A number of the Performing BUMS group braved the trip to the deep north to attend and perform at the inaugural Cairns Ukulele Festival. As to be expected with a first time event there were a few teething problems. However overall the festival was a great ukulele experience with some big local and international performers that made us more humble players feel very inadequate – or more positively gave us new benchmarks to strive for. The workshops were good and those of us who attended have come away with some new skills.
Our BUMS performance was a bit stressful as we were moved from an afternoon spot performing on the Esplanade to the last spot of the night on the beer garden stage at the Court House Hotel. Of course we loved the opportunity to have all those support acts performing before us, but it did mean we had to remain sober!!!
Maybe we had just enough alcohol to loosen us up as we managed to put in our best performance to date! By our second number we had a Conga line dancing around the beer garden led by the girls from the Dukes (Darwin Ukulele Kollective).
At the end of our set we experienced our first Encore call! It was a real buzz.
As someone from the audience said to me the next day ”You BUMS really nailed it last night!!!” it was all worth it just for that. Roll on next year!
If you would like to be a Performing BUM, come along to our practice gigs on Wednesday nights at the Bowls Club. It is a great way to challenge yourself and lift your playing skills – it’s also a lot of fun. Be brave and join us!!!