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Quarantine Edition for August 11

Even though we’re apart, we here at Tuesday Ukes are still playing and singing. Each Tuesday at 7:00pm CST we have a (very) casual Online Open Mic – we play a couple of songs together, and then folks get an opportunity to play for the group. If you’re not on the mailing list, shoot us an email at tug_info@tuesdayukes.org – and we’ll send you an invite. We also capture the meetings on video – OnLine Open Mic Videos.

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If you’d like to log into our Tuesday, August 11 Zoom meeting at 7 p.m., here’s how to do it. You don’t need to perform a song–you can listen or strum along–but we’re always happy to have you perform for the group.

Join Zoom Meeting–just click on this link and follow the buttons (say “Yes” to the audio and video):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81372712176?pwd=OGpQdnhacFVrcHdnaDYrWHVqU2FLQT09

Meeting ID: 813 7271 2176
Passcode: 279218
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,81372712176#,,,,,,0#,,279218# US (Houston)
+12532158782,,81372712176#,,,,,,0#,,279218# US (Tacoma)

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We also have play along videos – check out the Member Videos and the Spring 2020 Songbook videos. And since we’re all pretty much sitting at home most of the time – this is a good chance to work on some new strums with our TUG Strum Class videos. We’re adding videos (and other stuff) almost every day – so check back.

We’ll be updating our calendar with local online events – and check out Ukulele Magazine’s Live Stream Events Calendar – lots of great stuff going on in the ukulele world.

Take care – and keep playing.


We’re a group of uke players who meet each Tuesday at 7:00pm at The Hancock Recreation Center – 811 E. 41st Street, Austin, TX. (Hancock Rec Center Web). Ask at the front desk and they’ll point the way.

We open our meetings by playing a couple of songs that we haven’t played for a while. Then we play a few songs from our current, and ever-changing quarterly songbook. Folks bring in songs they like and we try new songs – we’re open to anything! We project the song sheets on the wall – and we have loaner ukes at every meeting – so you don’t need anything! At the end of each quarter we pull a dozen or so songs from our current songbook, print song sheets,  and have an open uke jam at a local watering hole – we call it a UkeAlong.  We take our loaner ukes and usually get some bystanders involved  – it’s a lot of fun.

From 6:30pm to 7:00pm each Tuesday we have a gentle warm up where we play one and two-chord songs.

If you have any questions drop us an email – tug_info@tuesdayukes.org. We’re very informal, and this is a friendly group – so come out and play ukes with us.

Kevin Jolly, 1957-2020

On June 14 of this year, the Tuesday Ukes lost the man we think of as the group’s founder and prime mover, Kevin Jay Jolly. He died of a heart attack, survived by his son Don and his wife Karen.

Among his passions were the Ural motorcycle and Texas archaeology, but most of us knew him for his love of the ukulele and sharing it with others. Soon after the Austin Ukulele Society was formed in 2011, Kevin decided along with some friends that it would be better to meet weekly instead of monthly, and the Tuesday Uke Group was formed.

Over the past few years, 12 to 18 people would gather to share songs and learn new ones. In 2019 and the first half of 2020, Kevin contacted senior facilities in the hopes of recruiting more ukulele players in Austin. During these sessions, Kevin and TUG members dropped by, for example, the Lamar Senior Center with his loaner ukuleles to share songs and to get people playing. The group also visited senior homes to offer the residents chances to sing familiar Country and Tin Pan Alley songs.

We will miss Kevin terribly, and his friends and TUG members have decided to do their best to keep the group going. Because of COVID-19, we still meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm, but we meet on the ZOOM software forum, with hopes of returning to live meetings soon…

Join us online! Get the details in our “Quarantine Edition” post. Hope we see you soon to continue Kevin’s legacy.

Summer 2020 Videos

I’m trying a new way to share videos. Click the icon near the upper right, and you’ll see a list of our videos (you may need to hover over the image to see that icon). Pick your favorite video, then close the song list with the X button. You can make the video full-screen by clicking the icon near the lower right corner of the video.

Feb 22 AUS Open Mic!

Austin Ukulele Society hosted an open mic at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday Feb 22 – and it was great! We played two songs – Istanbul (not Constantinople) and Swingin’ on a Star. Here’s a couple of videos (you’ll probably need to turn up the volume to hear them well).

