THE 2022 FESTIVAL LINE UP

WHO'S PLAYING AT THE FESTIVAL?

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Ukulele Death Squad

Saturday Night Concert

+ Workshop

The Ukulele Death Squad strives to entertain and wow their audiences by pushing the boundaries of the small four-stringed instrument – the Ukulele.

Exploding onto the scene in February 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, they blend their own ukulele style with Flamenco, Mexican, rap and Folk, with an energetic performance that goes beyond anything audiences have ever seen. The Death Squad have already managed to achieve sold-out Adelaide & Edinburgh Fringe Festival Seasons in 2017/2018/2019.

The UDS will warp your perceptions of ukuleles one nylon string at a time. With stage-craft, mad thumping rhythms and outrageous solos, they will quite literally blow your minds. Enter at your own risk!

OUR SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT

HEADLINERS

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The Thin White Ukes

Saturday Night Concert
 

The Thin White Ukes launched their glittering journey through the endless labyrinth of the David Bowie songbook at MUF 2015.

 

Since then, the intrepid ukulele-harmony trio has toured from Perth to Darwin, Sydney to China, the Adelaide Fringe to the Brisbane Powerhouse, forever expanding their repertoire of ingeniously reconstructed Bowie classics to thrill hardcore and casual fans alike.

Coming off a very successful season at the Port Fairy Folk Festival - make sure you put on your red shoes. They'll be floating in a most peculiar way.

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Yanai Morris

Friday Showcase Concert
+ Saturday Night Concert

+ Workshop
 

Bringing a fresh perspective to ukulele playing, Yanai Morris delivers compelling performances through a combination of creative songwriting and arranging, masterful playing and authentic expression. 

 

In 2008 Yanai was inspired to add the ukulele to his already large arsenal of instruments for the purpose of teaching kids music in a more fun and creative way. This program (Uke4Kids) spawned The U.F.O., a performing student band which evolved into a force to be reckoned with, musically going well beyond what was expected from a bunch of kids.

 

During this time, Yanai’s own ukulele playing has evolved, taking an experimental yet heartful approach to combining elements of folk, rock and jazz into a unique and eclectic repertoire of covers and originals.

 

Yanai’s music can be found on most music streaming/download platforms, and videos on his Youtube channel.

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Melbourne Ukulele Kollective

Saturday Night Concert
 

M.U.K. is an open-armed gaggle of ukers of all ages and persuasions, each equipped with only four strings and the truth! With small egos and big dreams, they are on a crusade to bring the greatest glory to the humblest of instruments and put music back into the hands and hearts of the people!

What the MUK?

Since crashing through the tv screens of the nation in 2006 (Spicks and Specks: ABC TV) the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective is still boldly going where no ukuleles have gone before. The “MUK” is open to all who wish to join her, regardless of experience, and they delight in crossing borders, smashing boundaries and raising the humble ukulele to new and outlandish heights! They perform in art and music festivals, pubs, race courses, parks, theatres, schools and on the streets. 

In 2004 they proclaimed that the Ukulele Revolution had arrived. 

They now proclaim its glorious victory!

EVERYONE ELSE

(in kind of alphabetical order)

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Abe Dunovits

Bar 303 Back Room
Saturday 2.15pm-2.45pm


Abe is a musician and artist from Argentina via Spain who has lived in Australia since he was in his teens.  His music accomplishments encompass playing several instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, double bass, singing, percussion and piano in a variety of styles and genres, particularly Afro-Latin styles. He is an experienced performer and has played in front of many people along the way, from the streets to festival stages, and has recorded in professional studios with his original music as a solo acoustic act and in his bands. He is a bit crazy sometimes.

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Rude Commerce

Bar 303 Back Stage

Saturday 11.15am-11.45am
 

Rude Commerce deliver contemporary story-telling and edgy songwriting, performed by a fun yet musically mature acoustic duo; tenor ukulele, guitar, harmonica and some tasty vocal harmonies. 

 Ditties of Drunkeness, Ballads of Bastardry, Anthems of Inebriation and Shanties of...shomething-or-uvver..where's muh drink?

