THE FABULOUS TUNES IN THE DUNES MUSICIANS AND TEACHERS OF 2020
James Hill and Anne Janelle
Since their Canadian Folk Music Award- winning collaboration True Love Don’t Weep, Ukulele/cello duo James Hill and Anne Janelle have brought their signature mix of tunes, songs and stories to audiences around the world. They have continued to create several solo albums featuring their original songwritng steeped in classical, folk, pop and blues traditions. In concert and teaching in community they share their passion for music with humor, innovation and dazzling harmonies. In the mid 2000’s James collaborated with J. Chanbers Duane, the trail blazing teacher who pioneered the use of ukuleles in Canadian schools. creating the Ukulele in the Classroom Program Then came the JHUI Teacher Certificate followedd by The Ukulele Way. These are all resources that focus on teaching the art and science of solo ukulele (playing melody, harmony and rhythm simultaneously on one instrument). Recently James has launched Uketropolis, a ukulele site with these courses and more. www.Uketropolis.com and www.wecanmakeachange.org
Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward
Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward believe in the power of social music and the important place the Ukulele has in bringing people together. They love to travel the world, performing and teaching all ages how to play and sing in hjar,mony. Heidi, who was born in Hawaii, has played ukulele since age 5. Daniel’s unique style, which incorporates flamenco, clasical techniques to rocking riffs, comes from a 30 year career as a versatile guitarist. As teachers, they bring their passion and humor to the classroom, as well as the ability to break down complicated concepts and techniques into simple steps that enable players of all levels to enjoy making music. Both Heidi and Daniel write regularly for Ukulele Magazine and enjoy learning more abouit 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 6 year old son, Henry. Their deep connection to folk music traditions is undeniable, as they find new ways to sing old songs and unique ways to incorporate music and art into their teaching and performing. Mainly influenced by Depression era string band music and the folk revival, they play ukulele, banjo and accordion to accompany their harmony singing, pick old tunes and lead the audience through group singing. Aaron builds musical instruments at Beansprout Musical Instruments and Nicole’s art is at Marmalade Creations. www.quietamericanmusic.com, www.thebeansprout.com
Walt Keale is a musician, activist, poet, kahu and storyteller, husband and father. HIs story is rooted in the Hawaiian traditions of Niihau where his mother’s family has been for over a thousand years. His Father’s Arkansas family migrated to the rich farmland of the San Joaquin Valley during the Dustbowl years. In his music you hear the sounds of Niihau, influences from his uncle Moe Keale, the bluegrass of the Dustbowl and the Latin rhythms of cambia and ranchera. He has created several unique albums, Kawelona: Ride the Sun and Aina Kaula: Motherland, and won the Na Hoku Hannah award for group of the year with Kaukahi in 2007. His latest album, Hanumoku: Bury Me relflects his latest 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, Ancestores & Guardians. His music reminds us that “there are still people, places and moments that conjure sacred times and bring them forward.” kealemusic.com
Andy Andrews ukulele passions and skills guide us in experiencing joyful music together.
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 has started the “Puna ‘Ukulele & Kanikapila Association” (PUKA), he also teaches classes in ukulele, blues styles and music theory. email@example.com
Hood River Trio mixes music, sound and humor into every song.
Tunes’ veterans the Hood River Trio — Ben Bonham, Kerry Williams, Ronnie Ontiveros
Ben Bonham (Hapa Hillbillies, BPT, Trashcan Joe) is a first-rate showman and accomplished player of guitar, slide guitar and ukulele. Ron Ontiveros (Hapa Hillbillies) plays upright bass, ukulele, guitar, and he shouts a bit, carries the gear, and drives the van. Kerry Williams (Hapa Hillbillies, June Bug Boys) pulls his weight on ukulele, mandolin and guitar. Let them whisk you away with their musical style which incorporates country blues, jazz, Western swing, Tin Pan Alley, electronica, hapa haole, elevator and punk rock. All brought to you with an undercurrent of irreverent humor!
Bryan Holley is a musician, ukulele teacher, and songwriter who loves to sing.
Bryan 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 and fingerstyle ukulele.
Learn more about Bryan at: bryanholley.org