Who we are

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. Ruby brings a down to earth approach to teaching the Ukulele, not to mention British sense of humour!   Visit her website
Founder, Owner, Ukulele Teacher,
Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra Artistic Director

 

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.
Partner, Ukulele Teacher & Resident Luthier

 

Tim Tweedale: A valued member of the Ruby’s Ukes team since 2015, Tim began his journey with the ukulele as a seven-year-old boy in Vancouver and has been hooked ever since. As a professional musician and multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded and toured throughout North America and Europe with bands Headwater, Viper Central and Sarah MacDougall. Tim has a passion for teaching, sharing the music that he loves, and inspiring students to discover their unique relationship to music. His work with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra our 60 piece Ukulele Orchestra (together with Ruby)  has realized a unique part of the Ruby’s Ukes’ musical contribution in Vancouver.  Where dedicated students rehearse and perform, in 4 parts, Ukulele arrangements from Bizet to Bowie. Tim brings a lovely presence, dedication and sense of humour to the Ruby’s Ukes teaching faculty.
Ukulele Teacher,
Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra arranger and  conductor

 

Eduardo Garcia: Is the newest member of the Ruby’s Ukes teaching faculty, recently arrived 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.
Ukulele Teacher

NEW photos and more video to come soon!

See Ruby, Andrew and Tim performing together:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_awqL6sNtNc
Tim Tweedale, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith

 

 

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!

Read “Ukulele strikes chords with beginners and pros”

The Vancouver Courier featured The Vancouver Ukulele Circle and Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School in this double page spread article February 2014…Read here!

Read “The Ukulele is Back”

Common Ground, Vancouver’s leading holistic magazine, featured the return of the Ukulele December 2013, Ruby’s Ukes is a must according to them… Read this!