June 4th  is the date for the next Ukulele Jam Session at the grange, hosted by Karen Chow, and the ukulele instructor Steve McKinnon.

Please bring your ukulele, a printout or download of the charts, $5 and a music stand.

Sunday June 4th, 2023

2-4 pm

Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St, Tualatin, OR 97062

2 pm: Fingerpicking Jam by Karen

Get ready for an afternoon of tunes and good vibes because the fingerpicking ukulele jam is going to be a blast! With an amazing song list that includes classics like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” you’ll be singing along and tapping your toes in no time. Get lost in the words of “Both Sides Now” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” or relive old memories with “The Circle Game.” And don’t forget to put your dancing shoes on for “Wonderful Tonight.” With this lineup, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So come join us, bring your uke and your friends, and let’s have a jamming good time!

Song List

  1. A Introduction to Finger Picking
  2. Ain’t No Sunshine
  3. Both Sides Now ukulele chords
  4. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  5. If You Could Read My Mind ukulele chords
  6. The Circle Game
  7. Wonderful Tonight

Download the songs here:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RhR7TMHWgFvsCXUKJiXogFf5ynuAdmCS?usp=sharing

Spotify Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2UJt6TpNsIOnSQHzH2lYhq?si=ad4c44431d9d4da3


3 pm: Fingerpicking Workshop by Steve

Are you tired of playing the same old chords and patterns on your ukulele? Come to Steve McKinnon’s finger picking workshop and unlock a whole new world of musical possibilities! We’ll start with a close encounter of the 5 tone code, followed by a brief discussion of Curwen and Solfege. Then we’ll dive into Do-Re-Me and learn how to create melodies and read tabs while perfecting our finger discipline for both hands. With a helpful handout, we’ll learn how to play chords and then move onto playing “Wont Back Down” by hearing the notes on the single A string. Don’t worry about getting overwhelmed – we’ll convert those walk-down notes to inversions using a color chart. We’ll also provide a handy circle of 5ths handout to help you master basic key changes with either “Louie Louie” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. We’ll start by playing “Don’t Walk Down” and vocalizing sounds with inversions, then move onto the second part where we’ll do normal Em, D, G. Finally, we’ll end the workshop with “La Bamba” music, where nothing needs to be translated – just let the rhythm move your fingers and see where it takes you! Steve is also available for private lessons. You can contact him at mckennons521@gmail.com

Cost: $5

Song List, same Google dropbox as above:

  1. Y Steve Lesson
  2. Z Won’t Back Down Inversion Lesson


Upcoming Events

There will be no jam on Sunday June 18th. That’s because the Winona Grange is being used by a special guest!


Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Tickets: https://www.tickettomato.com/event/8065/

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Winona Grange, Tualatin OR


Artist Website: Karan Casey


Legendary Irish folk singer Karan Casey had the No. 1 CD of the Month in March 2023 with the Folk Alliance International Folk Charts, plus 8 Songs in the Top 20 and has released 11 albums to date. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years. Karan is joined by Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals, and guitarist and backing vocals Seán Óg Graham, both of the Irish folk band Beoga.


The evocative trio have toured together for several years and this show premieres new material developed and recorded since the start of the pandemic as well as favorites from Karan’s back repertoire. The songs draw inspiration from a wide range of sources from the personal to the historical and political, touching on themes of family, loss, love, the empowerment of women and Irish revolutionary struggle.

YouTube of current CD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAF1I1lrALc