Cairns is the centre of the ukulele universe this weekend – with the 5th Cairns Ukulele Festival well underway. Players of the four-stringed instrument have come to far north Queensland from around Australia and from faraway shores to celebrate an instrument that evokes the tropics more eloquently than any other. Tony Hillier takes a forward and backward look at the Cairns Ukefest.
Seisia by Cairns band Kamerunga, as featured on the Putumayo album Australian Playground
Living In Paradise by Hawaiian star Daniel Ho, as recorded at a previous Cairns Ukefest
Take The A Train by Paul Hemmings from the album Introducing Paul Hemmings Uketet
My Girl From The South Sea Isles by the Sweet Hollywaiians, as recorded at a previous Cairns Ukefest