Where: Diggers (RSL ) at The Entrance, Central Coast Hwy, Long Jetty New South Wales
When: 24 – 26th August 2018
Program will be out shortly and online
A little taste of whats to come……..
Friday 24th August – our fabulous Dinner show featuring the best of local and international talent. Bookings essential through the Diggers call (02) 4332 3399 door open 6pm show start at 6.30pm- A brilliant night of Entertainment including
The Nukes from New Zealand
We have had the pleasure of booking this amazing trio a few times and they always deliver and never disappoint.
The Nukes – New Zealand’s original ukulele trio was founded on a crazy whim way back in 2008, by musical desperadoes David Parker, Ben Collier and Dave Thiele.
And what began as a trickle of original tunes soon turned into a musical torrent of biblical proportions- 3 albums and hundreds of shows later here they are celebrating 10 years together.
The past decade has seen The Nukes play their special blend of alt folk/country/roots up and down Aotearoa and beyond, taking in festivals (Womad, Splore, Auckland Folk Festival and many more in NZ and Australia) to theatres and venues up and down the country; No place is safe from The Nukes!
Now, as part of their ten year celebrations The Nukes return to the Central Coast (Yeah for us) Audiences will be both amazed and possibly appalled by the rare feats of musicality forced upon these innocent wee instruments, slayed by the humour and scandalised by the scat.
Johnny Devilseed and Old Man Rubes
Formed in late 2010 by guitarist Hayden Maskey and blues harpist Paul Rubie, Johnny Devilseed & “Old Man Rubes” have been doin’ the rounds about towns, constantly blowin’ the doors off venues, every time they perform.
With a huge repertoire of original songs ranging from the old time era to the modern blues of today, their shows have been described by many as a, “full on, hardcore, foot to the floor, theatrical blues extravaganza!” A dirty Americana style Blues with plenty of talent and swagger, they are a cut above the rest and as their playful interaction seeped out into the crowd they had them from their very first number. (Dan Beazley – Newcastle Live)
Connor Wink is a young blind Singer, Songwriter and Ukulele Player from Newcastle, Australia. When Connor was two years old, he was playing songs that he had heard and liked on his toy piano. His parents realised that the ability to play by ear was a great gift and encouraged his playing. Later, when he was six, they set out to find a piano teacher to work with him.
By age 11, Connor had already recorded 2 CDs Sounds for Sight and Sounds for Sight: The Journey Continues at home with a 16 track mixer and sang and overdubbed own voice for backing vocals.
By the time he stopped classical training, he had reached Grade 3. During this time, Connor transitioned successfully to singing, due to his ability to memorize lyrics and music combined with his acute hearing, pitch. and unique voice. For a short time, Connor dabbled with the guitar; but later, he discovered the ukulele.
He had found his place as an artist.
Shawn is by far an incredible talenetd musician from Hollywood Beach California. His style of music is brilliant and he is a start in his own right. He does not want any fuss he is here to perform for Connor Wink. Thank you Shawn.
Benjamin Seymour is a local singer, songwriter, musician from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is his dream one day to travel to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and receive a Golden Guitar award for best male artist.
Ben is on tour throughout NSW country towns and took a break to perform at our festival. He is energetic, talented and very gifted singer musician.
Ben is an amazing new, very talented young star
Mirrabooka will be your hosts
Mirrabooka are a remarkable four-piece band of experienced musicians. Collectively each member has been involved in the music industry for many decades and have performed with many artists/musicians and genres of music in that time.The band is made up of two couples, Rob and Liz and Rosie and Glenn and formed over 8 years ago. Mirrabooka are popular around their home town as well as national and international regions.
You’ll be inspired and captivated by the beautiful vocals and harmonies, the rhythmic songs and melodies of their originals songs and dance to their catchy covers.
Mirrabooka have a unique original sound of beautiful acoustic music made up with acoustic guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, drums, djembe drums and bass, then throw in some very catchy covers and great sense of humour and you have ‘Mirrabooka‘. Mirrabooka will be performing with the MBB on Saturday night so get ready to dance!
