He’s recruiting with a ukuleleA few years ago, local musician Alan Anderson was introduced to ukulele. He’s been hooked ever since.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
A few years ago, local musician Alan Anderson was introduced to ukulele. He’s been hooked ever since.
He wants others to enjoy his passion at a ukulele group strum session at 4 p.m. Sunday at United Church of Two Harbors.
“It’s fairly easy to get to the point of having fun,” Anderson said. He has directed the historic Two Harbors city band along with directing the United Church choir.
Anderson is trying to form a ukulele group and will start small with the strum session.
He said he knows people around town must have ukuleles stuffed somewhere in attics, closets and garages. He knows of about a half-dozen people who are planning to strum with him. If people are just interested in coming and listening, they are also welcome, Anderson said.
He said he’d like to close a generational gap as well. “It’s very accessible to kids. It can be pretty inexpensive,” Anderson said. “I would really hope to get young people there.” Ukuleles can be found for as little as $30.
If a group does form, there is a possibility it will meet regularly.
Anderson admitted that the popularity of the ukulele comes and goes, but with popularity of online videos, it’s probably never been so popular. “It has tons to do with the internet,” he said. If you search for “ukulele” on YouTube, you can find almost 70,000 videos that have something to do with the instrument.
There are festivals focused on the ukulele, including one attended by Anderson in Milwaukee in September. It proved a point about who plays the instrument. “I’ve never met a nasty ukulele player,” he said.
If you go
- A Two Harbors ukulele strum session, 4 p.m. Sunday at United Church of Two Harbors basement. Extra instruments will be on hand. For more information, call Alan Anderson at 834-9526.