Thursday, December 18, Sisters Folk Festival will host a community ukulele workshop and a Christmas sing-a-long in partnership with The Belfry. Victor Johnson and Kerry Williams, both from the Columbia River Gorge area, will present the workshop from 5-6pm and the Christmas sing-a-long will start at 7pm.
There is a $5 fee for the workshop. The Christmas sing-a-long is an invitation for all to join, free of charge, and is intended to be a non-denominational, community experience for everyone to celebrate the Christmas holiday and the joy of the season by singing together. The Belfry will serve libations and light snacks for purchase.
Victor Johnson (guitar, ukulele) and Kerry Williams (mandolin, ukulele) have performed music together for 20 years, and enjoy working together building community and sharing their love for music. The duo will present Easy as 1-2-3, a ukulele workshop open to all, at The Belfry from 5 to 6pm. Victor has produced a workbook that demonstrates how parents and kids together can play with one another with this accessible, easy-to-learn method.
Victor Johnson, best know for his children’s music success; having four songs on Putamayo discs; and a #1 jingle in Ireland, has performed at the Sisters Folk Festival and has also been a key staff member of the Americana Song Academy for the past 7 years.
Kerry Williams works with the world-famous Mya-Moe Ukulele company, based in White Salmon, Washington. Artists such as Eddie Vedder, Dave Mathews, Glen Hansard, Victoria Vox and many others all play these custom instruments.
Johnson says, “… both of these events are similar to playing Frisbee in the park, if you want to join in, you simply have to say, ‘hey, can I play?’,” and play they will. The two musicians have performed these concerts the past several years in their hometown community and drawn hundreds of people to the sing-a-long each year.
There will be up to 30 ukuleles on hand for folks to use, and all ages and abilities are welcome. The $5 workshop fee will be collected at the door, and checks can be made out to Sisters Folk Festival.
For more information go to www.sistersfolkfestival.org or call the festival office at 541-549-4979.