Being the Wingperson (Backing the Artist)

 - Across the Great Divide

This is an interactive and demonstration workshop. The objective of this is to demonstrate the tips and tricks for musicians to back an artist, be it backing a solo performer or in an ensemble. How not to get in the way of the singer. How to support the song or tune. This is a fun, interactive workshop with the whole band where they will show techniques and etiquette for both song and tunes.


Songwriters Panel

 - Richard Dingwall

Nadia Reid, Bill Morris, Jo Little and Jared Smith


Shut up: How NOT to Busk

 - Grim Fawkner

Grim Fawkner, world famous street musician, millionaire philanthropist, much
celebrated fashion icon, and first musician to sing on Jupiter, tells all in this 50 min
workshop on how to turn rusty strings and dusty clothes into a career of lavish luxury
and adoration.

Learn the basic laws of the concrete jungle, from the science of singing at a wall and the
benefits of looking poor, how to convince people to throw things of value at you, and
how best to musically annoy friends and strangers alike to the point of potential jail time.

POP TRIVIA: Did you know hieroglyphs have been found of ancient Egyptians singing
"Slice of Heaven" for money?

You, through Grim's expert tuition, will also learn the ancient art of auralchemy - turning
sound into gold (or whatever coins are made out of).

Come one and all and enjoy your bright future in the music industry as Grim teaches
you some do's and many don't's in Shut Up: how NOT to busk.

*Includes actual good advice and tricks of the trade for aspiring street performers.


Song arrangement for dummies! Discussion focused on arranging songs written on the
guitar or a single instrument for live playing with a band or for recording with an
emphasis on recording.

Song Arrangement

 - John Sule


This year 'The Secret Lives of Ukulele' will lead an all-inclusive workshop that takes you from learning a simple song together, through devising and arranging creative ideas and then culminates in performing as part of a super-group collective - all in one short day!

Join us in the creative process of bringing music to life. Contribute at whatever level suits you – simple strumming or crafty picking. Learn in small groups – combine in one big mass extravaganza!
Experience the thrill of performing alongside 'The Secret Lives of Ukulele' on the main stage at Whare Flats. Pick up handy performance skills from seasoned practitioners. Get invaluable wardrobe and style advice from those that know. The Whole Package in only 90 minutes!

Play Along with The Secret Lives of Ukulele Big Band

 - Secret Lives of Ukulele