ARTISTS


THE FABULOUS TUNES IN THE DUNES RENDEZVOUS CONCERT

MUSICIANS / ARTISTS OF 2021

 

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel 

We have celebrated the creative and energetic collaboration between Craig and Sarah from Tunes in the Dunes at Westwind to Uke Ohana in Hawaii. They have been expanding the world of Ukulele with live stream performances and online teaching through their site, www.Artists Works.com. This past year the family moved to Hawaii and began hosting the 51st Ukulele Festival of Hawaii, www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.com. Their passion for music and complimentary vocal harmonies, are infused with the creativity and joy of the mighty Ukulele. www.cheemaisel.com PayPal.me/CheeMaisel


James Hill and Anne Janelle

The Canadian award winning Ukulele/cello duo James Hill and Anne Janelle have brought their signature mix of tunes, songs and stories to audiences around the world.  In concert, and while teaching, they share their passion for music with humor, innovation and dazzling harmonies. Recently James is the mastermind behind Uketropolis, a ukulele site with many courses for all levels of Ukulele players, weekly podcasts and more. www.Uketropolis.com and www.annejanelle.com.



Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward    

Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward believe in the power of social music and the important role the Ukulele plays in bringing people together. They love to travel the world, performing and teaching students of all ages how to play and sing in harmony. As teachers, they bring their passion and humor to the classroom by their ability to break down complicated techniques into simple steps that enable players of all levels to enjoy making music. Both of them contribute to Ukulele Magazine and the ever-expanding world of the Ukulele. Danielward.net and SukeyJumpMusic.com

Aaron and Nicole Keim are Quiet American Music

Aaron and Nicole live an artistic life in Hood River Oregon, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art and raising their son, Henry. Theirs is a deep connection to the folk traditions of the Depression era string and folk revival music. It is woven into their singing harmonies and unique ways of incorporating Ukulele, banjo and accordion into their teaching and performing.  Aaron builds beautiful instruments at Beansprout Musical Instruments and Nicole’s art is available at Marmalade Creations on Etsy.   www.quietamericanmusic.com,  www.thebeansprout.com PayPal.me/aaronnicolehenry

Bryan Tolentino

Bryan Tolentino has been adding his unique “fairy dusting” to performances and recordings for thirty-five years as a ‘ukulele player with renowned Hawaiian entertainers and hula halau. He teaches around the world where he shares his love of ‘ukulele and the philosophy that “You must feel Hawaiian Music“. During the pandemic he began the lively group “Ukulele Friends Hawaii” on facebook that continues to meet weekly. www.bryantolentino.com

Herb Ohta Jr

It is Herb Otha Jr’s goal to share the beauty of Hawaii’s music, its culture, and the ‘ukulele to people all over the world. The graceful Nahenahe quality of his music is inspired by the appreciation and traditions of Hawaiian ‘ukulele virtuosos. He brings this heart and feeling to his ‘ukulele music when he performs, teaches, records and produces. Herb celebrated his 30th anniversary in the music industry in 2020 with new video projects and ‘Ukulele Labs. www.herbohtajr.com



Casey MacGill

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of a band from California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz coronet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele.     www.caseymacgill.com



Lono

Lono honors the traditons of those who came before us through his varied music and stories. His songs are of Moloka’i’s sacred sights, history, animal traditions, the winds of the  different districts, it’s high chiefs, the children, the paniolo’s (cowboys) and all its people. “It is but a fleeting glimpse for us to see the things our ancestors had to encounter and overcome, to leave us the paradise we live in  today.”  www.lonomusic.com

Steven Espaniola

Steven offers a refreshing new outlook on a traditional vocal genre of Hawaiian music. He’s a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Ukulele, Ki Ho’alu , Bass and Leo Ki’e Ki’e. HIs unique sound preserves the integrity of the traditional with a florist of the modern. He is active teaching online and performing. www.stevenespaniola.com

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

Kate Power & Steve Einhorn are multi-instrumentalists, folk musicians, songwriters, teachers, artists, writers, award winners and community builders. They play as two beats to one heart in Portland’s vibrant, socially-conscious music folk scene. After running Artichoke Music for twenty-five years, they zig-zagged around the United States to ambush the uninitiated with the joys of playing and singing on the ukulele. They taeach with their traveling fleet of Kala ukes and their whimsical “Ukalaliens Songbook for Absolute Beginners”, created to break the ice for older beginners to learn in an instant how to make beautiful music on a uke from the first strum.    www.qualityfolk.com 

Keale 

Walt Keale is a musician, activist, poet, kahu, storyteller, husband and father. HIs story is rooted in the Hawaiian traditions and music of the sacred island of Niihau, the bluegrass of the Dustbowl, and the latin rhythms of the San Joaquin Valley.  His latest album, Hanumoku: Bury Me, reflects his intellectual-spiritual and aina-land-stewardship pursuits, with each song representing one of the 9 elements spoken of in his family. The Sun, Moon, Fresh & Salt Water, Creator/ human beings, Wind, Fire, Land, Ancestors & Guardians. His music reminds us that “there are still people, places and moments that conjure sacred times and bring them forward.”  www.kealemusic.com

Jim D’Ville

Jim D’Ville is a renowned performer and teacher that has turned the traditional learning of Ukulele “on its ear”.  His joy of music theory has taught thousands internationally to hear and play Ukulele with new enthusiasm. Jim first picked up the Ukulele at the age of 42 and taught himself to play by hearing the emotional quality in chord changes. His classes open up the world of learning to play “by ear” and how to understand the basic foundations that make up all songs.  www.playukulelebyear.com

Guido Heistek

Guido Heistek holds a B.F.A. Music from Concordia University in Montreal and is a CANSTAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Vancouver, BC is home when Guido is not performing in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe. He also works as an arranger and consultant for stage and film. Guido teaches his unique style from his website.   www.ukuleleinthedark.com

Hood River Trio

Tunes’ veterans the Hood River Trio – Ben Bonham, Kerry Williams, Ronnie Ontiveros. Let them whisk you away with their varied musical styles of ukulele, slide guitar, bass, mandolin and guitar brought to you with an undercurrent of irreverent humor!

Andy Andrews

Andy Andrew’s ukulele passion and skills guide us in experiencing joyful music together. Andy co-founded the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz with 3 songbooks and has been featured in 2 ukulele documentary films, “The Mighty Uke” and “Under the Boardwalk”. In 2004 he produced the legendary “Uke Fest West” and created the Ukes for Kids program that has given away thousands of Ukuleles to children and teachers. Andy currently resides on Hawaii’s Big Island and has started the Puna Ukulele & Kanikapila Association (PUKA) where he leads ukulele classes for schools and the community. Andy@cruzio.com

Bryan Holley

Bryan Holley is a musician, ukulele teacher and songwriter who loves to sing. Bryan lives in Ashland Oregon and specializes in teaching Ukulele to 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 students advance their musical journeys. www.bryanholley.org