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
Not to be missed! The only people having more fun than the crowd this night will be us gals on stage!!
Bring non-perishable lunch food donations (food or monetary donation) for St. Matthias Food Pantry and be entered to win a WATERMAN UKULELE!
EVENT PAGE WITH MORE INFO HERE
Hey, hey! Look who is behind again on her writing?
Been having a swell time since last we talked. Had a hot time in Reston at the Lake Anne Uke Fest in July. Good to see the Aloha Boys in passing, then on to the South Shore of Boston to teach both a kids and adult uke camp. 70 new ukers in one week! I came home and played a local Food Truck rodeo...speaking of food..
Coming up next is a concert with my new friend Danielle ate the Sandwich and our Virginia pal, Skye Zentz. Wed Sept 21 @ 7pm in Richmond. Then straight up to the Philly area for the Funky Frets Ukulele Festival where I will get to see my ole pals Jumpin Jim and Leapin' Liz Beloff among others. Early November I'll be joining a swell lineup for the Uke Fest Virginia in Glen Allen.
Other regional things to be announced soon as well as some travels south and all. Keep in touch! Hoping to see me your way? Let me know!
Where ya been, Rachel? On the road! And....I sort of forgot my login....
Had a fabulous 3 week trip that took me to the Ashokan Uke Fest, the Steel City Ukulele club, Ukulele World Congress, Chicago and then some. Had a blast!
I'm going to finally fire up my email list soon. Check out my performer page on Facebook, will be putting up links and photos there soon from my recent adventures. Below is a photo from the last trip.
Will I see you July 9th at the Lake Anne Ukulele Festival in Reston, VA? (Outside DC) Check it out here.
When I have concerts, workshops or other appearances I'll post it here!