The Cairns Ukulele Festival organisers are firing on all cylinders, getting ready for the next ukulele festival, to be held 1, 2 and 3 July this year. Like last year, artists will come from all over the world. But this year, there will also be a contingent from Japan.
First Japanese act to be announced, 4-piece stringband The Sweet Hollywaiians from Osaka, appear to have stepped straight out of a 1920’s black and white movie. All members have a love for Hawaiian, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Calypso and Italian music. Together they have created, or perhaps, re-created a brand of music that is quite unique in today’s musical landscape, but oh so true to the Tin Pan Alley (the street in NY where all great early 20th century music was created) style and era. The band is very excited about playing at the festival; whilst they have toured Europe and the US several times, it will be their first performance in the Southern Hemisphere.
Each member of the Sweet Hollywaiians plays the ukulele as well as multiple other instruments, ensuring a eclectic set that will take you on a musical journey.