Super strings make beautiful music together in Tamworth

WHAT did the 12-metre-high Big Golden Guitar say to the 3.2-metre-high ukulele when they met in Tamworth?

IN TUNE: Front from left, Jennifer Richards, Lynette Andersen and Peter Harkins, with Lea Lobban and Linley Manning, back, joined the Living Poet, Michael Jones, when a travelling ukulele pulled up stumps at the Big Golden Guitar yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 050614GOC01

IN TUNE: Front from left, Jennifer Richards, Lynette Andersen and Peter Harkins, with Lea Lobban and Linley Manning, back, joined the Living Poet, Michael Jones, when a travelling ukulele pulled up stumps at the Big Golden Guitar yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 050614GOC01

Not much, but they did make some beautiful music together, with the help of a familiar face from the Tamworth festival – Michael Jones, the Living Poet – and some ukulele-playing pals.

Michael visited Tamworth’s biggest tourist attraction yesterday on his journey of discovering “big things” along the way to the Cairns Ukulele Festival.

In case he gets tired –Michael has also taken along his “Big Red Couch”, but his message is not so much “hop on the couch”, rather it’s “get off ya couch”.

With fuel sponsorship from ukulele manufacturer Lanakai, Michael began his journey from Adelaide on May 21, leaving behind The Big Scotsman – and heading to the next big thing he could find.

Michael said poetry came to him “like a wonderful gift” and now he encourages people to become more active and embrace whatever it is they enjoy, whether it’s the ukulele, playing sport, writing songs, or taking  bushwalks.

He hopes to visit as many big things as he can along the road to Cairns.

His next stop is the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour.

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