While festival concert tickets are selling like hot cakes, the much anticipated workshops are announced and tickets are on sale now. Along with the workshops, more festival artists and workshops hosts are announced: festival favourite Craig Chee from the United States, Paul Jonson from New Zealand and Jane Cameron from Adelaide.
Craig Chee returns to the Cairns Ukulele Festival for the fourth time. Chee, a fantastic live performer and a marvellous workshop host, is excited about returning to Cairns: “it’s almost like a family reunion”, he says. Craig will perform at various events during the festival and host several workshops. New this year, for example, is a 2-part workshop focussing on “group play” – helping clubs and ensembles spicing up their repertoire and songs by covering various elements such as harmonies, tempo and voicing changes.
Paul Jonson from New Zealand will focus on blues, boogie and swing finger picking and strums in his workshops and perform his own material during the festival. Jane Cameron, a former festival attendee, returns to Cairns this time as a festival performer and workshop host, inviting participants to write a song together, which will be performed during the Koyama Ukulele Showcase.
Other workshops festival goers can sign up for are jazz style workshops, and workshops focussing on different picking and strumming styles as well as improvisation.
Festival organisers are pleased to announce that they have been able to increase the capacity for the Eddy Finn Ukulele Mystery Tour, so if you missed out on a ticket earlier, get in quick so you can join a boat load of ukulele players and Ukulele Bartt Warburton from California on this new tour.