We fancied getting together with a bunch of like minded people to perform a little,

strum along a little, learn a little, have fun a lot and be inspired! 

We also had a wee challenge to settle with Fourin Abar from Mangawhai. 

We asked you what would make a good weekend of ukulele and this is what you said:

You wanted to strum along a lot, you wanted to have lots of opportunities for open mic and you asked for workshops too, (in fact the list was quite challenging). You thought about the newbies and wanted to encourage them to come along. You said you'd like a concert and you said we didn't necessarily need high-profile people, just the opportunity to meet for the enjoyment of it.

Weeeeell we've listened to what you said and this is what we've organised


Registraton 9:30 for a 10:00 start
Thrum along - and plenty of it, open mic -and plenty of it, workshops and a concert performed by groups selected on the day from the open mic performances


A "Ukestra" type event with all players having practiced their chosen part of 2 or 3 songs performing them together. We'll get the songs out to you well before the event so that you can choose the part that suits you and practice at home, then you can meet up with others at THRUM and finally produce the combined effect

 !  Important Stuff
Updated 16 June 2019


Register each player with us ASAP -Name, group you play with (if any) and email address

Registration fee for the whole event will be $15 per person, and we would be appreciative of any koha for the workshops.

Non-players welcome to register too. There will be shakers available in case the urge takes them!

Payment: Deposit your payment and any koha to:
Rotorua Ukulele 38-9012-0886524-00

  • Please include your name as a reference to identify your payment
  • Please email to advise payment made


DATE: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July

TIME: 10:00AM Saturday finish Sunday 1:00pm

WHERE: Rotorua - venues QE Spa Recreation Hall, Monarch Room at Princes Gate Hotel, Te Runanga (the old Tea House by the band rotunda in the Government Gardens)

Acommodation: Princes Gate are offering a classic room for $195 or an estate for $200. Both rooms twin share king bed. Estates can be split into 2 singles. Breakfast at $20 per person. Plenty of motels in the area.

Requests If you have any get them to us NOW!

Ukulele Workshops

Beginners and the Fairly New To It

First timers or very new uke players with Jane Solly - some ukulele will be available if you don't have your own. Jane teaches at The Rotorua Arts Village. 

Beginners ukulele with Jane Solly - learn how to play a song or two with a group and practice the songs for the Sunday morning combined performance. 

For All

Learning to play by ear with Ruby Solly - a Ngai Tahu writer, artist and musician. She is currently doing a Masters in Music Therapy after completing a degree in Jazz Performance Cello.

How to pull a song apart and arrange it for group with Ruby Solly

Encourage your friends to join you at THRUM

Concert tickets available at $15 per person for non-players who don't want to spend the day at THRUM

Intermediate and Above

Bass for intermediate and above with Rob Paterson (Cairo and Shejus Greedy) - Rob is the bass player from the original band, Cairo, that played at Tudor Towers night club at the old Bath House that is now the home of Rotorua Museum. The band was known internationally and toured with Roy Orbison and The Commodores before buying their own future in the form of the lease of the night club. You will need your bass and practice amp for this workshop.

Using pedals and effects with Chris Webber - talented guitarist and ukulele player. Not only a talented musician but also father of Jordi Webber.If you've ever wondered how effects pedals work, Chris will feature looping, octave and harmonising pedals during his workshop. You should be able to have a go at them all 

 Other things you've asked for - 

  • We've done our best but we might have to save some things for next time:
  • Using a condenser mic
  • Recording performances
  • Song writing technique
  • How to learn songs so that you can perform without the music
  • Basics of jamming
  • Something funny to watch -perhaps our challenge with Fourin Abar might qualify

Enquiries and Registrations for THRUM to thrum@rotoruaukulele.co.nz