Making noise at the library

Players and spectators enjoying the jam session outside Te Awamutu Library last Saturday. Photos: supplied

Ukulele players from around the region gathered outside Te Awamutu Library last Saturday to enjoy a few hours’ strumming and a variety of open mic performances.

The ukulele jam in Selwyn Park was timed to mark the end of New Zealand Music Month. It was the second organised by Waipā District Libraries in conjunction with the Kihikihi Ukulele Club; the first was held inside the library last year.

“We had around 30 players in all, from Kihikihi Ukulele Club, the Riverside Ukes in Cambridge, and the Morrinsville Ukes. There were also some players not attached to clubs,” WDC Libraries’ Dee Atkinson said.

“There was double that number spectating at one time or another.”

Dee said the music was a mix of traditional ‘Blue Smoke’, Pō KareKare Ana and Te Aroha, to ‘Jail House Rock’, pop and timeless classics.

“It was the perfect way to round out New Zealand Music Month,” she said. “We have had inhouse performances in the Cambridge Library for the last three weeks, followed by this event in Te Awamutu on the final weekend.”

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