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Funky Frets Virtual 2020 Uke Fest - October 2-3-4, 2020

Links and resources for the Funky Frets Virtual 2020 Uke Fest. Workshops, Performances, Open Mic, Hula, Artist Round Table Q&A, Train Book Jam

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2020 Funky Frets Virtual Uke Fest

Thanks to All the Festival Attendees and Artists that Supported the 2020 Funky Frets Virtual Uke Fest • It Was a Blast.

October 12 Update: • We have 12 of the videos available for viewing. Click on icon to view video. Kelly has been working overtime to get these edited and ready for your viewing.

October 8 Update: • Several videos are up and ready for your viewing. Click on icon to view video.

October 5 Update: • As we recorded all the Zoom sessions and have all the raw video from the fest. All we need to do is go through 20 hours or more of raw footage and edit it down. It will be availble to all $50 level ticket holders. It will take a few days.

Any questions please email funkyfrets@gmail.com

A Few of the 2020 Funky Frets Virtual Uke Fest Attendees

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Schedule

NOTE: All times are East Coast, USA (UTC -4). Festival was be broadcast using ZOOM with inks and password sent the week before the festival. Download the schedule to get aqn ide of what we have or refresh your memory.

What is UTC? UTC is Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC) is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. Basically we, East Coast USA are 4 hours behind UTC-0. UTC-0 is the time zone for Iceland, Ireland, United Kingdom, London, Madrid, Portugal, Algiers.

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2020 Funky Frets Virtual Uke Fest

Friday October 2, 2020 • 6PM to 9PM & Saturday October 3, 2020 • 10AM to 8:30PM and Sunday, October 3, 2020 • Noon (12PM) (EDT, UTC-4 )

What is UTC? UTC is Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC) is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. Basically we, East Coast USA are 4 hours behind UTC-0. UTC-0 is the time zone for Iceland, Ireland, United Kingdom, London, Madrid, Portugal, Algiers.

As we had to go virtual for our 6th Annual Funky Frets Uke Fest. And, as luck would have it, Curt - your LearningUkulele.com master mind, has been doing virtual lessons for several years, way before the COVID-19 Pandemic and LearningUkulele.com has the tech setup up to manage the festival.

Any questions please email funkyfrets@gmail.com

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Friday • October 2, 2020

SCHEDULE

Friday Night: We will had a fun session with Funky Frets and some vendor opportunities.

6pm

Friday Welcome Session & Vendors

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Video Learn to Cook Musubi With William and Bern is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Learn to Cook Musubi With William and Bern video.

Learn to Cook Musubi With William & Bern

Bernadette Sheller (Bern) and William "Uncle Bill" Ernestburg will entertain you and show you how to cook Musabi. Bring your uke and strum along throughout the cooking lesson.

Recipe link below to cook along or try later. The Food Network has nothing on the Funky Frets Festival

Bern's Spam Musubi Recipe is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Bern's Spam Musubi Recipe handout.

Uncle Bill's Spam Musubi Recipe is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Uncle Bill's Spam Musubi Recipe handout.

Uncle Bill's Vegan Musubi Recipe is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Uncle Bill's Vegan Musubi Recipe handout.

Song: Musubi Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Song: Musubi Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again handout.

7:30pm to 8:30pm

Vendors Product Showcase and Q&A

Vendor Q&A and showcase. Several of our traditional Funky Frets Uke Fest vendors showcased what they have been up to.

Checkout these great vendors that have supported the Funky Frets Uke Fest. A few from the first festival and on.

Video Sparrow Ukulele is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Sparrow Ukulele video.

Sparrow Ukulele

The Sparrow Instrument Company is a small family owned business located in Richmond, Virginia.

Video The Hug Strap is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the The Hug Strap video.

The Hug Strap, Melissa Nannen

Handmade, adjustable ukulele strap. The Hug Strap® is a ukulele strap that works without strap buttons on your waisted ukulele.

