Very pleased to be joining the TBUG crew next November! I'll be joining my ole pals Jumpin Jim and Leapin' Liz Beloff! Can't wait! Festival Page here.
I am looking forward to joining ukulele friends old and new in New Mexico this coming May! Join myself along with Lil' Rev, Mark Baker and Sara Maisel and Craig Chee! Festival Page here.
Want to thank y'all for my YouTube subscribers hitting a magical 500...so here's a tune.
I am going to have the BEST tomato sandwich for lunch tomorrow....
Was sad to hear that we just lost the great Lyle Ritz at the age of 87 years young. Lyle was truly a uke elder and legend. I would credit him with developing the ukulele as a jazz instrument. Even if you don't play the ukulele you have likely heard his work. In the famous scene in Steve Martin's "The Jerk" where Steve and Bernadette are singing "You Belong to Me", it is in fact Lyle who is playing ukulele on the soundtrack and not Steve.
It has been a long while since I have seen Lyle but I was blessed to get to know him some over a decade ago at the earlier ukulele festivals of the third wave. I recall, particularly, a Midwest Uke Fest where I was stage managing. I don't recall who was emcee but they were lost in the shuffle when the time came to introduce Lyle as the next act. Wanting to keep things going I took it upon myself and said everything that I knew about him...legend, talent, etc. I liked him even more when he humbly thanked me for the intro later that night. He was a career musician, a great guy and his impact was significant. What more could you want?
For what it's worth, here is a preview I did for the good folks at Ohana of their new 39 series. This is a copy of sorts of the vintage Martin Style 3 uke.
A little holiday tune for you. May you not get the virus that zapped my voice for a few weeks! Seriously, this season I wish for you peace, love and lots of music. xo
Less than two weeks away is the Uke Fest Virginia! Join me along with my pals Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Mim, The Aloha Boys and Stu Kindle. November 5 in Glen Allen, VA (Just north of Richmond). Find out more info at their website: www.ukefestva.com
When I have concerts, workshops or other appearances I'll post it here!