Aaron collects obscure folk songs and builds his own instruments. He plays Appalachian music on the banjo, ragtime on the ukulele and blues on steel guitar. And, oh yeah, he slaps the bass like it owes him money.
Ben Bonham has over fifteen years of professional experience as a live performer, teacher and recording musician in both the U.K. and the U.S.A. Since 1996, this British expatriate has delighted U.S. audiences with his renderings of old time American music and his mastery of Delta Blues, Vintage Hawaiian, Folk, Ragtime and Country Blues guitar.
Brook Adams is a self-proclaimed ukulele madman with a strong voice and guitar chops too. His collection of surreal originals, modern pop and swing-era classics is a musical cartoon of the 20th century. Add warm tenor vocals and jazzy R&B flavored guitar for non-stop great entertainment.
The Canote Brothers
You will simply adore these wacky Canote Brothers! In ties that are nearly as wide as their smiles, you head on back in time to an era of high waisted trousers and crank start automobiles. It's all back porch when those boys swing!
Born & raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Craig was influenced by many different types of music & has had just as much experience with different instruments, including piano, cello & guitar, as well as performing in musical theater & various choirs. Craig has loved teaching many ukulele students over the past 4 years & hopes to be performing & teaching for many more years to come
Dave started playing guitar in 1968 in upstate New York, near Woodstock where he grew up watching local musicians like The Band, Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Orleans, and NRBQ. An impressive multi-instrumentalist, Dave teaches a variety of classes for guitar, slide guitar, haronica and, of course, ukulele!
Putting the "eh" in "ukulele" since he was a wee keiki, Canadian James Hill is considered a "rare peer" of Hawaii's premier `ukulelists with a world-class command of the instrument. His music is a "tour de force" mix of jazz, classical, and folk influences.
Kate Power & Steve Einhorn
Creators, illustrator, and teachers of the Ukalaliens Songbook: A Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Fun, Kate & Steve traveled over 30,000 miles around the United States over the past year with dozens of ukuleles-to-lend to non-musicians and uke-curious, converting thousands to the joys of music making between concert dates.
Classes: Ukalaliens ® I & II
Larry is a homegrown Oregon boy raised on HEE-HAW and candy cigarettes. He's a multi-instrumentalist, at home on guitar, bass and ukulele. Larry is also the music teacher at Westside Elementary where he uses the ukulele in the classroom. He conducts the Westside Ukuestra & through his work with Gorge Ukuleles, has helped other schools start ukulele programs.
Lil' Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter & music-historian who teaches & tours nationally, around the continental U.S. Known as a 'protector of old songs, poetry & stories,' Rev is a national treasure.
Marianne Brogan is the founder of the Portland Ukulele Association and has been teaching ukulele technique and leading song groups for 8 years. She loves getting folks started playing and specializes in beginners of all ages, private lessons & group instruction.
Moe is a soloist who performs on the national festival and club concert circuit and is esteemed for his magical performances highlighted by masterful guitar and ukulele playing, powerful vocals, and poetic songwriting. He was instrumental in the formation of Mya-Moe Ukuleles.
A versatile musical entertainer and a captivating speaker Ralph Shaw is known across Canada due to his numerous live performances on National CBC with; Bill Richardson, Arthur Black, Shelagh Rodgers and others. He has released 3 critically acclaimed CDs and his original songs have been used on Movies and TV shows in both the USA and Canada.
Rick was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He has played with Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Tommy X Hancock and the Supernatural Family Band. In 1986 he moved to Hood River. He is currently a full-time musician, performing locally and teaching guitar and ukulele.
Victoria might not have been a child musical prodigy, but she got the music bug early on, and began writing songs when she was 10 and started performing at coffeehouses as a solo artist and in bands by the time she was 17. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox now lives in Baltimore, and averages 125+ live performances each year.
Wendy is a self-taught musician who considers ukulele her first and last instrument. Her musical traditions include Scotch Irish, bluegrass, country, folk, and "nahenahe" (sweet Hawaiian music.) Through sponsorship by Gorge Ukuleles, Wendy joined the first cohort of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative and is now a certified Level One Ukulele in the Classroom teacher, and teaches ukulele to seniors and young people.