Valentine Retrospective at Story – Feb 7 2018

2018 is our 6th year of hosting a Valentine ukulele Play-Along! Thanks to Bozeman Parks and Rec’s “Pickin in the Park” program, the event will be held at the Story Mansion, 7:30pm, Wednesday, Feb 7.

Friends have been telling me they’d like to just play some favorites from the last 6 years, so I made a compilation of all of our Valentine play-alongs from 2013-2018. I will bring a few surprises, but you’re invited to select a song from the following list that you’d most enjoy revisiting (or visiting for the first time, if you’re new to our loose knit bunch of loose cannons)!

Ukulele fun starts at 7:30 (after the fiddle jam). We’ll meet in the library until they’re done, and then move to the main room to play for about an hour from big Valentine Retrospective songbooks that I’ll provide. At 8:30 the play-along will morph into an open string jam, (i.e. players take turns leading songs without sheet music). Stay if you like, it’s a lot of fun!

If you feel like practicing, here is a big PDF with all the songs listed below in it. But there’s no need to practice! We generally fly by the seat of the pants, “no harm, no foul” and just have fun! Players of all skill levels are welcome, and at the Story jam, any acoustic string instrument is welcome to join the ukulele fun. As long as you pay us intrepid ukers the respect and honor that we’re inherently due… 😉

See you tonight! 7:30 PM WEDNESDAY FEB. 7 at the STORY MANSION!

Valentine Retrospective




Ukulele Holiday Hootenanny Dec 6 2017

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Bozeman

Come uke out on the First Wednesday of December (DEC 6, 2017) at Bozeman Parks & Rec’s “Pickin in the Park” string jam. We’ll start after the beginning fiddlers are done, so relax in the Story LIBRARY room until the fiddlers ready to head out.

Bring your ukulele and play/croon along on holiday songs from 7:30 to 8:30 or so, and after that, it’s open string jam! Chord sheets and loaner ukuleles available, so anyone can give it a shot.

There is absolutely no reason not to bring cookies or other holiday treats, if you have some on hand! 🙂

Everyone welcome! Come sing along & enjoy the beautiful Story Mansion.


First Weds Uke at Story Mansion Nov 1


GET OUT YOUR UKE Wednesday, November 1!

Bozeman Parks and Rec has invited our motley crew to try out a First Wednesday slot for ukulele play-along as part of their cool “Pickin in the Park” program. Public welcome!

Time: 7:30pm, Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017
Place: The Story Mansion, 811 S Willson Bozeman
We will use the space after the Fiddle Jam. Ukin starts at 7:30, so in spite of being the very organized, “15 minutes early” type, please do not lurk menacingly and/or noodle on your uke while the fiddlers finish up. After they’re all packed up, we’ll swoop in and at that point, all will be encouraged to cause ukulele havoc, as usual.

Everyone is welcome to join us. This is free and open to the public and loaner ukes will be on hand! (If it works out well, maybe we’ll continue this on a monthly basis, let’s just see how this goes.)

NOVEMBER 2017 Song list sneak peek! Uncharacteristically, I’ve got a song list more than a day ahead of time! If you’re the type who likes to peek and practice, here’s a preview of this month’s line up, inspired by the song idea theme “Houses!” There are lots of doors and floors (some new, some tried & true) in this PDF:  Nov 2017 10-songs

(Note: PDF is just draft, so things may change a little. I’ll print copies — no need to print!)

Bring your OWN song idea(s) to lead or perform if you like! The prompt “houses” is just to help generate ideas, you don’t have to stick with that theme. Any song = good.

Some things not to worry about: Don’t worry if… 

  • You don’t know one of the songs we play! They all have catchy choruses that you’ll pick up on, and it’ll be fun!
  • You don’t think you’re good enough ukulele player! Yes you are. Seriously. You are.
  • You’re not in the uke club… Dude! There IS no uke club! Anyone who comes is welcome, and it’s all very casual and easygoing.
  • You didn’t practice! ha ha ha ha! Practice? What’s THAT?
    ust come, strum and be awesome!




