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 a memorable performance 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 playing 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. She brings this down to earth approach to teaching the Ukulele.  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 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 also stage manages for the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Writers Festival.
email ukulelerepairman@yahoo.com or phone 604 782 1435.
Partner, Ukulele Teacher & Resident Luthier


Tim Tweedale: Our latest addition to the Ruby’s Ukes team, 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, 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.
Ukulele Teacher,
Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra arranger and director.


See us performing together:
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!