Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ukulele JAMboree - back for 2014

The Ukulele JAMboree is back for 2014! A weekend of ukulele jamming in the foothills of the beautiful Barrington Tops World Heritage Area on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of November 2014.

This annual event has everything a ukulele player could want - great jams, great atmosphere and great songs!

Checkout our JAMboree webpage for details or follow the Ukulele JAMboree Facebook Page for regular updates.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bosko and Honey - Hot Strumming Handout

Photo: Nick Pitsas
Did you manage to get along to Bosko and Honey's "Hot Strumming" workshop on Sunday morning?

Weren't they fabulous? Very entertaining and great workshop leaders!

Here's a link to their handout.

And the winners are .......

Our 5th Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival has now drawn to a close. It was another amazing event - made possible by the wonderful and dedicated volunteers, the nearly 100 talented (and courageous) acts, the thousands of good-natured guests and the many gracious, hard-working staff who support the event.

Thanks again of course to our Sponsors - and it is time of course to announce the winners of our raffle prizes.

Raffle 1st Prize: Debra Hare (Return tickets for 2 to Hawaii generously donated Hawaiian Airlines) .

Raffle 2nd Prize: Janette Elwell (A Koaloha Hawaiian Koa CM-00, concert ukulele, PLUS a 30 minute lesson with The Blue Mugs' Rob 'Maestro' Weule).

Raffle 3rd Prize: Irene Lim (High Tea for two at the iconic Carrington Hotel plus a subscription to Kamauke magazine).

(See Terms and Conditions here)

Survey Prize: Paula Paananen (Leho LHT-ASAK-CE Acacia Koa Tenor Cutaway Ukulele).

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you to those who purchased raffle tickets or other merchandise - all funds go towards running the festival and keeping it FREE.

We hope to see you back again next year for the 6th Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Our Wonderful Sponsors

We are very lucky to have such wonderful sponsors - without whom we couldn't hold the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival. Thank you sponsors!





Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Record number of Festival acts

We can announce we now have 88 acts scheduled to play at our 5th Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival!

Hmmm ..... could this be the biggest ukulele festival ever?

New CD | "Fooled 'em again"

The Blue Mugs second CD is now on sale!

The story of the Blue MUGs... since the last CD...

Our first CD came out about 2 years ago, and since then the Blue Mountains Ukulele Group, known as the Blue MUGs, have continued to bring ukulele to the world.

We are just as surprised as anybody at the continued growth of the ukulele community and of the MUGs in particular. We now have over 1000 members on our social media site. The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (Australia’s oldest ukulele festival) has grown from an idea in a pub 5 years ago, to over 50 acts and 5000 visitors. It has taken out prizes at our regional tourism awards 2 years running and is now regarded as an icon of Blue Mountains tourism. Now the Ukulele JAMboree looks to become part of our calendar as well.

One of the delights of the MUGs is the musical growth of its members and of the group as a whole, as you will hear on this recording. Many groups have grown out of the MUGs, each with its own style and energy. The MUGs continue to welcome and develop those new to the ukulele. We love nothing more than seeing our audience turn into ukulele players.

We hope this recording captures some of the fun and energy of the MUGs and that, when you listen to it, you might smile as much as we did when we were making it.

Download it here or contact us for a CD version.