Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2018
UNLEYLIFE 15 The humble ukulele soared to popularity during World War I and continued as a cheap and fun source of entertainment into the 1950s. Now, the ukulele is experiencing a renaissance across the world as it surges back into popular culture. The ukulele movement in Adelaide’s south is largely due to Sharon Moss, a self-taught and self-proclaimed ukulele enthusiast who dedicates herself to teaching members of our community. “ W hen I learned to play, there were little resources available that outlined the basics, so I developed what I call the DooWat method – breaking down songs into simple to learn chords,” Ms Moss says. Through Sharon’s passion and step-by-step teaching methods, hundreds of local senior citizens now enjoy playing the ukulele. “ T he classes are for everyone. Some people come to sing along and others enjoy the social interactions as much as learning to play the ukulele,” she says. Most impor tantly, Ms Moss’s teaching method and style allows participants to accomplish chords and techniques in a natural progression. “ W hen people feel they are learning and achieving, they feel inspired and motivated to keep progressing,” she says. Ms Moss offers the affordable and fun workshops across Adelaide and has even been recognised at the City of Charles Sturt Australia Day Awards as the 2018 Community Event of the Year. Beginner and advanced classes are held every Friday during school terms at the Clarence Park Community Centre. For more information, contact Sharon Moss on 0426 207 742. A tribute to Graham Walters Committed to his community, Graham Walters dedicated more than 15 years of his life to volunteering in the City of Unley. A passion for food and helping the community is what led Graham to volunteer at the Unley Community Centre where he prepared food for the very popular Meal Service. He cer tainly knew his way around the kitchen, par ticularly known for his signature lamb casserole and his creative and tasty soups. Graham also generously gave his time to driving the Unley Community Bus and the Bendigo Bank Car, both of which provide a valuable service to many residents who are no longer able to drive and would otherwise find it difficult to attend important appointments or maintain a connection with their community. Throughout Graham’s time volunteering with the City of Unley he developed many friendships with fellow volunteers and clients. He stood large in stature, and this was undeniably matched by the impact he made in our community. Graham, you will be ex tremely missed. Ukulele makes a comeback Sharon Moss with other local musos.
Unley Life Winter 2018