Video Debihula, Hawaiian Style is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Debihula, Hawaiian Style video.

Debihula, Hawaiian Style

Hawaiian style handicrafts, Leis by Debi - Beautiful Leis made from Ribbons and Mini Tassel Dolls, Books written by Debi Velasco and Julie Julie Coleson.

Video Radical Artistic Treasures by Roy Cox is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Radical Artistic Treasures by Roy Cox video.

Radical Artistic Treasures by Roy Cox

Rat ukes are constructed to make the best use of old, distinctive, sometimes broken, ukuleles.

Saturday • October 3, 2020

SCHEDULE

All times are USA East Coast (UTC-4). Click on the icons to go to that Zoom room. If you are already in the room for your next workshop, there is no need to leave and come back.

The numbers one and two where Virtual Zoom Room One and virtual Zoom Room Two for the workshops. There where two workshops going on at a time. We recording the sessions and full Gold/Festival Ticket holders can view the recorded workshops, performances and Q&A sessions till the end of October.

Welcome Session

10am

Saturday Welcome Session & Festival Events

Get settled in and we'll go over how to navigate our virtual festival.

Workshops

10:30am

Video Introduction to Chord Melody from Scratch is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Introduction to Chord Melody from Scratch video.

Introduction to Chord Melody from Scratch

with Christopher Davis-Shannon - All Levels

Turn your ukulele into a one man band! Learn the basics of combining melody and harmony to allow us to play two parts at once on this tiny instrument. In this workshop we will build a chord melody arrangment from the ground up, not just teaching an arrangement but breaking down aspects of how to build your own from scratch. Accessible to most levels of player that are confident with basic strumming and barre chords.

Introduction to Chord Melody from Scratch is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Introduction to Chord Melody from Scratch handout.

10:30am

Video The Heart and the Brain of the Ukulele is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the The Heart and the Brain of the Ukulele video.

The Heart and the Brain of the Ukulele

with Uncle Zac - All Levels

Make A Uke Sound Like A Uke - This workshop is designed for any player and ukes of all sizes and tunings who wants to break out of first gear and learn some left and right hand techniques that will help your uke sing.

We will explore several tips & tricks from chord substitution to strumming rhythms to put a new set of tools in your “UkeBag” and take your playing to the next level.

The Heart and the Brain of the Ukulele is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the The Heart and the Brain of the Ukulele handout.

Artist Q&A

11:30am

Video Artist Q and A - Room 1 is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Artist Q and A - Room 1 video.

Artist Q&A

4 Artist Panel - Curt Shelller, Jim D'Ville, Uncle Zac, Christpher Davis-Shannon, Rachel Manke

Check in and see what these artists have been up to and ask them anything you would like. We're here to solve the worlds problems. Well, maybe not that but anything goes.

11:30am

Video Artist Q and A Room Two is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Artist Q and A Room Two video.

Artist Q&A

4 Artist Panel- The Aloha Boys, Bill Wynne, William Ernestburg

Check in and see what these artists have been up to and ask them anything you would like. We're here to solve the worlds problems. Well, maybe not that but anything goes.

Lunch & Open Mic

12:30pm

Video Open Mic is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Open Mic video.

Lunch/Open Mic

Lunch is on you. That is one of the things that we could not figure our how to do virtual. But, if you tuned in on Friday night where William and Bern showed you how whip up some Musubi.

Lunch entertainment is on your fellow ukulele players and you. Be sure to sign-up for the Open-Mic. You only need one song. And, every ukulele player should have at least one song they can perform to show off the ukulele to the unknowning who haven't yet discover the power of the ukulele.

We had a limited number of Open Mic slots to be performed during the event - first come first serve. Once the slots where filled we will notify everyone. Each open-mic artist performed one song live during the Zoom session at 12:30pm Saturday 10/3.

Workshops

1:30pm

Video Beginner Fingerpicking is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Beginner Fingerpicking video.

