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Melbourne Ukelele Festival


MUF gets back to it's roots at Bar 303 for an evening of awesome ukulele artists! MUF 1st timers, the totally adorable Grubby Urchins, will astound you with brilliant arrangements on banjo uke and tenor plus great vocals on trad and modern tunes. Cousin Alice returns after a five year absence with the great talents of Sam Lemann (guitar/uke) and James Clarke (double bass) to accompany her smoky jazz stylin'. Ukulele Queen of the Bellarine, Sarah Carroll, rocks the house with her beautiful original songs and The Emerald Ruby, another first timer, will entrance the audience with looped constructions on uke, flute and vocals!

Tickets on the door only, so be early!

6:00 Doors
6:30-7:00 The Emerald Ruby
7:15-7:45 Sarah Carroll
8:00-8:40 Cousin Alice Trio (with Sam Lemann and James Clarke)
8:55-9:40 The Grubby Urchins

The Grubby Urchins
On the nebulous intersection of trad jazz, sea shanty and good ol’ fashioned progressive folk sit The Grubby Urchins, a duo of happy-go-lucky young Melburnians with dirty feet, useless degrees and a penchant for the eclectically bizarre.

Armed with heady harmonies and intrepid instrumentals the Urchins wage their reckless stylistic war on songs old and new, leaving audiences grinning in politeness and confusion and wondering where the youth of today went wrong.

Having blazed trails, run workshops, and led sessions at venues from Mildura to Montréal, the Urchins are back on the road in 2019 keeping folks lively with their unique brand of dynamic double banjo and lusciously provocative ukulele.

Cousin Alice Trio (with Sam Lemann and James Clark)
“Think Tom Waites meets Peggy Lee & Marianne Faithful” - Jools Holland
Cousin Alice’s unique singing and playing is gritty, heartfelt and sweet, delivered with humour and a captivating personality. She seduces audiences with her smokey voice and antique banjo-ukelele playing, backed by the finest International Jazz and Blues Musicians. Holding the crowd in the palm of her hand, be it a large music venue or intimate cabaret club, Cousin Alice is a magnetic performer.

A talented singer/songwriter, she performs a collection of jazz standards, pop, nostalgia, blues and her own original work, including “Kukerichoo” , a number one hit in South Korea. Based in London but raised in New Zealand, of Barbadian/Welsh/English/Sephardi parentage, she draws on a rich infusion of Maori, Polynesian, Carribean and Calypso culture.

Live performances have been embraced around the world in Australia, Canada, Caribbean, UK, Europe, Mexico, USA and Ireland. Her residencies include the famous Café de Paris, Brasserie Zedel, Boisdale’s of Canary Wharf and Belgravia, and The National Theatre Foyer Stage on London’s South Bank.

Sarah Carroll
“Some of us come leaping into this world with a sparkly set of pipes ready to conquer the ears of the masses. Sarah’s tone, timbre and delivery sit squarely at the other end of the spectrum: honed by a life of keen listening, while supporting or collaborating with other singers and musicians, Sarah’s voice has matured into the kind of ripe fruit that artists dream of possessing - considered, compassionate, wise, strong and female, moving.” Jackie Marshall, The Travelling Songwriter’s Almanac, April 2018

Sarah Carroll has performed at most of Australia’s high-profile festivals over a 25 year career, and is noted for her work with GIT, The Junes and The Cartridge Family. She launched her epic progressive country album Star Parade, out on Sugarrush Music, with a national tour in 2017 and a trip to the USA, where she appeared at Americanafest as part of the Australian contingent.

Sarah has enjoyed supporting high-profile artists at home such as Kinky Friedman (USA), Mic Conway, Old Man Luedecke (Canada), Eddi Reader (Scotland), Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers, Monique Brumby and one of Australia's finest songmen, Neil Murray. In the USA, she works with the likes of Anne McCue, Tommy Womack and Bill Kirchen.

The Emerald Ruby (Syd.)
Sometimes classical musicians are led astray by the lilting sounds of folk music. This is what happened to Australian Flautist Jennifer Hankin, leading her to the sound of The Emerald Ruby. She was first introduced to folk music through her experiences with the Folk bands Vanishing Shapes and the Button Collective. Their influence on her song writing has led her to long form looping with Ukulele, Flutes and Voice, creating a gentle glittery whimsy.