GALLERY: Ukuleles are back!

Kangaroo Island ukuleles are out of the closet.

The humble ukulele is enjoying a resurgence of popularity Australia-wide and a group of islanders is also rediscovering the joy of playing for pleasure.

There are nine core members of the “Kookyleles” who meet weekly to play, sing and learn.

On Sunday, the Kangaroo Island Gallery hosted an open learn-and-play session.

A colourful assortment of instruments, some hidden away for years, have emerged to be played once more, under the tutelage of Peter Hastwell.

Original Kookyleles member Lynda Dowie - pictured above left, with Ashley Blucher - said the group came together by chance and coincidence and met for the first time on the anniversary of the death of the world’s most famous ukulele player Tiny Tim.

“It’s a fun and pretty simple instrument to learn and you can play and sing just for yourself,” Ms Dowie said.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

The Ukulele group at the KI Gallery. Photos by Shauna Black.

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