Three Down and Three to Go!

The first half of Ukulele Adventures 2018 has been nothing short of stellar.

Our first Kernville ‘Ukulele Blues and Harp Fest was a resounding success and reinforced the value of small-group retreats.  Plus, Catfish Jack!  What a great addition to our ‘ukulele family.  You’ll be seeing more of him, for sure. We already have dates for the 2019 Kernville event (March 7 – 10, 2019), so mark your calendar now! We’re committed to keeping it small and we expect to sell out, again.

And…then there was the “Love-in” at the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat at Asilomar  in May.  Wow! Just Wow!  Sonny Bono rose from the dead to do a tune with Cher. Grace Slick dazzled us with “White Rabbit.” And the ghost of Janis Joplin was lurking in the sidelines.  Plus, it was fun to see some of our favorite instructors sporting full heads of hair…..long, beautiful hair. According to Jim D’Ville (and he’s only missed one or two of them), this was the best one yet.

And how can you not love summer camp? Especially if there’s an ‘ukulele involved? Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay gave us all a chance to explore our inner muse and child craft on the shores of beautiful Lake Berryessa. Next year’s dates are all set up, so please mark your calendars: June 19 – 24, 2019.  Again, it’s about keeping it small, personal, and manageable.

Next stop: Paris and the Ukein’ Bike & Barge Trip with Phil Doleman. We are all sold out except we do have a shared cabin available . . . . . with a man you are sure to like.  So, if you’re interested, please let me know ASAP.  This is going to be so much fun….I have wiped all the dust and grime off my bike, put air in the tires, and I take it for a little spin each day to make sure I’ll be ready. And Phil and I have been conferring on the ‘ukulele portion…..full of surprises…..it’s going to be great.  If you didn’t get signed up for this (or the 2019 Italy Ukein’ Bike & Barge Trip) in time, I am sorry.  But stay tuned (by making sure you havesubscribed to the website), I will be adding another.

We still have room for a few more at the Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat in Hawi and have just added Fred and Lynn Sokolow to an already stellar line-up that includes Brad Bordessa, Kaliko Beamer Trapp, Robyn Kneubuhl, Kona Bob, and Lehua Ahsam. There will be a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, along with a whole lot of Tin Pan Alley, Blues, and Swing, and all the assorted skill sets necessary to play them well.  Robyn will also be teaching hula, Fred will be adding some slide ‘ukulele instruction, and Lynn will be offering some classes for bass players. In addition, attendees will have some unique opportunities to practice and perform with professional musicians. Registration for the Hawai’i Retreat is still open, but if you’d like to check to make sure there is a room available at the Kohala Village Inn first, you can visit their website. The last time I checked, they still had the following available: rooms with a single queen or two queens, or the Ohana suites (two rooms with a shared bathroom, suitable for 2, 3 or 4 people.)

And last, but in no way least, you should think about joining those merry ‘ukulele pranksters and practitioners, Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg, and Craig McClelland for our second installment of the New Uke-Culinary Fiesta in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 7 – 11. . . . .a chance to hone your ukulele chops while chopping onions for some delicious southwestern-inspired cuisine.  If you’re not sure what this might look like, you should check out the schedule.  We  still have room, but enrollment is limited to the capacity of El Paradero, our lovely ukulele home in Santa Fe.  You can register here.

That’s it for now! Hope you can join us on one our remaining Ukulele Adventures in 2018.  If not, perhaps we’ll see you in 2019!  We’ve got lots more ukulele fun in store for you in 2019!

A Full Year of Ukulele Adventures Coming Your Way

What makes the perfect ‘ukulele experience?

  • A terrific venue and extracurricular activities that take advantage of it!
  • Experienced instructors who go the extra mile to ensure their students’ success!
  • Itineraries that bring out the best in everything!
  • And enthusiastic and supportive people like you!

And so we bring you 2018!

The most fun you can have with your ‘ukulele on!

 

March 1 – 4, 2018

Ukulele Blues & Harmonica Fest

A unique opportunity to get your blues on, seriously, with Kevin Carroll and Catfish Jack at the iconic Pine Cone Inn in  Kernville, CA. Opportunities abound to improve your skills on ukulele and/or harmonica no matter what your level of skill.

