PERFORMERS & WORKSHOP LEADERS

Chalmers Doane & Family Return to MIDLAND FOR  Uke Fest 2019!

During Uke 2017, we had the pleasure of hosting Chalmers Doane, the pioneer of the Ukulele scene in Canada, and the driving force that introduced Ukuleles as a learning tool into the Canadian education system. That year, we presented Chalmers with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to Ukulele in Canada.

       Uke Fest 2017 All Star Concert: James Hill, Chalmers Doane, Anne Janelle & Melanie Doane.      

We are thrilled to announce that Chalmers will be making a return trip from the East Coast to join MCC at our Uke Fest 2019! As a special treat, Chalmers will be joined by his talented family – including a Saturday evening performance with daughter, Juno-winning singer and artist, Melanie Doane!

 

Chalmers will present a 90 minute workshop Saturday morning, and later, he’ll be joined on stage by his daughter, Melanie, to perform in the Saturday evening All-Star concert.

 

This year was already shaping up to be one for the books - and Chalmers' visit is just the icing on the cake

 

 

Cathy Fink & marcy Marxer

Saturday Night All Star Concert Headliner

TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk including some original gems. Their versatility defies a brief description, perhaps “well rounded Americana” does it best.

 

In February 2017, the duo released their 45th recording, “GET UP AND DO RIGHT” which features duets of some of their favorite songs by songwriters such as Alice Gerrard, Tom Paxton, Ola Belle Reed and David Francey, with an original tune and song for good measure. Midwest Record reviewed the CD saying “with nothing more on board than the duo vocalizing with their strings and things, they give a master class in organic, acoustic music and show what a difference chops make…".

Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals and taught at close to 100 music camps. The Washington Area Music Association has recognized the duo with over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky and a wide range of musical luminaries.

They are happily known as “social music conductors” ready to start a jam session, a community sing or to cre-ate a music camp helping others learn to play and sing. Past students include Kaki King and Rhiannon Giddens. Through their long relationship with the Music Center at Strathmore they collaborated with positive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. They continue to mentor up-and-coming artists on navigating the professional music world.

They have entertained the Queen of Thailand, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, appeared on the “Today Show” and on National Public Radio. They have advocated in Washington for unions, health care for children and the rights and livelihoods of artists.

As curators, performers and hosts, Cathy & Marcy produce two annual shows at The Birchmere, in Alexandria, VA. The Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival is in its eleventh year and their Tribute To Hank Williams in its twenty- rst year. Their annual weeklong Ukulele & Guitar Summit at Strathmore goes into year nine in 2017.

Cathy & Marcy have earned two GRAMMY® Awards for their recordings “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and for “Bon Appétit!”. Their CDs “Postcards” and “Banjo Talkin’” were both GRAMMY® nominated in the Best Traditional Folk Album category.

Cathy & Marcy have toured worldwide from Japan to New Zealand, Vancouver to New York and everywhere in between. Shows include The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (OH), Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. American Voices Abroad chose Cathy & Marcy with fiddler Barbara Lamb to perform in China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu for the U.S. Department of State.

 

Your hosts for the weekend!​

Bob and Sue Cutler have been playing the ukulele for a combined 30 years.

 

They currently live in Kitchener and have a cottage nearby at Balm Beach. Both Bob and Sue were charter members of the Corktown Ukulele Jam in Toronto. In Kitchener, they started, and host a successful open mic specifically for ukulele performers of all levels. They have graced stages all across southern Ontario, and beyond, including the Waikiki Yacht Club in Hawaii last December.

 
Bob will be the MC, and Sue will be found at the registration and merchandise table and other locations where support is required. 

 

Evening Jams

Led by Sue & Mark Rogers from Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG)

Come join in the fun at the Midland Ukefest jam sessions at the Quality Inn at 924 King Street, led by Sue and Mark, from Ottawa’s BUG. Great big room with a large screen! Last year we had over 100 Ukers join us both nights!

 

This year the Friday night jam will take place after the Friday night Uke Cruise aboard the Miss Midland!

Saturday night will be the late night PyJAMa Jam - worth staying up for!

BUG have organized a songbook that they will be using as a guide for the late night PyJAMa Jams - we encourage all attendees to have a digital copy available to follow along! :) You can download it here - BUG Festival Songbook.

 

Uke Fest 2019 Performers & Workshop Leaders

Chalmers Doane

Performer & Workshop Leader

We are thrilled to announce that Chalmers will be making a return trip from the East Coast to join MCC at our Uke Fest 2019! As a special treat, Chalmers will be joined by his talented family – including a Saturday evening performance with daughter, Juno-winning singer and artist, Melanie Doane!

 

Chalmers will present a 90 minute workshop Saturday morning, and later, he’ll be joined on stage by his daughter, Melanie, to perform in the Saturday evening All-Star concert.

SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOP LEADER

SATURDAY NIGHT ALL STAR CONCERT PERFORMER

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Performers & Workshop Leaders

TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk including some original gems. Their versatility defies a brief description, perhaps “well rounded Americana” does it best.

