MUF acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which our festival is being held.

Our festival photos are mainly photographed by Nick Pitsas - unless otherwise credited.

©2020 by Melbourne Ukulele Festival

13-14 MARCH, 2020

Australia's Second Ukulele Festival!

Every year in Melbourne, Australia

With thanks to our sponsors and support whom without their kindness our Festival could not happen!

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Proudly supported by the Darebin City Council’s Community Grants Program.

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Community Groups Performances
Chalice
930am to 4pm
Enjoy the many wonderful community group performances

Chalice

930am to 10am

SKULL was formed in 2015 to fill the ukulele void in Melbourne's southside with some DIY community uke fun.

They have a free SKULL Tuesday Night Uke Jam every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month upstairs at St Kilda RSL in Acland St.

Chalice

1145am to 1215pm

The Balla Balla Ukes were formed in October 2017. Focusing on techniques and ensemble playing, they perform a wide variety of repertoire that could include anything from older hits to rock, pop, country and everything in between. They have performed at many ukulele and community events, including Hills Ukulele Festival, Cranbourne Australia Day Celebrations, Berwick Show, Cranbourne Music Winter Uke Fest, Whittlesea Uke Muster among many others. They have also performed at Melbourne Ukulele Festival in 2018 and 2019.

Chalice

2pm to 230pm

The group originally formed to give students an outlet for the skills that they learnt in music class. There are no remaining original members! They all got good at playing and then left to go to secondary schools. Our current line up consists of students from Year 2 to Year 5. They take playing the ukulele seriously. They take their band leader/music teacher a lot less seriously. Probably a good mix.

Chalice

1015am to 1045am

BUGSS is made up of members of the Bennettswood Ukulele Groups and Singalong and Stringalong, led by Margaret Crichton. Experience ranges from those who have played a few weeks or months to years. For some it is their first instrument while for others, well, who’s counting! Keeping it fun, accessible and challenging is an important part of the equation, with everyone learning at a pace that suits them, so newcomers are always welcome. We add an extra dimension to many of our songs with vocal harmonies – and not everything is in C!

Chalice
1230pm to 1pm

Ukelicious are all members of the Gippslance Acoustic Music Club (GAMC). The group is lead by groups leaders Di Stephens and Julie Bradley, who are ukulele tutors for the club.

 

Ukelicious members come from many parts of the Latrobe Valley, Boolarra, Yarrum, Briagolong but all meet in Traralgon on a regular basis to practise.

Chalice

245pm to 315pm

The Tall Ones grew out of some adult ukulele lessons by some guy called Dan who is based up in the Dandenong Ranges. Just like his school students (The Short Ones), Dan discovered that once adults learn how to play the ukulele, they are keen to then play the ukulele.

The Tall Ones is a growing group of adults new to the ukulele world, but keen to grab it by the neck and strum. They bring an eclectic skill set and love of musical genres to the stage that will impress even the most jaded ukulele aficionado. 

Chalice

11am to 1130am

Yarra YUkers is the very first ukulele orchestra established by GBU in March 2015. Yarra YUkers meet upstairs on Tuesdays at the charming and historic Retreat Hotel, in Abbotsford. They perform regularly at KLUB MUK, as well as at various ukulele festivals, including The Hills Ukulele Festival (2018, 2019) The Melbourne Ukulele Festival (2015-2019) at local inner north markets, and for the lovely residents of our local nursing home. To see their faces during our performances will “put a little love in your heart”!

Chalice

115pm to 145pm

U3A Knox Music Muster is a community based music group that meets every Tuesday as part of the University of the Third Age (U3A) Knox. Now in its third year, the Music Muster has nearly 30 enthusiastic members with a strong focus on having fun while playing, singing and learning. The Music Muster performs at U3A Knox functions and in 2019 has performed at the Girgarre Moosic Muster and the Hills Ukulele Festival.

Chalice

330pm to 4pm

Chicks with Picks Melbourne are students of the ukulele. Led by teacher, Helen Begley. They play a broad selection of songs, everything from Blackbird to Gorillaz with great strumming, singing, and twiddly bits. They are always keen to encourage ukulele playing folk to get up and join them in spontaneous music making.