May 2 – 6, 2018

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West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

This is the jewel in our ‘ukulele crown: four days of unparalleled learning opportunities for ukulele players at Asilomar, on the beautiful shores of Monterey Bay in Central California. Members of the staff are carefully chosen for their skill, experience, and commitment to their students, and the small class size ensures personal attention. Plus, we have the only teaching/recording studio for ukulele players in the world!

June 6 – 10, 2018

Camp O art

Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay

It’s just what it sounds like! Ukulele summer camp for adults! Come camp with us on the shores of beautiful Lake Berryessa and take ukulele classes in the morning, swim a little in the lake, then more classes in the afternoon!  Plus all your typical summer camp hi-jinx!  Casual and fun!

Sept. 8 – 15, 2018

Ukein’, Barge, & Bike

Our first European Barge and Bike adventure, from Montargis to Paris with Europe’s top ukulele instructor/performer, Phil Doleman,  filled right away.  But don’t despair.  We have another one planned for 2019 in Italy and it’s not too late (or too soon) to get on board for that one! Please visit the website for information on how you can secure a place.

October 14 – 20, 2018

Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat

Our lovely venue at the Kohala Village Inn in Hawi, (far, far, from the maddening crowds) a small plantation town on the northern tip of Hawai’i Island, provides the perfect respite for full,’ukulele immersion with a talented staff that brings a delightful mix of traditional Hawaiian tunes and stories to a meeting of classical, blues, jazz, and contemporary music.  If you play the ‘ukulele, are looking for ways to play better,  and have a week to spend in Hawai’i, this one is for you.

November 7 – 11, 2018

The New-Uke-Culinary Fiesta

What do you do with two world class ukulele instructor/performers who hail from New Mexico and love to cook?  When they’re not teaching ‘ukulele, you throw an apron on them and send ’em to the kitchen to teach classes in Southwestern cuisine. And thus we have the “New” (to distinguish it from the original in Ajijic, Mexico) Uke-Culinary Fiesta, equal parts ‘ukulele, cooking (and eating), and exploration and immersion in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward.

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How much fun you can have with your ukulele on!

Just One Room Left!

That’s right!  There is just one room left at Kernville’s iconic Pine Cone Inn for the 2018 Ukulele Blues & Harmonica Fest.  And while there are one or two other places to stay in Kernville if you miss out on this one, the Pine Cone is where it’s at!

Plus, it’s unlikely you’ll find another opportunity anywhere to get your blues on with your ‘ukulele and/or harmonica under the tutelage of two finer instructors and musicians than Kevin Carroll and Catfish Jack. And, you’ll have a chance to hone your skills on either or both instruments, regardless of your level of skill with either one.

So, please, Register now, and don’t miss your chance to be part of the inaugural Ukulele Blues & Harmonica Fest and what promises to be another stellar Ukulele Adventure.

There’s a Little Backwater Blues for Everyone!

No matter what your skill level (or instrument of choice), we’ll have you covered at the Kernville ‘Ukulele and Harp Fest, March 1 – 4, 2018, where everyone will have a chance to learn new skills on the ‘ukulele, bass, or harmonica.  And don’t worry that you may not be not up to the task;  Kevin Carroll’s original ‘ukulele arrangements have a little something for everyone, from beginners to pros.

And if you are ready to stretch (or just need a little fine tuning) you can take a couple of workshops with Catfish Jack and hone your harmonica skills on the same tunes.  At the very least, you’ll leave Kernville as a “double threat.” (And don’t forget, we’ll be looking for a few vocalists, as well.)

Then we’ll put it all together in small groups and/or big ensembles and work ’em ’til we have ’em down.

Registration ($439) closes February 15, 2018 and enrollment is limited. So don’t wait a minute more.

Register now!

“Those backwater blues done calling you to pack up your things and go.”

Still not convinced?  Here’s a little Bessie Smith.  Maybe she’ll help get you in the mood.