We went on the same cruise last year and on board they had Pete Crush who ran a series of classes on the ukulele for new players. This was the first time I had ever tried to play an instrument (and sing in public) since being kicked out of music lessons at my old school – Vincent Thompson High School – by our music teacher ‘basher’ Brooke.
Every year we all had to audition for the school choir, and he would wander around tapping on the shoulder all those not worthy of making it into the hallowed ranks of the singers. For some reason every year he used to stand behind me as we stood, his arm outstretched so even as I was half-way up he would tap my shoulder! Do you think her was trying to tell me something?
Anyway, back to the cruise. We were lucky enough to cruise to the West Indies at the start of this year – on the Marco Polo – and Pete and his wife, Lynda, were giving more classes so I joined in. He mentioned to us that they would be on this particular cruise back to Canada, so we’ve got a late booking. Honest, Pete – we’re not stalking you!
Canada is a wonderful place for the ukulele as the school system positively promotes the playing of this instrument. You can read more about it here; https://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com.
In addition, university places are provided for this purpose and annual trips are taken to Hawaii to further educate ukulele players.
I bought a soprano ukulele at O’Briens in St John’s, Nova Scotia. This is an amazing shop which has been trading since 1939. I emailed them a few weeks back about buying a banjolele but sadly they didn’t get back to me. Still, as seen in an earlier post one has now been ordered from Holland. We are going to visit a music festival in St John’s this time in Water Park – if we arrive in time. Hopefully the weather will be better – last year it POURED down! The rain was unbelievable. So, finger’s crossed.
I will be taking my Kala resonator and my banjolele – hopefully it will arrive by the end of July – so I can join in and have some more lessons from Pete and Lynda.