About us

Playing Ukulele in Wollongong.

We’ve moved to http://swingaleles.ning.com/  see ya there!

Everybody plays . . everybody sings . . even if you cant!

We are a social group based in the Illawarra who meet regularly to learn and play the ukulele.  We’ve been around a little over a year having grown from a small group of members of the Illawarra Jazz Club to a large friendly bunch.

We get together at the Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow each Wednesday night from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.   Costs are minimal at $3 and even less for members of the Illawarra Jazz Club.

So even if you class yourself as a rank newbie but want to learn to play the ukulele come along and join us under the direction of our Ukuleleader Mick . . we cover a range of ages and a wide skill level.   So even if you’ve never played before tote along your four string and after a half hour crash course with Unkle Cyril you can join the gang.

See you soon!

Happy strumming



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. swingaleles
    May 24, 2011 @ 14:12:12

    Hi all . . leave a message if you visit.


  2. Graham Oliver
    May 24, 2011 @ 22:49:06

    Looks good so far . . any comments?


  3. Unkle Cyril
    May 26, 2011 @ 16:25:36

    It’s great that we have a website, now we can go viral…well done Graham…cheers – unkle


    • Arthur Felvus
      Aug 13, 2011 @ 11:58:32

      Had a great time on Friday in the Mall even with the little bit of rain well done Unkle.
      Arf n Doff


  4. John Tubridy
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 11:35:23

    Well done Graham. Thanks for the Newsletter and this excellent website. great way to keep us informed in touch and in tune.


    John Tubridy


  5. Lynne
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 18:41:09

    We thoroughly enjoyed the Canberra Ukulele Festival of Fun on the long weekend beginning with the welcome night on the Friday evening. The workshops introduced new ideas and it didn’t really worry us that Uke Stock had to be moved indoors due to rain.


  6. unkle cyril
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 21:00:54

    Yes Lynne, the Swingaleles were a big hit with their individual and entertaining performance. One friend said we “outdid the Blue MUGs” and Steve Roberts of the Blue MUGs said we were a highlight. My only criticism was that the Blue MUGs and Cameron Murray were programmed too early in the day – 9.30am – and were missed by many who would have liked to see them, including us.
    Great work by all members especially John with his washboard lead-ins, they kept us together, and Ray for his organising and driving the bus. Roll on the next performance.


  7. Lynne
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 16:52:07

    Have just been told to look up the ABC Radio National’s program “Into the Music” for 15th October 2011 on the internet. The program is entitled “Picking on Something Smaller: A Little History of the Ukulele”. I have yet to work out what I need to download safely to listen to the program. Nevertheless, the material on the written page is very interesting and I was assured the audio is too. The website is
    Good listening.


  8. Lynne
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 14:38:24

    John and I have been able to listen to this program (all 54 minutes of it) when we found the stand-alone link [we found it a quarter of the way down the 2nd page after first clicking on the Windows Media Link (1st Page)) [NB. We did not need to download the add-on mentioned at the top of this subsequent page].
    The program is very informative and entertaining, well and truly living up to the recommendation we were given. –
    I do hope my directions haven’t confused you.


  9. Lynne
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 11:35:55

    I haven’t yet seen the music arrangement for “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” spoken about this week but “Ode to Joy” for Ukulele in C can be found on . It is a free music site and the music sheets are very clear. This arrangement is in F.


  10. Lynne
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 11:38:23

    Site dropped out of my message – sorry, I will try again, otherwise look up capotastomusic. http://www.capotastomusic.com


  11. Cindy
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 23:01:10

    I just wanted to say that my friend and I (very early beginners) really enjoyed ourselves at the Frat last night (16/11/11). We came out of the ‘lesson’ having learnt several chords and we even played (as best we could) a few songs with the group.
    Also I’d like say a huge THANK YOU to Uncle Cyril for making us feel so welcome! He is such a great teacher and you can clearly feel his love of the ukulele.
    Thanks all, see you soon!
    ps. so glad you guys were in the mall for that’s how I found out about you. 🙂


  12. Trevor
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 13:11:15

    Mick the two hours fly with your very easy going attitude whilst imparting knowledge.
    It os a joy with Unkle giving a great finale every week.
    Wollongong is fortunate, with a cost of two or three dollars, hours of fun (Everyone arrives early) Mick Unkle and the rest of the folk sing and play with gusto.
    Viva la Uke.


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