice from the new generation of ukulele players. Over recent years he has sung in theatrical productions and has been the front man of the rock group Russian Blue. He has however kept up the family tradition of ukulele playing in his solo performances and promises a set of songs from recent years.

Carl Bonniface

One of the origional members of the Secret Lives bunch,but have managed to escape for the Festival weekend. I plonk away on my old resonator uke and like to cruise through some John Prine,John Hiatt,Willie Nelson,Leon Redbone etc,so maybe a slight Country influence there. Looking forward to returning to Lauder. Haven't missed one yet! (Carl)

Bruce Kenyon

Bruce Kenyon – Wellington 

Ukulele player for 4-5 years – I do a bit of old style blues, a bit of country and anything else that appeals to me at the time. Regular attendee at the 4 Strings Kawhia and Opotiki Island View Festivals, Gisborne Ukulele Underground and recently at the Cabana Napier. Looking forward to my first South Island visit with the ukulele and my first appearance on the main stage.