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jake-shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro is known for his fast and complex finger work. His music is a melting pot of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco. Adventurous and dazzling, he lets his fingers do more than the talking! Performing at Bluesfest for 2017, Jake is one act on the must-see list.

What is the one song that reminds you of growing up and why?

Probably My Way by Frank Sinatra. I was pretty stubborn as a kid.

What is/are the song/s that get you on the dancefloor every time?

I would have to say The Electric Slide because that’s the only song I know all the moves to.

What is/are the song/s always busted out when no-one is around? Why?

Don’t really have one.

What is/are the song/s on high rotation in your car at the moment?

I’ve been listening to Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.

What was your wedding song (or what would it be)?

I actually wrote a song for my wife and sang it to her at the reception. It was horrible, though. I can’t sing.

Your favourite song/s to cover at the moment?

Bohemian Rhapsody.

If you could sing a duet with anyone dead or alive who would it be and what would be the song?

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline.

Your all-time blues hero is… Why?

Gary Moore – nobody plays the blues like that guy.

Byron Blues Festival, 13–17 April.

For ticketing and program information go to bluesfest.com.au.


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