In this interview for the Mariposa Talks series, ukulele maestro James Hill tells us why he chose the ukulele over the violin (it was more fun), talks about some exciting new directions he’s taken in his latest album, and addresses the question of whether the name of his instrument should be pronounced “yuke-a-laylee” or “ook-oo-laylee.”
Here’s some live performance videos of James Hill for your enjoyment:
A Joyful, Foot Stomping, Energetic Musical Experience – Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
The exhilarating live show of Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will enthrall you with engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship.
With flavors of traditional bluegrass and roots music, bolstered by stunning musicianship, these guys are literally taking the world by storm, and making their way to Mariposa’s stages via numerous stops in Australia and the U.K.
Featuring fiddle, feet, vocals, bass, drums, percussion, mandolin, banjo guitar and pedal steel guitar, these four blazing musicians know how to turn up the heat and really get a place hopping.
It’s a joyful, foot stomping, energetic musical experience, and one you surely don’t want to miss!
The Kruger Brothers – Picking, Plucking and Strumming
Here’s a great video to pick you up – The Kruger Brothers picking, plucking and strumming through some of their beautiful compositions and arrangements. Formed in Europe by Swiss brothers, Jens and Uwe Krugerformed, the group has been U.S. based for over a decade, and they’re a big deal on the American roots music scene. Listen to this, and you’ll understand why. They’re performing a concert set on Mariposa’s Saturday Evening Main Stage, and will appear in workshops as well. Still looking for a Father’s Day gift? Mariposa Folk Festival tickets are a great option. Purchase online then print or email them to your Dad.