MULTI-TALENTED: Victoria Davitt, known by stage name Victoria Vox, is a singer, songwriter and musician. specialising in the ukulele. She will be performing at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival from April 11-14.
MULTI-TALENTED: Victoria Davitt, known by stage name Victoria Vox, is a singer, songwriter and musician. specialising in the ukulele. She will be performing at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival from April 11-14. Drew Neerdaels

What's on: Sunshine Coast

DAVE HUGHES IS HAIRY

HUGHESY hasn't had a haircut since last year. His own fringe is now a face curtain. The one-time social media addict has unplugged and considers himself a renegade off the grid! He reckons he is now zen and going with the flow. A veritable hairy hippy. What has prompted this radical change - is it a crisis? Is he going through early manopause? Why doesn't he bow to his critics? What does his wife think? Does she even see him anymore?

Do his children now respect him and his halcyon ways? So many questions. Hairy - a brand new hour of stand up from Australia's Comedy King - will answer some, all or maybe even none of these questions. But there will be guaranteed big laughs as no one nails the hypocrisy and absurdity of humans and their foibles like Dave Hughes. Get off Facebook, delete Instagram and book your tickets now to meditate on Dave Hughes V2.0 yourself.

At The Events Centre Caloundra on Thursday, May 2 at 8.30pm. Tickets: $49.90 / Concession: $45.

For bookings, go to theeventscentre.com.au or phone: 07 5491 4240.

EASTER CONCERT

THE Caloundra Chorale present their 2019 Easter Concert with conductor Kim Kirkman. An afternoon of fabulous music featuring the Chorale's Queensland Eisteddfod Programme with special guests Hot Ginger at 7pm Friday, April 12 and 2pm on Saturday, April 13 and 2pm Sunday, April 14. Adults $24, Concession $21, Groups, Members & FOC $18, Children $10.

Includes supper/afternoon tea. CCTC Theatre, 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla.

Bookings, phone 0490 329 912. Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company 2019 Easter Concert, go to caloundrachorale.com.au.

SUNSHINE COAST UKULELE FESTIVAL 2019

THE festival is set to bring the 6th annual ukulele festival to the beautiful Mary Valley town of Kenilworth from April 11-14 at the Kenilworth Showgrounds. Artists from the UK, USA and all around Australia will be performing and teaching their own unique styles of fabulous music and songs all played on the little ukulele, now the most popular instrument to play worldwide.

The festival's special event this year is the Mary Valley Rattler train ride to Gympie and back, playing ukuleles and singing all the way. There's great anticipation and excitement for everyone going on this trip. The festival will be presenting lots of great workshops to suit all standards of ukulele playing and workshops on singing, dancing and drumming.

There'll be plenty of merchandise to buy including music books, CDs and new ukuleles, because we can never have enough ukuleles, our annual songwriting competition with great prizes, open mic sessions at the Kenilworth Hotel and spontaneous jam session will be popping up all over the festival site.

Everyone welcome to come along. Bring your tent or caravan,

For ticket and site bookings go to sunshinecoast ukulelefest.com or email Lynne White at sunshinecoastukulelefest @gmail.com.

'VOYAGE' BY NEO VIDA DANCE COMPANY

NEO Vida's upcoming production Voyage uses well known paintings as the background to their dance interpretations. The concept of Voyage translates the subject matter or narrative content of varied paintings into an expression of dance choreographies. The paintings are the inspiration and storyline for the production. Costumes and characters within the dance will evoke the figures, landscapes and emotions in the paintings and will faithfully refer to the textures and colours of the chosen artwork.

By celebrating painters and combining the definitions of artists across media and performance art, Neo Vida's performance of Voyage has begun.

This event will promote the growth of Neo Vida as an independent dance company and will showcase local talent. At The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 6.30pm.

Tickets: $30 Adult / $25 Pensioner, Senior & Students / $20 Child 12 and under. To purchase tickets, go to thej.com.au or phone 07 5329 6560.

