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Ukulele Plays Irish at SPRUKE

We’ve a little bit of Irish embedded in our Beginners Ukulele Oasis Novice Songs …

Peter McMeel, ukulele teacher of 30 years’ experience, and the equally-talented musician and teacher Brendan Williams, are bringing a little bit of Irish to SPRUKE Novice Songs sessions.
If you’re keen on Irish music, or just keen to learn, meet Peter at the Oasis for the Ukulele Plays Irish songs at:

  • Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    (at the end of the Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Novice Songs session)
  • Sunday 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm
    (at the beginning of the Sunday 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm Novice Songs session)
  • Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
    (at the end of the Sunday 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm Novice Songs session

Standard ukulele C tuning and 2- or 3-chord songs will be used for Ukulele Plays Irish during Novice Songs sessions.

It’s the luck of the Irish …

Book your Novice Song sessions at Trybooking. All absolute beginners who register for, AND attend Beginners Bootcamp or Novice Songs, will be eligible for a Beginners lucky prize draw.


Now … a wee bit of shameless self-promotion …

Ukes Play Irish Every Thursday at Toowong

If you live in or near Brisbane, and you’d like to have a craic …
Irish music lovers can join Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams for Ukulele Plays Irish every Thursday at the Toowong. When the weather is balmy we will play outdoors, overlooking the park.
The group caters for beginners to experienced players. The session fills the club with the magical sound of beautiful Irish singing and music.

VENUE: Toowong Bowls Club, 59 Gailey Road, Taringa QLD 4068
TIME: Every Thursday night 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The session extends into “All Instruments” at around 6:30 pm and continues till around 8:00 pm.
BRING: Please tune your ukes in D for Celtic.

For more info contact Peter on 0447 721 669.

* Points on D Tuning for Celtic

The ukulele will be tuned up one whole step from C to D. (G,C,E,A becomes A,D,F#,B)
Chord shapes used are ukulele G shape for A, C shape for D, E shape for F# and A shape for B)
D tuning can be high or low on string 4, in the same way as C. High tuning produces a wonderfully sweet and addictive harp like sound. Low tuning will extend the melodic range of the instrument a very handy amount, because ukuleles otherwise have quite a limited range. Watch out! You might eventually keep a ukulele specially preserved in D tuning!