Chance To Hear “Ukes of Wellington”!

… all ages were enjoying a hearty strum as they sang along to the songs that we all know from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I found that I knew the majority of the songs. So come along, have a sangria or two, or a wine or beer and get into the atmosphere. Mary Gow on a recent Wellington concert

Now for something completely different

The Mulled Wine Concert Series in Paekakariki is normally a stage for highly-trained classical musicians.

However, as concert organiser Mary Gow says, “Sometimes we like to let our hair down and have a little fun!”

So, to kick off the 2017 season, the organisers are hosting an evening of music devoted to the Mighty Ukelele

~ on Saturday 28 January 2017

~ at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall, starting at 7 PM.

~ Door and bar open at 6:30 PM

Shane McAlister Got Them Going

The “Ukes of Wellington” is the brainchild of Shane McAlister a former advertising executive who found his life-changing moment when he took up the ukelele. Now he gathers players and aficionados from all over. Te Horo to Seatoun to Upper Hutt… and everywhere in-between.

Shane McAlister, the inspiration behind the Wellington group

From 5 years old to 85, they all have one thing in common. “We all love a jolly good sing-song” says Shane. “It’s a simple formula, we strum, we sing we smile. I left the advertising industry to teach the ukulele full time, and now there are not enough hours in the day”.

Setting up “Uke Clubs” in a dozen primary schools in the region, he ventured into a couple of Retirement Villages. 5 year old to 85 were learning the same songs and they were starting to get gigs. A couple of community groups were added to the Uke mix…and they needed a band name.

Ukes of Wellington…perfect! 3 generations of strummers, 3 generations of songs on the same stage, fantastic. Just because you can’t sing…doesn’t mean you won’t sing” says Shane, with a wry smile. “It’s all about having a laugh and the Uke will do that”.

A great night’s entertainment guaranteed!

Saturday, 28 January 2017 at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall, The Parade, Paekakariki. Wine/Beer/Softs Bar opens 6.30PM. NO BYO PLEASE.

Tickets: Pre-sales early bird tickets (until Friday 27) $20 DOOR SALES $25. Child (under 15) – $10. Group of ten – $180.

Online sales: Tel: 021 101 9609

Info:, or like us on FaceBook: Mulled Wine Concerts.

Ticket outlets: Magpie Paremata, 99 Mana Esplanade; RG’s Organic Veges, Paekakariki; Lush Design Gallery, Raumati Beach; Moby Dickens Bookshop, Paraparaumu Beach; Kapiti Mags, Coastlands; Lovely Living, Waikanae.