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Milwaukee Ukulele Festival 2010 (Hooten Images)

Brian Hefferan & Lil' Rev Videos

Brian Heferran is a Lansing, MI based ukulele madman! He is a walking encyclopedia of early Tin Pan Alley Music, Ragtime, Blues and Old Time Music. He has been an employee at Elderly Instruments in Lansing for eons and this guy lives and breathes ukulele like no one I know. We share a love of ragtime and old time tunes and whenever I am in MI we try to blaze a path that leads us to a a few happy hours of jamming and video making. Brian is often accompanied by his lovely wife Lynn who plays a homemade upright bass and they harmonize beautifully together. Brian has also been a great resource in my quest to find old tunes and sheet music, he seems to know every obscure song I manage to dig up and I can't stump him with my music history inquiries either! At present, Brian has posted almost 70 videos on You Tube, many of which focus on early ragtime music. He is, to put it simply, an American Treasure and I am always honored to make music with him. We made these two videos on Friday th…


I am announcing a new ukulele partnership with Kala. We have teamed up to present a traveling workshop for absolute beginners called: Uke Can Too, which will teach basic strumming, two chord songs, silly tricks and much more! . As I tour extensively around the U.S. I am often asked if there's a workshop for absolutebeginners and this is his answer to that question. Thanks to Kala, for providing 24 Thin Body Travel Ukes to me so I can now accommodate up to 24 students. . The best part of this deal for those looking to get started on the ukulele and see if they like it, is that Kala and Local Music Stores will be underwriting the cost of this workshop and newcomers will be treated to a free 90 minute workshop -- that's right it's free! . So watch to see if Lil' Rev is coming to your town to teach the Uke Can Too workshop. As many of you know, I am the author of the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book Series and was a Grade School Music Teacher and College Lecturer with extensive…

Fountain of Uke Music Links

MAGAZINES: old time herald is one of my favorite magazines for great articles on real old time music history past and present) & World Folk Music fill the pages of this fine magazine. Originally started by Pete Seeger back in the late 50’s/60’s this magazine has a rich and varied history.)’s very first Blues magazine! Covering traditional and contemporary blues in America with an emphasis on its African American purveyors, this magazine is always filled with top notch writing, reviews, news, and lore.) second favorite blues history magazine! Leans more towards electric blues, but still a good magazine going strong for a number of years) magazine of Folk & World Music!) If you are into old music, this is a great resource for old sheet music pre-1922 public domain material post…


Ladies & Gentlemen! Come one! Come all! ... The Milwaukee Ukulele Festival September 25, 2010 9am -- 10pm ... Website is now up and running. Check it out! ... While it still needs some editing, it is up and running! ...


I wrote Wonderfully Askew over the winter of 2010 while touring up the California Coast. Barbara Brooks of the Monterey Ukulele Club took me for a tour of the charming little town of Carmel By The Sea, as we came to the Old Spanish Carmel Mission, she pointed out the architectural traits that time has not been good to, and in doing so replied, “but isn’t it Wonderfully Askew,” to which I thought, everything I love about life is wonderfully askew! The phrase stuck with me as we worked our way up the coast, soon a new song was born.
I am accompanied by three of my favorite players on this video…Gerald Ross, Marvin Reitz and Kathy Reitz…these guys are all stellar players and really know how to listen to the music, not overplay, complement what a guy is doing without hot-dogging it or getting in the way like a lot of folks often do. It is pure joy to make music with these guys and I have come to adore them. Gerald Ross, is as many of you know a dynamite player who specializes in swing, ro…

Lil' Rev playing with Brian & Linda Hefferan

Here's an old Papa Charlie Jackson number featuring Lil' Rev playing harmonica, mandolin and guitar along with Brian & Lynn from the Fabulous Heftones. Be sure to see Lil Rev's YouTube videos at .

Double Entendre at the New York Uke Fest 2010

Lil' Rev & James Hill || Obedience Blues || 2010 NY Uke Festival

Lil' Rev's Top 10 List for Listening

Many of my fans often ask me," Lil Rev what are your favorite ukulele recordings to listen to?" or, "what should i be listening to as i am developing as a player?" - First off let me say, one should be regularly surfing You Tube for great ukulele music. There is nothing like seeing and hearing a stellar performance. With that said, there are a lot of vintage & new Ukulele Recordings that i would highly recommend to every budding ukulele player. - Here is Lil' Rev's top 10 Ukulele Album (or tune) list: - 1) James Hill & Anne Davison: True Love Don't Weep (2009 Borealis) This is a stellar collection of traditional flavored music from choice covers like Oh Susannah on slide ukulele to Rocking Instrumentals like Richards Reel and Ode to A Frozen Boot. James has one foot firmly planted in the past and three feet in the future! I love this guy! - 2) Lyle Ritz: How About Uke? (Verve 2004) This is a classic reissue of a 1957 recording that set the world on fir…

NPR goes to MILWAUKEE, Visits the Uke Club

Hello All,

Here is a great Video on The Milwaukee Ukulele Club, which I founded a few years ago.

It was featured as an NPR Podcast for state or the re:union show. Sound of The Re:Union: The Milwaukee Ukulele Club

Pretty Cool!

Lil Rev

Here's Sample Post #1 -- Sittin' On Top Of The World

(Instruction Information)

Here I am about to embark on a new journey. In the invisible world of the internatz.

Allows you to make things more clean & purdy
Allows you to gather stuff from other places in the internatz and put it in a post.

Below is your song from YouTube, If you are on the COMPOSE you see a box. If you are on HTML then you see computer goobeldiegook. Important Note: YT has a bunch of different picture sizes. Notice the word WIDTH="___" which is at the top and bottom of the GB (goobeldiegook). I have found that the maximum size I have is 425 or you go beyond the border on my blog.