Ukulele groups & jams

This listing focuses mainly on groups in Vermont. It's a good idea to check first before you make the trip - sometimes these groups take time off.

Folk Jam with the SongFarmers of Hinesburg  –  A nice, welcoming, slow jam for musicians of all abilities and instruments. It's great for beginners to get a taste of what it's like to play with other musicians. HINT: It's awesome! Hang on for the ride and embrace not being able to play all the songs -- I know I certainly can't! But it's fun trying or just listening. You learn a lot that way. Led by Rik Palieri. Free.      
     WHEN: Every 1st Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.      

     WHERE: Carpenter-Carse Library, 69 Ballards Corner, Hinesburg, VT

Vermont Ukulele Society – This is where I learned how to play. It’s like an adult play date and you’ll always leave glowing and happy and inspired, no matter what your level of play. Free.
     WHEN: Every 2nd & 4th Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. 
     WHERE: Howden Hall, 19 West St., Bristol, VT

Burlington Ukulele Melee – A fun gathering for all levels.
     WHEN: Every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 4-5:45 p.m.
     WHERE: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St., Burlington, VT

 

Ukulele Kids – A festive sing-along for children and their caregivers, led by Joe Beaird. As of this writing, his schedule was still evolving. To find out where the next gathering is, email him at joebeaird@gmail.com

 

Montpelier Ukulele Players – This fun group plays and sings a wide variety of tunes, all abilities welcome. They perform at various events, libraries, senior facilities, etc.
     WHEN: Most Thursdays at 6:15. Email them to get on the list for notifications.
     WHERE: Montpelier Senior Activities Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier, VT 

 

Artistree Morning Jam – This is a casual, welcoming, uke-friendly jam.
     WHEN: First & third Thursdays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
     WHERE: Artistree Community Center, 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret, VT; (802) 457-3500.

 

Upper Valley Ukulele Club – Beginners welcome, plus lots for more advanced players to sink their teeth into.
     WHEN: Bi-weekly, 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.  – check their calendar.
     WHERE: Howe Library at Dartmouth College, 13 South St., Hanover, NH

Rutland Area Ukulele Club – Beginners come at 6 for a lesson and everyone else ambles in from 6 to 6:30 and we strum until 8:30. Bring a uke and a music stand if you have one. Call 802-345-9100 for more information.
     WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursday, 6-8:30
     WHERE: Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St., Castleton, VT

 

Annual events

Vermont Ukulele Harvest – The Harvest includes concerts, workshops, and more! I went in 2019 and my head is still swimming with everything I learned and still have yet to learn, and from all the great folks I met from all over New England.

     WHEN: Sometime in 2020
     WHERE: Somewhere in Vermont

 

Ashokan Ukulele Festival - Memorial Day weekend - Olive Bridge, NY (near Woodstock, NY). I cannot recommend this one highly enough. Whatever your level, you will grow in all ways as a ukulelian and as a ukulele community member. It's exciting, fun, gentle, silly, encouraging, daring, warm, fuzzy, and run by heartful and talented instructors, featuring the lovely and talented Ben Hassinger and his roster of merry ukulelians from all over the world. Go. Go again. 

 

Basin Bluegrass Festival - Mid-July, Brandon, VT. This is not uke-centric, but if you like bluegrass and are looking for a chance to jam with music lovers and musicians of all levels -- all day and well into the next morning -- then this is worth checking out. Park a tent or a camper and wander from jam to jam. One of my faves. See website for ticket prices and lineup.

 

Lewis Creek Bluegrass Pickin' Party - Augus, 340 Ireland Rd., Bristol, VT. $5 for day or overnight. Lots of fun jamming, with a few acts on the wee stage.

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