1st Lake Anne Ukulele Festival Performer Bios

Victoria Vox (Fountain Stage, 11:30am-12:30pm)

Festival headliner Victoria Vox began writing songs when she was 10 and started performing at coffeehouses as a solo artist and in bands by the time she was 17. Previously musing with a guitar, Vox began appearing in clubs as a ukulele musician after receiving a degree in songwriting from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. A gift from a friend, the 4 stringed instrument proved to be the perfect new partner for her rich voice. ”I'm finding that non-ukulele listeners are converted daily,” she says. “It's really fun to give people what they weren't expecting.” Even before the official release date of her debut ukulele album in 2006 -- Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea -- Vox was offered an endorsement deal with KoAloha Ukuleles (Honolulu, HI). The disc was featured on NPR’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge” and its songs were picked up for licensing in television and independent films. Vox has been awarded runner-up and First Place in the International Acoustic Music Awards. She has been included in Relix Magazine’s list of artists to watch and won a WAMA (Washington D.C. Area Music Award) in 2009 for Folk-Contemporary Vocalist. Vox has also perfected the mouth trumpet, which she demonstrated on the Jay Leno Show in December 2009. For more information see her website http://www.victoriavo...

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Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (Fountain Stage, 12:30-1:30pm)

Two time Grammy® award winners, 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 virtu osity. Top it off with a witty stage presence and warm audience rapport and you’ve got a well loved music duo. Tom Paxton says, “Cathy & Marcy are at home in a dozen musical styles. They swing you, jazz you, and old timey you till you just give up and bliss out.”

In 2006 the C. F. Martin Company honored Cathy & Marcy’s musical achievements by creating a signature guitar for each of them. In 2008, the Gold Tone Banjo Company released the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo, modeled after Marcy’s remarkable Gibson 1918 cello banjo.

Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of music festivals, appeared on the “Weekend Today Show”, “CBS Early Show”, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. In their 25+ years performing together, the Washington Area Music Association has recognized Cathy & Marcy with 50 WAMMY Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. For more information see their website, http://www.cathymarcy....

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Marv and Kathy Reitz (Fountain Stage 10:00-10:30am)

Marv and Kathy Reitz have been living and singing in harmony together for more than 30 years. They play a variety of styles from folk music to jazz. They have been on the staff of Augusta Heritage Center’s Swing Week for the past 17 years. Kathy is responsible for infecting the household with ukuleles, but this merely added to the array of saxophones, clarinets, basses, guitars and other instruments played by the pair. The ukulele addition created a new world of fun for them as an all purpose ukulele backup band at a variety of ukulele festivals. Their appearance as a duet is actually rare outside of the living room, since they play with a variety of big bands, Razz’em Jazz’em, and The New Sunshine Skiffle Band.

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Bruce Hutton (Fountain Stage 10:30-11:00am)

Bruce has been performing traditional folk music professionally since 1971. A singer and multi-instrumentalist who performs solo and with several groups, he is a founding member of the Double Decker Stringband which has been performing old-time music across the U.S. in Canada and Europe since l977. In l984 Bruce joined the early music ensemble Hesperus which has created a style mixing medieval and Renaissance music with American folk music. He has performed with Hesperus in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In l995 he joined the old-time stringband Roustabout, with whom he performs in concert and for square and contra dances.

As a solo performer Bruce does concerts for all ages and specializes in education programs for schools from elementary level to colleges. Noteworthy places where he has performed include The Kennedy Center, (most recently in Sept. 01) the Lincoln Center (NYC) and the Smithsonian Institute, including the Folklife Festival.

In 1990 he recorded two solo albums on cassette for the Marimac label, For Kids and Kin and Roll Back the Carpet. Bruce has also recorded with the Double Decker Stringband and Hesperus.

As an instructor Bruce has taught group classes in guitar, banjo and jug band at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in WV and at Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts. Bruce teaches at the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma, Maryland. He has also taught group lap dulcimer lessons to music teachers at the National Orph music conventions.

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Lelehuna (Gordon and Debi Velasco, Fountain Stage 11:00-11:30am)

Lelehuna, is a Hawaiian word describing the soft wind-blown rain that occurs during water’s cycle of life and transformation. Just as water is transformed from stream to clouds to rain, Gordon and Debi Velasco are seasoned performers who have been recycled from the fast-paced and pulsating world of Polynesia to the often melodic, sometimes exciting world of Hawaiian rhythms. Born and raised in Hawaii, Gordon has been a staple of Polynesian entertainment in the DC area for over 30 years. Gordon played various string instruments but his favorite instrument is the tenor ukulele. Debi, a local girl from the DC area, discovered hula in 1980 and since has been instructed by many well known hula teachers both locally and in Hawaii. She plays a custom built bass ukulele and occasionally steps out from behind the microphone to enthrall the audience with a beautiful hula.

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Hoa Mele Wakinekona and DC Luau Entertainment (Market Stage, 9:00-9:30am)

Hoa Mele Wakinekona (Ho-Ah Meh-Leh Wah-Kee-Neh-Koh-Nah) in Hawaiian means “Music Buddies of Washington.” The 5 member band consists of 4 ukuleles and a guitar with lots of vocals. Moses Kamai leads the band through traditional Hawaiian hula and contemporary songs that originate from 1930’s to present. He is a native Hawaiian, who has played ukulele with his father since he was 10 years old. He is also the Director/Organizer of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, the host for the 1st Annual Lake Anne Ukulele Festival. Zac Quintana plays lead and rhythm guitar, and hails from right here in Northern Virginia. After studying music at Berklee, he spent some time on Maui working for Rain Song guitars and jamming with a few Maui locals. Wendell Yee plays an Ovation Tenor Ukulele. He was born and raised on Oahu and adds soft harmonizing vocals to the group. And last but certainly not least, the female vocalist for Hoa Mele is Danielle Areco Veloso, who is also known as Nuinani Makaha. She is of Portuguese decent and plays the Cavaho (Kah-Vah-Hoh), a cousin of the ukulele whose origins are from South America. She is also the Artistic Director of DC Luau Entertainment

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Deach (Market Stage, 9:30-9:45am)

“Deach” as he’s known in the music community, brings a style and attitude to the ukulele that is unique to the little four-stringed instrument. The perception of the uke is that it only plays Hawaiian music – but when Deach picks one up, you’ll hear something quite different. A native of Washington DC, Deach taught himself to play the ukulele when he first picked it up in April of 2008. He has attended ukulele and songwriting workshops to aid him in this new musical path. Deach has written and copyrighted over 30 songs on the ukulele, primarily blues. Through UkuleleUnderground.com and YouTube, Deach has accumulated hundreds of followers and subscribers which put him in demand to open for such ukulele notables as Aldrine Guerrero and Tripping Lily. You will see Deach at various ukulele group jams and open-mics, and you can find him online at http://www.youtube.co....

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Lily Bui (Market Stage, 9:45-10:00am)

Hailing from Orange County, California, Lily Bee has been making music since age 5 when her mom signed her up for piano lessons. At age 14, she locked herself in a room with her mother’s guitar and taught herself the chords to Louie, Louie and began writing her own songs shortly after. Her relationship with the ukulele began when she received a toy ukulele from a friend who had come back from a trip to Hawaii. She performs regularly in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, and is currently recording a studio album with Ambience Records.

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