Lil Rev is an award-winning ukulele and harmonica player from Milwaukee, WI. He began his music career as a street musician in the early 90’s after graduating from the University of WI at Milwaukee with a degree in Community Education. He has been a grade school music teacher and adjunct college lecturer in the music history department at UWM.
Lil' Rev is well known on the international ukulele scene as a protector of old songs and playing styles including early blues, Tin-Pan Alley, old time, Yiddish and American folk styles. He is also known for his passionate endeavors to preserve antiquated right hand strokes and strums and is in demand on the workshop circuit for this reason.
His awards include: 1996 National Blues Harmonica Champ at Avoca and he was Voted the Best Folk Singer in WI - 2004 (WAMI).
Lil Rev isn’t an act! He’s the real thing!
— Joe Hickerson, former head of Folk Archive at the Library of Congress
With humor, grace, and cabaret vocal stylings of yesteryear, Maureen Andary delights listeners at intimate venues and festivals alike. A Songwriter with a Creative Writing degree from New York University and musical theater training, she performs with the composure of an actor and the tenacity of a practiced poet, commanding the audience with every breath.
Audiences find Maureen performing throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, & Southeastern Region as one half of Award-Winning duo The Sweater Set. With The Sweater Set, she has won five Washington Area Music Awards, served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed at such distinguished venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mansion at Strathmore, The Birchmere, and Lincoln Center.
When she released her debut album, Maureen was selected as a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, competing in the live finals on the Mountain Stage, and was a 2009 finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. She has won several grant awards for her songwriting and performance including 2014, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Fellowships with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
Maureen has been a faculty member and performer at the 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019 Strathmore Ukefest teaching Note Reading for Ukulele, Pop arrangement, Voice, and Novices alongside Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer as well as nationally touring acts Lil' Rev, Gerald Ross, The Hula Honeys, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, and Stuart Fuchs.
“Kevin is a man on a ukulele mission, I’ve been playing the ukulele for 25 years, and I thought I’d heard it all. Then Kevin comes along with this ‘resolUKEtion’ album and brings a fresh perspective to the instrument. His love for folk, blues and roots music really comes out. Plus, he’s a really nice guy and a passionate teacher of the instrument.”
James Hill - Ukulele virtuoso and educator
Kevin Carroll is a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, instructs at ukulele workshops internationally, is a performing and recording artist, and teaches both private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX . He has launched a ukulele-based music education charity called edUKEcation.org which brings lessons and instruments to schools and students with limited resources. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, Kevin seeks to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. Kevin has completed his third and final year of course study in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative Teacher Certification Program and has gone on to teach for these programs in Vancouver and Toronto multiple times. This training has served to make Ukulele in the classroom a popular and successful learning approach in Austin. Kevin has created the Austin Ukestra, a ukulele orchestra that performs instrumental music of all types in and around Austin.
Kevin’s scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues, soul, funk, slide ukulele, family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. He has been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where he has played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders, Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick, Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others.
“UncleZac” is a Fairfield County CT ukulele performer and teacher who has played the uke for over 50 years. He has a wide range of styles and materials that he performs and teaches. He has performed in several bands including Sharkey & the unknowns, a local 50's and 60's oldies group, Tim Currie’s Mowtown Band, Roswell & the Ukulaliens, a five piece ukulele band, The NY Ukulele Ensemble, “uke consultant” to the Darien High School Ukulele Group and leader of the Laphalele’s, a senior uke ensemble in New Canaan , CT. He presently fronts a trio performing uke & vocals with sax/clarinet/flute and upright base known as UncleZac & the ZacTones.
For the last few years, Naniukulelejoy has been performing with a traditional Hawaiian musical style to various audiences. They have performed primarily in the DMV but were privileged to perform at Virginia Beach Polyfest in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Nani teaches ukulele lessons at Victor Litz Music Center, leads an ukulele jam at the store on Wednesday afternoons, and co-leads the monthly Maryland Uke Jam in Gaithersburg, MD. Nani will be leading several workshops during the Gaithersburg UkeFest.
Musician, Composer, Educator, Bachelor of Arts degree in Music
and Education, Master’s international cultural management. He's a
recognized Venezuelan Cuatro player and he has shared concerts
with importants musician around the world. His studies about
Venezuelan Cuatro (small venezuelan guitar) has been apllied to
the traditional and contemporary music of Venezuela and his
adaption in many music styles such as Jazz, Bossa Nova, Classical,
among others world music styles. José Luis Tolosa has traveled and
performed in more than 20 countries, including France, Canadá,
USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad &
Tobago, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic,
Paraguay, England, Brazil, Ecuador Italy And Venezuela. He has
presented concerts, workshops, and video instruction at university
conferences, art schools and with symphony orchestras.
Not too long ago, 24-year-old jazz singer and songwriter Gracie Terzian was watching ukulele videos on YouTube when she saw “this crazy instrument.” The instrument in question was a harp ukulele, “a normal ukulele with an extra arm that holds bass harp strings,” Terzian explains. While the instrument’s appearance caught the young musician’s eye, it was the sound that convinced her to pool her savings to buy a limited-edition aNueNue tenor harp ukulele.
