Ukes of Wellington
"UKES OF WELLINGTON" led by Shane McAlister. Plus Schools Barber Shop Quartets from Kapiti, Tawa, Aotea Colleges. Wine/Beer/Softs Bar. No BYO Please.
The “Ukes of Wellington” gather from all over.
Te horo to Seatoun to Upper Hutt...and everywhere in-between. From 5 years old to 85, they all have one thing in common, the Mighty Ukulele!
"We all love a jolly good sing-song" says band leader Shane McAlister.
"It's a simple formula, we strum, we sing we smile."
When he discovered the Uke about 4 years ago he knew it was something special. He was asked to take a Ukulele night class at Tawa College...and T.U.I (The Ukulele Institute) was born. "I left a job in the advertising industry to teach the mighty Ukulele full time, and now there are not enough hours in the day.
Setting up "Uke Clubs" in a dozen primary schools in the region, he ventured into a couple of Retirement Villages. 5 year old to 85 were learning the same songs and they were starting to get gigs. A couple of community groups were added to the Uke mix...and they needed a band name.
Ukes of Wellington...perfect!
3 generations of strummers, 3 generations of songs on the same stage, fantastic. "All you need is a Uke to join the "Ukes of Wellington". Just because you can't sing...doesn't mean you won't sing" says Shane...with a wry smile. "It's all about having a laugh, and the Uke will do that.
I run hour long team building Uke Workshops for the corporates. Everyone likes some Rolling Stones or Johnny Cash...it's easy...I'll get you playing a song in 10 minutes (or your money back..Ha!)
Go buy a Uke and come and join us. It'll be the best fifty bucks you've ever spent."