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Comprising of more than 40 members, the Grafton Ukettes, a local ukelele group, are hosting a ukulele jam and open mike session on May 27 and 27 at the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC), and are warmly inviting participants to come along. Image: contributed

Uke beaut weekend in Grafton

Emma Pritchard


Members of the Grafton Ukettes, a sociable group of local ukulele players, are looking forward to stringing together a large crowd of cheerful and enthusiastic musicians and hobbyists later this month when they host a fun-filled ukulele jam and open mike session.

Featuring a variety of classic and catchy tunes and songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the free community event is aimed at encouraging participants to share in the uniqueness of the charismatic lute instrument while meeting new people and making new friends as they sing and play alongside each other.

Formed in 2011 by Pauline Wake and Colleen Herbert, the Grafton Ukettes meet each week, and are continuing to develop a popular following in the Clarence Valley.

Sue Bowling has been playing the ukulele for three years, and joined the Grafton Ukettes in 2021.

Describing the ukulele as an easy instrument to play, and one which makes “a beautiful and happy sound”, Ms Bowling said more and more people are discovering and embracing its style and instrumental charm.

“The ukulele only has four strings and is much easier to learn to play than a guitar,” she said.

“You only need to learn three or four chords to play a number of songs, and I think that’s the appeal of the instrument.

“It doesn’t require a lot of practice, and it’s a lot of fun to play too.”

Ms Bowling said the upcoming ukulele jam and open mike session is a great opportunity for everyone who loves the instrument, and music, to come together for a weekend of friendship and enjoyment.

“Everyone is welcome,” she said.

“If you have ever thought about learning to play the ukulele or joining a singing group, come and give it a try.

“The Grafton Ukettes are always happy to welcome new members too.

“We have ukulele groups from Gunnedah, Brisbane, and Bellingen who will be coming to the event, and we’re all looking forward to the weekend.”

The ukulele jam and open mike session will be held on May 27 between 10am and 5pm, and May 28 from 10am until midday at the Grafton District Services Club (GDSC).

For additional information, and to learn more about the Grafton Ukettes, please contact Ms Bowling at