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Melbourne Ukulele Festival - Saturday Evening - Northcote Uniting Church
Sat. 29 October 2016, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEDT
7:00 Show Doors Open
7:30 Ukastle Ukestra
The Ukastle Ukestra is a cross between a ukulele orchestra, a choir and a musical theatre experience from "Hair"! We play original arrangements of songs taken from all genres (including pop, folk, world music and jazz) but send them to new places and back again by arranging them for ukulele and voice. We believe in giving a show, more than just a collection of songs!
8:10 The Montgomery Brothers
"Deadly on the Fretboard" - as quoted by Tommy Emmanuel! “Damn! That boy can play!” - George Benson
Ryo Montgomery knows how to captivate an audience! Without fail, you'll be left with a bad case of Jaw Drop after experiencing his virtuosity on the fretboard. Ryo plays in the style of Tommy & Phil Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, George Benson, Brad Paisley and many other Jazz/Blues/Country greats! This young man takes his classic, timeless inspirations and transforms them into a music experience that will entertain even the most diverse audiences. Ryo currently his Third Full Album out called “Ukulele Blitzkrieg,” And is Endorsed by KoAloha Ukuleles. Ryo will be accompanied by Latin Percussion Virtuoso, Maru Nitor-Zammataro. When they play together there is too much energy for an audience to contain. Their “Happy-go-lucky” charm is so contagious, you’ll forget about reality and only have a good time, you won’t want the show to end.
He has done so much in such a short career in the music industry. In his five years of playing he has played for George Benson at the NAMM Show, played before Jake Shimabukro, Toured with Australia's Got Talent Winner Joe Robinson, played many times with Phil Emmanuel, Johno's Blues Band, The Montgomery Brothers, Australian Tour with Daniel Ho, and at many festivals around the World.
Ryo grew up playing Football until he started living with his father, Ric Montgomery, at the age of 13. Ric started and managed Johno's Blues Bar, the No. 1 Blues Bar in Australia. The club used to have American Artist almost on a weekly basis! Ryo had to stay at the club till 2 or 3AM sometimes because his Father was the house guitarist, but all those late nights were worth while, seeing guitar & Ukulele legends like, Tommy & Phil Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Lil Charlie and the Night Cats and countless others! After seeing all of the great Musicians come through Johno's it was hard for Ryo not to start playing, he was inspired!
Be sure to check out one of Ryo & Maru’s exciting shows - he has such great character, cheeky smile, and enough talent to take the old boys to school! Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef has produced an exceptional instrumentalist, and an all round natural Entertainer.
9:00 Hau Yi Tsai
Hau Yi Tsai is a ukulele performer/arranger/composer/instructor from Taiwan. She is also a Chinese Pipa performer.
Hau Yi started her musical journey when she was 6, on her first instrument, piano. She then grew interested in Chinese music when she was 10. So she chose the Pipa for her major instrument to study at the Chinese music program from The National Taiwan University of Arts. When she graduated, she started to play ukulele and fell in love with this amazing instrument. Now she is a very active uke player who just won the 5th International ukulele contest. And her original song: "The Ships Log" is also the winner and will be playing at the Kazoo radio for one year. She has just released her first mini album THE SHIP’S LOG this summer, and is touring from Taiwan to Japan, Korea....etc.
Hau Yi's musical style is very unique and diverse and different from any other ukulele player. She use lots of Chinese musical scales and techniques from Chinese Pipa. Her musical imagery is influenced from classical music composers like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Daniel Ho, Benny Chong and Abe Lagrimas Jr's music are her mentors for ukulele playing. Besides the ukulele, Hau Yi writes and arrange music for local bands and a Chinese music ensemble in Taiwan. She is also a Pipa player with the jazz band, Brain Storming Arts, which join lots of music festivals in Taiwan.
9:50 The Thin White Ukes
The Thin White Ukes are the world's first ukulele/ harmony tribute to the peerless prince of art-pop, David Bowie.
From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust; Golden Years to Ashes to Ashes, rock's most radically ch-ch-changeable songbook is ripped up and restrung for deftly fingered ukes and ethereal three-part harmony.
Betty France, Michael Dwyer and Robert Stephens are accomplished string players who forged a melodious meeting of voices in the mid 2000s.
They became the Thin White Ukes in 2014 to explore a mutual passion for crafty musical arrangements and the timeless genius of the Bowie catalogue.
They have since been invited to open for Australian rock legends the Models and Robert Forsterand performed on stage and radio with Jen Cloher.
The Ukes opened the 2015 David Bowie Symposium at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image and became a recurring fixture at the David Bowie Is... exhibition from the V&A Museum in London.
Their self-titled 4-track EP, produced by Andrew Duffield of the Models, is available on iTunes and Bandcamp.