The harp ukulele’s rich tones and jazz voicings figure prominently on Terzian’s new debut EP, Saints and Poets. It showcases six challenging yet accessible original songs—all co-written by Terzian—conveyed in her cool, sophisticated alto, which barely contains the passions bubbling underneath. The EP was conceived as Terzian’s calling card to the New York jazz scene. It exceeded her wildest expectations, climbing the jazz charts of both Billboard and iTunes.
“I released it without a record label. It didn’t get any radio play. I don’t have a manager, and I didn’t hire a publicist until after it was released,” Terzian says, laughing. “So, yeah, it was definitely a surprise.”
Much like the harp guitar, the harp ukulele is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with young players like Terzian, long after its early- 20th-century heyday. The extra strings on Terzian’s spruce-top, mahogany-body instrument add a deep tone to the ukulele, she says, and can be plucked like bass notes. “The harp strings come in handy when you’re looking for color chords,” Terzian adds.
From an article in:
Jazz Singer-Songwriter Gracie Terzian and Her Harp Ukulele Are Turning Heads
“When you hear ‘Nevada Heritage Award,’ you think of cowboys,” jokes Gary Haleamau.
But the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Program recently named Las Vegas residents and Hawaii natives Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau the recipients of the 2015 Nevada Heritage Award, recognizing the couple for their work in presenting and preserving Hawaiian culture.
It wasn’t much of a shock to those who know them or Vegas’ reputation as the Ninth Island. Still, the Haleamau’s were surprised. “What the heck is a Hawaiian doing getting this?” Gary says. “It’s just awesome. I’m still blown away.”
The award honors Nevada artists whose achievements carry on traditions and have a positive impact on arts throughout the state. Folklorist Rachel Hopkin, who nominated Sheldeen, a traditional hula dancer and teacher, and Gary, an award-winning paniolo slack key guitarist and singer who has performed all over
the world, called the couple “artists of great distinction who believe it is their responsibility to pass on the art, music and culture that will keep Hawaii alive on the mainland.”
The Haleamau’s are a very active part of a strong local Hawaiian community. You’ll catch them, and their son Kurin performing or teaching at almost any Hawaiian or Pacific Islands festival around town, and previously had a standing Friday night gig at Island Flavor on South Durango Drive. One of Gary’s most recent recordings, 2007’s "Redeemed", won big at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards—essentially the Hawaiian Grammys. His families latest album "Pilipaʻa" was also nominated for the same award in 2019.
Aunty Debi will be leading two workshops, one on lei making, and the other one a Hula workshop. Make sure you also take some time to stop by her vendor table during the festival.
Michael August is a harmonica player in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area who has attended harmonica masters classes in Chicago, Illinois. He is a lover of the blues, gospel and Celtic styles, often playing in the style of Charlie McCoy and Buddy Greene . Michael is a multi-talented musician playing guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and resonator guitar.
William is from From Laie, Oahu, Hawaii. He is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School. William served in the United States Coast Guard with distinction for 30 years.
William is a member of the Hawaii State Society (HSS), the HSS ‘Ukulele Hui’, and Halau O'Aulani.
Lori was bitten by the ukulele bug in 2012. She has been an evangelist for ukulele magic ever since, as co-founder and producer of the Maryland Ukulele Jam. In addition to programming and teaching ukulele basics at the monthly jams, Lori organized the first ever ukulele ensemble performances at the National Christmas Tree and directed the area’s (and possibly the nation’s!) first ukulele marching band.
Trained as a classical singer and multi-instrumentalist, Lori has performed nationally and internationally in ensembles and as a soloist in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall (New York), the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Victoria Hall (Geneva). She draws on her formal music education to introduce others to the versatility of music making with the “jumping flea”.
During the Hula Seminar, students will be taught by the individual crowned:
1988 Merry Monarch Miss Aloha Hula
After relocating to Las Vegas with her husband Gary, she started Halau Hula O Kaleimomi. She returned to Hawaii with her halau as their Kumu, where they competed in this annual traditional Hawaiian dance competition. A video of the halua led by Kumu Sheldeen can be seen by clicking on the "Find Out More" button.
Julie was born in Frankfort Germany and was raised in a Foreign Service family, living overseas for much of her growing up. After graduating from college she relocated to the Washington, DC area, and performed with local Polynesian entertainment groups. One of her gifts and talents she acquired along the way, is designing beautiful patterns which are applied to various materials to make performance attire for hula dancers. She is currently a member of the Ke Aliʻi Makaʻainana Hawaiian Civic Club, an artisan, and a published author. Julie is also the cultural advisor for Halau Nohona Hawai'i, and its Outreach Coordinator.
Pete started out his musical aspirations as a drummer in elementary school. He switched to the ukulele when a friend offered to teach him. This talent came in handy as his wife, a lifelong Polynesian dancer, was performing in shows on a regular basis. Pete was happy when he found a way to join her halau by playing drums and ukulele with the group.
Pete is presently a member of HĀLAU NOHONA HAWAIʻI, a non-profit Hawaiian cultural school located in Silver Spring, MD. He proudly plays ukulele in their band, providing beautiful music for those sharing the aloha spirit through hula.