Performers & Instructors
Kimo Hussey is one of Hawaii's preeminent ukulele players and instructors. Combining his love of the ukulele with his knowledge, experience, and confidence, Kimo's ability to impart knowledge relevant to technique, practice, and having fun is unmatched. We are honored to have him headline this year's festival.
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Danielle has been touring since 2009, cultivating an online following from her homemade videos on YouTube and her unique style of online marketing brings her music to the audience she affectionately refers to as "Fanwiches" Her songs can be thoughtful, heavy, and serious, but Danielle rarely takes herself too seriously She's known for her quircky lyrical twists and for delivering witty and honest stage banter in her live shows.
Rachel Manke has been called one of the brightest stars in the ukulele universe, and loves sharing her astounding technique and beautiful singing with audiences young and old. She has appeared on stages that range from the Ashokan Uke Fest and Funky Frets Uke Fest, to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Rachel has a teaching style that is fun, relaxed, and accessible. She employs basic teaching methods with learning objectives and multi-sensory approaches. Most importantly, humor, and emphasis on the overall joy of making music is central.
The Lords of Liechtenstein
The Lords of Liechtenstein is a contemporary folk band based in New York City. It started as a duo project of two brothers, Dan and Noah Rauchwerk. The Lords often draw comparisons to The Everly Brothers for their harmonic sensibilities and to The Smothers Brothers for their mischievous onstage interactions. They write purposeful lyrics to tell musical stories that fluctuate between heart-wrenchingly sad and outlandishly ridiculous topics. The Lords have been featured on NPR's syndicated Mountain Stage program. Their newest album, Downhill Ride to Joyland, is a raucous fifteen-song romp through the ups and downs of human existence.
Curt Sheller Jazz Trio
Inspired by their affection for jazz improvisation, the Curt Sheller Jazz Trio rework timeless classics on How About More Uke?, replacing the standard guitar backing with a ukulele, played with skill and creativity by Sheller himself. Alongside drummer Ed Rick on drums and Eric Schreiber on electric bass, Sheller reveals that the ukulele can be utilized as a serious and vibrant instrument.
Additional Workshop Instructors