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All The Way Home

Friday Night Concert
Wesley Anne
Sunday 5pm-5.30pm


Award-winning songwriters, Craig Barrie and Nicki Johnson write about being human, losing yourself and finding your place. Indie-folk, spiced with a hint of pop, their shows are a joyful and intimate sharing of delicious vocal harmony interwoven with sweet ukulele and mellow guitar. Drawing on many years of choir and community music leading experience, they will have you sing, sing, singing – all the way home!

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Amie Brûlée

Wesley Anne

Saturday 5.30pm-6pm

+ Workshop
 

“Oh, je t’adore”, said the singer to the ukulele.

Amie and her small, stringed friend bring you fabulous songs in delightful vintage style. Occasionally spotted in Paris and Buenos Aires with her ukulele (that’s ukulélé in French), she sings an eclectic mix of French chansons, vintage jazz, tango tunes, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and originals. Her musical adventures and influences range from classical to jazz, cabaret to blues, flamenco to folk (just to name a few), and she loves nothing more than finding a new way to interpret an old song. A qualified and experienced teacher and performer, Amie loves to sing great songs, tell interesting tales and share the joy of music with audiences and students. 

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Awkward Strangers

Friday Night Concert

+ Wesley Anne

Sunday 5.30pm-6pm

Awkward Strangers are a musical duo that should not be taken at all seriously. Andrew and Anke were individually awkward and strange for years before they started playing together in 2015. They have performed internationally at the West Kola Music Festival in Solomon Islands, have appeared sporadically at the Citizens Circus in Fitzroy and Sloth Arts in Footscray, and have attended regularly at the Club MUK open-mic ukulele nights at Bar 303. Having covered a variety of artists with their own quirky spin, they are now branching out into original material. They invite you to discover the awkward stranger within you.

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Cameron Murray

Friday Night Concert
+ Wesley Anne
Saturday 4.45pm-5.15pm
+ Workshop


Cameron Murray is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter and teacher who’s been playing the ukulele and banjo-uke for more than half his life. Endorsed by Romero Creations Ukuleles in San Diego, California, he enjoys performing classic tunes from the 1920s and '30s, as well as upbeat original songs. His debut EP "Fly Myself To You" is out now. Cameron has performed in Hawaii and Los Angeles and at most ukulele festivals in Australia, and is known for his incredibly fast, George Formby-like strumming...and fancy jackets! He's also the creator and editor of globally recognised KAMUKE Ukulele Magazine and the producer and host of the popular Ukulele Stories podcast. 

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Chantelle & Uke

Friday Night Concert
+ Wesley Anne
Saturday 3.15pm-3.45pm


With rich vocals and a beautifully played ukulele, Chantelle performs jazz standards and engaging original music. A diverse performer, she enjoys entertaining crowds at ukulele festivals and other community music events, often involving the audience in singalong.

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Chicks with Picks

Chalice Street Stage
Saturday 3.15pm-3.45pm
+ Uke Jam!
Sunday 3.30pm-4.30pm


Chicks with Picks Melbourne is a guitar and ukulele teaching business run by musician and song writer, Helen Begley.  Helen won the inaugural Melbourne Ukulele Songwriting competition back in the day and has enjoyed introducing hundreds of students to the sweetest instruments in the world. Students come from all over Melbourne to learn lovely songs and meet new musical mates privately and in small groups on both ukulele and guitar. Chicks with Picks Melbourne is a place for women to learn instruments together in a safe, supportive and social way. Honorary chicks (blokes) are welcome to join the men's group or have private lessons.  When they can, they love nothing better than getting together, en masse, to play songs and trade ukulele and guitar licks and picks or share their songs in jam sessions and pass on their learnings in workshops. 

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Dino Divo

Bar 303 Back Stage
Saturday 3.45pm-4.15pm


Dino Divo (aka Dean W. Denham) is the man who brought you the mighty Melbourne Ukulele Kollective way back in 2004 until his recent retirement in Oct. ’19 and he was also the director of the Melb. Uke Fest from 2010-2019. He’s been playing uke since 2002 and loving it! Rumour has it, there may be a few special guests joining him for this performance. Bold and brash, heartfelt and prone to emotional outbursts and being tearfully overcome by the beauty of the world, Dino’s performances are as exciting as they are confronting.