It is our pleasure to invite Cameron back to our festival.
Cameron Murray has been playing ukulele and uke-banjo for more than half his life, his granddad teaching him ukulele when he was too small for a guitar. He started playing in folk clubs with his father as a youngster.
A proponent of the George Formby strumming style, Cameron enjoys performing classic tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as Hawaiian hits and originals. Cameron is also a keen collector of vintage instruments and the publisher and editor of international ukulele magazine Kamuke (kamuke.com).
Look out for his new Album
That’s just for starters……
Plus our wonderful performances from
Flat Foot Floozies
Foggy Foggy Duo
Small Hat Big Country
Just Jenny Williams
Kristina Joy and The Z Chords
The Hornsby Bugs
Two Buck Blues Band
Deb and Ivan Caldwell
The Bucket List
The Old School
St Patricks Primary
Central Coast Ukulele Club
The Mirrabooka Big Band featuring Rex Goh, Leon Gaer, Gordon Rytmeister
Saturday night is party night: get ready to let your hair down and enjoy the fun and fiesta with the MBB….. Rex Goh, Leon Gaer, Gordon Rytmeister and much much more…
and much more
Saturday 25th August full day of amazing acts and collectives plus workshops with the Nukes and Cameron Murray. More details soon.
Sunday we present the schools, workshops, collectives and special concerts from the beautiful folk element of our festival
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The 7th Central Coast Ukulele festival 2018
23th – 26 August 2018
Diggers At The Entrance
Central Coast Hwy
This year we will be holding our event all indoors undercover at The wonderful Diggers at The Entrance with views over our beautiful Tuggerah Lakes.
Our festival this year has been moved to August as September is starting to be a very busy month and we are surrounded by other festivals and school holidays. As August can be beautiful weather it can also unpredictable so we have decided to move this years festival indoors for your comfort and I am thinking about doing this every two years perhaps. We won’t have to worry about the weather and this gives us a chance to explore other things.
Come and spend some time with us. You can enjoy our festival and enjoy our great area of The Entrance and other beaches and lakes across The Central Coast. Being out of school holidays makes it an ideal time for a break and prices.
Accommodation is plentiful around the Entrance from 5 star rating resorts and hotels to camping ground and caravans parks our on the beaches or lakes.
There is also accommodation at the Diggers (Ibis) however you will have to get in early as it gets booked out quickly
I am going to include a folk element into this year’s festival so please pass on the word. We’d love to hear from you
Our Saturday night has been designated “Fiesta fun night” so you can let out hair down, dress up in colours, sing and dancing will be the fun as we have a great band booked for you.
The program so far and still in draft will run from
Thursday 23th (workshops)
Friday 24th (Day – workshops) (night – Dinner Show bookings essential)
Saturday 25th (workshops) (performances)
Saturday night (fiesta fun night)
Sunday 26th (performances)
Workshops will include
* a singing workshop
* Ukulele work shop – beginners and intermediate
* how to change strings and ukulele care
* bass workshop – how to play bass beginners and intermediate
* Song writing workshop
* Master class with riffs and lead lines
These are to name a few
We will have The Pavilion Room for a few hours – workshops
The Liquid Lounge – main performances
The Barrel Bar – solo and duo
The Cafe – solo and duo
All indoors and with food and drink ready available.
We may look at Ukes in cafes but will do something different from last year.
For applications to perform or any inquiries please contact
Here are some pics from last year
When: 21st to 25th September 2017
Where: The Entrance, NSW
For the full line up and activity information please see download the Festival Program: 2017 Central Coast Ukulele Festival Program (click to download)
The Central Coast Ukulele Festival has fantastic international artists, Australia artists, markets and workshops plus ukulele collectives from around Australia!
Ukulele Death Squad
Performers & Retailers:
Applications are now open to performers and retailers. To apply, please complete the application forms below and return to: email@example.com