The Brown County Ukulele fest is ON for January 21-22nd, 2022, but is Currently sold out 😦 In the meantime visit BCUF Ukulele Family Facebook page for information leading up to the event. Follow the link and ask to join if you are not a part of the group. All details are on the group page.
We strongly encourage everyone attending BCUF to be vaccinated prior to the event. Avoid crowds the week before the festival. If you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID 19, please do not attend. Take any precautions you feel necessary to stay safe and healthy and prevent transmission to others. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas.
The Brown County Inn has been a mainstay in scenic Brown County, Indiana since it opened in 1974. The 65,000 square foot hotel, restaurant, and bar became a gathering place for visitors and local families alike.
As of March 1, 2019 all rooms are booked. Call to get on the waiting list
Known for performing solo on ukulele, songwriter and versatile crooner, Meghan Cristeen Martin has drawn comparisons to classic country stars of decades past. Her music has been featured on various Indiana radio stations and podcasts including WFYI: Indianapolis Public Radio’s Small Studio Sessions, WQRT 99.1 FM Indianapolis, and Headlong Media’s “OrigIN’s” and “That Helped” Podcast.
Meghan was the first of Indiana based talent to receive a scholarship of recording time from the non-profit, Fourth Sunday Music Co. This resulted in her second original album, Breaking Points, recorded at Postal Recording in Indianapolis and performed to a sold out crowd in 2019.
Meghan now leads a trio, The 1900, featuring Brent Schlemmer on bass and Morgan Evans on drums for a more guitar-driven sound they call “garage country.” Their four-track EP The Garage Country Demos – Martin’s third collection of original music –
Meghan has opened for various international touring musicians and songwriters and has been a guest speaker for the Indiana Nonprofit Organization Women4Change.
In her down time, Meghan writes poetry for her patrons via Patreon.com and also teaches private ukulele lessons.
Armed with a ukulele and a big, unexpected voice, Devin Scott easily entertains audiences of all ages. Performing everything from Coolio to Patsy Cline, Devin aims to include every one of his listeners. “It’s just more fun when people are enjoying and participating, so I try to make sure that everyone has something they can sing along to.” After only a few years of performing with the ukulele at open mic nights Devin began to realize the joy it gave to him and others and has made it his goal to play for as many people as he can. “It’s so amazing to watch an entire group of people enjoy something so much together.” Traveling around the country, teaching and leading jam sessions, singing for audiences in restaurants, bars, high in the Rocky Mountains, around campfires and even floating down the San Juan River, Devin is well on his way to accomplishing his goal of spreading the joy of the ukulele! “BCUF was one of the first festivals i ever went to and one of the best I’ve ever been to!! So glad to be a part of this event!!!”
Tim & Kim
Kim & Tim, the Uke Duo of Kansas City, met and started playing together in 2015. Kim Rausch is Native of Kansas City Mo. And 5th Generation music maker. She is a very talented songwriter and performer with a beautiful voice and engaging style, as well as a painter, photographer and poet. Ukulele has been her chosen instrument for writing and performing since 2010. Tim Clark, born into a musical family in Chicago, has played and sung most of his life. A recent transplant to KCMO, he spends his time co-writing songs with Kim and arranging and accompanying her with fills, solos and harmony vocals. Together, they sound “Oh.. pretty good” and love sharing their Americana/Roots base original works and covers. Long time attendees of the Ukulele World Congress and Brown County Ukulele Fest, they are very excited to be coming to BCUF 2022.
Narciso “Seeso” Lobo He is a craftsman songwriter and infectious performer, bursting with earnestness, humor, and heart. Fueled by a love of story and character, his songs are tactile and immediate, able to coax the listener from laughter to tears and back again with each passing rhyme.
Seeso had almost given up on music, having played every Chicago dive bar in half a dozen bands. After the loss of his girl and his guitar, he happened upon a humble ukulele in Chicago’s legendary Old Town School of Folk Music and bought it on the spot—it just felt right. Wanting to share this newfound joy with the world, Seeso began to upload ukulele videos online. Before he knew it, “Thank You for Leaving Me (When I was Down)” became the first original ukulele song to be featured on the front page of YouTube and has since garnered over 1.3 million views. The ukulele had saved his musical life. Today, Seeso is a generous and lively “human jukebox” jam leader and featured performer/instructor in ukulele festivals across the country. His unconventional “Pop Rocks” (pop, R&B, and hip-hop rhythm) workshops have been enthusiastically welcomed. He is an unofficial leader of the online ukulele community and a member of the ukuleleunderground.com team.
Music from the heart. We follow our paths by listening to each other as we throw melody’s to each other to chase. This journey started by a chance viewing of a street busker in Belgium while we were on tour with the Flea Bitten Dawgs. We heard this man playing a Shruti Box. The sound haunted Thom till we returned stateside and he could find one. With both Lee and Thom having a strong foundation in improvisational music helped us find our musical path. The results are Shruti Nadis! Our main focus is doing music for yoga sessions, meditation, and ecstatic dance. The instruments we use are, shruti box, ukulele, dulcimer, bells, hand percussion, overtone singing, chanting, djemba, tri-bongo’s, cymbal, agogo’s, cowbells, and many other rhythm instruments.
After playing many instruments since childhood Pete found the ukulele nine years ago and his life was forever changed. The ukulele brings together his two passions, the love of people and the love of music. For the past 3 years he has brought his joy of teaching and arranging music to hundreds of beginners.Pete utilizes group singalongs to encourage and motivate players to have the self confidence to be themselves and to play in public.
Heidi Kline enjoys bringing movement, breath, and meditation to the ukulele community. She sang in bands for years and only after having her daughter decided to learn an instrument to sing along with. The love of the ukulele community captured her heart. Leading yoga at ukulele events has enabled Heidi to pair her healing profession in body work as a chiropractic physician and her love for the ukulele community.
Sarah Flint got involved in the Bloomington music scene in 1982.
In the 90s.
Venturing into country music Sarah performed every Saturday all day at the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market when it was still on 6th St. That led to working with Andy Ruff and The Dew Daddies.
2000 and beyond
In the early 2000s Sarah became a mother and stepped into jazz as lead vocalist for The Stardusters big band then forming her own combo. Sarah’s Swing Set released two albums of vocal jazz including the song penned by Sarah, The Perfect Gift.
Fest Schedule for 2022
10am – 3pm Mainland Ukes will be open (90 W Washington St, Nashville)
3:30pm Meet and greet in the pool area.
4:30pm Strum along with Petey Mack in the Banquet room.
6:45pm Evening concerts start in the Banquet room.
8:30pm Ukulele performances start in the Corn Crib Lounge.
8:30pm Open mic in the banquet room after the concerts.
9:30am Yoga with Heidi Kline and Shruti Nadas in the Woodland room.
11:00am Strum along with Petey Mack in the Banquet room.
11:00am Introduction to Baritones with Meghan Martin in the Woodland Room
12:30pm Percussion workshop with Lee Kram in the Banquet room
2:00pm “Spice up your strumming” with Devin Scott
3:00pm “My first ukulele lesson” with Sarah Flint in the Woodland Room
3:30pm “Interpreting and reimagining your favorite songs” Thumbs Up
4:30- 6:30pm Dinner break
6:30pm Concerts begin in the Banquet room
8:30pm Ukulele performances begin in the Corn Crib Lounge
9:30pm Open jam following concerts in the Banquet room.