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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 and 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)

Learn more about James at:  https://jameshillmusic.com

Learn more about AnneJanelle at:  https://annejanelle.com/home

 

Steven Espaniola  uses his incredible voice to honor Hawaiian traditions while creating new music of his own.                

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 singing). 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.

Learn more about Steven at:  http://www.stevenespaniola.com

 

 

 

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.

Over then last seven years, Jim has taught his ‘Play Ukulele By Ear’ workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean. He is the author of the ‘Play Ukulele By Ear’ DVD series and he hosts his own content-rich and player-helpful website. Jim shares his passion for music with humor and compassion that make learning fun.

Learn more about Jim at:  www.playukulelebyear.com

 

 Aaron and Nicole Keim   The Quiet American sing and play old-time folk music for modern times.

Aaron and Nicole KeimThe Quiet American make music that feels like 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 connects to modern audiences. Dusty back porch or shining concert hall, The Quiet American reminds you why homemade, hand-crafted, American folk music will never fade away. They live in Hood River with young son Henry and have just launched  Beansprout Musical Instruments.

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

 

 Andy Andrews channels his ukulele passions and skills to guide us in experiencing joyful music together.

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews co-founded 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. He also 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 spanning 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. Photo credit Frank Gibson

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

 

Bryan Holley is a musician, ukulele teacher, performer, and songwriter who loves to sing.

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 advance their musical journey. His workshops have explored Hawaiian and Latino music, the songs of Pete Seeger, the hits of 1915 (when the first ukulele craze swept America), and fingerstyle ukulele.

Learn more about Bryan at:  www.bryanholley.org