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Ukulele revival hitting the right notes
Coco Stacey, left, Catriona Ferguson, Rodney Popham and Isla Ferguson are part of a ukelele club. Picture: Lee Griffith/The West Australian

It's taken time, but if Perth cafes are anything to go by, the humble ukulele is finally winning respect.

Across WA, the four-stringed instrument is enjoying a revival among groups of avid ukulele fans.

The sound of ukuleles cutting through the bustle of Hillary's Boat Harbour and Subiaco Farmers' Market on any weekend has become common in the past few years.

In Bunbury last year, the first meeting of ukulele group Little Stringy Things attracted about 200 people.

The groups are led by experienced musicians, who encourage people to pick up a "uke" and join in the fun.

Self-confessed ukulele tragic Michael Black put the reasons for the surge in popularity down to credibility.

Mr Black, the man behind a weekly gathering at the farmers' market, said a visit by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain last year had a big impact.

"The ukulele has got a bit more credibility now, rather than being a child's toy," he said. "It was something you would always buy at a fair and play for 10 minutes, then it would go out of tune and you wouldn't play it again, but now people see the possibilities."

The Hillary group has grown from three to 40-strong in three years.

Founder Rodney Popham said it attracted people aged between eight and 80.

"It is such a lovely, simple and easy instrument to play," he said.