How awesome is the ukulele? Maybe I’m biased. I grew up in Vanuatu where island music rules the roost. My mother has played it since I can remember and now my two year-old son wields his uke like he’s some kind of ageing rock ‘n’ roll star.
The ukulele has had a resurgence in popularity recently thanks to artists like Jack Johnson and Vance Joy – they’ve had major hits featuring the instrument’s soothing chords. And there’s no doubt when you hear a ukulele tune, that you’re conjuring images of hammocks, beaches and palm trees, coconuts and hula girls.
Thanks to the crew at Surf World Gold Coast you can explore all things ukulele when a very rare exhibition is launched this Friday 20 March as part of Bleach* Festival.
The exhibition will feature A Century of Ukuleles which includes early Portuguese and Hawaiian models that date back to 1915 as well as modern and present day instruments. It will be a rare array of pieces that few would have experienced.
Fingal Head based musician and ukulele extraordinaire Tamara Cox, will be gracing guests with her catchy tunes on her very own ukulele. She has been a regular performer at farmers’ markets and has recently devoted more of her attention to the ukulele due to its unique qualities.
In addition to the exhibition, and in keeping with the Hawaiian theme, Surf World will be showing the documentary Waikiki –Riding the Winds of Change a story of the Waikiki Beach Boys. The film features never before seen archival footage and interviews. Hawaiian chants, music, language and culture are incorporated throughout the film.
The night wouldn’t be complete without showcasing the artwork of one of the most vibrant and unique surf artists on the Gold Coast, Jenny Midson. Jen’s colourful upbeat retro surf art reflects her bright personality, a love of the beach lifestyle, colour and creativity. In her art you will find whimsical island surfer girls and boys, aqua waves on tropical islands, ukuleles, pineapples, palms and hibiscus.
Tickets are $10. The Ukulele Exhibition runs until May.
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Ukuleles and Waikiki screening takes place Friday 20 March at Surf World Gold Coast. Doors open at 5.00pm with the film screening at 7.00pm. For more information call Surf World on 5525 6380. To get tickets, click here.