Beginner Fingerpicking

with Curt Sheller - All Levels

Exploring Basic Fingerstyle on Ukulele. Classical and Alternating Thumb style fingerstyle technique applied to ukulele.

This is now an entire series of lessons and a book dedicated to exploring fingerpicking on ukulele. The first book in the series is for Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking style. A systematic approach covering ALL aspects of this style.

Beginner Fingerpicking is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Beginner Fingerpicking handout.

1:30pm

Video Chord Melody For Dummies is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Chord Melody For Dummies video.

Workshop

Video Chord Melody For Dummies is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Chord Melody For Dummies video.

Demo of Arrangement

Chord Melody For Dummies

with Bill Wynne - All Levels

Chord melody is not a scary as you think. Learn a melody and chord version of "Georgia On My Mind.", the classic 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell.

Chord Melody For Dummies is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Chord Melody For Dummies handout.

2:30pm

Video Play Ukulele By Ear is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Play Ukulele By Ear video.

Jim's Play Ukulele By Ear

with Jim D'Ville - All Levels

Jim has combined the most popular elements of his Play Ukulele By Ear #1 and #2 workshops into a sleek new presentation which offers the ear a delightful journey through some of the most popular chord progressions in western pop music. This is a hands on, ears on, play along session utilizing super familiar songs. Once you start learning songs this way you'll never go back to simply playing from the book.

2:30pm

Video Circle of Fifths For Dummies is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Circle of Fifths For Dummies video.

Circle of Fifths For Dummies

with Rachel Manke - All Levels

“The painless version without the algebra.” - Heard about this mysterious thing that helps people learn to jam without having the sheet music?  We'll demystify it some and get the basic idea across.  For beginners.

Circle of Fifths For Dummies is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Circle of Fifths For Dummies handout.

Petey Mack Jam

3:30pm

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Over 9 years ago Pete Mack fell in love. He fell in love with a little four stringed instrument that he had only witnessed people making fun of or using it for outdated music. Then he saw Jake Shimabukuro play in his now famous video, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and that was it... Petey Mack's life was forever changed.

Petey Mack lead a great jam that had people laughing and sings like they haven't before.

Petey Mack Saturday Jam is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Petey Mack Saturday Jam handout.

Artist Performances

4:30pm

Evening Wind Down with Artist Performances

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Video Christopher Davis-Shannon Performance is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Christopher Davis-Shannon Performance video.

Video Rachel Manke is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Rachel Manke video.

Workshops

5:30pm

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Ukulele Online

with Glen Hirabayashi - All Levels

Glen helps you explore and unravel the technology, hardware and software with some of the possibilities for playing ukulele, real-time and jamming online.

5:30pm

Video The Hawai'ian Songs of the Daily Uke Books is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the The Hawai'ian Songs of the Daily Uke Books video.

The Hawai'ian Songs of the Daily Uke Books

with William Ernestburg - All Levels

Join Bill on the beach under the palm trees and learn or strum along with all the songs of Hawaii contained in the Daily Ukulele books. How many of them do you know? Learn how to play Hawaiian vamps to start your songs.

Song: The Magic Islands is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Song: The Magic Islands handout.

Song: Pupa A'o 'Ewa is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Song: Pupa A'o 'Ewa handout.

6:30pm

Video The Power of Triads is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the The Power of Triads video.

The Power of Triads - You Already Know More Than You Think

with Curt Sheller - All Levels

At the heart of just about every chord is a triad. This workshop explores these powerful harmonic and melodic music gems.

We'll explore traditional and contemporary triads, starting with the triads you already know but don't know you already know. Finally learning what a sus2, sus4, add 2, add9 chord is. And, how to use them.

Triads can be used for everything from creating melodies and improvisation with single notes and chords all the way to creating contemporary songs.

The Power of Triads is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the The Power of Triads handout.

