This page will be growing as we get more performers/teachers.
This list is subject to change, so please stop by often to see who else may be coming
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.
It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, an 12-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves.
The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss or members of the Carter Family.
Whether she’s performing on the Today show or the Grand Ole Opry or taking the stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, she is fearless, confident and firm in her musical direction. As she says, she sings “old-time music,” but it’s her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure. Her talent is indescribable and inexplicable, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be understood to be appreciated.
Lil Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, entertainer and story-teller from Sheboygan, WI. He is the author of the best selling: Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book Series, as well as 101 licks for ukulele and Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele. Lil Rev specializes in original and traditional ukulele stylings with a special emphasis on pre-war blues, old time string band and American folk based repertoire.
He is the founding director of the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival
His schedule keeps him busy teaching & performing ukulele at festivals throughout North America.
“Listen to this! Lil Rev is great!” -Pete Seeger
“Lil Rev is a Ukulele & Harmonica Wizard.” -Elderly Instruments
his ukulele blog Fountain of Uke is: http://fountainofuke.blogspot.com
Flea Bitten Dawgs
The Flea Bitten Dawgs came together as a group after recording a video promotion to benefit KDHX 88.1 Community Radio in St. Louis, Missouri, February 2010. The rendition performed was Irving Berlin’s Russian Lullaby, done with a couple days of rehearsal and David playing a ukulele he borrowed from Thom, as he didn’t own or play one at that time! The video has had over 11,000 hits on YouTube! Since the band came together, they have played in ten states, have had radio airplay on seven stations, including one on the big island of Hawaii, released three CDs and have had over 40,000 views on YouTube as well as fans’ videos.
Barrett Hasselwood (ukulele Barrett)
Barrett got his start in Show Business on Cruise Ships where he worked his way up from band member in the 10 piece Showband to band leader and musical director. During his his 12 years on board he learned to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
For the past 4 years he was living on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii playing his ukulele for locals and tourists alike. While on Maui he played a variety of gigs at restaurants, coffee shops, hotels including the Four Seasons Maui, and even for beach front yoga sessions.
He has recently settled down in Chicago where he has been delighting audiences with his unique instrumental arrangements and vocal versions of the American Songbook
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.