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Many years ago the Harmony company produced a ukulele on which was inscribed: Music self-played is happiness self-made. That is as true now as it was in the 1920s. Whether you're a ukulele novice or a seasoned strummer the Vancouver Ukulele Circle is for you! King of the Ukulele, Ralph Shaw, leads the oldest ukulele club on the American Continent. We have celebrated our 15th anniversary.

You say you can't sing and can barely play? NO PROBLEM! Quality is not an issue. We do this for fun. Sing as loud and free as you like because everyone else (over 100 people) is doing the same. We play from a 230 page book of classic songs.

Want to perform? Our open-mic time is your chance to shine no matter what level you're at. In fact the applause is all the louder for brave beginners.

So come and experience the folk music of the new millennium. Ukulele is where it's at! Third Tuesday of the month "Rogulele" nights are at the Rogue Folk Club, St. James Hall.
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Next monthly meeting at St James Hall -

Tuesday, December  15, 2015 
Our regular third-Tuesday meeting and Jinglelele Night (we're singing Christmas songs) at

St James Hallimages/StJames_RonUsher_photo2r.jpg
3214 W 10th Ave, at Trutch
Vancouver, BC, V6K 2L2
Free parking in the neighbourhood,
several buses on Broadway

Snacks and desserts, and coffee, tea and soft drinks are for sale. As well, there are restaurants in the area and you can bring food in. Doors open at 6:30; we'll start the playing and singing at 7:30. Entrance fee: $8, whether or not you have a ukulele.

What we'll do at this "meeting"

We're lucky to have this event led by internationally acclaimed ukulele performer, Ralph Shaw. We will play together from our songbook for about an hour, take a break, and then have an "open mike" (one-tune performances) by willing people. Come along and join the fun.

We're not scary or intimidating, and we have the whole range of playing abilities, including people who don't play the uke at all but for some reason like hearing a roomful of them. You're welcome to come and lurk or come and join us (there's the same entrance fee either way)! Here's a real quote from a new participant:

Had a great time at my first Uke Circle meeting. It was incredibly refreshing to be with a group of people who enjoy making music for the sheer fun and joy of it. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming. Dennis

Here is another:

As a beginning Uke player it was sometimes hard to keep up but knowing most of the songs made it a lot easier, and sitting at a table with likeminded folks made it a lot of fun. Hilde

Changes in location for some reason and other special news, including the monthly tune list and new tunes, will be made known to people on the group's Vanukes yahoogroup mailing list. If you'd like to be on the list, send a note to Wendy at giving your name, location, and your interest in the group (enough to make it clear that you're a real person and not a spammer).
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You can check out other places to play and classes on our Around Town page.


Tianlun Jiang's video about us





Thanks to Ruth Raymond, Ron Usher, Jesse Read Hansol Kim and Daphne Roubini for photos on this page

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