The Cairns Ukulele Community Day on the Esplanade is the biggest day of the Cairns Ukulele Festival, with free performances all day by a dozen community groups from around Australia, including Cairns of course. Among others, legendary Mills Sister Aunty Cessa and her Ukulele Gamas will be making their way from TI to share language, heritage and culture through storytelling and Torres Strait music in language. The Wild Women of Armidale will be travelling from New South Wales to deliver their unique brand of rollicking ukulele entertainment, while local favourites, the Bad Boys of Uke, are set to bring you a most raucous ukulele set. They’ll have you dancing from their first song. Markets and entertainment start at 10am. Entertainment will go right up until the Cairns Festival Parade at 5.30pm. Ukulele performances continue after the Parade with a show by The Montgomery Brothers and a cast of headliners from the Cairns Ukulele Festival.
Cairns Esplanade markets shall be complemented by a number of ukulele market stalls, allowing you to try ukuleles from absolute beginner budget to high end Hawaiian.
World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band
The Cairns Ukulele Festival invites ukulele players to join us in the world’s largest ukulele marching band and participate in the Cairns Festival Parade.
Community Concert Day performers:
Before the Parade (10am – 5.30pm):
|12:30:00||St Andrews Ukulele Angels|
|12:50:00||Tablelands Ukulele Group|
|13:15:00||Mayfield Uke Group|
|13:40:00||Kalulu Uke Group Victoria|
|14:30:00||Wild Women of Armidale|
|14:55:00||Ukes on a Mission|
|15:45:00||Aunty Cessa’s Ukulele Gamas|
|16:10:00||Townsville Ukulele Club|
|16:35:00||FN Ukes / artistworks winner|
Aunty Cessa’s Ukulele Gamas
Aunty Cessa Mills is the last surving Mills sister , a living legend from Coconut and Thursday Island , Torres Strait. This year, Aunty Cessa wants to bring a multicultural group of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Women (Gama’s) to the Cairns Ukulele Festival to celebrate cultural diversity and the performing art of Ukulele as a medium to share language, heritage and experience through storytelling and song. Their songs will be in language and feature original songs written by Aunty as well as other TI songs.
Bad Boys of Uke
Cairns’ illustrious ukulele trio the Bad Boys of Uke (ukulele, cajon, ukulele bass and vocals), will be hosting some rollicking jams in their favourite watering holes.
A local group of bright older folk who have been playing together for 2 years based on the northern beaches of Cairns. They practice weekly at either Trinity Park Neighbourhood Centre or Centrals AFL Club and perform at a different Aged Care Homes every Friday.
Using loop pedal, beat boxing and an eclectic collection small instruments including Ukulele, Harmonica, Jaw Harp and Kalimba, Hardey plays a collection of originals and covers inspired by vintage old time music, blues, hip hop and who knows what; quirky, raw and unexpected! Hardey also is a seasoned children’s performer, clown and busker. You’ll see him in various incarnations throughout the festival.
Harvey Bay Ukulele Music Pickers and Strummers are a ukulele club that get together weekly for a strum and sing a long. They have been going for about 3 years and we have about 140 members. They love to play old time songs and encourage audience participation.
Kalulu Uke Group Victoria
From Open Mic to the Big Stage they are regulars at the ukulele gigs held in Melbourne, particularly in the Dandenong Ranges were they all come from.
Led by Tom Richter, a professional music teacher and performer, we are a ukulele collective from the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which performs at festivals, clubs, cafes and other venues.
St Andrews Ukulele Angels
Local high school 5-piece ukulele group, who will be touring Japan and Hawaii after the festival.
Tablelands Ukulele Group
Community ukulele group on Atherton Tablelands, we meet up twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoons at the Uniting Church Hall and welcome all players from beginners to Advanced.
The Wild Women of Armidale
Cathy (Fast Fingers) Welsford and Angie (Random Chords) Smith are the riotous, radical, revolutionary, older Wild Women from the lunatic fringe. Joined by U-bass woman, Chris Dennis, and percussionist and gubal player, Jess Stocker, the intrepid quartet sally forth into the world of ukulele writing their own songs or fearlessly adapting others to their own style. Their developing dementia adds a sense of the unexpected. Although there is never a guarantee of what will happen when they sashay on stage, audiences are guaranteed a good time!
Townsville Ukulele Club
The Townsville Ukulele Club has played at every single Cairns Ukulele Festival; thank you to our southern neighbours for making the trek up north each year!
Ukes on a Mission
A 6 piece Ukulele/Vocal group from Mission Beach/Tully/Innisfail area who for the past 2 – 3 years we have been playing each Friday evening at a Bistro/Bar in Mission Beach. The group also performs reguarly at cultural & community events.
A local Japanese ukulele group that meets weekly to play Japanese traditional and pop music. Anyone that has seen them perform in the past knows that their performances are colourful, mixing modern with traditional Japanese culture, dress and dance, all with Japanese precision!
After Parade and fireworks (7.30pm)
The Montgomery Brothers and ukulele friends
The Montgomery Brothers are one Cairns’ most popular bands. The band’s front man, Ryo Montgomery, is considered Australia’s leading ukulele player and tours world wide on a regular basis. The band will bring their signature blend of blues, country, mixed in with the flavours of this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival headline artists.
The Cairns Ukulele Festival Community Concert Day is co-presented by: