Last year, Seatlle’s Matt ‘Jumpingflea’ Dahlberg wowed the Cairns Ukulele Festival audience with his picking and strumming technique and beautiful instrumental arrangements. We are pleased to inform you that, thanks to our festival sponsor Lanikai ukuleles, Matt will be back for more! Matt is one of the youngest professional ukulele players on the circuit today, but don’t let that fool you. His style and newly composed songs show a maturity that is way beyond his years!
The Cairns Ukulele Festival is proud to introduce you to Hawaiian-born Craig Chee. Looking to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands. Craig’s style is a mix of reggae, rock, pop and island music. Craig is very passionate about songwriting and taking the ukulele places it has not been before. His other passion is teaching, which he has been doing for several years.
Craig Chee will perform, along with Japanese ukulele legend Iwao, on Green Island (Great Adventures Ukulele Island Gig) Friday July 1st, as well as at the Tanks Arts Centre on Sunday July 3rd, where he will be backed by a band.
The Cairns Ukulele Festival would like to thank Mya-Moe custom ukuleles for assisting Craig Chee in realising his dreams and sponsoring the festival.
Besides performing, both artists will also be conducting workshops.