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Manitoba Hal & Paul Jonson


11 October, 2017
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Manitoba Hal Brolund has forged an international reputation for engaging performance, storytelling and masterful ukulele playing. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident expressive vocals, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw at festivals & house concerts in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all it’s passion and groove.
Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. Hal’s own blues tunes breathe with hints of cajun, rock, gospel, and folk. He is influenced by artists like Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Colin Linden, and Big Dave Mclean.

Internationally recognized as a master of the ukulele, Hal’s instruments include a custom made double necked ukulele and a steel strung baritone slide ukulele that are both driven to the edge as he bangs, plucks and squeezes every ounce of emotion and groove from the four strings.

Support act Paul Jonson, teacher and regular performer at Auckland’s Devonport Bunker & Geraldine Ukefest, is well known in the NZ ukulele circuit for his ability to drag the blues out of the otherwise happy instrument with a repertoire that includes traditional folk, blues, boogie and classic rock.