The stars of the 2011 Cairns Ukulele Festival will return this year as part of a stellar line-up of world-class ukulele acts. The Sweet Hollywaiians wowed the crowds as the head liners of the 2011 Cairns Ukulele Festival. Their immaculate presentation and performance impressed audiences so much that this band has been one of the most talked about acts of the past three festivals.
The 4-piece string band from Osaka, appear to have stepped straight out of a 1920’s black and white movie. All members were formerly street musicians, all with 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. Each member of the Sweet Hollywaiians plays the ukulele as well as multiple instruments.
Festival organiser Gaby Thomasz all too gladly complied with the numerous requests to bring the band from Japan back to Australia. “When we introduced The Sweet Hollywaiians in 2011, they had never played to an Australian audience, and very few ukulele players were aware of this wonderful act from Japan. Since their performance in Cairns, they have gathered a huge following and people have been raving about them ever since”.
This festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet with some exciting new components to be added and the return of all the favourite events such as the Ukulele Mystery Tour and workshops.