A SALUTE TO SIX OF THE BEST

CHOIRBOYS - 6 pack of Credence Clearwater Revival Tour 2019. It's intoxicating. A six pack like no other... Evocative...Sensuous... A real pub rock, revival. On a hot summer's evening, with the cicada crescendo echoing over Sydney suburbia, a new wave of music was about to go global. 1969.....Brookvale....Sydney.....Australia. The only radio station was the tinny 2SM, and they played a song from an unknown band out of the US: A band with an odd name and an unforgettable sound. Creedence Clearwater Revival. And they were about to influence those who would become a household name in Australia, the Choirboys.

On Saturday, June 8 at The Shed @ Aussie World. For more, go to theshed.live or phone 07 5494 5444.

THE SONGS OF DOLLY PARTON

FROM rags to riches, Dolly's life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America's sweetheart of country music. This new and uplifting show celebrates the decades-long success of Dolly Parton, the most honoured female country performer of all time. Starring Brooke McMullen, at just 23 she is a superstar in the making. After huge success as June Carter in the hit show Leaving Jackson Brooke is thrilled to now pay tribute to one of the biggest names in music. The songs of Dolly Parton will feature all of her popular hits, from 9 to 5, Jolene, Rocking Years, Islands in the Stream, Blue Smoke, Apple Jack, I Will Always Love You and many more.

At The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction on Friday, April 12 at 7.30pm. Price: $59 Adult, $52 Concession (pensioner, senior, student), $29 child 15 years and under, $52 Groups of 6+.

For tickets, go tothej.com.au or phone 07 5329 6560.

SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT

HAVING debuted his show to a sold-out season at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and two sell-out shows at Palms At Crown Melbourne (for which he attracted a standing ovation each night), Johnny's real wild nephew - the multi-talented Andrew O'Keefe - delivered an extraordinary performance in Andrew O'Keefe "Shouts" Johnny O'Keefe. Highly applauded by the critics for his song interpretation and his storytelling, Andrew intertwines his own experiences with legendary stories of The Wild One, and takes audiences on a very personal journey through JOK's twenty-five year career, belting out classics like Wild One, Sing Sing Sing and Shout with an intensity topped only by Johnny himself.

On Friday, November 1 at The Events Centre Caloundra. Go to the website theeventscentre.com.au or phone 07 5491 4240.

NOOSA ARTS & CRAFTS

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" said Mahatma Gandhi. But just how difficult is it for us as we get older to take that first step into learning something new? Is it our fear of failing or perhaps daunting anxiety about joining new groups?

"Cast those feelings aside", says Noosa Arts & Crafts Association president, Gabi Dick, "and come and learn or develop your interests in all things arts and crafts with us." Noosa Arts & Crafts Association, also commonly known as Wallace House is renowned in the Noosa region as the centre for visual and creative arts. "But sometimes ones can think you need to already have certain skills to become involved in one of our 30 plus groups." "Not at all, says Gabi. Our members range from true beginners through to talented professionals and everything in between. And everyone is very helpful whether you are a novice or somewhere along the path to a master artist or craftsperson." "After al,l" added Gabi " this was how I started here over 20 years ago. I had no prior learning and joined a watercolour class with artist Hollie Simpson. Since then I have developed my skills in all art mediums and other areas as well as made some great friendships - all here at Noosa Arts & Crafts."

Noosa Arts & Crafts are encouraging residents to come to visit them at Wallace House, near the Noosaville Library, any day Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and spend some time checking out the variety of creative activities. Timeslots for each group, go to noosaartsandcrafts.org.au.

THE BARLEYSHAKES ALBUM LAUNCH

HEAD along to The Bunker at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Friday, April 5 for the launch of The Barleyshakes new album Irishtown. This evening of Irish celebration will also see local award-winning Irish dance troupe Scoil Ard Rince taking to the stage from 7.30pm. The opening track Travelling Song was written by Alan at dawn on the hillside at Woodford Folk festival in 2000 after the Buddhist monks had chanted him into the dawning of a new millennium. The album also features one of The Barleyshakes most popular song's Jim's Bike, written by Alan this after hearing about an the 91-year-old man's plight when his 65year-old bike was stolen in Rockhampton.

Through the recording of the song and the help of ABC Radio, Jim's bike was returned, and the thief was apprehended by the Rockhampton Police force. Also on the album are some magical jigs, reels and other dance tunes that the band have carefully collected and arranged over the last few years.

Tickets are $15 from the Imperial Hotel. Phone 07 5442 8811. Doors open 7pm.


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