Second artist announcement
Hawaiian superstar Herb Ohta Jr., introducing Japanese duo fulare_pad and back by popular demand: Craig Chee!
“We’re so chuffed to have one of the world’s most prolific instrumentalists, Herb Ohta Jr. from Hawaii, on the bill this year, as well as acts like Craig Chee (Hawaii) and fulare_pad (Japan) who are full of gusto and enthusiasm for the instrument”, festival organiser Gaby Thomasz said. With nine solo albums, eight duet albums in circulation, and contributions on more than 40 recordings as well as a string of awards, Herb Ohta Jr. is one of Hawaii’s ukulele superstars. “Craig Chee, also from Hawaii, made a big impression on festival attendees last year, not only with his music, but also his personality. During last year’s festival Craig teamed up with other festival musicians and local musicians including Ryo Montgomery and Tiffany Amber Smith, creating some of the most memorable festival moments together on the big stage of the Tanks Arts Centre. We look forward to having him here again! Osaka based guitar and ukulele duo fulare_pad‘s energy is so infectious, every time I see them play, it puts a big smile on my face”. The guitar and ukulele duo from Osaka have been making waves in the ukulele world in recent months with spectacular performances at the Hawaii and Thailand Ukulele Festivals. “I am sure the Cairns Ukulele Festival attendees will welcome the introduction to this duo!”
All acts will be performing exclusively at the Cairns Ukulele Festival, and conduct workshops on 6 and 7 July. The workshop schedule will be announced in coming weeks.It is a great opportunity to not only enjoy ukulele performances in the most beautiful surroundings, but also to learn new skills from international pros!
Other acts on the bill include ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal from Canada, folk and roots musician Aaron Keim from the States, and ukulele jazz maestro Paul Hemmings also from the States.
The Cairns Ukulele Festival will be making many more artists, program and other festival announcements in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
For more information on the festival and other performers, please visit the festival web site.
Core festival dates are 5-8 July 2012.