It’s hard to leave home when you are in the thick of exciting work, but Daniel and I are heading out the door to perform and teach at some festivals. Tomorrow (8/11) we hop a plane to Sacramento for the Auburn Festival! In the little time we have before heading to Lexington, KY Daniel plans to finish his book and get it off to the printers- sure would be fun if the books are delivered before we head to the Pacific North West! (On the dates with no link, leave a message or comment here for more info)
If you want more information on his book, email Daniel: Danielworldmusic@gmail.com.com
Here are some dates, catch us if you can- we’d love to see you!
School is starting back again- I am excited to return to the four schools where I teach, to see how they have grown and to meet some new kids. Although it is still 100 degrees,I need to start thinking about the Christmas show already! Before the inevitable, join us at one of these fun shows, classes or festivals lined up for Autum 2016:
Starting again on 8/23 FAMILY SING-ALONGS at Chevallier’s Books, every Tuesday morning, 10:15-11 am, $15
8/27. PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY at McCabes Guitar shop
9/17 WE ARE LA FESTIVAL Kid’s show with the Sukey JumpBand
Join me next Saturday, July 9th in Little Tokyo, the heart of downtown Los Angeles, for a mass-celebration of ukulele! There will be jams, demonstrations, give aways, concerts, talks, and free lessons- Who knows, we might even break a world record!
I will be coming straight from McCabes, where I am starting a 3-week class– there is still room if you want to join- and will jump right in to leading a sing and play along, including Hawaiian songs, Japanese songs and favorites songs you can sing and strum along with- even if you have just learned your first chords!
Daniel will be playing at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain this month, and making a mini-tour afterwards. I’ll be with him through June 24th and look forward to taking in a bit of the Brit Uke scene. Please, if you are in England, say “hi” to us at one of these events!
Visit UnplugTheWood open Jam lead by Mike Krabbers
At the Lion Brewery in Ash
June 25th Workshop and Concert in Bournemouth at the
Southern Ukulele Store 2pm
June 26th Ukefest West
Fingerstyle workshop with Daniel at the Half Moon Putney –All day event with lots of activities:
Festival Date – Sunday 26th June 2016
Schedule based on start at 11:00 and end at 22:00
UFW organisers – Terry Smith, Michael Stannard, Tara Maysey, Lottie Livingstone.
With Geoff Price on the day.
Daytime events ‘Venue Room’
11:00 -12:30 Beginners workshop & Open Jam session. Run by TS, GP – Free
12:45 -13:45 Intermediate workshop. Run by TS & GP – Free
14.30 -16.00 Stage performance – West London Uke groups – Free U-Kew-Lele, Hanwell, New Malden, Teddington
16:30 –17:30 Decibelles workshop (Close Harmony singing) – £15
12:00 – 13:30 Open Mic sessions. Winners get to perform main stage at 18:00 – Free
14.30 – 15.45 Finger picking workshop – Daniel Ward – £15
Merchandise stalls in main bar.
Evening event – Main stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day
18:30 – 18.45 Stage Performance -Winners of Open Mic
18.55 – 19.15 Stage Performance – Daniel Ward
19:25 – 20.10 Stage Performance – The Half Moon Ukes
20:20 – 21.05 Stage Performance – The Decibelles
21:10 – 21:20 Joint Set / Encore –The Half Moon Ukes/ Decibelles
stage – £8 online adv, £10 online on day £12 cash on day Stage Performance – Winners of Open Mic.
If hollandaise is the mother sauce of French cuisine, red chili sauce must be the madre of New Mexican food. When Old World meets New World magic happens- breakfast fit for El Rey! (recipe follows)
Poached eggs in a polenta nest with red chili bearnaise. Mmmmm.
I am looking forward to the cooking element of our Santa Fe adventure as much as the music! First thing we will cook will be both red and green chili sauces. And I’ll be putting recipes and songs and photos together into a book. I hope you will reserve a seat at the table!
Even if you are not staying with us at the Inn, you can join in- there is a walk-in option on the registration form, and soon we will open individual workshops to registration. (if you want to be first in line for the open registration I suggest you subscribe to the Ukulele Adventures blog post.)
And everyone is welcome at the public events, including a full-on Flamenco show at El Meson on Wednesday November 4th, and the Smoking Jackets Giant Show at Tiny’s on Friday November 6th. Or come enjoy hearing the participants play at the Farmer’s market on Saturday morning or at La Choza Saturday night!
Full disclosure- the title of this post is the chapter heading from The Making Of A Cook by Madeleine Kamman. That’s the book which made me a cook. Everything I know about eggs, cakes and sauces comes from the 1971 edition of this book. I give it as a high school graduation present to every kid I know, as I think learning to cook a good omlette can save your life. My copy is held together by tape, nostalgia and love, and I still consult it every time I make crepes.
The secret to life, the universe and everything
My hollandaise recipe has become somewhat free-form, but you can accomplish something like the sauce shown in the photo above if you try this:
Wisk 3 egg yolks into a cup of cold, good NM red chili sauce, add a little lemon zest and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Over a medium flame wisk constantly. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of COLD butter. The butter will melt as the chili and eggs come to temperature and you will have a no-fuss emulsified sauce. Pour over poached eggs nestled onto an english muffin or polenta or spinach…to make a NM Benedict. Or serve with fish or asparagus.
Just be sure to make enough for me, because once I hear you are making it I may show up on your doorstep- Or- join us in Santa Fe and I’ll make it for you!
Squeeze out the last bits of summer fun before it is officially autumn. The kids are back in school, and the warm weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet, so grab your uke and your dancing shoes and meet us in Ventura or at the Skirball Center for some music and fun.
This Saturday afternoon we are teaching and playing uke at the Foster Library in Ventura, CA. Daniel will take the intermediate and advanced players and I will teach the beginners and kids. Jamming starts at 1, followed by classes and then Daniel and I will do a little show (maybe our students will join us?) Daniel has some great new songs to unveil for you!
Saturday September 5th at noon and 2pm we are rocking out at the Skirball Center, doing a set inspired by Bill Graham. Everything from Russian lullabies, French kid’s songs to Mustang Sally! We will tell a little musical tale of Bill’s journey from his escape from Nazi Germany to producing large scale rock concerts, and get you on your feet dancing!
The next weekend The Smoking Jackets takes off for the Wine Country Ukulele Festival… More to tell you about that soon, but you may be able to bag earlybird tickets if you jump on it today!