Laird Graeme lords it on the bass

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Three hundred ukulele players from around New Zealand descended on Geraldine at the weekend for what Ukulele Magazine billed as one of the ‘‘top six not-to-be-missed ukefests in the world’’.
The South Canterbury town was decked out with leis and ukuleles, and the festival kicked off on Thursday at the Heritage Hotel with an open mic and fun strum-along.
On Friday, there were a range of workshops for all skill levels, and Ukes in Cafes provided lunch-time performances. The action then moved to Geraldine High School for more workshops, and on Saturday bleary-eyed musicians headed for more workshops, then to The Big Strum, attended by more than 200 players and directed by festival directors Hugh and Fi McCafferty and launched by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.
Saturday night’s Ukulele Showdown was a battle between the Big Muffin Serious Band and the Nukes. Each delivered powerful performances.