Putting the word out to area ukulele groups in the Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater and Pendleton areas, members of UkuLadies anticipated about 25 people would join in and “make music together” in a Hawaiian “kanikapila”-style impromptu jam session on Sunday at Milton Adventist Church, 1244 N. Elizabeth St., Milton-Freewater.
Participants brought their instruments and music stands and for about two hours strummed and sang songs from a lengthy list, ranging from theme song “Island Style,” to “Aloha ‘Oe,” “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful,” “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” Blue Blue Hawaii,” “Cattle Call,” “City of New Orleans” the Walla Walla version of “Country Roads,” “They Call the Wind Mariah” and “This Land is your Land,” among many others.
Then, with appetites surely honed, they enjoyed salads, casseroles and barbecued hot dogs before bidding one another farewell.
“This is our first venture into getting groups together to play,” Carolyn Hansen emailed. They’re considering having another session in the fall.
“March 2015 was when I was asked if I would like to learn to play the ukulele and I thought it would be fun. The next week I had three chords to learn and a loaned ukulele to learn them on.” A small group took lessons from Roy Anderson, who was starting a new beginners session.
The group expanded and took the name UkuLadies. Four years later about 18 practice together.
Tammy Seaquist is music director for UkuLadies, which meets at 3 p.m. Thursdays at Milton Adventist Church. They play at various events around the area. “One of our most fun places to play is at the 9 Mile Ranch red angus bull sale evening barn social,” she said.
They’ve also played for a Hawaiian-themed birthday party, Hawaiian-themed dinner at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, church events, a sweetheart dinner and October Fest, assisted living, Rogers School children ukulele players and they have a standing date once a month to play at Veterans Homes and other events. Questions? Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.