Who we are

Daphne Roubini (Ruby)
London, England | Vancouver

Daphne ‘Ruby’ Roubini: is Vancouver’s “First Lady of Uke”. A native of London, England, a jazz singer and performer on the London Jazz scene. Since moving to British Columbia, her infectious enthusiasm and cheeky sense of humour has been at the heart of countless musical transformations. She has delighted countless audiences, including memorable performances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, with her Vintage jazz band, Black Gardenia . And her Jazz/Folk Ukulele Duo Ruby & Smith, is gathering excited momentum with a Ukulele Album receiving great reviews, and played at The Winnipeg Folk Festival.  Away from the stage, Daphne has made helping people discover their inner musician her life’s work. She understands the ukulele’s empowering and healing qualities. She’s seen it many times. Daphne has a foundation in Jazz vocals and a Kodaly musicianship training and worked in the healing field for many years.  She believes that music is the soul of life, and brings her down to earth approach to teaching the Ukulele, not to mention British sense of humour!
Ruby’s Ukes – creator, leader, programmer
RUO –  founder and artistic director
Vancouver Ukulele Festival – founder and director

Andrew Smith
London, England  | Vancouver

Andrew Smith: is like family at Ruby’s Ukes. That’s because he is. Daphne’s husband, schooled in the cauldron of London’s folk scene, is a talented guitarist, Ukulele performer, a versatile and highly skilled sound engineer, and Ruby’s Ukes in-house luthier. He’ll gladly fit strap buttons, and repair ukuleles and guitars at affordable prices; making sure students are getting the best possible performance from their instruments. Andrew plays Jazz Guitar in Black Gardenia, Ukulele in Ruby & Smith and  teaches Ukulele at Ruby’s Ukes. Having worked at The School of Music in Kingston University, London England, for over 20 years, Andrew brings a keen understanding of the music education system to Ruby’s Ukes. He is also a live sound engineer and mixes at The Vancouver Folk Festival, Mission Folk Festival amongst many others throughout the year. He brings a gentle, unassuming wealth of knowledge, and easy sense of humour to the teaching faculty at Ruby’s Ukes.
email ukulelerepairman@yahoo.com or phone 604 782 1435.
Ruby’s Ukes – Senior Ukulele Teacher & Resident Luthier

Eduardo Garcia
Ajijic, Mexico | Vancouver

Eduardo Garcia: Is the newest member of the Ruby’s Ukes teaching faculty, from Mexico, Eduardo has quickly become a Vancouver Ukulele staple. Being both classically and traditionally trained, he was active in a wide diversity of music projects in Mexico, teaching, performing and writing music. Eduardo played several different traditional string instruments with ‘Amate’, a traditional mariachi band based in Guadalajara, that performs regularly inside and outside of Mexico. Eduardo also played the cello and arranged for the ‘Victor Manuel Medeles’ chamber orchestra. He was the founder/director of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera (Lakeside Ukulele Academy) known for it’s work with local children in the community.  Eduardo brings a gentle, unassuming, classical approach to music and the ukulele, an instrument now very close to his heart.
Ruby’s Ukes – Ukulele Teacher, RUO arranger and conductor

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Listen to “Four little Strings”

The CBC National radio documentary featuring Ruby’s Ukes, and award winning reporter Pamela Post’s personal Uke journey and the healing aspects of the Ukulele,  on  Living Out Loud, and North by North West, Here’s the link for you the enjoy!

“Daphne Roubini Built Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School to Nourish the Music Inside of Everyone” Ukulele Magazine, San Francisco.
The Internationally circulated Ukulele Magazine did a feature piece on Daphne Roubini and Ruby’s Ukes, Winter issue 2017 Read here

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