Happy New Year

Funstrummers Singing Old English Ballads and Old English Folk Songs from 1800 during the lifetime of

Jane Austen. 




Barking Dog: A favorite place to play and to eat!!

Get yourself an outfit and be a cowboy too!

We packed our side of the room.  They packed their side of the room.  There was no room left but when the ambulance came we made room and we learned that the person in distress was going to be just fine.  We are glad to hear about the happy endings to some of our stories.  

Sometimes we line the walls and go out the door.  Sometimes we are small....but mighty!

Sometimes we notice an interlooper has invaded the band.  They are usually innocent enough.  This one, however, has been known to cause havoc among the guests.  


Afternoon Appetizers, California wine and the entertaining Funstrummers.  What some senior centers want to brighten up the day?  Some say we make the day go by fast.  

They knew we were coming and they came out looking for some songs they knew, a beat that was familiar and a distraction from the mundane.  Funstrummers have not been known to be mundane although some of our guests fall asleep to the rhythm of the music. 

 The Senior Center put on an information day for programs at the center and in the community.  Our senior program is possibly one of the most fun to join in.  We saw a lot of our friends there.  

 Accordions accompany the Funstrummers at the Good Time Accordion Club in Escalon.  They meet the first Wednesday of each month.  We were fortunate to join in one of their fun evenings full of Swiss, Italian, Jewish, Swing, Dance and otherwise interesting music. 

 The Farmers Market was so bustling this morning with many singers and shoppers taking time to dance and sing with us. 

 Our guests on this Friday afternoon were very playful and correctly guessed all our musical questions and sang almost every song.  

 At this gig we were full of spaghetti from our Italian lunch.  We had to sing about it.  We also added in our new set of love and spring songs to our current reptoire.  At this venue we enjoy staff who come out to sing and play with us.  

Senior Citizens of Ripon get livelier than they expect when the Funstrummers come to entertain. 

 "A lot of trees start from seeds so small" So they sang on Earth Day 2019 at Graceda Park downtown.  "Dirt Made My Lunch" was a hit and while we were at it, we shook our sillies out!! Funstrummers and the Silly String Band.  

 A waffle breakfast at Deva's for some and rockin' songs for others.  Paul's bass adds excitement to our rock and roll songs.  

 At this venue we play two sets which takes two hours and we never seem to tire partly because of our peppy songs but also because of the guests enthusiasum and eager participation in the singing and laughter.  

 Funstrummers sang a lot of songs about Route 66 at our annual First Friday in November concert.  We found a play up in Columbia by the same name so we ate a good lunch at the Columbia City Hotel, learned a new song from Columbia Ukulele Maven Peg Reza and enjoyed Route 66, the play.  

We were singing for a birthday party and threw in some Travel songs, Hawaiian songs, by heart songs, folk songs, sing along songs and old timey Americana songs.  Happy Birthday and then some.  


This gig was definitely enhanced by the enthusiasum of the activity director who welcomed us, took our picture and stayed to laugh and sing with us.  Activity directors do a great job and we appreciate their help and how they support seniors in wholesome wellness activities!!

At the Barking Dog Grill for a Fundraiser for International Women's Day and Stanislaus County Commissiion on Women's Scholarship Fund for Women.  Only spontaneous and creative women applied for this gig.   

 On the road again taking the travel songs to Turlock.  Pizza and salad bar and a fun group of seniors made the cold windy afternoon fly by.  

It ain't easy being green but somehow a challenge doesn't stop the Funstrummers. They'll be green in and around the month of March starting with Peg 'O My Heart and ending up in a Rattlin' Bog. 

Here are some Funstrummers singing a song about "a quarter to four" at a quarter to three.  Believe or not this is how some people have fun in retirement:  meet every Friday afternoon at 2pm at a local senior residential home and sing with a ukulele, laugh, share stories, reminisce, make stuff up, be playful but not too silly, go home happy.  

  Full of confidence from a morning of practicing, full of    enthusiasm and anticipation, full of Mimi's soup and          salad and ready for whatever the next hour would            bring. 

  There was a chilly, cold wind under gray skies when we  were swept in the door.  Soon the cases yeilded  their promising contents, the hats gave a clue about the  first song and the notes rang out immediately sending warmth and light to recipients around the room.  

   We enjoy a small gig in a small room filled to the brim  with eager participants who sing along.  They enjoyed our St Louis woman with her diamond rings and store bought hair. 

 Sometimes it's surprising that so many people have heard about the Funstrummers who are known mostly for making fun with music. 

   "Thank you for coming here and bringing us joy," said the lady in the soft blue dress.  She enjoyed the cookies too. 

   One of our "Aloha" friends was eager for our return to his  residence so he could give us each a lei he had purchased for us.   He was also wearing the hat Bob had given him.  

   Making life exciting for others, their days and our  days.  

We are so fortunate to have our bass player as part of the band.  She keeps a great beat for us and fills up the room with deep rich tones from her 100 year old 3/4 bass.  

  Traveling around the county singing songs about traveling around the country.   Catch us if you can.  

2020 Funstrummer Events




Saturday Jan 11

10am Main Library


Sunday Jan 12

10am Dragon Fly

J Street




2019 EVENTS 

DECEMBER 20 and 21

A Very Choral Christmas 

Lobby of the Gallo Center for the Arts

6:30 to 7:30pm



Barking Dog and Grill

Ukulele Holiday Sing Along 6pm 



Dickens Faire at 

McHenry Mansion

10:30am to noon



Mod Shop Downtown 

Modesto in the 

Mod Spot 6 to 8pm


NOVEMBER 1, 2019

AnnualAnniversary Party:

Concert and Cookies

Friday at 7pm

Trinity Presbyterian

1600 Carver Road




Downtown Sampler



Train to 




Alzheimer's Walk 



Trip to Santa Cruz Ukulele Club and

Sons of the Beach Ukulele Jam





Rock and Roll

Market Tunes


Deva's Cafe J St 

The Breakfast Beat

Bet you can't sit still. 


Barking Dog Grill 

Grafitti Rock & Roll


MAY 2019

Americana music with the Good Time Accordion Band  Escalon.


APRIL 2019


Peddlers Faire in

Knights Ferry


APRIL 2019


Earth Day in 

Graceda Park 

11 am 


APRIL 7, 2019


Pre-concert music 

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 

Gallo Center for the Arts 3pm

Downtown Modesto





































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