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The Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group meets monthly for ukulele jams and get-togethers. New members are welcome to join.

The Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group meets monthly for ukulele jams and get-togethers. New members are welcome to join.

COLLINGWOOD – Musicians with a passion for a small yet mighty instrument – the ukulele – have united as the Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group, known as CPLUG.

Library board member Ian Chadwick, a veteran ukulele enthusiast, leads the group.

“Pound for pound, the ukulele brings more smiles to faces than any other instrument. It’s easy to play, fun, small and affordable,” said Chadwick. “I started CPLUG to provide ukulele enthusiasts, from novices to experienced, an opportunity to gather to improve their skills, to learn new songs and techniques, and to share songs.”

The group holds monthly ukulele jams and get-togethers every third Wednesday at the Library from 7 until 9 p.m. in the FreeSchools World Literacy Community Room. Registration is not required; teens and adults are welcome to participate.

As an easy instrument to learn and affordable to purchase, the ukulele is perfect for playing a variety of music including folk, pop, blues, jazz and classical. Basically, if the music can be played on a guitar, it can be played on a ukulele.

“I like to play some of the music from the uke’s heyday – the 1920s and 30s; music I heard from my parents as I was growing up,” said Chadwick. “But you can play whatever you fancy – with four strings and its unintimidating size, the uke is perfect for anyone interested in learning to play.”

Interested participants do not need to own a ukulele to join CPLUG. For those looking to get started, the Library has three ukuleles for patrons to borrow. The ukuleles come with a tuner and songbook.

The next CPLUG meeting takes place on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. For more details, contact the Library at 705-445-1571.

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