Groningen Ukulele Society

G.U.S., The Ukulele Club of Groningen, The Netherlands

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The 5th Big Ukulele Xmas Singalong 2017

Well, what a whopper. It’s been and it’s gone, another piece of ukulele hustory here in Groningen, The Netherlands, way up north near the German border!

The 5th edition of the Great Big Xmas Ukulele Singalong (2017).

This year we filled the beautiful Club Lola (Groningen)  with our ukulele friends and sister club from Bremen, (the 1. Bremer Ukulelenorchester) and the ‘Coconut Knackers’ (our friends Dr. Dick and Ton) from Harderwijk (nl) and lots of other folks,,,   And of course the Groningen Ukulele Society.

Opened with a performance from the GUS, followed by performances by ‘Bremen’ the Coconut Knackers, UkeX, Anneloes Jager, Achem (dl), Bremen’2, Myrthe (nl) Anneloes and Simone and maybe more,(a bit vague – well – it was a party!).

Of course, the tradition continued with a 10 o’clock ‘Xmas Singalong Session’led by D’Clog & Friends.

Fun was had, ukes where played, songs where sung, alchohol was drunk, food was eaten, revelry and ukulele where the order of the day – in a jolly Xmas way..

A great success.  We think we’ll be doing it again.

A couple of photos of the evening can be found here – Xmas Ukulele Singalong photo’s 2017

You never know, maybe a couple of video’s will emerge later.

If you’re ever in Groningen and itching to uke – pop in for a visit – every second tuesday in o’ceallaighs Irish Pub.



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The 5th Big Ukulele Xmas Singalong – 17 december


5de Xmas festIt’s Xmas again, The heating is on, the snow is (maybe) falling, the days are short, the nights are long, this can only mean one thing!!!

It’s time for the  5th edition of the   ‘ Great Big Ukulele Xmas Singalong  ‘ the longest running ‘dutch’  ukulele event in the NL !!

As always, hosted by those cheerful folk from the Groningen Ukulele Society, this year in the Lola, the prettiest venue in Groningen – (Pelsterdwarsstraat 11, 9711 KP Groningen).

An evening of ukulele fun, entertainment and madness with performances, ukulele open podium, special guests, food, drink, and don’t forget the

Ukulele Xmas Singalong with D’Clog n’ friends !!

Our sisterclub from Bremen will be there to entertain and keep the party going, the polder folk will be there keeping up the fun.   Will You ???? 

It’s FREE !!             It’s on saturday the 17th of december !!         It’s at a new venue – the Lola !!       It’s gunna be ukulele madness !!

Everybody Welcome

For the earlybirds there is a chance to arrange sleeping places here in Groningen

If you want to book a space on the open podium, arrange a sleeping place or want more info, contact Paul at:  

 Here is the Xmas singalong songbook – gus-xmas-songbook-v2

5de Xmas fest

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The Groningen Ukulele Society Xmas Party – saturday 19 december – Everybody welcome

Kerst uitnodiging 2015

A taste of the GUS Xmas Party

It’s that time again, Xmas time, time for fun, time for cheer, time for friends and family and of course, time for UKULELE!!

So come on down to The Groningen Ukulele Society Xmas Party at the legendary CROWBAR, pluimerstraat 35 in Groningen The enterance to the CROWBAR is on the Nieuweweg, Groningen and join in with the ukulele Xmas madness.

With performances from the GUS and friends from Bremen and the Wolderwijd Ukulele Club, Open podium, Xmas Singalong, food, drink and Xmas fun..

Entry is FREE and the bar is open from 16:00.   The Party begins ‘proper’ at 19:00.

Be there or ‘ave a banana’

Here is the Songbok for the Kristmas Singalong session at  10 o’clock

GUS Xmas Songbook 2015 v2

If you wish to join in with the opening concert from the Groningen Ukulele Society, here is the book:

Xmas 2015 GUS set

xmas poster white jpeg

Driving??  need to park???    Here is the place….   Damstersingel – 400 m lopend naar de CROWBAR…  Gratis parkeren vanaf 18:00 uur…   (€1,80/uur tot 18:00 uur)

Parking and how to get to the Party

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Ukulele picnic in Groningen – 5 july at the Noorderplantsoen

Hey people,   it’s warm and sunny and how beter to celebrate than with a Ukulele Picnic here in the heart of Groningen…

The G.U.S. and friends are having a ukulele picnic near the bandstand in the Noorderplantsoen in Groningen – bandstand Noorderplantsoen

Everyone is invited to come along and have some fun, bring a uke, bring something for the picnic, bring a friend, or just bring y’self and a smile..

