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Ukellettes- 5 smiles -Annie is in Hawaii
Ukellettes Benefit Concert for Life*Spin on May 06, 2016
Type: Show/Concert
Time: 19:00:00
Location: LIFE*SPIN LIVING ROOM (868 Dundas St), London
Ukellettes Benefit Concert for Life*Spin
from 7pm-9pm

Friday May 6th

at the LIFESPIN Living Room
(868 Dundas St. at Ontario St.)

Refreshments are provided free of charge
Entry is FREE, (there is no cover charge)
but all donations go to support the work of LIFE*SPIN

The Ukellettes play mostly old time, well loved songs from by-gone eras.
The music is guaranteed to make you smile.
Family Friendly Fun on the First Friday of the month.

The Ukellettes play regularly at LIFE*SPIN on the 1st Friday of each month.
Covent Garden Market Outdoor Concert on May 21, 2016
Type: Show/Concert
Location: Covent Garden Market, King Street, London
Ukellettes Free Concert:
downtown London
Saturday 21st June
10 am - 12 noon
Three line bio:-
The Ukellettes are a diverse group of women of varying ages and musical experiences who came together in 2009 in their love of the ukulele. Six years on, they continue to bring a smile to the faces of audience members throughout the region. For them, this simple, yet complex and highly portable instrument bestows the gift of music, and the reward of pure joy.

Expanded bio:-
The Ukellettes are a five piece (4 to 6, actually, depending on the season) all female ukulele ensemble, a diverse group of women of varying ages and musical experiences, who came together in their love of the ukulele, playing a variety of different ukes (soprano, concert, tenor, banjolele, baritone), of all shapes and sizes. They play mostly old time or traditional type songs from by gone eras, with just a smattering of more modern tunes.
Since their inception, they have grown in musical stature, perhaps due to the tutelage and determination of the leader of the group, and now sing all kinds of music throughout the year, but also can perform extended sets of material for several seasonal events (such as Christmas, St. Patrick's Day (Irish), Valentines Day (love songs), Mother's Day, Halloween and Weddings.

Current group members (in alphabetical order) are: Anna Chamberlain, Annie Grindstaff, Jo-Ann Lawton, Karen McLaughlin, Amber Raymond & Libby Wheeler. ( Annie spends her winters in Hawaii (poor Annie) so the group is undermanned (or is that underwomanned?), during winters. )

History of the band:-

In the spring/early summer of 2009, June Cole started a ukulele group in London {Southern Ontario Ukulele Players} [or S.O.U.P.] which met (& still meets) once a week to learn and play together. Check out Southern Ontario Ukulele Players here.
Back in 2009 several of the women of the fledgling S.O.U.P. group were invited by June, with her idea of an all female ukulele band in mind, to perform with her in her self produced variety show (Diversities). After that show, a decision was made by all those invited performers to continue as a separate entity from S.O.U.P.
After several meetings and practices, the Ukellettes were born.

During their time together, the Ukellettes have played lots of gigs at a variety of venues, and continue to develop their talents as a group.

Satisfying a sizeable group of women with very different lives, temperaments and schedules has presented a challenge to the band and as in most groups, change of personnel is inevitable. New members have come along and although the present group membership has been stable for some time now, several members of the original Ukellettes have moved on. Regardless, the group as a whole, continue its passionate love affair with the ukulele.

Currently the Ukellettes play regular gigs on the 1st Friday of each month (7pm-9pm) at the LifeSpin Living Room, with all proceeds going to LifeSpin.
Every time they perform, someone new gets to listen to their joyful music, and doors are being opened. Libraries, retirement homes, private parties, county fairs and festivals are all showing high interest in bringing the Ukellettes combined talents to new venues. They even played at an outdoor wedding!

Some places where the Ukellettes have played
(In no particular order):
Life*Spin Living Room (ongoing)
East Village Coffeehouse
Covent Garden Market
Western Fair Market
Artemisia (Celebration of Women) Festival in Ingersoll
Banner MusicFest
Ailsa Craig Town Hall (seniors club)
London Public Libraries
Aeolian Hall (for Old East Live)
Hilton Hotel & Marconi Club (Chocolate Sunday, Fundraiser for LifeSpin)
Christie and Coen's outdoor wedding
Horizon Place Retirement Residence
Kensington Retirement Residence
Richmond Woods Retirement Residence
Parkwood Veterans Hospital (New Year Bash)
Home County Folk Festival
London to the Max
Delaware Legion for the Chili Cookoffs
Wolf Performance Hall (for Maude Barlow event)
St. Pauls Cathedral (for Brio Music London)
ANAF #229 Legions BBQ
On Broadway (Broadway St. Wyoming) Car Show & Party
Private parties.

Mini Bio for each band member :
Anna Chamberlain: When I heard about S.O.U.P., I was not even sure that I knew what a ukulele was exactly. I wandered in, had a ukulele put in my hands, and started strumming. I have been strumming ever since! I call it my happy machine. Really, give it a try; you just might surprise yourself...
Annie Grindstaff: Being fortunate enough to spend winters on the island of Molokai, Hawaii, it was not long before I became immersed and in love with the local music and their major instrument - the ukulele. I started learning from chord charts & books and from listening & playing along with the Hawaiian songs. At home, in London, especially with the Ukellettes, I realize how this wonderful instrument can be used to play every kind of music, and that it always brings a smile to the face & the heart.
Jo-Ann Lawton: With almost three decades of playing guitar, singing, songwriting and combining talents with others, in a variety of groups, trios and duos, I was musically battle weary. Then one fine day along came the ukulele. This supposedly silly little instrument brought its many layers of musicality with it, and opened a timely and welcome door for my ongoing creativity... Jo-Ann's website.
Karen McLaughlin: Music has been a part of my life since I first heard the haunting use of a mandolin in PEI. I started to take mandolin lessons, eventually playing and composing songs on this instrument that became my 'soul' instrument. Looking to expand my abilities and to find simple joy in music, I started learning the ukulele. Then I fell in love with the baritone ukulele which is my 'heart' instrument and my joyful musical journey continues.
Amber Raymond: I had wanted to learn to play a musical instrument for a long time so when the opportunity came up to learn ukulele I decided to try it. After my introductory evening at S.O.U.P. I bought my first uke first thing the next morning and I have been hooked ever since.
Libby Wheeler : In early summer 2012, a friend suggested that I try playing the ukulele. The idea 'struck a chord', and the very next day I bought my first ukulele, even though I knew very little about music. I avidly searched for free online lessons and spent hours learning to strum this magical instrument. The rest of the story is an ongoing musical adventure.

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Jotek Marcin J\\\
{ 06-22-2013 11:29 }
Oksy Moron
{ 04-17-2013 23:30 }
You guys must have a lot of fun. :) A great concept, great sound. Keep going gals.
Quiet Class
{ 11-11-2011 13:02 }
You ladies are just great. What makes it so wonderful is that you all look like your having a good time, I think thats what it's all about. 5 from Quiet Class.
{ 09-06-2011 09:54 }
Hi all, I enjoyed listening to your showcase. A worthy 5, keep up the good work. Best wishes. Lynn
Col. Joe Austin (M.I.A. Vietnam Hero)
{ 09-04-2011 18:52 }
Excellent Voices/Singing/Music & Playing! Welcome and Keep enjoying your Group/Friends, cos it's was fun for me too. Thank You all! Dee Jay Silverheels