Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ralph Shaw/Joel Eckhaus workshop coming

High Strung is hosting a workshop with uke masters Ralph Shaw and Joel Eckhaus on Thursday, April 16th. Here's the info from their web page:

Joel Eckhaus & Ralph Shaw,
Ukulele Workshop

DESCRIPTION - More Info Coming!!
$20. Limit 12 people, so please sign up

Sparkling with wit, charm and an infectious comic energy,
Ralph Shaw is the epitome of the very best that the
golden age of British Music Hall and Vaudeville can offer.
Joel Echaus is an American master of building and
teaching the ukulele. Together, they are coming to
Durham on their Southern Tour and teaching a workshop
at High Strung!!

For More Info on Joel Eckhaus:
For More Info on Ralph Shaw:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ukuleles Rock at High Strung, says Herald Sun

There was a nice article about the uke jam in the Herald Sun recently.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Victoria Vox: more details

As we head into the weekend, we're looking forward to Monday's uke jam with our special guest, Victoria Vox.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by adding a comment, emailing marilee88 at yahoo dot com, or registering with High Strung.

Here are some important details:

  • Workshop topics: Making cover songs original/your own, plus cool strumming patterns.
  • The workshop is geared towards players with at least basic uke skills (i.e., you know at least a few basic chords - contact me if you have questions about this). Brand new players, non-players or others who wish to observe and not actively participate in the workshop are also welcome to attend the whole evening for a reduced rate.
  • The cost is $10 for workshop participants, $5 for auditors/observers. Please contact me if cost is a problem for you. All proceeds will go directly to Victoria. Cash is much appreciated.
  • The evening will start at the usual uke jam time of 7 p.m. with open playing. In addition, we invite you to bring any songs you'd like to sing in a very informal "open mike," or songs you would like to teach the rest of the group. Or songs that, in the usual uke-jam style, you would like the group to just play.
  • Victoria will perform several of her songs for us starting around 7:45, and then teach a short workshop.
  • Please note: Though Victoria will not start until 7:45, we ask that participants arrive as close to 7 (or earlier) as possible so we can all be signed in and settled before the show starts.
  • At the end of the workshop, we will all play together. I expect the performance/workshop portion of the evening will go until 9 p.m., and we will stay until 9:30 for open playing.
Hope you can join us. The more ukuleles we have in one room, the more fun we have!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Victoria Vox coming to jam March 16th!

Victoria Vox, a full time touring singer/songwriter whose ukulele figures prominently in her performances and recordings, is coming to the March 16th uke jam.

Victoria will perform a few of her songs and lead a short ukulele workshop, followed by open ukulele jam madness.

All of this will take place at High Strung during the usual Uke Jam time. We're asking attendees to contribute $10 for the show/workshop, all of which will go to Victoria.

Check out Victoria Vox's web site, where you can also hear her new album in its entirety.
And this is her performing The Bird Song, with ukulele, mouth trumpet (!) and toy piano.

Please call or stop by High Strung to pre-register so we know how many to prepare for. You can also use the comments section on this blog for questions or to RSVP.

Snow Date jam tomorrow, March 9th

Last Monday it was winter. Yesterday it was summer. Tomorrow it will be spring. Come reminisce about snow covered trees and celebrate the passing of seasons at the snow date second monday uke jam tomorrow.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Uke Jam Canceled; Snow Date March 9th

Tonight's ukulele jam is canceled due to the snow and the expectation that roads will be icy tonight. Please stay home and play your ukuleles in safety!

Because some of us can't go a whole month without ukulele jam (me!), we will have a special snow date jam next Monday, March 9th, at the usual time and place. Stay tuned for more news!