Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Benefit for Michael Chapdelaine

Michael Chapdelaine is one of the great guitarists, a teacher, performer, recording artist, arranger, composer, wedding musician. Like many guitarists he enjoys fine guitars and gathered a few, along with recording gear for his CD production. In March of this year Michael suffered a burglary and loss of his guitar collection and recording equipment.

Stevie Coyle is opening up his Mighty Fine Guitars shop and performance space for a benefit concert to aid Michael. This event will take place on Saturday, August 12, at 8 PM. Fingerstyle guitarists from around the Bay will join Michael and legendary luthier Ervin Somogyi for an evening of music. I’m honored to be included in this event, I hope you’ll be able to join us.

 


Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The Inimitable Mr. Ledward Kaapana (NorCal Shows)

Led has been busy since he left Hawai`i at the beginning of July. He performed at the Library of Congress and at Kennedy Center. We’re lucky enough to have a video of his Kennedy Center show along with a list of upcoming shows in the greater SF Bay Area.

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

A Slack Key Canoe Ride – Holo Wa`apa

We’re back in Kailua, O`ahu, enjoying views of the Ko`olau, the gorgeous skies of the windward side, and the beaches, lakes, and streams all around us. And on those lakes, streams, and beaches we see paddlers – stand up boarders and kayakers and outrigger canoe racers pushing themselves and their conveyance along.

Lena Machado wrote a song about paddling, Holo Wa`apa, which tells us to row forward then back, and feel the gentle swaying of the waves. She was clearly quite a fan of boats (grin). The chords are a classic swing progression, rolling around the circle of fifths on its way to a traditional Hawaiian vamp. I’m not sure how the song popped into my head, but once I tracked it down I knew I needed to catch some canoe video with some slack key guitar. (more…)

 


Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Slack Key in the Guest Room – “Beautiful Kaua`i”

I was taken by surprise when I realized that I haven’t posted a video since we left Hawai`i last year, and now we’re almost ready to go back. So I set up the gear in the guest bedroom to take advantage of the interesting light and the tropical pattern cover on the futon, and played a taropatch slack key version of Beautiful Kaua`i by Randy Farden. (more…)

 


Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Led Kaapana Is Back – and He Has a New CD

It’s cold here in Northern California but it’s about to get warmer at our house. Led Kaapana is featured at the annual Southern California Slack Key Festival along with a roster of great artists, then he heads to Walnut Creek to begin a NorCal tour to celebrate the release of his new CD, a solo `ukulele extravaganza titled Jus’ Press Vol. 2. I’ll be opening at these shows and hope you’ll be able to join us for some big Hawaiian music fun.

Thursday, Jan 19 – 6:30PM
Harlow’s
Sacramento, CA

Saturday, Jan 21 – 7:30PM
The Cue
Concord, CA

Wednesday, Jan 25 – 7:00PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Hall
Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday, Jan 28 – 7:00PM
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
San Luis Obispo, CA

Friday, Feb 3 – 8:00PM
Armando’s
Martinez, CA

Saturday, Feb 4 – 7:30PM
Pacifica Performances
Pacifica, CA

Friday, Feb 10 – 7:30PM
The Old Steeple
Ferndale, CA

We’ve been enjoying our preview copy of this new CD and it’s a treasure. Led pulls so much music out of his custom `ukulele you need to see it to believe it. I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to see a master at work.

 


Sunday, July 10th, 2016

What Happens at the Lake …

Our stay here on Enchanted Lake is coming near its end, and those last couple of weeks tend to get very busy, so this may be the last bit of video from Ka `Elepulu this year. (more…)

 


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Sweet Spots in Kailua, O`ahu

Lynn has always been our travel manager, choosing the destinations, getting the best deals on flights, and finding places to stay. She has found us some wonderful residences over the years and she just keeps getting better. (more…)

 


Thursday, March 31st, 2016

An Easter Sunday on Kailua Beach

We’ve been visiting Kailua for quite a few years now and we’ve made some wonderful friends. This year some of those friends invited us to a celebration of Easter Sunday at Kailua Beach, and it turned out to be one of those special days. Local folks are known for their hospitality and it was certainly on display this day. Combined with the dramatic scenery and perfect weather, this one will be hard to top. (more…)

 


Monday, February 15th, 2016

“Pau Hana Slack Key” from Ferndale, CA

Led Kaapana and I were invited to perform at the Old Steeple, a new venue in the charming Victorian town of Ferndale, CA. The trip up Highway 101 took us through the restaurant wonderland of Healdsburg where we had a delightful lunch break. As we continued north the scenery just got more and more dramatic, and when we turned off to head to Ferndale we could see from the coastal mist that the Pacific was not far away. (more…)

 


Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Slack Key in Ferndale, CA – February 12, 2016

We’re hitting the road tomorrow, headed up 101 to the Victorian village of Ferndale, CA. We’ve been invited by the folks at The Ferndale Music Company to perform at The Old Steeple venue. Check out some of the other performers on their calendar! Little Ferndale gets some top flight talent.

We’re looking forward to a great road trip, see some new sights, try new restaurants, maybe find some trails since some members of our group have turned into compulsive walkers.

If you’re in the neighborhood I hope you’ll join us for the show.

 


I have recorded a CD called Kaleponi, all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, a few originals.

     

You an buy a copy of the CD or download the tracks at CD Baby.

If you prefer, you can download individual tracks or the whole album from iTunes as well.

The complete liner notes and back cover notes of Kaleponi are available here.