Gisborne Ukulele Underground


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

We are currently holding random uke jams 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 you can 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.


Join us on March 26, 3pm - 5pm at Smash Palace for a fundraiser to help the people of Te Karaka. 

Koha at door.


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.