There will be a couple of spare ukes and some music sheets/books. though folk can bring there own stuff ( with enough for others to join in the fun).

It begins at 14:00 and ends when everyone has left..   It’s sun – it’s fun – it’s ukulele’n..

G.U.S. books are downloadable on this site….

Examples of someof the songs are here – G.U.S. you-tube


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The 3rd Great Big Ukulele Xmas Sing-along – 12 december 2014 in Groningen, Netherland

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De 2de Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long – 14 december

De 2de Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long

De 2de Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long

It’s that time again. Xmas, Kerst, Christmas !!!  But it’s also ‘that time again’. Time for Ukulele, time for the 2nd Big Ukulele Christmas Sing-a-Long with the

Groningen Ukulele Society and our special ukulele friends the Harderwijkse Ukulele Club.

This year, you will find us in O’ceallaigh Irish Pub on Ged. Kattendiep 13, Groningen..

We have a fuller program and room for extra fun on the open podium  with that wonderful handful of fun that is  ‘the Ukulele’.

In the tradition of Uke, it’s free and everybody can join in with the fun, sing along with our tunes or grab one of the ukes available to use on the night and have a go.. 

UKULELE, it’s easy, it’s fun, it’s Christmas..

Be there or buy a trumpet!!!

De 2de Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long jaren 50,60 Songbook

Kerstalbum HUC

G.U.S. Xmas Set

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De Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long 2012 – a report in English

On 22 December the Groningen Ukulele Society (GUS) held the first Grote Ukulele Kerst sing-a-long .

The initiative was an amalgamation of the GUS and Dr. Dick and Ton founders of the Harderwijkse Ukulele Club. A handy partnership, not least due to the fact that the GUS is a relatively new club in Nederland, having had its first meeting in May 2012, and also being possibly the only Ukulele Club in the North of Nederland.

The date was set and the planning began, Dr. Dick decided to do a sing a long show at the GUS venue comprising of a short 50s/60s set followed by a 1 hour xmas sing and play-a-long set.  In the end, four members of the Harderwijkse Ukulele Club, Dr. Dick, Ton, Piet, Bert, along with Danny, the founder of  formed the group and led the two sets with a tongue in cheek proficiency that is the hallmark of a good ukulele evening.

On a cold, dark and wet 22nd of December  the plan became a reality as Ukulele enthusiasts from Groningen and the surrounding areas converged on Café Viva La Vida (some with Ukes and some with curiosity) to dip their toes into the world of ukulele sing-a-longs.

With a good start from the ‘band’ and  a valiant play-a-long attempt from the GUS, the night began.

More people rolled in to watch and join the fun, for the less brave, a scattering of ukuleles,  lying around the bar, made it possible for people to ‘grab a weapon’ and get stuck in, (with the help of a beer or two and a wonderful performance by the ‘Harderwijkse Connection’).

The 50s/60s was a good laugh and the xmas set was great success, I could easily have played along with a set twice as long without even noticing the time pass by! Looking around the room, more and more people where grabbing ukes and having a go, smiles where getting wider and singing was getting louder. When the set was finished, the cap was passed around and the boys recovered their travelling costs, with any extra money going to the charity – Serious Request. A wonderful gesture  from the harderwijkers who basically went to all the effort and trouble for free – bearing in mind that as a first attempt at such an event in Groningen, it was a bit of a gamble – though it definitely paid off.

After the Sing-a-Long, to the surprise and delight of us all, we were treated to a short set from the wonderful  Groningen ukulele band – Mannen met Kleintjes.  An absolute bonus that boosted the ukulele spirit even more, prompting  extra singing and a-playing of ukes.

The evening wound down with a feeling of a night well celebrated and hopefully some new blood in the Nederland ukulele community.  A great success.

I would like to give a very big thank you to Dr. Dick, without who, such a night would perhaps havebeen very improbable. Thanks to the rest of the boys, Ton, Piet, Bert en Danny, well done, you where stars. Thanks to the – Mannen Met Kleintjes – for your performance and support, brilliant. Thank you to Erwin for letting us use the Café Viva La Vida and finally, thank you to everybody who came along to the 1st Grote Ukulele Kerst Sing-a-Long for making it the evening it was..

Paul D’Clog