October 5-6-7, 2018
Boyertown, PA USA
Visit the Funky Frets Music Store site for ALL your Ukulele goodies...
The Funky Frets Uke Fest is hosted and brought to you by the Funky Frets crew of Curt, Bern, Kelly, TJ, Ali, and a few dedicated volunteers come the actual festival weekend.
124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA USA • 484-415-9677 • email@example.com
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All performers are also presenting workshops at the festival.
International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is considered to be one of today’s most prolific `ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of `ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and teaching at the age of nine. He now shares the music of Hawai‘i and the beauty of the ‘ukulele with people around the world, performing and conducting instructional workshops.
His recording debut was in 1990 on his father’s recording. Since then, Herb has recorded on over 50 recordings with 12 Solo and 13 duet recordings to his credit. With fourteen N! H"k# Hanohano Award nominations, he has won a N! H"k# Hanohano Award for "$Ukulele Nahenahe” in 2011, “Pure $Ukulele” in 2013, Instrumental Song of the Year in 2013, and “$Ukulele Friends” in 2015. Herb is also a four-time Hawai‘i Music Award Winner as well. Herb has released 3 national releases in Japan, 1 in Taiwan, co-authored two ‘ukulele instructional books with Grammy Award artist Daniel Ho that was released in Japan and the United States, and in 2015 Herb published a songbook of his arrangements in Korea.
Now in his 28th year in the music business, Herb is well on his way to matching his Father’s legacy.
Herb Ohta, Jr., the son of the legendary ‘ukulele artist Ohta-san learned from the master while developing his own unique style. Herb, Jr. studied Hawaiian music throughout his life, and while he has captured the beauty of ‘ukulele in traditional music, he has ventured beyond the realm of tradition to explore music in other fields. Herb Jr. is both a craftsmen and an artist.
I have been teaching the ‘ukulele for over 30 years, and have been fortunate to hear many of the greatest ‘ukulele players in the world. I am certain Herb Ohta, Jr. will join the ranks of the legends. - Roy Sakuma
Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four years old. At thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele. Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
Del Rey has taught and played all over the world, and brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar and ukulele to her teaching DVDs on Homespun “Boogie-Woogie Guitar” ” The Music Of Memphis Minnie” , “Memphis Uke Party” and “Blue Uke.
“Del Rey, One of the Ukulele’s Most Important Players and Teachers” - Ukulele Magazine 2016
photo by Eric Max
With Curt's re-introduction to the ukulele after a 20 year break and taking advantage of his thirty plus years jazz guitar training and skills, he began pursuing the potential of the ukulele exploring instrumental music using the vast repertoire available from the traditional contemporary jazz repertoire and with a few originals thrown in for fun. Curt has developed an international reputation as a ukulele expert having written over 30 books for ukulele and over 600 lessons for the ukulele available on his LearningUkulele.com site.
As and author and private music teacher Curt created Curt Sheller Publications in 1995 and has been on the web since. Curt has over 40 years of playing experience and has been involved in private music education for the past 20 plus years.
Curt had the great privilege and honor of studying with Chuck Anderson for over 30 years. One of the most knowledgeable musicians you'll ever run into. Mainly studying jazz guitar, there was no subject off limits. Curt studied arranging, private teaching, 20th century harmony, performing and working with other musicians, and anything that would come up in the lessons.
Born and raised in Hawai'i and transplanted to the Washington D.C. area to pursue careers, The Aloha Boys, Glen Hirabayashi, Isaac Ho'opi'i and Irv Queja - met in 1996 while playing music for their children at Halau O 'Aulani, a school of Hawai'ian culture, in the Washington, D.C. area. A special and exciting bond grew musically among the Aloha Boys, who love to kanikapila or play an acoustic down-home, backyard-style Hawai'ian music, a style which includes everything from the very traditional to contemporary songs and styles. They all sing lead and backing vocals. Their voices blend in a nahenahe (soft pleasant) style. They have performed at numerous functions from backyard parties to concerts and at many venues including Carnegie Hall and on the National Mall at the openings of the World War II Memorial and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, the Barns at Wolf Trap, and in Rheims, France, Toronto, Canada, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, Southern California and Hawai'i. In Hawai'i, their peformances include Pakele Live, the Gabby Festival, Slack Key Guitar Festival O'ahu Style, and Slack Key Guitar Festival, Virginia Style. The music of the Aloha Boys brings them and their audience back to a lifestyle that is unique and precious to Hawai'i.