We all had a great time. Thanks to Michelle for the percussion, Walter on the Kazoo, and Bill on Bass – we sounded like a band! TUG is looking forward to the time (somewhere in the mysterious future) we’ll all be able to get together and participate in an open mic again!

Senior Ukes – Open Mic

The Senior Uke group at Lamar Senior Activity Center and the group at the Baca Senior Activity center in Round Rock joined forces to perform at the Austin Ukulele Society Open Mic at Kick Butt Coffee. They performed the Guy Clark tune – Homegrown Tomatoes. Here’s a video (turn up your audio volume for best results).

This was the very first time the two groups had played together! Hopefully it won’t be the last.

New Year Uke Along!

UkeAlong!

We had a great time making ukulele music at our January 2020 UkeAlong at the Central Market on North Lamar. We had a great group of folks – and we had the back porch pretty much all to ourselves. Thanks to everyone who came out to make music!

If you’d like a copy of the songbook – grab it here.

Our next UkeAlong is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at the Brewtorium. Watch this space for more info.

January 2020 UkeAlong!

Start the New Year right with some Uke madness. We’ll be meeting at the Central Market on North Lamar on Tuesday, January 7 from 7:00-9:00 – for ukes and fun. We’ll have loaners, and song books – and hopefully a projector and screen. The songbook has a a dozen songs carefully selected by the Tugsters (coming soon!). Bring your uke-curious friends and neighbors. It’s always a good time.

Austin Ukulele Society Open Mic

The Austin Ukulele Society hosted another great open mic at Kick Butt Coffee on Saturday, August 17 – and TUG was there! Here’s our group performing Everybody Loves My Baby (Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer – 1924).

And to close out our TUG set we did Blitzkrieg Bop (Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone – 1976).

But TUG wasn’t through – here’s Walter – – –

And Mary Jane —

Rich played 2 songs –

And Ode to Billy Joe —

It was a ton of ukulele fun – thanks to Bob and Jen and Lida – and the Austin Ukulele Society for putting it together!

Tuesday Uke Ukulele Camps

TUG will be hosting two Uke Camps in September. This is a 4-week program for Seniors (50+) new to the uke or wondering if the uke is something for them (the answer is yes!). We cover the basics:

  • Parts of the ukulele
  • How to hold the ukulele
  • Fingering chords
  • How to learn new chords
  • Simple strumming
  • How to make more complex strums
  • How to learn a song on the uke
  • Strumming and singing
  • Reading TABS

And we play songs – but the end of the camp you’ll be playing two and three chord songs confidently in a group.

We’ll have 10 loaner ukes available for the classes, and TUG has donated 5 ukuleles to each location so there will be ukuleles available outside of class for folks to practice and play. So no uke – no problem!

If you’d like to see what we’ll cover in camp you can download our Uke Camp Book. All class participants will get a printed copy at the first camp meeting.

Our first camp will be at the Lamar Senior Activity Center, meeting Thursday mornings from 10:00 am-11:oo am – September 12 – October 3. Participants will need to be a member of (or join) the Lamar Senior Activity Center ($5.00/year). Contact the Lamar Senior Activity Center for more information on registering for the Uke Camp.

  • Lamar Senior Activity Center
  • 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
  • 512-978-2480
  • Thursday September 12 – Thursday, October 3 10am – 11am

Our second camp will be at the Allen R. Baca Center in Round Rock. We’ll be meeting Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm – September 25 – October 16. Participants will need to be a member of (or join) the Allen R. Baca center ($25/year). Contact the Allen R. Baca Center for more information on registering for the Uke Camp.

  • Allen R. Baca Center
  • 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Building 2, Round Rock, TX 78664
  • (512) 218-5499
  • Wednesday, September 25 – Wednesday, October 16
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Come camp with TUG!

New Song File Folders

We’ve reorganized the song files a little. You can get to them using the Tug Song Sheets link in the sidebar. There is a new folder called – COMPILATIONS. This should be where you will find the Quarterly Song books – and other compilations of songs. These will be PDF format files with multiple songs. We’ve renamed the Archives folder to ONSONG ACHIVES – and this folder will only contain archive files for the OnSong application. (This allows folks with OnSong on an iPad to load songs and sets). We haven’t updated the individual song files yet – but should have those up-to-date in the next few weeks.