Hawaii | LA
Daniel Ho is the first artist in history to be nominated for a Grammy for a solo instrumental album. Hawai‘i-born, Los Angeles-based Daniel Ho is a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, fourteen-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards. He is a ukulele virtuoso, slack key guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and record company owner.
Daniel’s collaborations transcend genres from traditional to contemporary Hawaiian, world music, to classical guitar and ‘ukulele duets with Pepe Romero, to driving rock riffs with electric guitarist Tak Matsumoto (of 80+ million album-selling Japanese rock duo, B’z). Always on the move, Daniel is in infinite pursuit of new musical adventures. Daniel is also author of a series of Ukulele educational books. It’s safe to say that Daniel Ho is part of the original generation of Hawaii’s Uke royalty!
Bio video https://www.danielho.com/#intro-section
Pineapple Mango https://youtu.be/M2C3VtcEfoY
Specializes in Hawaiian music, Fingerstyle Melody Ukulele, and Original Compositions
USA | California
Award-winning singer/songwriter Victoria Vox, began playing ukulele in 2003. In addition to cover features in Ukulele Magazine (US) and Uke Magazine (UK), her unique Mouth-Trumpet landed her on the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno and the cover of the Wall Street Journal. Colorful Heart (2018) is her 10th ukulele album.
With a passion for songwriting, Victoria Vox began writing songs when she was ten. She furthered her music education at the Berklee College of Music, as a vocal principle with an emphasis in Songwriting. A few years after graduating, Vox took up the ukulele. Her music style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which, over the years, has settled in nicely with her pop songwriting flair, with 10 albums under her belt (as an unsigned artist).
To keep touring expenses reasonable, Vox has often found herself performing solo. This has helped her developed her rhythmic ukulele playing style (to give herself her own back-beat drum) and she has also perfected her popular “Mouth Trumpet”.
Meet Victoria Vox: https://youtu.be/M6-w53rxR_w
Specializes in Songwriting, Singing, Rhythmic strumming, looping, Mouth Trumpet
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. His YouTube channel “Ukulele Zen” offers weekly ukulele lessons to over 30,000 subscribers. Fuchs, an accomplished guitarist in many styles, has arranged and performed the gypsy jazz guitar music of Django Reinhardt In 2017 he was awarded the Ewing Arts Award from the Keene Sentinel for his heart-centered performing & teaching style.
As well as touring, performing and teaching Ukulele, Stuart has also toured three continents playing classical guitar with the internationally acclaimed new age Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur and recorded guitar for the Grammy-nominated 2018 album “Beloved” .
Specializes in Rockabilly Uke, Boogie Woogie Strums, Fingerstyle, Django Jazz Chords
Del Rey started playing when she was four years old. At thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele. Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
Del Rey has taught and played all over the world, and brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar and ukulele on her teaching DVDs on Homespun “Boogie-Woogie Guitar” ” The Music Of Memphis Minnie” , “Memphis Uke Party” and “Blue Uke.
Specializes in Ragtime Blues, Fingerstyle, Blues Ukulele, Old Folk tunes
USA | LA/Seattle
“The King of Swing!” Ukulele Magazine (front cover Spring 2018)
Blue 4 Trio:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMjhDGQoVa0
3 Questions with Jim D’Ville:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPZifLLJd_Mm
USA | New Mexico/LA
Daniel Ward is an accomplished musician, composer and educator, who has become one of the country’s top clinicians and performers on the ‘ukulele circuit’. He is known for his command of Latin styles and teaches right hand techniques, adapting his style and knowledge from the classical and flamenco guitar. Daniel Ward graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in classical Guitar performance, and a minor in composition. His musical expertise includes Flamenco, jazz, pop and most styles of world music, along with the ability to compose and improvise within these styles.
He is also a seasoned educator, and has 25 years experience teaching music to all ages. He is a consultant and music typographer for music method books, and writes as a columnist for Ukulele online magazines. As a performer and a teacher, Daniel believes the Ukulele holds a strong place in the music industry and music education. Daniel travels the world with his band and life partner Heidi Swedberg.
You may know Heidi Swedberg as Susan, George Costanza’s fiancee on “Seinfeld”. She has acted in a variety of other television shows and movies but has an even longer history with the ukulele.
When she was 5 years old Heidi, received her first ukulele from the Hawaiian Easter bunny while living in Kailua, HI. She has fond memories of teaching herself chords (she claims to have invented the Em chord at the age of eight) and writing songs in her room in Albuquerque NM and reintroduced herself to the uke in Hollywood, while playing a singer-songwriter for a network TV pilot. She is passionate about people, which is why she loves the ukulele.
Encouraging others to engage and connect through music, she teaches and performs for all ages, from the smallest children to older adults. She is a regular columnist for Ukulele Magazine. Heidi will be back for her second year at VUF with rave reviews of her fun workshops that are both educational and entertaining. Heidi travels the world performing and teaching Ukulele workshops with her partner in band and life Daniel Ward.
Hawaii | Seattle
‘All the things you are’ jazz standard :https://youtu.be/dady_FgxhpQ
Mexico | Vancouver
He has been teaching ukulele at Ruby’s Ukes, the biggest ukulele school outside of Hawaii based in Vancouver, B.C. since September 2017, and participated in the 9th Vancouver Ukulele Festival in April 2018.
Specializes in Mexican rhythms, Chord Melody, Music Theory
receive airplay throughout Canada, US, Australia and Europe. She has brought her Ukulele to The Vancouver Jazz Festival on numerous occasions! And and with her partner in life and band Andrew Smith has toured with her folk/jazz duo Ruby & Smith playing and teaching at the storied Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Mission Folk Festival to name a few.
Bonerattle Music shop owner, Phil Addington has been making music in Vancouver for over 30 years, and playing bass in the band Swank for close to 25. In more recent years, in addition to Swank, Phil has also collaborated on stage and in the studio with bands such as Steve Taylor’s Drum Boogie, Doug Andrew & Circus in Flames, Bughouse 5, The Greasy Kings, Butch Murphy & The Bloody Miracles, Mike Van Eyes, The Nervous Fellas, The Hardrock Miners, and Rodney DeCroo.
Phil has been an avid ukulele enthusiast since 2010, and has been part of the Ukulele awakening in Vancouver supplying Ukes to hundreds of newbie enthusiasts! We are delighted to welcome him back to the VUF teaching faculty. At VUF 2019 Phil marries his love of Uke and Bass playing!
specializes in Roots music and Bass Ukulele
I am so excited to be presenting, and part of, this year’s epic line-up. The Vancouver Ukulele Festival continues to grow every year and I am grateful for all the attendees and tutors past and present who have contributed their expertise and uke love to what is now being called “one of the city’s iconic annual musical events.” (vancouver is awesome),
now that is awesome! See you there!