Dungog's own band of traveling minstrels

ON TOUR: The musicians were all smiles on Norfolk Island.

ON TOUR: The musicians were all smiles on Norfolk Island.

Dungog’s very own ukulele took their collective talents on the road and attended the Norfolk Island Ukulele Festival.

The ukulele festival which was held in the last week of April was so popular it was sold out.

This may have had something to do with the promotion of the event by the island’s tourism body: 

“In the vast South Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Island is identified by its natural beauty, majestic Norfolk Pines along with unique Polynesian blend of culture, language, music and history,” read the promo for the event.

Performing on stage.

Performing on stage.

“Uke players and musicians of all levels of ability are invited to attend and join with the Norfolk musicians. The “cultural mix" of Aussies, Kiwis and Maori singers will be given an added dimension of the Bounty Pitcairn descendants with their unique culture, Norfolk language songs and Island Dancers.”

Dianne Pope said the members of DoUG (Dungog original Ukulele Group) had a great time meeting other enthusiasts, enjoying the sights of Norlfolk Island and playing at a number of events including the final night concert.

Dungog Shire residents involved as players and support on the trip included:  Marilyn and Alan Mitchell, Norma and Ian Kingston, Brian and Pam Harland, Geoff and Heli Berry, Tom and Min Boorer, Di Pope and Royce Burns, Bronwyn Hibbert and Ireen Wong.

Seeing the sights was part of the fun.

Seeing the sights was part of the fun.

DoUG is a loosely formed community group for amateur, learner and professional musicians to come together to promote and enjoy music of all types on the ukulele including original compositions.

The cost to members at meetings is a gold coin donation to cover printing and other costs

DoUG meet each second Thursday and each second Sunday (flexible venues) 5 to 7 pm to promote ukuleles in Dungog Shire.

Email the group for more  details – dungoguke@gmail.com

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