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Duplicity

Friday Night Concert
+ Wesley Anne
Sunday 3.15pm-3.45pm
+ 2 Workshops

Duplicity has been delighting audiences with its eclectic mix of jazz, blues, rock, pop and folk since winning Best Band at the Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival (DRUKE) in 2017.  Duplicity captivates audiences by combining beautiful vocals with clever arrangements and "taking ukuleles to places they don't normally go". Based in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Duplicity comprises Sue Kidd (vocals, ukulele and percussion) and Brendan Canty (ukulele, bass, guitar and vocals).   In addition to regular gigging,  Duplicity is active on the festival circuit in Australia and New Zealand and has supported Lucy Wise, Hannah Schmidli, Paul Jonson (NZ), Manitoba Hal Brolund (Canada) and the Screamin’ Eagles.  In 2020, Duplicity moved its performances online and streamed a series of “Live in Your Lounge” virtual concerts during lock down in Victoria.

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Fluke - The Four Horsemen

Bar 303 Front Stage
Saturday 2pm-2.45pm

 
On the eve of destruction, in a world plagued by pestilence, fatigued by famine, wounded by war and doomed to death, perhaps it's time to take a gleeful gallop with The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! A theatre tragic and a musician join forces to delve into the deluge of despair.

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Grand Old Ukes

Chalice Street Stage
Saturday 1.45pm-2.15pm


3 guys who are old and grand enough to actually remember the ‘60s.. and the 70s.. 80s.. 90s.. up to the naughties when being old and grand started to catch up with them. John, Richard and Simon give a grand performance with songs spanning decades with something that is bound to please any audience (except maybe the millennials).

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Green Fieldz

Wesley Anne
Saturday 4pm-4.30pm

Green Fieldz is Sally Carter and Keith Rea performing an exciting array of genres on twin ukuleles with vocal harmonies. Celtic, bluegrass, ragtime, gypsy jazz, classical, old favourites, new favourites, jazz and pop are on the menu. 

Green Fieldz performs at many festivals and events in Australia and New Zealand including the Hills Ukulele Festival, NZ 4-String Festival,  Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, White Cliffs Music Festival, Girgarre Moosic Muster, Mornington Main Street Festival and more.

Sally Carter has published two Ukulele Ensemble books that are being enjoyed by community ukulele groups all over the world. Sally and Keith run ukulele workshops based on ukulele ensemble playing reading tablature and arranging tunes.

Green Fieldz is always ready to have a jam session and both Sally and Keith enjoy being involved in anything ukulele!

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Jack n Jel

Friday Night Showcase Concert
+ Wesley Anne
Sunday 4.45pm-5.15pm

+ Workshop

Jack n Jel is a chemical formula for collaborative excellence, musical sweetness, and guileless lyricism (thank-you dictionary.com). The core of this rare chemical reaction is Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart, accompanied by friends, both passing and permanent. They play with whomever helps make them sound and look better than they really are. Mark and Jane are professional community musicians from Newcastle NSW and are a multi-instrumental duo who are inspired by the singer song writer tradition of Americana music.  Since 2011 (in non-pandemic times) they have toured North America (and further afield) collectings songs to thermomix with their originals. Their performance reflects folk, alt-country and blues influences, complemented by soft harmonies and storytelling. Their debut (and only) album contains surprising and delightful songs that blend the ukulele with other instruments. As it should be. And trumpet. We should say that too. Mark and Jane are well known at festivals in Australia and North America as entertaining, knowledgeable, and safe and well ordered (well, one of them is) teachers. They have run a tight community ship at home for a dozen years, successfully navigating their ukestrans through various treacheries, including a global pandemic.

