Micheal Jones with his giant ukulele as he prepares for the Cairns Ukulele Festival which starts on July 1.
Micheal Jones with his giant ukulele as he prepares for the Cairns Ukulele Festival which starts on July 1. Alistair Brightman

Michael now living life to a different tune

MICHAEL Jones had an epiphany eight years ago that made him change his life path.

"The day Steve Irwin died, I changed my life," he said.

"I left my job to go on the streets, basking and telling stories with my ukulele."

The proud owner of a 3.6m-long ukulele, Mr Jones stopped at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on Tuesday for a get-together with members of the local ukulele club before heading off to the Cairns Ukulele Festival which starts on July 1.

"You've got a great big community here of ukulele players and I wanted to give them some support while in town."

Mr Jones, also known as Michael the living poet, trademarked the slogan Get Of Ya Couch recently to encourage Australians to do something with their lives.

"I built this ukulele in two nights and taught myself to play it in three weeks and, if I can do something like that, I hope it encourages people to do something with their lives," Mr Jones said.

"I want people to walk the dog, ride a bike, fly a kite, just don't be lazy and be a community again like we used to be."