Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 3:15 PM ET

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National Audio 3:15 PM ET

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NAT122 - (Ukulele-Fans) GUELPH, Ontario. x-14s. Music lover Shelly Steele says she couldn't resist the urge to pick up her son's ukulele one day. It immediately felt good in her small hands, and the narrow neck, short frets and four strings were easily covered by her inexperienced fingers. At age 42, the Guelph, Ontario schoolteacher says she'd finally found the invigorating hobby that could unleash the latent musician inside her. Now, she's part of a ukulele craze that aficionados swear is here to stay. ("..of learning.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: An explosion of uke-focused activity across the country ranges from sing-a-long pub jams to community orchestras to uke-focused festivals. Toronto guitar salesman Matt McKenna says the surge started about seven years ago and "hasn't dwindled at all. …

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