BOISE UKULELE GROUP (BUG)
Our motto: Four strings, four fingers, NO PROBLEM!
As of our first meeting in January 2015, BUG is seven years old!
In late 2007 Jack Lawson and Earl Mullins met through a bulletin board about Hawaiian music (www.taropatch.net). Since there was no active ukulele group in Boise, they decided to fill the void and start one. The very first meeting was held on the first Wednesday of January 2008. Jack has since retired and moved from the area, but BUG still carries on. Meetings were first held in the conference room of Jack's office but we quickly outgrew the seating capacity (10) there. We next tried a couple of different local pizza parlors, which seemed like a good idea. It mostly worked and was nice having access to pizza and beverages, but there were times when we were crowded out by things like little league baseball league meetings, large pizza parties, and sports banquets. Finally we approached the Meadow Lakes Village senior living center and in January 2010 we began meeting in the craft room on the assisted living side of the complex. Before long, we outgrew that room too and were graciously offered the use of space in the Main Lodge where we meet now.
Here’s to more years of ukulele fun and success!
E komo mai i ka hale
(welcome to the home of)
BOISE UKULELE GROUP
Aloha! Come join us for kanikapila (jam sessions) and informal learning on this incredibly fun and versatile little four-stringed instrument. All experience levels are welcome. We can get you started from scratch. Most of the regular participants are at the beginner or intermediate skill levels. If you are a beginner, don't be intimidated -- drop in and give it a try -- we'll be gentle. If you are already an experienced player, then come show us how it’s done.
Don’t have a uke of your own already? Come anyway, as there is often an extra uke or two on hand. And we can always use extra singers. We cover a wide variety of music, and have developed a basic songlist called the "Nifty Fifty", a core group of 50 or so well-known songs done in uke-friendly keys. See the music page for more details and how to download these songs.
If you don't play the ukulele, don't let that stop you from dropping in. We are primarily a ukulele-oriented group, but everyone is welcome. We always need extra singers to help out, even if you don't play an instrument at all. But be fairly warned: being in a room full of ukulele is contagious and fun, and you just might end up trying it!