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Jane Cameron

Friday Night Showcase Concert
Bar 303 Back Stage
Sunday 1.30pm-2pm
+ Workshop
+ Song Writing Panel


Jane Cameron is a captivating contemporary folk storyteller. She speaks straight to your heart, bringing moments to life that reflect the joy, yearning and sorrow of the human experience. Since first picking up a ukulele in 2010, Jane has played at venues up and down the east coast of Australia and at ukulele festivals from Cairns to Mt Gambier. Her voice draws comparisons with Natalie Merchant and Deborah Conway, or as one audience member puts it "it's like chocolate!" She released her debut solo album, The Mercy of the Tide, in 2015 and is releasing her new album in late 2021/early 2022.

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Jess Ralph

Chalice Street Stage

Saturday 12.15pm-12.45pm

Jess studied at the Australian Institute of Music and picked up ukulele whilst she was studying as a hobby and have played and enjoyed the beautiful instrument and what you can do with it ever since. When she realised singing was not for her, she found her passion for playing fingerstyle. Jess loves to play anything from classical to rock to country. 

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Joe Man Murphy

Friday Night Showcase Concert

Bar 303 Back Stage

Sunday 11.15am-11.45am

+ Workshop
 

Like all Irish performers, Joe Man’s stories are often hilarious and based on real life events and lead into well crafted songs presented in a world class manner that leaves the audience wanting to know more. He also performs with Festival favourites, Adelaide band, The Timbers and has penned songs on their last two albums. As a songwriter, Joe Man gathers stories and brings them to life on guitar, ukulele and banjo with his charming vocals in his solo shows.

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KARIN

Bar 303 Front Stage
Sunday 12pm-12.30pm
+ Chalice Street Stage
Sunday 1.15pm-1.45pm


COME and ROCK to pure, unadulterated, high-octane heavy metal and hard rock of Karin, as she rips her way through powerful and upbeat covers from the 70s and 80s (the spectrum encompassing Led Zeppelin to Metallica, Kiss to Patti Smith) in her exhilarating exploitation of this little instrument to keep the mood thrumming.

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Kim Burns

Bar 303 Front Stage

Saturday 11.45am-12.15pm

Kim is a solo ukuologist and vocalist from Central Victoria who has a passion is for folk music. She has just completed her third year of the #100daysofukulele challenge where she continues to impress her online audience with a unique selection of covers from folk artists such as Ninebarrow, First Aid Kit, The Wailin' Jenny's, Patrick Wolf and Neil Young, as well as breathing life back into some beautiful old but not forgotten traditional tunes. Her unique song selections are combined with beautiful vocals and cleverly haunting arrangements...a must see for any folkie! As a folk performer, Kim provides her audience with intimate 'back stories' to many of her songs. These stories are grounded in history and allow the listener to fully immerse in each song for a truly intimate musical experience. 

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Tom Os

Bar 303 Front Stage

Sunday 11.15am-11.45am

"I'm not really a musician, I just like to sing"

- Tom Os

 

When the creative energy takes hold, Tom pops his head up to perform at various venues around Melbourne, his style is very stripped back, with a focus on emotive lyrics and vocal melodies.

 

"Once I get past the nerves and the stage and the people, I tend to just get a little lost in the music."

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Nick Paisley

Bar 303 Front Stage
Saturday 1.15pm-1.45pm

 

I started my music career as a high school teacher (secondary music) and occasional session bass player for Infinity Records. In 2009 I was hospitalized and was unable to play heavy instruments (both weight and genre). A good friend of mine bought me a ukulele. Without any chord charts I worked out my own chords and started writing songs. My friend also introduced me to the Balmain Ukulele Club where I started performing my songs and still do. I have performed my songs at numerous festivals, I have also played a few times in Europe.

I have an E.P. available on Spotify, Youtube etc. and C.D. It is called" Nick Paisley Ukulele Songs".

When I perform I play one Bob Dylan and one Beatles song. My songs are about people and places, nothing too emotional.

