HUMP founding members Jim Daniell, Janet Farnham, Merril Smith and Rick Peacey are all smiles as they celebrate the group's first birthday.
HUMP founding members Jim Daniell, Janet Farnham, Merril Smith and Rick Peacey are all smiles as they celebrate the group's first birthday. Tyson Yates

Almost 80 ukulele players now strumming along

WHAT started one year ago as a group of fun-loving musicians bonding over a shared passion for the ukulele is still a group of fun-loving musicians bonding over a shared passion for the ukulele - they've just got more members.

"We formed 12 months ago and we started off with about 30 members and we've now got close to 80," said Jim Daniell, one of the founding members of the Hervey Bay Musical Pickers and Strummers (HUMP).

Members will congregate at their usual Tuesday night hangout, the Senior Citizens Centre, on Denmans Camp Rd in Torquay, at 6pm to celebrate one year since the club's inception.

Mr Daniell said the party wasn't only open for members and encouraged anyone to come along to strum along.

"It's just such an easy little instrument to play - you learn three chords and you can play 100 songs," he said.

"You can play anything from The Beatles to Jason Mraz.

"People that have come along and never played an instrument before are with us 12 months later because they just love it."

Mr Daniell said that while the ukulele club didn't usually attract young people, he has noticed the instrument has had a bit of a resurgence in popular music with hit songs such as Soul Sister by Train, and Rip Tide by Vance Joy.