Musical tsunami for ukulele players

The humble ukulele is literally flying off the walls of music shops everywhere and into the hands of eager players!

RICHARD THOMPSON (left) and Anela Kahiamoe are on a musical crusade to raise the profile of the ukulele in the Comox Valley.

It’s a musical tsunami! The humble ukulele is literally flying off the walls of music shops everywhere and into the hands of eager  players!

Now it’s time for all you Comox Valley ukulele players to gather in one place, bring your tunes, bring your voices and bring your good cheer.

Starting on March 29, Anela Kahiamoe, a well-known Valley musician, and co-host Richard Thompson, former owner of Sound Advice Music Shop, will present a regular night of ukulele madness.  The ukutorium (that’s Ukulele for location) is Joe’s Garage on Fifth Street in Courtenay, starting at 8 p.m.

No experience is necessary, as there will be a Ukulele 101 class offered for any newcomers to this instrument.

No instrument is easier to master — the ukulele can be played in a matter of hours for simple tunes or taken to the most complex level of stringed instruments.

Never think for a moment that the ukulele is limited to Hawaiian music — no genre of music is sacred. Check out Corktown Ukulele Jam ( and sample the variety of styles offered.

The format for the evening is a warmup song played and sung by the entire group. Next will be the workshop portion of the evening when one of your charming talented hosts will introduce a new song. The group will learn and perform the song within the first hour, then take a break to trade tall ukulele stories of the one that got away.

After the break, an open stage will take place for those that would like to present a song of their own choice.

For more information, e-mail Richard at or call 250-338-0365.


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