HUG cancelled Mar4/19

Due to the weather, tonight’s get together is cancelled.  See you April 1/19

Hi folks…

While this WordPress site has served us well over the years, we haven’t been updating it as frequently as we should. Our most up-to-date information about HUG gatherings and other events can be found at our Facebook group page:


HUG (usually) meets on the first Monday of the month at the Celtic Corner (69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth,  Nova Scotia,  Canada,  B2Y 2N7) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Here is a list of our upcoming HUG gatherings:

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 (2nd Monday due to the Natal Day long weekend)
  • Monday, September 11, 2017 (2nd Monday due to the Labour Day long weekend)
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 (Yuletide Strum!)
  • Monday, January 8, 2018 (2nd Monday due to the New Year’s Day Holiday)
  • Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Monday, July 9, 2018 (2nd Monday due to the Canada Day Holiday)
  • Monday, August 13, 2018 (2nd Monday due to the Natal Day long weekend)



Looking at road conditions (NS road reports, RCMP), snow turning to rain, and Jonathan Grady ‘s 90 minute drive home for work I’m sad to say HUG is cancelled for this evening. Have a Great Holiday eveyone, and see you in January.

Yultide Strum date changed

Due to a scheduling conflict HUG’s annual Yultide Strum will take place on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Celtic Corner from 7-9pm.  Please pass on this info.


Here is the list of dates for the next HUG Gatherings

  • Monday, September 12
  • Monday, October 3
  • Monday, November 7
  • Monday, December 12 (Yuletide Strum)

HUG meets (usually) on the first Monday of the month from 7-9 pm at the Celtic Corner pub in Downtown Dartmouth.

Just a reminder that we will meet this month on Monday, February 1 from 7-9 pm at the Celtic Corner.

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, March 7
  • Monday, April 4
  • Monday, May 2
  • Monday, June 6

Just a reminder that we will meet this month on Monday, January 4 from 7-9 pm at the Celtic Corner.


Screenshot_2016-01-02-12-02-07Hi folks,

I have just completed an edit of both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the HUG Songbooks. In doing so, I have rolled both editions together into one massive songbook.

Please download it here: The Official HUG Songbook – Volumes 1 & 2

What is new:

  • All songs from Volume 1 and 2 have been edited once again, so there should be less obvious errors than before. Some songs have been reworked entirely. I can’t really tell you which songs have been changed – at this point, it is all a blur.
  • All songs have been combined and re-alphabetized into the single document
  • A few new songs have been added (Star Wars tabs, House of Gold, Log Driver’s Waltz, When I’m Gone / Cups, Riptide, Black Velvet Band, Sonny’s Dream and These Boots were made for Walking)

Links to the MS Word version of this document are available by following the links on the HUG Songbook page (for those of you who prefer to edit and re-format on your own) located here.



Changes to the Compendium of Awesome (HUG Songbook Vol 1 & 2)

  • All of the chord diagrams for Em and F7 have been changed to reflect our more common fretting of those chords (A big THANK YOU goes out to John Baxter at Ukefarm for sending me the revised font set! – By the way, check out UkeFarm’s cool apps at http://www.ukefarm.com/ukefarm-apps/index.html)

There have been subtle format changes throughout the document, however, here are some that are more obvious:

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’       Page 10           Format change
  • Ain’t She Sweet          Page 12           alternate chords added
  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club)      Page 49           change to ending
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)           Page 50           changes to chorus and added picking riff
  • (The Ballad of) Gilligan’s Island        Page 68           tidied it up a bit
  • Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams) Page 79           fixed the ending
  • Ho Hey (The Lumineers)        Page 83           some fixes
  • House of Gold (Twenty One Pilots)   Page 88           small fix to ending
  • I’ve Been Everywhere (Hank Snow) – with key changes       Page 95           chord boxes added
  • Iko Iko (Dixie Cups)   Page 105         a few chord fixes
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Joe Jackson)    Page 107         format fixes for clarity
  • Sonny’s Dream (Ron Hynes)  Page 191         fixed at the key change and ending
  • These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra)         Page 207         added {TACET} on last line of chorus

HUG Holiday Songbook!

Hi fHug Holiday Songbookolks…

I have just assembled a collection of Christmas songs drawn from a variety of sources across the internet (and threw it into our basic songbook format).

I am sure there are still lots of errors in the document, but I think it is in good enough shape to use at our next HUG gathering – The Yuletide Strum – on Monday, December 7th starting at 7:00 pm at the Celtic Corner Pub.

Here is the link to the Holiday Songbook:

PDF Version: HUG Holiday Songbook

Please note that I have completed another edit as of 11:40PM on December 3. A few more songs have been added and a few other corrections have been made. If you have already printed a copy of the HUG Holiday Songbook, here is a PDF file that contains only the new songs:

HUG Holiday Songbook – Add ons

Please let me know if you spot any errors or oversights.



PS… Here is my current Microsoft Word document for those of you who like to play with the formatting yourself (or for other Ukulele Clubs who want to customize it). Please take a look at page 2 of the document, as I included info on how the book was formatted. Here is the MS Word versionHUG Holiday Songbook

Just a reminder that due to the first Monday of September being Labour Day, we will meet this month on the 2nd Monday, September 14 from 7-9 pm at the Celtic Corner.

Here are the HUG dates for the next little while:

  • Monday, September 14
  • Monday, October 5
  • Monday, November 2
  • Monday, December 7 (Yuletide strum!)