“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
Unclezac is the author of two chord charts, “Bari to Soprano and Back Ukulele Chord Chart” and The Ultimate Chord Inversion Chart for Ukulele” distributed by The Magic Fluke Company.
UncleZac is the author of several chord charts, “Bari to Soprano and Back Ukulele Chord Chart” and The Ultimate Chord Inversion Charts for Ukulele. In addition to teaching private and group lessons, he has also presented several workshops and performed at venues including The New York Uke Fest, The Tampa Bay Uke Fest, The New Jersey Folk Project Uke Fest, The Fort Lauderdale Uke Fest and The Funky Frets Uke Fest in 2015.
He plays music from Leon Redbone to Jimmy Buffett to Allan Sherman and more. Primarily a bari player, he never travels with only one uke because as uke legend, Fred Fallin, says, “each one has a different voice”, a necessity for different songs, so bring more than one.
Fred McNaughton ( Phredd ) - Ukulele Strumming, Harmonica Wailing, Suitcase Drum Kicking, Quirky Singer-Songwriter of Unmitigated Joy!
Fred McNaughton is also host of the Get Up and Go Show heard daily on popular Christian Music Station FM90.3 WJTL in Lancaster, PA.
Jared Denhard teaches and performs on banjo, ukulele, Celtic harp, mountain dulcimer, trombone and highland bagpipes. He is the founder and director of the Baltimore Ukulele Symphonette, and a member of the Celtic rock band “O’Malley’s March,” and is one of the music faculty at Stevenson University, Howard Community College and St. Timothy’s School of Baltimore Jared is also an active composer whose works have been performed and recorded by the United States Air Force Band, The Kinetics Dance Theatre, the London Portable Harp Company, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet. Jared is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.
Suzanne Fellows is a Studio Artist at Goggleworks Center for the Arts. Painting, printmaking, surface design, ukulele.
Suzanne and Dan, folksinger known for their harmonies, met eight years ago at a local folk festival – some say it was Fate. They began singing together soon after, and have no plans to stop.
With Dan on the guitar and Suzanne on the banjolele, the duo has performed at Musikfest and Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, Art on the Avenue in West Reading, Landhaven in Barto, Sofrito’s, Mike’s Tavern, Goggleworks Center for the Arts and the Speckled Hen in Reading, The Mohnton Memorial Park, the Strawberry Festival, Father Folk and countless private events.
Nani Lowery — Aloha, I have been playing the ukulele for over 50 years. I was fortunate that my mom basically put the ukulele in my hands at age 5 and I have been playing ever since. I have taught ukulele over 30 years and have learned just as much about the ukulele through my teaching experience. Being born and raised in Hawaii, I never had formal ukulele lessons but the best lessons I had was listening to others play and that was just either watching and listening in person or turning on the radio to other ukulele players and just listening and playing along. I live with my husband Keith in Maryland and he accompanies me on his ubass during performances and we provide mostly Hawaiian music as well as pop classics. Besides performances, I teach ukulele at a local music store, I have a weekly ukulele jam at the music store, I assist with a local monthly ukulele jam as well as lead a ukulele group at my local church that I attend, and finally I teach ukulele at my hula school (halau) in Maryland. I have been fortunate to add to my teaching resume of ukulele and have held several workshops in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area as well as West Virginia. It is as if I cannot get enough ukulele playing in my day; I am grateful for every opportunity!