All aboard! Get ready for the Eddy Finn Ukulele Mystery Tour with Ukulele Bartt!

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The Cairns Ukulele Festival caravan is well and truly in motion with the announcement of another international ukulele artist, and a new tour that will take ukulele fanatics to the reef on their private ukulele cruise boat.

barttThe Cairns Ukulele Festival is delighted to announce Los Angeles-based ukulele star Ukulele Bartt, one of the international ukulele community’s most enthusiastic, engaging and productive musicians. Bartt is the creator of the popular website, Bartt.net, with lessons, song charts, videos, and an online ukulele store featuring his instructional DVDs, CDs and books.

Ukulele Bartt Warburton is recognised around the world for his “Fancy Fingers” workshops and his dazzling musical performances. The Los Angeles Times calls him a “modern-day master.” In addition to his playing prowess, he is equally acclaimed for being as much fun as you can have with four strings. “Jumpin’ Jim” Beloff – author and publisher of the biggest range of ukulele books in the world, calls Bartt “a fearless uke player who combines his significant chops and wacky sense of humor to teach uke basics, as well as much more advanced techniques.”

Bartt will be the host of this year’s Eddy Finn Ukulele Mystery Tour, which will take to the seas of the Pacific Ocean, taking the punters to a new destination this year. The Cairns Ukulele Festival has chartered a catamaran which will be filled ukulele players who will be playing, jamming, enjoying concerts and a workshop by Ukulele Bartt and other headliners as well as doing some sightseeing.

“I’ll be rocking out to some Flamenco and Classical, and a bunch of my own romantic songs. Mozart and Beethoven will probably be involved, too. I love jamming on rock oldies with the other performers at festivals, so I’m pretty sure we’ll do some of that. I might sing “Zombie Love Song,” or “Pluck You,” or go with the mushy love stuff. We might even do a sing-along in Italian. I like to play it by ear and see what happens!” Bookings for this tour have opened and festival organiser Gaby Thomasz warns, “the Eddy Finn Ukulele Mystery Tour has a limited capacity and sells out every year, so please grab your ticket for this brand new festival experience now and don’t miss out on the early bird price”.

Bartt will also be performing during the festival’s Ukulele Party Night and conducting several workshops on the Saturday and Sunday mornings of the festival.

For more information on the tour and a booking link, please click here.

Cairns Ukulele Festival review in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Travel writer Helen Pitt reviews the 2013 Cairns Ukulele Festival in a full-page article: “In Australia, the Everest of uke fests is the Cairns International…Perhaps it’s the tropical backdrop, and the fact it’s held every winter when many want to escape the colder climes, but this is as close to Oahu as Australia gets.” For the full article, follow this link.

Cairns Ukulele Festival wins Hit Award

The Cairns Ukulele Festival is proud to announce it took out the Cairns Post’s Hit Award for “Best Festival or Major Event” this year. We’d like to thank all who voted and those who contributed to the festival!

Hit Award

KoAloha Uke Build

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The Cairns Ukulele Festival is excited to welcome back the Hawaiian KoAloha Ukulele crew for a fun-filled Ukulele Building Workshop.

Uke Build with KoAloha Ukuleles

“When festival organiser Gaby Thomasz talked us into doing our first-ever for-profit ukulele build some years ago, I swore we’d just do it the one time to support the festival. However, we have such a good time in Cairns, and the festival is so inclusive, well-managed and complete programming-wise, that we just can’t resist. We look forward to returning again for our third year in a row”, said Alan Okami, president of KoAloha Ukuleles.

The workshop will be held at Cairns State High School Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 July. For the very first time, participants are offered the a choice between a soprano, concert or tenor sized ukulele. The workshop is suitable for anyone aged 10 and up (under 14′s need to be accompanied by an adult), and woodworking skills are not required.

For more information and booking details, please follow this link.

Cairns Ukulele Festival Program ‘Jazzed Up’ for 2014

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The first artists of the 2014 Cairns Ukulele Festival line-up were announced today with internationally renowned Hawaiian ukulele and jazz musician Abe Lagrimas Jr. and 6-time Grammy-winning Daniel Ho headlining the bill at the event, which will run from 3 – 6 July in beautiful Cairns, North Queensland, Australia.

Abe LagrimasFestival Coordinator Gaby Thomasz said, “We are incredibly excited to have signed Abe – he has a unique jazz style that has wowed audiences in the United States, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and the Czech Republic”.

“I have been a fan of Abe’s music ever since he released his first ukulele album and am so pleased to be able to finally bring him to Australia and introduce him to the festival audience”.

Abe Lagrimas Jr. said he is very happy about being signed, after hearing about the festival from other Hawaiian artists who have attended the event.

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Cairns Ukulele Festival, especially that the people participating in the festival are so enthusiastic about the ukulele and ukulele music”.

“This is always very inspiring for me as a performer, so I’m really looking forward to sharing my music at Cairns this year.” Abe said.

A mixture of new and familiar faces will front up at the festival including six-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho and the KoAloha Crew from Hawaii who have carved out their own spot in the program.

Exciting new talent Ryo Natoyama from Japan is one of the breakthrough artists attending and, at only twenty years of age, has numerous CD’s and DVD’s to his name and supported Jake Shimabukuro during his tour of a Japan.

The jam-packed program has workshops, jams, a mystery tour, a World Record Attempt (which we are determined to break this year), the Uke Art Exhibition and the famous Festival Finale Concert.

Gaby said, “This is just a tip of the iceberg in terms of what we have in store for this year’s festival artist and event wise and we have some surprises for our regular attendees – so see you at the 2014 Cairns Ukulele Festival!”.

For more information on the artists, please follow this link