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:

After these prestigious venues, he headed to southern California for a few shows, and now he’s coming to the greater Bay Area. You can keep always keep track of Led’s shows by visiting his concert calendar but here are the ones coming up in our neighborhood.

On Wednesday, July 19 he’ll be at Don Quixote’s in Felton, show starts at 7:30 PM.

For the remainder of the shows I’ll be opening for Led, always a thrill and an honor.

On Thursday, July 20 he has two shows at the Blue Note Napa. The first show is at 7:00 PM, second at 9:30.

Friday, July 21 we’ll head to the Palms Playhouse in the charming orchard town of Winters where the show starts at 8:00 PM.

On Saturday, July 22 we’ll play at The Cue in Concord, a beloved venue that has hosted so many Hawaiian artists. They’ll have a plate lunch dinner starting at 6:30, the show will start at 7:30 PM.

Led will have his Na Hoku award winning `ukulele instrumental CD, Jus’ Press, Vol. 2 and he’ll be playing some of those songs on his gorgeous Chuck Moore `ukulele.

It’s always great to hear Led’s latest stories and hot licks, I hope you’ll be able to join us for one of these shows.

 


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.

By now I’ve collected a bunch of clips, some right off our lanai looking across Enchanted Lake, and some on Ka `Elepulu Stream near its mouth. I finally gathered enough usable paddling footage and a reasonable performance and assembled them into a video, but I wound up focusing on the Kailua Canoe Club practices on the stream.

 


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.

 


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.

 


Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Ledward Kaapana Covers the Mainland

For those of us putting up with freezing rain, blizzards, and big heating bills it might seem a little silly to leave Hawai`i to tour around the mainland, but Ledward Kaapana is determined to share his slack key, `ukulele, and singing talent with us once again and I for one sure do appreciate it.

He starts with the 9th annual Southern California Slack Key Festival on Sunday, January 17, where he performs with Cyril Pahinui, John Keawe, Kawika Kahiapo, Jeff Peterson, Jim West, Patrick Landeza, Napua Greig, Mike Kaawa, nathan Nahinu, Peter Moon Jr., and Jeff Au Hoy.

Next he’ll head to Northern California for a visit to Walnut Creek where we’ll visit local restaurants, play lots of music around the house, and play a few gigs. I’ll be opening at these shows:

Friday, January 22
The Cue
Concord, CA
7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23
St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church
Los Osos, CA
7:00 PM
If you don’t have tickets for this one you may be out of luck, though, I hear they’re sold out.

Thursday, January 29
Harlow’s
Sacramento, CA
7:00 PM

On Wednesday, February 3, Led will appear with Kupaoa and Patrick Landeza at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. http://www.slimspresents.com/venue_detail/gamh/

Then he’ll join George Kahumoku and Jeff Peterson for an extensive tour around the US, extending through the middle of March and including visits to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Arizona before heading back to California. Check the tour schedule at George’s website for details.

 


Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Led Kaapana Touring NorCal, I’m Opening

Here we are back in Kaleponi after a sweet month in Kailua, O`ahu. Tomorrow Led and Sharon will arrive from their Southern California tour and we’ll settle down to the serious fun of playing slack key all day and night. We will interrupt our jam session to play some shows, too!

Friday, August 21 we’ll be at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley. Show starts at 8 PM.

On Sunday, August 23 Led will perform on the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz at the 23rd annual Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival. Led is scheduled to play from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 26 we’ll climb the Santa Cruz Mountains again to play at Don Quixote’s in Felton. That show starts at 7:30.

Thursday, August 27 we’re off to Sacramento where we’ll play at Harlow’s. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7:00 PM.

Finally, on Friday, August 28 we’ll head down to quaint Morro Bay where we’ll perform at the Coalesce Bookstore. That show will start at 7:00 PM.

I’m looking forward to the fun of these shows with Ledward. Naturally a big part of the fun is watching the audience enjoy the inimitable Mr. Ledward Kaapana in action. I hope you’ll be able to join us.

 


Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mr. Presley, Please Get in Touch

I was contacted via the contact form on this website by Mr. Roy Presley, who purchased one of my CDs at the recent benefit concert in Palo Alto where I performed with Led Kaapana. Mr. Presley reported that the CD would not play successfully and requested a replacement, which I am happy to provide.

Unfortunately the message that came to me does not include a valid email address or other contact information, so I am unable to respond to Mr. Presley. Roy, if you are reading this, or if anyone knows Roy Presley residing presumably on the SF Peninsula or nearby, please try again to get in touch. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience and would appreciate any assistance in resolving this.

Thanks,
Fran

 


Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Opening for Ledward Kaapana, June and July of 2014

OK, I am one lucky guy, and believe me I’m grateful for all the good fortune that comes my way. I have a lovely and supportive wife, lots of terrific friends, and plenty of sweet guitars. But my feeling of of good luck really overflows when I get a chance to go on tour with the ever amazing Mr. Ledward Kaapana. I get a chance to share my love of Hawaiian music with friends around Northern California and I get one of the best seats in the house for Ledward’s performances. I hope we’re playing somewhere that’s convenient for you and that you’ll join us for some good old slack key style.

We’ll have an extra special guest with us at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, the charming and talented Faith Ako and her trio will add their talents to the bill.

In addition to these shows Ledward will hold a workshop at the legendary Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto on Saturday, July 5 at 11 AM and I’ll tag along to help in any way I can. This is a great opportunity for folks looking to learn slack key from a master, taught in the old Hawaiian way.

 


Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Slack Key Duet – Which One is the Evil Twin?

I visit the Acoustic Guitar Forum regularly to keep up on the latest news and gadgets and to enjoy the performances posted there. The forum is full of talented players in a wide variety of styles and has an active section of folks showing their stuff. Lately one of the posters started a thread asking for music from movies and TV shows, so I immediately thought of The Descendants and the slack key tunes they chose. I found a gorgeous self-duet version of `Imi Au Ia `Oe by Keola Beamer and set out to come up with my own arrangement. (more…)

 


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.