The ukulele has been around for ages, yet recently they have become more popular. Some key components to the popularity are: affordability, portability, and they’re perfect for beginners; you almost can’t sound bad.
Southern Ontario Ukulele Players (SOUP) is a group of Ukulele enthusiasts here in the forest city. Every Monday night SOUP has jam sessions at St. Andrew’s church, that are open to both members and the public for $5.
Linda Martins is one of the jam leaders at SOUP, and always welcomes newcomers. “People will come out for the first time, and it just ignites something in them. All of the sudden they can play 100 songs, and seeing the excitement on their face makes it that much more enjoyable to teach.
Mark Anderson is a ukulele enthusiast and teacher. Anderson says that the reason the ukulele is becoming more popular is because “It’s an easy instrument to get started with, but you can spend a lot of time on it to get really good.” Anderson also builds ukuleles in his free time to enjoy and sell to other ukulele enthusiasts.
SOUP takes pride in building community and having fun, they also participate in several community events. To be a part of the ukulele jam session, learn more about SOUP or find out their upcoming events visit their website.