CYNTHIA KINNUNEN has been making music since she was a child. Over the years, she has studied piano, flute, bassoon, oboe, voice and ukulele. After completing her Grade Ten Conservatory certificate in piano, she went on to pursue an honours degree in music with a major in piano and a diploma in arts/non-profit management. Cynthia is a Level 3 James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher, and has also been an instructor alongside James in that three-year teacher training program.

She currently teaches private piano lessons; ukulele  lessons, workshops, classes and custom group sessions; performs as a solo artist and as a duo (Jalopy); and is Festival Director of the Royal City Uke Fest.




Experience their Handsome Harmonies and Melt-in-the-Heart Melodies

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 that’s good for the soul. They are comprised of Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer. The guys enjoying playing their music and perform anywhere they can. They have written several songs and are now trying to raise funds for a quality recording. Their songs range from cliché love, and are about quirky things like cats, balconies, and Pokémon.



On July 15th, for the Jammin’ Jamboree, the Revolving Doors comprised of Bill Naylor, John Lundine, Ade Barnum, Dean Williams  and Liz DeBarros will give a short performance and then lead the “Sing and Strum”. Instruments will be swapped, lead singers will change and fun will ensue. Most band members play several different instruments and the U-bass will likely change hands several times.

They will be performing covers of many well-known and well-loved folk/rock tunes on ukes and a mandolin, so the electric guitars, drums and dance tunes will be left at home this time.

Liz DeBarros

A resident of Parksville, Liz has been playing the ukulele for seven years and has a collection of sopranos, tenors and baritone ukuleles. She also sings, plays the UBass, bass guitar and acoustic guitar in local band, the Revolving Doors. Liz has completed Level 2 in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative Teaching Program and is registered to take Level 3 in the program. Liz says, “The program is amazing, so well thought out and having James as a teacher, mentor and guide is outstanding. As my students move through the program, I get a great sense of satisfaction seeing their progress.” Liz teaches ukulele at her private studio and the McMillan Arts Centre both in Parksville.