Festival fever with Maleny Ukulele
When the enthusiastic audience shouted for more at the Baroque Nightclub in Katoomba’s heritage-listed Carrington Hotel, Maleny Ukulele’s Tom Richter issued an open invitation to the packed venue for them to venture north to see the group at the forthcoming Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival to be held in Kenilworth 11 – 14 April 2019.
Maleny Ukulele were just one of more than 100 uke troupes having fun at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival in February, reputed to be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
The Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival, now in its sixth year has continued to grow rapidly from its inception in the pretty Mary River town of Imbil in 2014.
With the crowds growing each year, the Festival was relocated to the historic hinterland town of Kenilworth in 2016.
Continuing the growth trend, the showground at Kenilworth is filled to near capacity during the four-day festival and prospective attendees are encouraged to book a camping site early.
Alternatively, Kenilworth is no more than an hour’s drive through picturesque countryside from anywhere in the Sunshine Coast, so a day out immersed in the dulcet sounds of a thousand ukuleles is no bad thing.
Maleny Ukulele is always a very popular act at the Festival where each time they perform, there is a debate about who had the more fun – MU or the audience.
The group is comprised mostly of amateur musicians from across the hinterland, and beyond. They are led by acclaimed Maleny musician and music teacher Tom Richter.
Tom is always in great demand at ukulele festivals for his ukulele workshops, all of which are fully subscribed. Tom will be conducting his workshop again this year at Kenilworth. Visit: sunshinecoastukulelefest.com
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