PERFORMERS AND RECORDED MUSIC
Unequalled in playing AND teaching is Canadian James Hill. Friendly, approachable, dedicated to excellence in everything he does. Very good singer too.
Although Ralph Shaw is now Canadian, this lanky, skilled ukulele and banjolele player has a voice like an angel, an irrepressible Yorkshire accent and a background in applied physics. He's also a easygoing, humorous bloke and an entertaining performer who puts out a wonderful monthly newsletter.
Young Melburnian Vance Joy supported Powderfinger legend and solo performer Bernard Fanning in Newcastle last year. For his final song, Vance picked up his ukulele and played Riptide which topped the 2013 Triple J hottest one hundred. Check out his hi tech strap in this clip!
Other excellent Australian performers:
As lead singer of highly successful Seattle band Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder went out on a limb in 2012 to release his beautiful album Ukulele Music. If you've always loved Eddie's voice, this will not disappoint.
You CANNOT go past the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain playing Shaft
And then...see if you can hold back a tear as Queen's masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody is rendered even more incredible by the modest, delightful and breathtakingly talented Hawaiian player Jake Shimabukuro.
Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (BMUF) 12 - 14 Feb 2016 at the historic and beautiful Carrington Hotel.
2016 Newkulele Festival Newcastle will be in October - exact date to be confirmed.
Below is a clip of Jack (Mark Jackson) & Jel (Jane Jelbart) and Danielle (me) - at the 2014 Newkulele Festival playing my song Satellite Navigation.