TEACHERS


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James Hill and Anne Janelle 

Since their Canadian Folk Music Award-winning True Love Don’t Weep, ukulele/cello duo James Hill & Anne Janelle have brought their “crystal clear sound filled with warmth” (Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio) to audiences in 15 countries. In concert, James is “a dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous syrupy voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine)

 

Steven Espaniola                

It’s rare when an artist arrives on the scene offering a refreshing new spin on a traditional genre of music. Steven Espaniola is that artist. Raised in Aliamanu, Hawai’i and now residing in the California Bay Area, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Ki Ho’alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar), ‘
Ukulele, Upright Bass, and Leo Ki’e Ki’e (Traditional Hawaiian falsetto). Of Hawaiian, Filipino and Spanish decent, his ethnicity is as diverse as his unique sound which preserves the integrity of the traditional with a flourish of the modern.

 

Jim D’Ville

Jim D’Ville will brings humor and the thrill of music to the event. His musical and teaching style are engaging to our ears, our senses and our brain loving musical theories. Once you have witnessed Jim’s unique teaching style you are forever changed in how you hear the music of life from a three chord perspective and play your musical instrument by ear. Jim shares his passion 110% for music with humor and compassion that is appreciated by all levels of students and musicians.

 Aaron and Nicole Keim known as The Quiet American create old time folk music for modern times.

Aaron and Nicole KeimThe Quiet American music is a home-grown modern folk revival.  Their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty Americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments. Gathered around a single microphone, Aaron and Nicole present a concert experience that pays tribute to old time folk music traditions yet strives to connect to a modern audience. Dusty back porch or shining concert hall, The Quiet American reminds you why home made, hand crafted, American folk music will never fade away.  They live in Hood River with young son Henry and create beautiful Beansprout  Ukuleles.

Learn more about The Quiet American at:  www.QuietAmericanMusic.com

 Andy Andrews passion for Ukulele Community Music is a joy to experience.

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews co-founded of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, CA and helped guide the club to hundreds of members and has been featured in two documentary films,”The Mighty Uke” and “Under the Boardwalk.” He teaches music workshops at Ukulele Festivals on the mainland  and in Hawaii. In 2004 he produced the legendary “UkeFestWest” festival in Santa Cruz, and at that event he created the “Ukes for Kids” program that has given away hundreds of ukuleles to children and teachers. Andy now resides on Hawai’i Island, and teaches ‘ukulele at Kua O Ka La Charter school and leads kanikapilas and workshops at Keoki Kahumoku’s Hawaiian Music Camps in Pahala. Since moving to Hawai’i he has started the “Puna ‘Ukulele & Kanikapila Association” (PUKA), conducts and teaches classes in ‘ukulele, blues styles and music theory.

Contact Andy at:  andy@cruzio.com

The Hood River Trio are all different sizes but fit together in a perfect musical package of swinging, swanging, crazy picking and boundless energy.

Hood River TrioThe Hood River Trio will join us at Westwind from the beautiful Hood River valley in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. Ben Bonham, Ron Ontiveros and Kerry Williams combine Ukuleles, upright bass, guitars and slide guitar with a musical range comfortably spaning many genres—on any given night you might catch them playing country blues, ragtime, vintage swing, retro punk, delta blues, folk, jazz, old-time country, and Hawaiian. Ben and Kerry also build instruments for MyaMoe Ukuleles. Phot credit Frank Gibson

Contact Ben to learn more :  www.benbonham.com.

Bryan Holley is a musician, ukulele teacher, performer, songwriter.

Bryan HolleyBryan lives in Ashland, Oregon where he specializes in teaching beginners of all ages. He has concentrated his lifelong passion for music into a series of ukulele workshops with useful handouts and song charts that help participants continue learning after his classes. His workshops explore Hawaiian and Latino music, the songs of Pete of Seeger, the hits of 1915 (when the first ukulele craze swept America) and fingerpicking ukulele.

Learn more about Bryan at:  www.bryanholley.org