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Paisley & Plaid

Bar 303 Front Stage

Saturday 11am-11.30am

+ Workshop

Paisley and Plaid is a trio that draws inspiration from around the world and around the corner. They sing about the big things of life – love, risk, justice and beauty. They sing about the small things – hanging out the washing, wayward supermarket trolleys and how to make chai tea. They weave their voices together in gorgeous harmonies, accompanied by ukulele and sometimes guitar and percussion. Their repertoire comes from far and wide – Appalachian tunes, children’s songs, local songwriters and their own creative imaginations. A Paisley and Plaid gig may swing from an old-fashioned hymn to a quirky mash-up to a country-style ballad with a raunchy edge.

Paisley and Plaid is Steph Payne (vocals, ukulele and laughter), Georgie Sinha (vocals, percussion and witty asides) and Alan Davies (vocals, ukulele, guitar and Dad jokes).

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Rainie Zenith

Bar 303 Back Stage

Saturday 12pm-12.30pm

Rainie Zenith is a singer-songwriter armed with an electric ukulele! She gigs regularly around Melbourne and is known for her creative songwriting ability, as well as her annual cover of Australia's Eurovision entry.

The star of Rainie's MUF 2022 show is the Violet Terror, a stunning purple Vorson electric ukulele. Accompanied by bass extraordinaire G-Chubb on U-bass, prepare for an onslaught of fresh original music plus plenty of sing-along favourites.

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Rose Turtle Ertler

Friday Night Concert +

Bar 303 Back Stage
Sunday 2.15pm-2.45pm

+ Workshop

Rose Turtle Ertler has been strumming uke for a while now. Her first gig was in 2000 in Berlin when her electronic toy band Toydeath suddenly needed a support act after a last minute cancellation. Back then, she played ukulele through a pile of effects pedals accompanied by a little 80s drum machine. Years later, she learnt the triplet strum from a Tongan player at 303 in Melbourne and suddenly realised she had been playing the uke like a guitar for all those years! She ditched the pedals and focused on fancying up her triplet-inspired strums.

One of Rose’s ‘electrik ukulele lady’ CDs was Album of the Week on RRR (2005) and she even got quotes like “This is the funkiest girl you is ever going to meet. Let the uke age begin." (THE AGE ****)

"Rose Turtle Ertler calls the music on her latest album, 'wonky folk', but the Daily Planet reckons it's the rest of the world that's wonky and this a straight-up uke-pop gem.” (DAILY PLANET, RADIO NATIONAL, ABC-FM RADIO)

Rose currently plays ukulele with Black Orchid Stringband made up of members of the West Papuans currently living in Australia.

Rose often gets distracted with lots of other instruments but always loves to return to the ukulele for festivals as great as MUF! She currently plays a concert uke and small bodied baritone with strings tuned lower than usual for a bit of extras bass! Expect lots of special guests on stage!

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Someone Elses Wedding Band

Bar 303 Back Stage

Saturday 12.45pm-1.15pm

One uke

Two uke

Red uke

Blue uke

The Ukulele’s in this story are neither red nor blue, but there are two of them. You know what else there’s two of? Two eyes, two ears, two sets of arms and legs. Two lungs for breathing. Two kidneys for filtering the bile (is that how anatomy works?). Each of Someone Else’s Wedding Band’s members have these. They also each have a ukulele. 

 

This one has a star - a set of vocal chords and pedals boards for crooning and wailing. This one has a fast car - a nest of stomp boxes and wires for driving rhythms. 

 

Dr Seuss would be turning in his Truffula Tree forest grave. Nothing rhymes but there’s an element of pop, an element of noise. Nothing is real but this is to be seen and heard to be believed.

 

Find Someone Else’s Wedding Band out on a school night until maybe 6 or 7 because we try to get a solid 13 hours of good sleep and have Netflix to catch up on.

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The Brass Traps

Friday Night Concert +

Bar 303 Back Stage

Saturday 1.30pm-2pm

The Brass Traps project re-imagines what 'Vintage' music would sound like if it had have been invented in the 2000s. With infectious beats to get your toes tapping, and catchy lyrics to get you singing along, The Brass Traps' original songs tackle the important issues of the day, like coping with technological hassles, dreaming of being an astronaut, and basically just how to navigate modern life.

