The Cairns Ukulele Festival is proud to announce two amazing new generation ukulele players, Derick Sebastian from Maui, and Cairns Ukulele Festival regular, Matt Dahlberg from the USA!
Both artists, and all of the other international artists will perform at the Tanks Arts Centre on Sunday July 8th. Australian artists will be announced in the next performer line-up, so it will be a jam-packed day of entertainment, covering a huge range of music styles!
Tickets are now available at the incredible early bird price of $50 (adults) / $40 (child 5-12)!
Capacity to the Tanks Arts Centre is strictly limited and tickets will sell out, so get your tickets today!
Derick Sebastian (Hawaii)
Through faith and hard work, Maui born local Derick Sebastian continues to live his dream as an accomplished ukulele virtuoso. Derick’s critically acclaimed instrumental album, From His Heart, earned him a Na Hoku Hanohano 2010 nomination. He has shared the stage with fellow ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro and opened for R&B singer sensation Brian McKnight, with notable performances at PIXAR Animation Studios , ABC’s Greys Anatomy, and professional sports industry’s MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, along with events for the PGA, ESPN and EA SPORTS. Derick recently broke into the Hollywood scene composing the theme song to the movie Life’s An Itch. These opportunities presented to Derick have not come without hard work and dedication. While garnering these many accomplishments, Derick is humbled and stays true to himself, and continues his dedication to inspire lives through his music and impact the world through the pure sounds he evokes through the ukulele. With a personal commitment to his work, Derick’s musical journey is on the upswing, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to watch this young man from Maui’s star continue to rise…STOP. UKE. LISTEN!
Matt Dahlberg (USA)
Matt (The Jumping Flea) Dahlberg is an up and coming artist in the new revolution of ukulele players. He plays with a dedication and passion for the instrument that is infectious. Having played the first two Cairns Ukulele Festivals and toured Australia extensively, Matt’s no stranger to the Australian ukulele-loving audiences. His instrumentals have been described as “luxurious”, “awe-inspiring”, “unbelievable”. We look forward to hearing the compositions he’s been working on the past year! Of course, as has become tradition, Matt will host a free workshop on the Sunday at the Tanks Arts Centre. Matt was featured on the front of the New York Times because he is so successful utilising the internet as a tool to teach players world-wide, and judging the ratings he receives at our festival each year, that’s no surprise to us!