Here’s what happened at the 2018 Festival…..
Joining us from Guelph, Ontario, we had Cynthia Kinnunen teaching her Ookestra workshop and performing at the Saturday evening concert.
In Cynthia’s earlier years, following studies in piano, flute, bassoon, oboe and voice, and after completing her conservatory piano levels and a university degree in music, Cynthia dove into marketing and fundraising in the arts and non-profit sector. A Level 3 James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher, she now currently teaches private music instruction in ukulele and piano, ukulele group classes, the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble program, and is Director of the Royal City Uke Fest in Guelph, Ontario. 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.
The fun didn’t stop there.
All the way from Provo, Utah, The Naked Waiters provided a fun evening at the Saturday concert. They will also presented two workshops on Saturday; Strumming & Picking Styles and Songwriting.
The Naked Waiters are an acoustic, ukulele-based group that started in Cedar City, UT, and is now based in Provo, UT. They specialize in fun, melt-your-heart music with handsome harmonies. They are comprised of Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer.
Liz DeBarros, a member of Parksville’s own Revolving Doors and a James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 2 certified ukulele instructor, gave two beginner workshops.
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER workshop on Saturday morning. Uke 101 is for those who have never played or even held a ukulele before.
In the afternoon in Uke 102, new players moved on and develop their skills.
On Sunday afternoon Liz also be performed with the Revolving Doors.