Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Getaway Weekend in NJ

Lil Rev is heading to NJ for The Folk Projects GETAWAY WEEKEND
Oct. 10th thru the 12th.

Here's some info:

The  Folk Project Acoustic Getaway is three exciting days of music for
players and listeners; October 10-12, 2014 in North Jersey.   It features blues
phenom Toby Walker, international roots and jazz quartet The Jammin’ Divas,
folk super group The No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow, uke master and raconteur
Li’l Rev, flat picking and songwriting star Jim Hurst, Folk Project favorite
Chris Bukata & Friends, and folk rockers with style and joy The Yankee Caravan. 

This friendly weekend community of performers and guests share
3 concerts, nearly 50 workshops and activities, jamming, song swaps,
and more.  Food, lodging, concerts and all activities are included in one
low price.  Indoor workshops and concerts make it weatherproof.

For details visit:

We hope to see you there! 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lil Rev in Michigan this Week

Hello Friends,

This weekend I am working in Lansing, MI at the much beloved grand-daddy of all music stores, Elderly Instruments.

Teaching three ukulele workshops and a performance in old town Saturday night the 13th.

While in Lansing...
I'm Looking forward to hanging with my pals Lynn and Brian of the fabulous heftone's 

Brian and I have a grand tradition of playing lots of Uke and then making a video to share on You Tube.

On Sunday the 14th I will be teaching and performing at the Ludington Arts Center. Afternoon Uke workshop and 
Evening concert.

Monday morning I'll rise early and board 
The S.S. Badger (Ferry) which will shuttle me across the Great Lake Michigan and back to WI.

I always enjoy the ride and like the time to read and reflect on my travels. 

Ah! Life on the road or should I say, water! 

Lil Rev 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New! Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele Book Coming Soon!

Hello Friends,

I have some really exciting news!

After a many years of hard work and 100's of hours arranging, John Nicholson
(Milwaukee, WI Based Ukulele Superhero!) and I are eagerly anticipating the release
of a our new book titled: Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele (Hal Leonard)

The book will be 48 pages in length and contain well over 40 instrumental arrangements
of both known and uncommon fiddle tunes. We've included historic photos of the
famous and some long since, forgotten fiddlers whom inspired this music, as well
as arrangements in the campanella, finger-style, single-string lead style, chordal, and
claw-hammer approaches.

This book will meet the approval of both the beginning student of old time music as well
as the seasoned picker, looking for a real challenge.

There tunes are derived from an array of different old time dance traditions including:
Marches, Polkas, Reels, Jigs, Waltzes, Novelty, Rags, Schottische, Breakdowns, and more!

We'd like to think of this book as one of the most comprehensive collections
of fiddle tunes arranged for ukulele currently on the market.

A Bit About My Co-Author: 

While John Nicholson isn't widely known on the international ukulele scene, i suspect it
won't be long before he is.

He is a great musician, finger-picker, strumming maniac and all around stellar musician
equally adept on Guitar, Banjo, Tiple, Mandolin, Jaw Harp, and Ukulele. 

John and i met in Milwaukee back in the early 90's, back in our early busking, bar-room
free-wheeling days.

John  started playing Ukulele just about the same time i did. Back then, the ukulele
was very uncool! Never the less, we both loved the sweet, sultry and happy
sound of dem 4 strings and quickly set about performing: Hokum, Blues, Jug Band,
Tin Pan Alley and Fiddle Tunes on the ukulele.

John is especially adept at the banjo-uke and tiple.  Matter of fact, if you own any of my
recordings, chances are you'll hear John on many of them including Uke Town, Fountain of
Uke Vol. 1 and That Old Madness to name a few.

John has taught at the prestigious Milwaukee Irish Festival Summer School, University of WI-Milwaukee Adult Ed, Wheatland Traditional Music Camp, Ear Full of Fiddle and many
other places. His instrumental prowess is unbounded and his genuine enthusiasm for the material
in this book shines thru. Thus, i am proud that this book (my first to co-author), was lovingly
co-written with John Nicholson. I think you'll soon agree.

                                           John Nicholson Circa 2013- Courtesy of The Lil Rev Archive

John is also the author of a number of ukulele books thru Hal Leonard including:
Play Ukulele Today DVD, Play Ukulele Today Book 2, and Classical Tunes for

When Will The Book Be Out?

The word from the publisher at present is that it will hit the streets in late fall.

Here is a link to Hal Leonard for follow up: http://www.halleonard.com/

Here is a link to John & Susan Nicholson's Band page: http://www.frogwater.us/index.asp

Lastly, here is a cool little interview that i did with Uke Maestro Jim D'Ville of Three Questions Fame

Fiddle Tunes For Ukulele: 3 Questions W/ Jim D' Ville 


                                                      Lil Rev and John Nicholson
                                                                  (C) Deone Jahnke