Optional Work at Home Downloads:
Diminished and Augmented Triads
Major and Minor Triads - Strings 4-3-2
Triads - sus

6:30pm

Video Learn Hula with Debi is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Learn Hula with Debi video.

Hula Workshop

Video Practice Song is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Practice Song video.

Hula Practice Song

Learn Hula with Debi

with Debi Velasco - All Levels

Learn a Huls with Debi and you can perform along with Debi in the final performances of the night. This is of the benefits of a virtual uke fest. You can do ti anonymously if you like.

Debi Velasco has over 30 years experience in teaching and performing Polynesian dances, including Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori.

Hula: Hawaiian Lullaby is only available for download for festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to Download the Hula: Hawaiian Lullaby handout.

Artist Performances & Hula with Debi

7:30pm

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Artist Performances, Festival Wrap-up & Perform Hula with Debi

Debi's Hula class and student performance is always a hit at our live festival. Nows, your chance for dancing shy among us, to dance the Hula with nobody else aware that you are dancing. Or, turn camera on and dance along.

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Video Bill Wynne Performance is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Bill Wynne Performance video.

Video Jim D'Ville Performance is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the Jim D'Ville Performance video.

Video The Aloha Boys with Kai Posey is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the The Aloha Boys with Kai Posey video.

All times are USA East Coast (UTC-4). Click on the icons to go to that Zoom Room. Links to rooms will be day of the festival and rooms will open 15 minutes before start of festival - FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY. Check your email (remember the spam area as well) for your password as it was mailed the week before.

Sunday • October 4, 2020

SCHEDULE

12pm to 2pm

Video is only available for viewing for Gold festival attendees. Sign-in or Register to view the video.

Sunday Funky Frets Virtual Train Book Jam

Sunday: Although we are not doing the Strum-Along Train Ride as we do with the in-person festival. Doesn't mean we can't jam along virtually with the Funky Frets Train Book. Suzanne Kane will lead us all throught the jam. We'll be providing virtual train backgrounds you can use. Maybe we'll sound a train whistle periodically to get a virtual experience.

Click in image to view and or download.

Click in image to view and or download.

2pm

Ukulele FleaMarket

A Flea Market for attendees to advertise any ukuleles for sale from their collection on Sunday after the virtual train jam. Please sign up to participate so we can find out who might be interested in selling any ukuleles. Funky Frets is not responsible and transactions, quality, and shipping. All transactions are between the seller and the buyer.

The End

Thanks For Sticking Around and Supporting the 2020 Funky Frets Virtual Uke Fest & The Artists

That's a wrap for 2020 and what would have been the 6th Annual Funky Frets "In-Person" Uke Fest. But, thanks to the 2019-COVID/Cornovirus worldwide pandemic, a "New Normal" happened. Hopefully, we have an in-person festival for the 7th Annual Funky Frets Uke Fest and Funky Frets Music Store's tenth anniversary with all the great fest activities in-person and safe.

We'll be having the same artists with different workshops in 2021, and Ben Carr's finger should be healed by them. The perils and benefits of building your own house. "Gotta protect those hands, Ben - Curt"

Tune in to Funky Frets TV every Wednesday night at 7PM (UTC-4) for all the latest news and info going on around the ukulele community and Funky Frets.

Curt also Live Streams every Thursday morning on YouTube at 11AM (UTC -4).

Jim D'Ville

Jim D'Ville

Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. For nearly a decade Jim has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Jim has taught and performed at major ukulele events including the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Kerrville Folk Festival, the NAMM Show, Melbourne (Australia) Ukulele Festival, West Coast Ukulele Retreat and many others. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website (www.PlayUkuleleByEar.com). Jim is a Contributing Editor to Ukulele (magazine) and is sponsored in-part by Ukulele (www.ukulelemag.com) and Aqulia Strings (aquilacorde.com/enz).

www.playukulelebyear.com www.facebook.com/cdavisshannon

Curt Sheller

photo by Eric Max

Curt Sheller

With Curt's re-introduction to the ukulele after a 20 year break and taking advantage of his thirty plus years jazz guitar training and skills, he began pursuing the potential of the ukulele exploring instrumental music using the vast repertoire available from the traditional contemporary jazz repertoire and with a few originals thrown in for fun. Curt has developed an international reputation as a ukulele expert having written over 30 books for ukulele and over 600 lessons for the ukulele available on his LearningUkulele.com site.