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The Emerald Ruby

Bar 303 Back Stage
Sunday 3.45pm-4.15pm

A rich musical history accompanies The Emerald Ruby through every performance. Her first musical home was the Orchestra, where Shostakovich and Stravinsky informed her understanding of structure and texture. In her teens, she fell for Alt Metal band System of Down, which combined with her study at University of Newcastle, saw her make the transition from pure classical musician to multi-genre powerhouse. She has toured and recorded extensively with The Button collective and experimental folk/jazz band Vanishing Shapes. She regularly performs with jazz rock band Othrship and psych rock band Lachlan X Morris. On stage, The Emerald Ruby surrounds herself with a forest of flutes and ukuleles, stitched together with soulful vocals. Intricate melodies sprout from her training as a classical flautist and are gently manicured by her love of Irish folk music and early jazz. With a siren’s voice, her lyrics share whimsy, lived experiences of mental health struggles, love and longing.

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The Hollows

Bar 303 Back Stage

Sunday 12.45pm-1.15pm

What do Gen Z uni students do in lockdown?

 

They start a band!

 

The Hollows are an original duo that pours their self-obsessed angst into the lyrics of their catchy original songs. Captivating vocals and ukulele are backed by a strong percussion to produce a fusion of old, new and wtf that makes The Hollows’ tunes ones you just can’t get out of your head.

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The Honey Bees

Bar 303 Front Stage

Saturday 3.30pm-4pm

Chalice Street Stage

Sunday 11am-11.30am

Making a buzz and keeping it sweet, they’re the Honey Bees!  Bringing a catchy mix of favourite oldies and lovely new discoveries, this delightful duo will have you tapping your toes, singing your heart out, and smiling as gladly as a Banksia in bloom.  With heavenly harmonies and upbeat genre-spanning tunes, dynamic duo Tracey Wood and Melissa James have been rousing crowds since 2019. The Honey Bees have busked at MUF 2020, performed at MUF 2021, and been regulars at Klub MUK. They performed virtually at CMVic’s Grantville Online Music Camp 2020 and their videos screened at the Whittlesea Uke Muster and HUF 2021. In the last 3 months they performed live at the Fitzroy Art Collective and at Hildebrand Ridge Organic Winery and they are scheduled to perform soon at Little Things Café, Blackburn.

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The Pinot Pickers

Bar 303 Front Stage
Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm

We are the Pinot Pickers. A quintet of dubious heritage and even more dubious taste in music, wine, vegetables and fruit. 

To make up for our dubious taste (we live for zucchinis) we play songs to get audiences involved. A mix of less common covers - Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Dutch supergroups, sea shanties, Howling Wolf and Nancy Sinatra; and songs we write ourselves paying homage to Ham and Pineapple Pizzas and Zucchinis.

Lots of Ukuleles, banjolele, bass, button accordion, tin whistle, harmonica and assorted percussion with some singing is what you get!

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The Sophisticated Hulas

Bar 303 Back Stage

Sunday 3pm-3.30pm

Betty France and Cate Jardine discovered each other in the early days of MUK (Melbourne Ukulele Kollective).

 Inspired by the many amazing artists they have listened to and covered over the years, the Hulas embarked on a song writing journey that draws from a shared love of harmony, folk music and good times. 

They weave obscure tales of mythical women, sweet odes to pets and laments about children and errant friends and unruly animal friends. 

Known for their deft uke playing and beautiful harmonies they are wickedly funny, somewhat naughty and have the sense not to take themselves too seriously.

They have performed at several MUF’s since 2011 and also at Island View Ukulele Festival in Opotiki, New Zealand as well as at music/folk festivals, venues and art galleries around Victoria. Their popular ukulele workshops are a staple at Fiddlers Festival and Kelly Country Pick.

Cate Jardine started on uke in Rotarua at the age of 10 and has never put it down. She performed regularly with well known singer songwriter Alyce Platt and has guested with various bands. She also plays a mean mandolin these days and that other six stringed instrument.

