Looking forward to filling Uki with the distinctive sounds of the ukelele is player and festival organiser Harris Smart.
Looking forward to filling Uki with the distinctive sounds of the ukelele is player and festival organiser Harris Smart.

Uki?s going ukelele crazy

By Nadine Fisher

There is no better, more appropriately named place in the world to hold a ukelele festival than Uki, according to resident Harris Smart.

Harris, along with other locals, is organising the inaugural Ukilele Festival which will be held in May, with performances by North Coast musicians. He says this will be a world first for the ukelele.

"This will be the first music festival to be held in Uki and the ukelele is a wonderfully fun in-strument. We wanted a festival that would make Uki unique," he said.

"Putting the musical power back into the hands of the people is the aim of the festival."

Harris said there were, in fact, more ukelele players in the region than cows, these days.

"There has been a worldwide resurgence of interest in the instrument in the last few years, largely because of Beatle, George Harrison who liked to play the ukelele.

"In Melbourne there is a ukelele orchestra with around 60 members, and we're hoping they may come up for the festival as well."

The Ukilele Festival will kick off on Friday, May 13 and continue through to May 15.

Inquiries to Harris Smart on (02) 6679 4020 or email harrissmart@netspace.net.au



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