Gisborne Ukulele Underground


The Gisborne Ukulele Underground (GUU) is based in Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, Aotearoa New Zealand.

We run regular meetups for people to play the uke, bring in guest ukulele artists for performances and workshops, and have also run the 'Young Ukers' concert for school-age players in the Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) district.

We are currently holding our monthly uke jam at Gisborne’s iconic and award-winning Smash Palace Bar - the home of local music.

We go for a relaxed ‘pub jam’ kind of approach. Before the day download the songbook and get it printed. On the day buy a drink from the bar and join in 2 hours of free fun strumming and singing together with maybe a few performances thrown in.

Smash Place also has a delicious bar menu if you don’t want to go home and cook dinner.

On this site you can find the songbooks for our events and an archive of past GUUs.


We're currently dealing with the Covid restrictions. We'll keep you up to date via email if you're on our email list. If you would like to be on that list, please contact us via the contact page.

In the meantime download the Songbook and keep playing!


All our Strumalongs are available as a PDF songbook format which you can download to your device and/or print out. During the jam, song requests will be shouted out, we all turn to that page and away we go.

View or download Songbook One here or on the Songbooks page.

How do I join in?

Turn up with your ukulele and the GUU songbook and be ready to join in with the friendly ukulele players.

Do I have to be an accomplished player?

No, we welcome all levels of players and there will be songs to suit everyone.

Do I have to bring a ukulele?

If you don’t play, then come along and listen or sing along. Who knows - you may end up wanting to learn to play the uke.

Uke lessons info here:

Join our mailing list for songbook updates and reminders by emailing us here:

Bring your uke (or not), bring your songbook and join in the fun.

See you at Smash - usually the last Sunday of the month

Where: Smash Palace Bar

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Cost: FREE