Mike Diabo has laid claim to the title of Ukulele Surf King (uke virtuoso was already taken, phew). A founding member of the instro-Mental surf trio Urban Surf Kings, Mike has made it his mission to bring surf music to the masses through guitar or ukulele; whatever it takes. He is also a successful solo artist, movie/tv composer, producer, and has toured Canada, Antigua, and Italy.
Mike founded the Halifax Uke Gang back in 2008 in order to have an organization for all ukers, regardless of ability, to get together once a month to play the ukulele. It boasts anywhere from 30-60 members. H.U.G. recently played to over 50,000 people as part of Halifax's Canada 150 Celebration.
USK features Andrew Beazley on Ukulele Bass, and Frank den Haan on drums. The uke trio has been featured around Halifax (Halifax Jazz Festival,The Company House, Argyle Fine Art, 1313 Hollis, Natal Day and various festivals), and abroad (International Ukulele Ceilidh in Liverpool, 2012 PEI Jazz & Blues Fest, 2015 Surfer Joe Summer festival in Italy, Halifax). Jazz & Surf & Uke!
Mike will be appearing with the Urban Surf Kings at our 5th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Osprey Theatre on Saturday night.