Welcome to Katikati Ukulele Group!
The Katikati Ukulele Group was formed in January 2010.
It has been meeting once a week in private homes with 5 to 14 players each Thursday.
Our aims are to play music, sing together and have fun.
We now meet at the Homewood Park Tennis Club as our numbers have grown, with 16 to 19 players attending weekly.
There is a huge amount of interest in the ukulele in the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand-wide. The Play it Strange, Taurus trusts and Auckland ukulele festival organisers are working hard to put ukuleles in all New Zealand intermediate schools.
Above: Ukes-a-Plenty performing at Katikati Folk Club
We are planning the Bay of Plenty’s first ukulele festival for April 2, 2011 in Katkati War Memorial Hall and we are looking for support from the community to make this a free event for all the family, with just a gold coin donation for the afternoon and a small charge for the concert, depending on fundraising success.
Saturday afternoon will feature the Big Muffin Serious Band from Te Pahu, one of New Zealand’s top ukulele bands. They will be giving workshops for all ages and performing in an early evening concert. We also plan to have a play and singalong to start the afternoon, with an open mike session, giving everyone a chance to get up and give it a go.
Mr Ukulele, Kevin Fogarty, will be assisting.
The local Katikati Savage Club will take charge of the catering as a fundraiser and the Waihi music shop has been invited to set up a sales table.
We want to involve as many local groups and businesses in the festival as possible, with Katch Katikati's support.
A children's art competition to decorate ukuleles, and other family-oriented activities are planned. These depend on local support and willing volunteers.
We intend to make it a weekend-long festival, to encourage people to come to town and stay overnight. There will be a music jam at the RSA on the Friday night and volunteers have planned a homestead tour and morning tea on the Sunday morning, at historic Athenree Homestead with some ukulele entertainment.
We are appealing for financial support and also items for lucky number prizes and raffles.
We are collecting any old abandoned, pre-loved ukes for art works, or to be refurbished to give away.
Many people who have never played music before, but have always wanted to, find they are able to pick up a ukulele and be playing songs in a very short time. Cost and age are no barrier. Local pre-schools are introducing the ukulele to under-fives.
I (Christine) learned to play ukulele in 2007 with a group of friends in Coromandel, who are now professional performers, Ukumania.
Ukes-A-Plenty have performed at several charity concerts over 2010: at the Lions Club Barrow day for the Waikato cancer house appeal, for the Anglican Women's Fellowship, at the Business and Professional Women's fund raising dinner, at a Savage Club concert, at the Athenree Homestead soiree, also at charity concerts at Katikati Folk Club, raising funds for Aongatete Forest Trust and St John.
If you would like to help, or for more information, please contact Christine Donehue:
phone 0274 809 261, (07) 549 5827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org