As and author and private music teacher Curt created Curt Sheller Publications in 1995 and has been on the web since. Curt has over 40 years of playing experience and has been involved in private music education for the past 20 plus years.

Curt had the great privilege and honor of studying with Chuck Anderson for over 30 years. One of the most knowledgeable musicians you'll ever run into. Mainly studying jazz guitar, there was no subject off limits. Curt studied arranging, private teaching, 20th century harmony, performing and working with other musicians, and anything that would come up in the lessons.

www.CurtSheller.com www.LearningUkulele.com www.FunkyFrets.com

The Aloha Boys

The Aloha Boys

Born and raised in Hawai'i and transplanted to the Washington D.C. area to pursue careers, The Aloha Boys, Glen Hirabayashi, Isaac Ho'opi'i and Irv Queja - met in 1996 while playing music for their children at Halau O 'Aulani, a school of Hawai'ian culture, in the Washington, D.C. area. A special and exciting bond grew musically among the Aloha Boys, who love to kanikapila or play an acoustic down-home, backyard-style Hawai'ian music, a style which includes everything from the very traditional to contemporary songs and styles. They all sing lead and backing vocals. Their voices blend in a nahenahe (soft pleasant) style. They have performed at numerous functions from backyard parties to concerts and at many venues including Carnegie Hall and on the National Mall at the openings of the World War II Memorial and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, the Barns at Wolf Trap, and in Rheims, France, Toronto, Canada, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, Southern California and Hawai'i. In Hawai'i, their peformances include Pakele Live, the Gabby Festival, Slack Key Guitar Festival O'ahu Style, and Slack Key Guitar Festival, Virginia Style. The music of the Aloha Boys brings them and their audience back to a lifestyle that is unique and precious to Hawai'i.

www.alohaboys.com

Uncle Zac

Uncle Zac

UncleZac” is a Fairfield County CT ukulele performer and teacher who has played the uke for over 50 years. He has a wide range of styles and materials that he performs and teaches. He has performed in several bands including Sharkey & the unknowns, a local 50 s and 60 s oldies group, Tim Currie’s Mowtown Band, Roswell & the Ukulaliens, a five piece ukulele band, The NY Ukulele Ensemble, “uke consultant” to the Darien High School Ukulele Group and leader of the Laphalele’s, a senior uke ensemble in New Canaan , CT. He presently fronts a trio performing uke & vocals with sax/clarinet/flute and upright base known as UncleZac & the ZacTones

Unclezac is the author of two chord charts, “Bari to Soprano and Back Ukulele Chord Chart” and The Ultimate Chord Inversion Chart for Ukulele” distributed by The Magic Fluke Company.

UncleZac is the author of several chord charts, “Bari to Soprano and Back Ukulele Chord Chart” and The Ultimate Chord Inversion Charts for Ukulele. In addition to teaching private and group lessons, he has also presented several workshops and performed at venues including The New York Uke Fest, The Tampa Bay Uke Fest, The New Jersey Folk Project Uke Fest, The Fort Lauderdale Uke Fest and The Funky Frets Uke Fest in 2015.

He plays music from Leon Redbone to Jimmy Buffett to Allan Sherman and more. Primarily a bari player, he never travels with only one uke because as uke legend, Fred Fallin, says, “each one has a different voice”, a necessity for different songs, so bring more than one.

www.unclezac.com

Petey Mack

Petey Mack

Over 8 years ago I fell in love. I fell in love with a little four stringed instrument that I had only witnessed people making fun of or using it for outdated music. Then I saw Jake Shimabukuro play in his now famous video, ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ and that was it… my life was forever changed.