Ukin Uke-in at Story Mansion Nov 1, 2017

Our October “Uketoberfest” picnic brought ukers new & old to the Story Mansion! Thanks everyone who helped with this event, and to Bozeman Parks and Recreation’s Pickin in the Park program for hosting us!

On a trial basis, we’ve been invited to join the monthly rotation of Pickin in the Park events at the Story Mansion.

Marla will host a drop-in community ukulele play-along (Very easy-going! Much like our library sessions.) the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month (Nov 1, 2017) at 7:30pm. This will follow the First Wednesday Fiddle jam, which usually ends around 7:30, so ukers, please be respectful of the fiddlers and don’t lurk ominously or noodle on your ukes while they’re wrapping up.

Marla will bring some new songs on the theme “HOUSES” (doors! windows! stairs? ceilings? floors? roofs?) and you’re welcome to bring some songs you’d like to play on that theme (or any theme, for that matter)!

See you at 7:30 Wednesday, November 1. (That’s the day after Halloween, folks!) At Story Mansion, 811 South Willson, Bozeman. Everyone is welcome and loaner ukes will be on hand. (This will be an all-acoustic jam, no mics or amps.)

Pickin’ in the Park cohosts Uke-toberfest at Story Mansion Oct 14 2017


Uke-toberfest, the fourth annual Bozeman Ukulele Picnic, is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Story Mansion.

The event starts with a free drop-in ukulele crash course for first-time beginners of all ages (7+) at 3:30pm. A no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along follows, beginning at 5pm. The public is invited to bring a ukulele, a picnic dinner and a song to share or perform. Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide lemonade, door prizes and a selection of songs for all to play along on.

The event is hosted by Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret in partnership with the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department’s “Pickin’ in the Park” Program. In the case of rain, activities will move indoors.

Those who don’t have a ukulele can borrow a loaner while supplies last. To reserve a loaner for the lesson, send a message via the contact form on our “about” page or find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

The Story Mansion is located at 811 S. Willson in Bozeman.

Grab Yer Uke and March for Science 11am April 22, 2017 – MSU Bozeman

Get out your ukulele and March for Science, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

This community event is organized by MSU students, but all science loving citizens are welcome. Wouldn’t it be fun to add a colorful ukulele presence to the atmosphere? It’s a national non-partisan effort to support the vital role science plays in global health, safety, economies, and governments.

WHEN: The March for Science rally is scheduled to begin at 10 am Saturday April 22 on the MSU Centennial Mall, which is just South of Montana Hall (the red brick building in the center of campus with a bell tower). The March is scheduled to start sometime between 11 and Noon, so let’s set our ukulele timing as follows:

UKERS MEET UP 11:00 am in front of MSU Renne Library to pick up music and maybe do a run-through. (The library is just across the Mall from Montana Hall, a bit to the SW, so if you are at the rally, you’ll be able to glance over and see if we’re there. From there, we can get organized and still keep an eye on rally doins. Once we feel “as organized as we’re getting,” we’ll rejoin the rally and march as a group.)

I’ll bring masking tape, so we can tape music to the person in front of us if needed! 🙂 It’s an easy 3-chord song, though, so even if you don’t know it yet, join us!

If the weather’s nice, I’ll bring some other spring songs and we can have an impromptu Earth Day play-along afterward if people feel like it.

SEE YOU THERE! Plan 15 minutes for park & walk, as there’s not a lot of parking near MSU! The Field House lot across from Town & Country is always a safe option if you can’t find anything closer.

Here’s some more background on the event and below are resources for practicing our Galaxy Song.

Bozeman Chronicle: April 19 2017 story by Gail Schontzler

Bozeman March for Science Facebook Event:  (This page includes maps and stuff, in case you’re not familiar with the campus area.)

March for Science Bozeman page on Facebook:

Not familiar with the Galaxy song? Here’s the darling Eric Idle himself performing it (we’ll skip the instrumental):

I’ll provide music sheets for Monty Python’s Galaxy Song, which you can also download here as a PDF:  Galaxy Song

Or practice right from here (sorry, we’re not playing in the same key as the video):


Love Song Play-Along and Unamplified Open Mic Feb 19 2017

What's more romantic than a ukulele?

