It’s been a blast!

Hello All,

It is with regret that I must announce that I am ending my time with the Renfrew Uke Group and that the October jam session was my last.

I have really enjoyed our time together in the Renfrew Uke Group.

I have made commitments to my family, business and community that I need to focus on over the next year. So … I’ll no longer be hosting the monthly jams.

Thank you for sharing your music and voices.

Go forth and Uke!

Ukulele Workshop

Renfrew_Uke_Group_Workshop_Poster_2015Calling all Ukulele Players!

The Renfrew Uke Group is hosting a Ukulele Workshop, Wednesday July 22nd.

If you can play a little or a lot, you’ll benefit by attending this event.

The workshop will be led by Joel Jacques, a talented multi-instrumentalist, an accomplished ukulele instructor and a builder of custom ukuleles.

This intensive workshop will introduce you to a variety of strumming options to make each song sound different from the last. You will be introduced to the basics of right-hand techniques and place them in musical context.

Bring your instrument, you will definitely be playing.

Special thanks to Mill Music and The Rocky Mountain House for their sponsorship of this event.

For more info, please contact

Share this info with Uke Players throughout the Ottawa Valley.

Happy Strumming!


Jake ShimaBukuro plays Burnstown

jake_1The Neat Cafe in Burnstown will be hosting a performance by Jake Shimabukuro on Sunday, March 8th, 2015.

Jake is possibly the best Uke player in the world.

You can view many of Jake’s performances on Here are a couple cool ones:

You can get ticket info at

Book Review – Ukulele Aerobics


Ukulele_AerobicsChad Johnson and the folks at Hal Leonard have done a great job compiling a ukulele training program for players of all skill levels.

When I read that this training program is designed for Beginners to Advanced players, my first I thought was that’s a pretty tall order to fill, however, I think they have done it.

The book is intended to take a Ukulele player, over a 40 week period, through basic chords and strumming to quite complex playing techniques.

Within each week, the program is broken into 7 days – It is suggested that you practice these lessons 20 to 30 minutes a day to improve – Each day is dedicated to a specific element of playing: Chords, Strumming, Fingerstyle, Scales, Legato, Licks & Riffs and an “anything goes” lesson on Sunday.

As I worked my way through Week One, I realized my own training was lacking. My training focus from the beginning was on chord and strumming knowledge but that’s only 2 days of the seven! This book has provided me with a well laid out, easy to follow, incremental method of improving my playing in all seven areas.

I’m only a few weeks in and I’m already a better, more well rounded player (My opinion only)

One shortfall, albeit a minor one, is how the CD tracks are recorded. The 7 audio clips for any given week are in a single track: Week 1 – Track 1, Week 2 – Track 2, etc.

My issue with this formatting is that if I want to listen, repeatedly, to a specific day of a week I cannot without hearing the previous days of that week.
Individual tracks for individual days would solve this issue.

Overall, I’m impressed with the thought that has gone into this book and I would recommend it to any Ukulele player interested in taking their playing to the next level.

Check out this book at Hale Leonard


Renfrew Uke Group has a logo!

Rebecca Tock of TUBMAN Marketing Inc. has done an amazing job of designing a logo for our group.


Rebecca, many thanks for your hard work and creative juices!

We are looking for ideas on promoting our Uke group and using this awesome logo.

Send your ideas to

Strumming along …


Hello Fellow Ukulele Players!

Gotta A Uke? Wanna Play?

Welcome to Renfrew Ukulele Group (RUG)

RUG is for everyone in the Renfrew, Ontario area who loves ukulele!
Regular RUG jams are free! Come out to strum, sing, and laugh!

The Rocky Mountain House, Renfrew, Ontario - Directions

Next Jam Night is Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Singing & Playing from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Regular RUG jams are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m.
We encourage you to join us for a delicious meal, snack, or drinks, anytime after 5:30 – catch up on news, meet new friends, share ukulele tips, tricks, and so on…

Beginners – don’t be shy! We have so much fun!
From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. before each jam, players will be available to answer questions, help with a strum or show you some chords.
Print off the songs found on this web site to build your own song book then bring them to the next jam.

If you’re just starting out and plan on joining us regularly at The Rocky Mountain House, you’ll get lots of help from fellow Ukers. Even though you might not be able to keep up with everything right at the beginning, you’ll still be able to belt out the songs. Don’t worry – you’ll catch on quickly to the chords with practice.

Hope to see you there!

For more information please drop us an email

Everyone is welcome! Come see what all the excitement is about!