WORKSHOPS
CATHY FINK - 1d/3a play by ear-paper free & 2a clawhammer ukulele

MARCY MARXER - 1C/3b songs from the american songbook & 2c closed chord confidence

CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER

SATURDAY NIGHT ALL STAR CONCERt headliners

Heather Katz

Performer & Workshop Leader

Heather began her career playing music in the famous Canadian coffee houses of the 70’s such as The Riverboat, Bohemian Embassy, and Eggerton’s in Toronto and The Yellow door in Montreal. She Toured across Canada with Motown’s Choker Campbell and later became sought after in the Toronto R&B scene.

She has performed with world-class artists such as BB King, James Brown, Long John Baldry, Otis Clay, Solomon Burke and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.

Heather and her husband Michael are the proud owners of Broadway Music store located in Orangeville.

WORKSHOP 3B/4B - TAB 101 (ON STEROIDS!) 

Ever wonder what all those line and numbers mean? Do you wish you could play a simple solo melody? Does the thought of singing solo make you head for the hills?

 

Join Heather in an exploration of the wonderful world of tablature. We will learn to play by numbers, starting with a simple melody. Heather will then show you how to create a beautiful solo piece using a simple technique passed to her by ancient ukulele gurus!

 

SATURDAY NIGHT ALL STAR CONCERT PERFORMER

Sean McGaughey

Performer & Workshop Leader

Local resident Sean McGaughey is a school-teacher, songwriter, musician and enthusiast. Sean recently took over the music teacher duties at his school;- a perfect fit given his background, and he tells us that the ukulele is naturally a tremendous tool of his trade.

WORKSHOPS 2D SONGWRITING WITH A UKE, 16+ & 4c SONGWRITING WITH A UKE, Under 16

Cynthia Kinnunen

Performer & Workshop Leader

In her earlier years, Cynthia pursued studies in piano, completing her conservatory levels and a university degree in music. After some years away, it was the mighty ukulele that brought her back to music-making and inspired her to pursue music education again. A Level 3 James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher, she currently wears many teaching hats, including providing private music instruction in ukulele and piano; ukulele group classes and workshops; the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble adult learning program; is a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph; and Director of Engagement for James Hill’s Ukulele in the Classroom series. She is also the founder and director of the Royal City UkeFest in Guelph, Ontario.


Cynthia truly loves the diversity of music. Influences have ranged from early 20th century big band to 80s one-hit wonders, baroque chamber works to the rhythms of world music, renaissance folk songs to 70s punk. She is a solo performer and half of the bass/ukulele duo Transit Lounge. Passionate about the role that music can play in our lives, our homes and our communities, she encourages everyone to learn and make music, no matter their age or ability. www.cynthiakmusic.com

WORKSHOP 1A LIKE, TOTALLY 80s! & 3C OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO

SATURDAY NIGHT ALL STAR CONCERT PERFORMER

Douglas John Cameron

Workshop Leader

Douglas Cameron, who founded Uke Fest in partnership with MCC general manager Eugene Rea, has been a dynamic force on the Canadian music scene for more than four decades. His songwriting and performing career is rooted deeply in the folk/blues/country tradition. He is known as a consummate multi-instrumentalist in the studio. In 1985 his tune "Mona With The Children" hit the top 20 in Canada and was nominated for a Juno. Douglas has composed prolifically for film and television. Douglas is also an established children's entertainer who has written songs for top Canadian pre-school shows including "Ants In Your Pants", "Wee 3", "Big and Small", and “What’s Your News”.

 

Douglas’ ukulele career began in Midland at the age of six when his dad presented him with a ukulele and Mel Bay’s “Learn To Play Ukulele in Five Minutes”. He composed the score for “Big and Small” (Treehouse TV) on ukulele and lap steel. He leads ukulele workshops at The 12th Fret and conducted a monthly uke night at The Rooster Coffeehouse in Toronto.  His teaching philosophy is that everyone can learn and that you have more musical skills in you that you imagine! Douglas is currently very busy touring the country with Whiskey Jack.

WORKSHOP 1B4A - FORMBY STRUMS (How George Did It) 

The Fruity Ukuladies

Performer & Workshop Leader

A ukulele is cool.  A ukulele that looks like a fruit is AWESOME!

 

The Fruity Ukuladies is a singing and strumming trio based out of Toronto, Canada.  Thanks to the discovery of Kala’s fruit themed ukuleles one day while shopping, Carly invited her friends Inga and Brenna to join her in starting a fruity band. 

 

Since 2011, they have used their pineapple, kiwi and watermelon ukes with the occasional maracas and spoon (that’s another story) to sing and strum their way into the hearts of thousands of YouTubers around the world. 

WORKSHOP 1E 4 CHORD INGREDIENTS & 2E/3D PLAYING AS A GROUP

SATURDAY NIGHT ALL STAR CONCERT PERFORMERs

Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG)

Jam Leaders

​Once again, travelling from Ottawa we are pleased to welcome Sue and Mark Rogers, the leaders of Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG), who will be heading up our late night jam sessions again this year. 

 

BUG is one of the biggest jam sessions in Canada with a capacity crowd of close to 100 ukers, of all ages and skill levels, meeting monthly in a local pub. Sue and Mark will be bringing a huge selection of BUG’s favourite jam songs for you to enjoy well into the wee hours! Pyjamas and slippers are optional!

PYJAMA JAM LEADERS

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