What’s more romantic than a ukulele?


Sunday, February 19 3-5pm

Bozeman Public Library Small Meeting Room

Everyone welcome! BYO Uke!

Grab your ukulele and play along on fun, familiar love songs!

AND! If you feel brave, you can even get up and perform a love or heartbreak song at our “Unamplified Open Mic!” You might win the prize for saddest or sweetest song. Or, if you prefer to play it kind of chill,  just come join the fun, cheer our performers and play along.

We’ll start out with the (unamplified) open mic at 3, and then all play some songs together.

Sign up for your “open mic” slot on the dry erase board, day-of!

Need a loaner ukulele? Just let us know!
If you can play guitar, you can play ukulele. We provide chord charts for all play-along songs, so come out and have some fun with us. Playing ukulele has been shown to be good for your heart!

Like to practice up ahead of time? Here’s a Sneak Preview PDF of our play-along songs.



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Songs of Unity and Friendship Jan 15 2017 Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret


This January’s Ukulele Play-Along is on the theme of unity and friendship. Bring a ukulele to the Bozeman Public Library on Sunday, Jan 15 at 4pm and join us. It’s super low key and everybody’s welcome!

“Mom, you have, like, 9 hours worth of music here,” my hyperbolic daughter said, as she dutifully played the part of blind run-through guinea pig. Actually not. More like, maybe 1.2 hours. Anyway, we may skip a few on Sunday depending on who shows up and how everybody feels, but I had fun trying out these songs, so I’m uploading the whole list here. Don’t worry if you don’t know some of them. They’re all easy to learn as you go.

Ukulele Songs of Unity and Friendship Preview: jan-15-2017-preview

Here’s the final version, tweaked a bit: jan-15-2017-finalhr

I will bring enough copies for everyone on Sunday, so there’s no need to print unless you want to practice up ahead of time. (I usually encounter a few mistakes and re-order the pages before I print out music, so if you print this preview, it probably won’t match the final version.)

See you on Sunday! If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.



Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Caroling at Highgate Senior Living Dec 4 2016

Thanks Elizabeth Crowell for sending us a link to this video of our Dec 4 2016 caroling outing to Highgate Senior Living! Between the practice/play-along at Cold Smoke Coffee and the caroling event at Highgate, more than 25 ukers came out last Sunday.

Thanks to our hosts Cold Smoke and Highgate, and to Susan J. for organizing, David D. for photos, and all the ukers who came, played, sang and schlepped music stands, folding stools and other ukulele cabaret paraphernalia!

Our volunteer troupe also played carols at Gallatin Rest Home on Monday, Dec. 5. Thanks to all the strummers who make the time to bring a smile to our Bozeman seniors.

If you’re interested in visiting the Gallatin Rest Home with our drop-in ukulele group on alternating Mondays at 3pm, check out more info here.

Holiday Ukulele Caroling Party Dec. 4 2016


Our Holiday Ukulele Caroling Party is planned for 1-4pm Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

It’s a 2-part thing. First a rehearsal/get-together at a coffee shop, followed by caroling at Highgate.

1:00pm – Meet at Cold Smoke Coffeehouse to rehearse/socialize. — Get your own beverage. We’ll provide some snacks.
2:45pm – Head to Highgate Senior Living to sing and play ukulele carols with the residents there. (Meet in main lobby)
— Festive caroling attire encouraged! (…but not required)
— BYO ukulele (+ a portable music stand if you have one)
We’ll provide music sheets for all!

Come to either or both parts of this 2-part event!
If  you don’t feel a need to rehearse, it’s OK to just join us at Highgate!
If you don’t feel ready to “perform” it’s OK to just come to Cold Smoke!
The main thing is to GET OUT YOUR UKE and have some holiday fun!

Cold Smoke Coffee House is at 2051 W Oak St Suite 5
Highgate Senior Living is at 2219 W Oak St

If you like to practice ahead of time, here’s a link to a PDF of our Holiday Songs.

Here’s a picture from a previous year’s caroling fun!
(You don’t gotta wear a Santa hat…but nobody’s saying you cant!)