This year, Maton Ukulele Songwriters on the Waterfront at Mondo Restaurant returns. The show will feature several ukulele songwriters from around Australia. While the sun sets over the Trinity Inlet and Marina – which form the backdrop of this event – punters can enjoy a delicious meal, a cold drink and fresh ukulele sounds. Songwriters on the Waterfront has been running for many years and has been the launching pad for numerous successful artists, including Emma-Louise who has now chart hits around the globe.
The second Maton Ukulele Songwriters on the Waterfront will feature Hallelujah Baby from Townsville, Georgie Taylor from Brisbane, Cameron Murray from Sydney and Megan Kate Grant from Perth. These acts will cover a range of musical styles from pop to classic 20’s style music to jazz and blues.
Following their performances, we will head upstairs to the Hilton Six Degrees Bar for the Opening Night activities.
Mondo’s has advised us that they are completely booked out for this event.
Mondo Restaurant @ Cairns Hilton
Songwriters on the Waterfront Acts:
The Dragonuke Duo play original and contemporary uke greats ranging from folk-pop to jazz. Playing their new album on Tenor and Bass ukes, Dragonuke Duo are seasoned performers suitable in this lineup for more relaxed intimate settings. Performers are Anu Grace and Laurie Bycroft
Georgie Taylor is a 14 year old emerging artist from Redland City who has a passion for songwriting, performing arts, playing guitar and strumming her beloved ukulele. She likes to play contemporary music, putting a modern twist on ukulele performance. Her original songs are from the heart and she develops beautifully crafted songs, looking at the world as she sees it through a young person’s eyes. She is a committed artist and has a rare ability to take her listeners on a journey with her captivating pure voice accompanied by the instrument of her choice. She fell in love with creating original music when she attended the Fretfest recording workshop and wrote her first original song ‘Seasons of Change’ which was a runner up in the 2015 Fretfest National Songwriting competition.
The publisher and editor of “KAMUKE” Ukulele Magazine, Cameron Murray has been playing ukulele and uke-banjo for more than half his life. A keen collector of vintage instruments and a proponent of the George Formby strumming style, he also enjoys performing classic tunes from the 1920s, Hawaiian hapa-haole hits and old-time country songs, but during the Maton Ukulele Songwriters on the Waterfront session Cameron will be performing his own material. Anyone who attended last year’s Australian Ukulele Showcase Dinner, will tell you what a skilful and engaging performer he is and we look forward to having him back this year!
Megan Kate Grant
Armed with a ukulele, a harmonica and a stomp box, Megan Grant brings to the stage her simple folk songs about things we can all relate to. Breaking up, cleaning, taking naps and bears. Having made the transition from music to stand-up comedy and back again, Megan has finally found a way to blend it all together into an act that will leave you feeling both tickled and a little touched.
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.