Playalong – Log Driver’s Waltz in Nashville Numbers

You may run across a kind of notation called the Nashville Number System, especially if you find yourself in the woods with some bluegrass players. They may appear instead of traditional chord letter names on a sheet of paper with song lyrics, or they might be hollered or signaled using fingers.

Do you know how to read Nashville numbers? (It’s interesting that Nashville names it. Jazz people have been doing it for decades, you dig.)

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Let’s learn Danse Macabre!

This is my favourite Halloween music. I remember watching TV in the crunchy yellow of an October afternoon, waiting to get ready to go out with my plastic pumpkin, but mostly waiting for my scary music to come on. It always did.

I’ve found a very nice three-part ukulele performance score for a short version of it. Want to learn it to play at Cafe Blackbird before Halloween? I think we could be great. Come on, what are you afraid of?

Oh. Skeletons? Oh. Well. You have a point, probably.

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CAFE BLACKBIRD UPDATE: Temporary time change


Monday, September 26
The Circle will meet between 5 and 7 on September 26 to accommodate a performance at the venue scheduled for later that evening.

Monday, October 10 (Thanksgiving Monday)
The Circle will meet on Thanksgiving Monday between 2 and 4, as the cafe hours are shorter for the holiday.

See you at Cafe Blackbird!

9640 142 street

After five years

On┬áSunday, it was announced that Gary’s last circle as leader would be December 2016, following which we will continue as a self-led group.

Gary, a wonderful musician and teacher, has been part of the Edmonton Ukulele Circle for its entire existence, helping to grow and develop it from a quartet to the great galumphing organization it is today. He will be appearing locally with his guitar.

Come celebrate Gary in December at a party with date to be determined.



THIS CIRCLE WILL MEET BETWEEN 5 and 7 on September 26 to accommodate a pianist at the cafe after our circle.

This Circle will meet on Thanksgiving Monday October 10th between 2 and 4.


We are excited to announce a new circle in the west end of Edmonton. BLACKBIRD CAFE formerly known as Jeffreys Cafe at 9640 142 street 780 451 8890.
Blackbirds is very welcoming to the idea of a Ukulele circle on Monday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30.
We agreed to try it twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. If we get enough interest and Blackbirds are still welcoming to us we may expand this to every Monday in the New Year.

The venue is often used for performers. We will have the front of the cafe. It does not have any couches and the tables and chairs can be rearranged as we like. It has good lighting and acoustics.

As it will be a self lead circle there will be no cost. We will play from the Beloff books and anything that takes our fancy and that people want to copy for the group.
As with Boganis, Blackbirds ask that we have a coffee, and maybe something to eat.

For people coming from the southside It is located about 15 minutes from the Whitemud exit at 149st st. You go to 142 st and then about 10 minutes to the venue. It has easy access from downtown, the westend and easier access than other circles to people from the north side.

It is booked to start September 12th and 26th. Come out and join us!!

Note this circle will replace the Lois Hole circle that has been CANCELLEd because the library does not have room in its programming this year for our program.

Thanks everyone.

Seba Beach market Alberta agriculture day August 20

The Seba market loved us the first time and are pleased to ask us to return to help celebrate Alberta agriculture or market day on Saturday August 20th. We will meet at the pavilion in Seba beach at 10.15 am and play until about noon. We will play from the yellow and blue Beloff books and the play list we used for the last market day. If none has something you would like us to play please make 15 copies and we will give it a try!
Please join us if you can. Please let us know if you are coming by email reply or leave a message on this site. Thanks and see you there!

And pot luck lunch afterwards! Bring your swim suit ! Directions at the market. Fun