Two line bio:-
The Ukellettes are a diverse group of women of varying ages and musical experiences who came together in their love of the ukulele. This simple, yet complex and highly portable instrument bestows the gift of music, and the reward of pure joy.
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.
Current group members (in alphabetical order) are: Anna Chamberlain, Annie Grindstaff, Jo-Ann Lawton, Karen McLaughlin, Amber Raymond & Libby Wheeler.
Libby is the most recent member, singing with the group for the first time in late September of 2013. Annie spends her winters in Hawaii (poor Annie) so the group is undermanned (or is that underwomanned?), during winters.
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
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]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 : [i] 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.