Bermagui Ukulele Fest

More than 200 people packed the Bermagui Country Club Auditorium on Sunday afternoon for the first Ukulele Fest and Blues Uke workshop to be held in the area.

Michael Rosenberg, centre front with the ukulele players that attended his Blues Uke Workshop on Sunday morning before the main concert at Bermagui Country Club.

Michael Rosenberg, centre front with the ukulele players that attended his Blues Uke Workshop on Sunday morning before the main concert at Bermagui Country Club.

Event organiser Lori Hammerton said everyone that participated thoroughly enjoyed the company and expertise of other players and are anxious to do it all again.

"A professional music teacher from Canberrra, Michael Rosenberg had over 30 ukulele players attend his Uke Workshop in the morning.

"In the afternoon Mr Rosenberg played solo at the afternoon concert before joining with one of his Canberra based groups, the "Vintage Ukes"," Ms Hammerton said.

Other groups that played on Sunday were "The Ukes of Hap Hazard", "Lori and the Ukalips", "The Dalmeny Wahinis", along with some visiting players who joined in with the locals.

"The afternoon ended with all groups and the audience rendering the Peter Allen classic "I still call Australia Home"," Ms Hammerton said.

Some fun was had during the finale when organiser Lori Hammerton produced some foam rubber ukuleles and encouraged members of the audience to join in and play along.

Kianga based artist Tony Pye donated paintings which were auctioned with proceeds going to CanAssist (CA).

"Tony also delivered some of his home grown poetry at intervals during the show," Ms Hammerton said.

The lucky door prize of one of Tony's smaller watercolours that was won by Elaine Reid with $1223 banked for Bega Valley Can Assist, where every dollar raised remains in the Bega Valley Shire area to confidentially give financial assistance to people affected by cancer.

The next musical fundraiser in Bermagui is on Sunday, April 28 with a huge country music afternoon with special guests from Victoria appearing.