Betty France started playing uke at the birth of MUK. As well as the Hulas she is one third of The Thin White Ukes. She fronted Betty’s Driving Force - a blues/jazz trio and does a sassy ukulele jazz diva thing with Oscar France - her son and piano player extraordinaire.

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The Thornberries

Chalice Street Stage

Saturday 11.30am-12pm

Spine tingling harmonies,sassy performers, great repertoire and oh yes, they play a mean ukulele.   The Thornberries is a fabulous group of women which offers an eclectic repertoire, wonderful harmonies and great playing. The Thornberries have delighted audiences across the inner north of Melbourne including The Peppertree place fiesta, Thornbury local, Bar 303 and MUF. The Thornberries offer a delightful interlude for all seasons.

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The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach

Friday Night Concert +

Bar 303 Back Stage
Sunday 12pm-12.30pm

+ Workshop

There could be no better place to celebrate ukulele music than a concert or workshop with The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach, Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith. These funny, creative performers have delighted audiences from Hobart to Cairns with their layered harmonies and skilled musicianship, recently touring southern Queensland and the NSW Central Coast.

Celebrated Festival of Small Halls winners, these seasoned musicians represent excellence in live acoustic performance. With a suitcase full of humorous new-minted songs, evocative tunes and old favourites, they invite foot-tapping audiences to laugh along with their lyrics and join in choruses. By popular demand they have recorded many of their original songs and classic covers on a CD plus download platforms and YouTube. 

Charismatic multi-instrumentalist Cathy Welsford has been performing, writing and teaching music all her life. Awarded an Australian local Citizen of the Year for services to community music, she is an inspiring workshop presenter with a M.Ed degree, teaching finger-style, jazz, improvisation, classical and folk ukulele. She founded and leads the Valla Beach Garage Band.

Fabulous singer-songwriter Angie Smith is a music historian with over thirty years’ teaching experience. A brilliant workshop presenter with a PhD in Education, she specialises in ukulele strum techniques and song craft in a broad range of musical styles. Her knowledge and skills are in demand at festivals and community arts programs.

The culmination of two lifetimes of on-stage exuberance has made The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach audience favourites. They are currently planning a west Australian tour.

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Things That Make You Go MMM

Friday Night Concert +

Bar 303 Back Stage

Sunday 4.30pm-5pm

Things That Make You Go MMM are a trio of ukers that only play music that makes them feel good. Melissa, Mike and Melanie (MMM) met through Yarra Yukers in 2019 and started jamming regularly.  Their repertoire ranges across decades and styles and they love to reimagine songs through harmonising, arranging and including other instruments as accents to the uke. Most of all they love the humble uke and try to stretch its capacity through picking and strumming styles as well their arrangements of rock, indie and folk covers. They have performed at Klub MUF 2021, Klub MUK 2020 & 2021, HUF 2020 & 2021 and the Whittlesea Uke Muster 2020. On the upside of lockdown they learnt to make numerous music videos which you can find on their Facebook page.

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Tracy Jayne & the Powerdressers

Bar 303 Back Stage

Saturday 3pm-3.30pm

It's the 80s...but not as you know it! Coming out of hiding after 30 years in 2017, Tracy Jayne & the Power Dressers burst back onto the scene with their whirlwind world tour of Thornbury and kicked off 2018 with show stopping performances at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Hills Ukulele Festival (VIC) and the BLUES Ukulele Festival (SA). Bringing their unique personal perspective on the ‘80s, Tracy Jayne intersperse the songs you love (or would have loved if you’d heard Tracy Jayne perform them) with memories and tidbits from the peak of their career. From Madonna to AC/DC and all stops in between - all will be revealed!

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The Untitled Ukulele Project

Chalice Street Stage

Saturday 10.45am-11.15am

The Untitled Ukulele Project was formed in COVID lockdown in Melbourne when Amy, Kate and Lauren got together over Zoom to cheer themselves up by playing shamelessly fun, upbeat pop music. They've kept playing as the pandemic drags on, bashing out only the guiltiest pleasures, with 90s pop, optimistic anthems and dance tracks that make gloomy days sparkle.

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