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We've got a great lineup of artists this year!  Have a look...

 

Stu Fuchs

Stuart Fuchs is an internationally touring performing guitarist and ukulele artist who performs and teaches fun & innovative ukulele workshops at music festivals throughout North America, the Caribbean & Europe.  Stuart is passionate about sharing music as a practice for self-care & wellness and keeps a busy schedule as a teaching artist in the ukulele circuit, in school residencies and beyond.  Stuart blends mindfulness and music at his annual “Ukulele Zen” retreat held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY - his YouTube channel “Ukulele Zen” offers weekly ukulele lessons to over 35,000 subscribers.  Fuchs, an accomplished guitarist in many styles, has arranged and performed the gypsy jazz guitar music of Django Reinhardt for full symphonic orchestras and was featured on PRI’s "The World” with his award winning gypsy jazz band “Babik”.  In 2014 Stuart was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for his work bringing healing music to cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY, where he was a professional artist in residence for eight years.  Stuart has toured to three continents as a soloist and as guitarist with the internationally acclaimed new age Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur.  Stuart's meditative guitar playing was featured on Snatam Kaur's Grammy Award nominated Best New Age Album "Beloved"

The Aloha Boys

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.   

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion and many other instruments.  Photo by Irene Young.

Amy Ferebee

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Amy Ferebee is most well known as an instrumentalist and vocalist, playing the local and regional club and festival circuits since 1974. She specializes in “Edu-tainment” programs and workshops on varying themes for libraries, museums, schools and universities and teaches 70 music students a week through Norfolk’s recreational programs, Saint Patrick Catholic School and including private students. (Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Dulcimer, Bass & Vocals)

Starting on the Ukulele at seven years of age, Ferebee has developed her unique musical skills, delighting audiences from D.C. to Dallas and entertaining widely in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her impressive playing and powerful vocals, soulfully transport her listeners with an eclectic mix of Traditional Flat-Picked Fiddle Tunes and Finger-Style Blues, Choice New-Grass and Americana Songs, Jazz Standards and Nice Originals thrown in for good measure. She also performs with the Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra noted for their Virginia Arts Commission engagements throughout the state.

Stu Kindle

Local ukulele legend Stu Kindle started off his musical career playing bassoon in orchestra and quickly moved into jazz percussion and bass, going on to study classical bassoon and music theory in his college years.  He has since adapted his years of musical experience into pursuing the ukulele as his primary instrument, with a focus on gypsy jazz, jazz, and good ol rock n roll!
 

Debbe & Steve Peck

Debbe & Steve Peck met through music many years ago and have been singing together ever since. They both worked in bluegrass bands prior to meeting and have had several bands together over the years, most recently The Free Rangers in Richmond, VA. Drawing from old style country and bluegrass music, they favor tight harmonies and duets, and have been influenced by the Louvin Brothers, The Everly Brothers, and Gram & Emmylou, to name a few. They have taught harmony workshops in the area and love to share what they can about singing well with others.

Shruti Nadis

After a chance meeting at a basement jam session over 35 years ago, Lee and Thom have pursued improvisational music. They found a common mind to follow each other down musical paths.
While on a concert tour in Belgium, they came across a street musician playing a shruti box. It captured Thom's imagination! One was procured and Thom began writing songs. He started doing trial runs at Yoga Studios to see if his concept would work. It did!
The Shruti Nadis works from frameworks of sounds to follow the facilitator's session. Be it a Yoga Class, Ecstatic Dance Gathering, or a Cacao Ceremony, the group and the participants work together to make time uniquely theirs, a deeper practice by following the rhythm of the session.
Lee and Thom live 500 miles from each other. There is a commitment to this path that transcends the distance.

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