I bought one that night and waited very impatiently for it to show up. I looked up everyone I could find on YouTube to learn the ways of this fascinating new instrument I was enjoying… And some of these first people I made contact with, I am still great friends with after all these years.

I am a people loving, easy going country boy from the southern states of America. My approach to the ukulele follows my own ‘kiss’ theory.. Which is ‘keep it simple, and strum’ meaning make every thing as simple as you can, and most importantly enjoy yourself. I tell all my students that I have only one rule and it’s my rule #1…

Q: What’s my Rule #1?

A: Yah gotta have FUN!

peteymack.weebly.com

William Ernestburg

William Ernestburg

William Ernestburg is from From Laie, Oahu, Hawaii. He is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School. William served in the United States Coast Guard with distinction for 30 years.

William is a member of the Hawaii State Society (HSS), the HSS ‘Ukulele Hui’, and Halau O'Aulani.

facebook - William Ernestburg

Rachel Manke

Rachel Manke

Rachel Manke began playing the uke in 1999, in preparation of Y2K, when we were all supposed to become nomads following a complete technology meltdown. Well, alright, that was silly. Still, it turned out to be a good decision.

She started on a $25 Hilo soprano and first connected to the uke world via the founders of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum. Rachel studied a bit with Joel Eckhaus (student of Roy Smeck) and wandered and has dabbled here and there learning to play. She has a penchant for Tin Pan Alley, Old Time music and the fancy old-school uke chord solo flourish. Favorite recent gigs include the Boston Ukulele Union Ukulele Melee, Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival and A Prairie Home Companion.

Rachel presently lives in Richmond, VA. If you want to know more about her... well that’s what Google is for.

www.rachelmanke.com

Bill Wynne

Bill Wynne

For over 45 years, Philadelphia native Bill Wynne has shared the music and culture of Hawaii with audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. An expert in slack key guitar, steel guitar, and ukulele, Wynne is best known for his exceptional skill in the traditional Hawaiian art of falsetto singing for which he was awarded first prize – a Hula Records recording contract – in the 2005 Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest. Wynne learned practically everything he knows about Hawaiian music through the careful study of recordings – a collecting frenzy which has a resulted in an enviable library of more than 25,000 rare Hawaiian music recordings which he now shares via his 24-hour-a-day internet-based radio station, Ho`olohe Hou Radio (www.hoolohehou.com). Wynne has twice hosted his own TV specials from Honolulu as part of the Pakele Live series and appeared more than 20 times at the New York Botanical Gardens as part of its “Visions of Hawaii” exhibit.

Ho`olohe Hou Radio - Bill Wynne's 24 hour-a-day Internet Radio Station

Christopher Davis-Shannon

Christopher Davis-Shannon

Christopher Davis-Shannon's music is the essence of honest simplicity. Bringing together influence ranging from Fats Waller to Chet Baker, he creates an atmosphere that will instantly transport you back to jazz clubs, and speakeasies of the early 20th century. Not Content being labelled a traditionalist, he forges ahead breathing new li

fe into old classics, weaving together a sound that is enjoyed by both young and old.

As a multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator, based in Philadelphia, Davis-Shannon maintains a steady tour schedule with his own music as well as a sideman for various acts. He brings to the stage not just the pure joy of music, but a vast knowledge of the history behind the songs that he holds close to his heart. His intricate instrumental work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled.

Mike Batchelor at Kettle Pot Tracks may have said it best:

"Christopher writes good songs, plays the crap out of them, and smiles every second he’s doin’ it. Let this guy into your lives a little, and be better for it!"

www.thetinman.co www.facebook.com/cdavisshannon

Debi Velasco

Debi Velasco

Debi Velasco has over 30 years experience in teaching and performing Polynesian dances, including Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori.

DebiHula facebook.com/debihula

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Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II.
33 years ago.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often.