Ukulele workshops at the UU

Mar 18, 2014
Frets Halligan checks out his loaner ukuleles.

Belfast — Local ukulele enthusiast Frets Halligan will present two local workshops in advance of a tour that will take him to Richmond and Norfolk, Va., and the Shenandoah Valley. Both will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St.

On Friday, March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Halligan will present a skill-building workshop titled Beyond the Third Fret: An Adventure in Moveable Chords. This tour workshop is for players who can already comfortably change chords on the ukulele on the first three frets. It offers players an opportunity to learn how to make use of more chord possibilities on the instrument; participants will be reminded of what they already know and how to apply that knowledge to improve their playing.

On Saturday, March 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Halligan will present an introductory ukulele workshop titled The Ukulele: Want to Try It? Loaners are available; to be sure there are enough ukes, folks are requested to preregister by contacting Halligan at 992-3535 or

A suggested donation will be requested at the door for both workshop. Halligan has been teaching and performing for many years in New England.

“It was the move to Maine that revived my interest in the ukulele,” he said. “It’s so playable, friendly. It invites people to play it and keep learning!”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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