News — Ukulele
Artist Spotlight: Victoria Vox - Singer-Songwriter / Ukulele Artist
Victoria has the ability to effortlessly rub her tummy and pat her head at the same time. In a musical perspective that means, not only does she have a stunning ukulele playing style, a voice that can effortlessly adapt to any musical genre, operate a pedal board with precision...she still has a secret weapon... the mouth trumpet.
Victoria has perfected a vocal technique that imitates the sound of a trumpet by blowing air through her lips, an incredible effect that at first raises a smile from the audience, often ending up with a standing ovation.
Artist Spotlight: Zoë Bestel - Award Winning Artist With Haunting Vocals
For centuries, some of the finest songs, poems and books have been written by authors who have taken to the hills for inspiration as they wander ‘lonely as cloud’ or watch the mist role in from the ‘Mull of Kyntyre’.
Scotland’s Galloway Hills and surrounding coastline is indeed the landscape from where award winning nu-folk singer-songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel draws motivation and creativity.
“I live on a farm in a pretty remote area with forests and mountain views from my windows”, says Zoë, “So a lot of my songs are themed about nature. I’m also close to the coast here and I’ve written a lot of songs about the sea which features on my new album set for release around the Spring of 2017”.
Music for Peace
Fusion Bags to support charity event for Peace #MyUkeForPeace
The atrocities that occurred in Paris last week have made a lot of people feel helpless and fearful. This causes many of us to lose sight of happiness and the good in humanity.
Parisien ukulele artist and Fusion endorser Adrien Janiak has been deeply affected by the recent terrorist attacks in his home town. He has decided to organise a charity event that celebrates music to help people find hope and show solidarity at this difficult time. The event will take place on:
Sunday 22nd November 2015 at Pomme en Colimaçon in Paris.
Fusion is donating gig bags and other merchandise to help raise funds.
Artist Spotlight: Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee - A match made in Ukulele Heaven
There is indeed, a huge army of ‘uke’ players out there thrumming away, but very few have managed to actually earn a living as professional players, the exception being Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee based in San Diego, California USA.
Fusion caught up with Sarah and Craig via Skype, whilst they were visiting family in the exotic Hawaii Islands.
Craig Chee grew up in Hawaii, and as a youngster he loved everything musical. This included going to the theatre, singing in choirs and even watching films. It was a huge part of his upbringing.
“I can relate to your story Craig,” says Sarah, “I didn’t have a ukulele as a child. I actually started playing classical violin when I was six years old, I took all the lessons and played in orchestras up until I was about 17. Then I realised that I didn’t have the drive to be a professional violinist, so I dropped all musical ties whilst I pursued a career in costume making in the theatre for six years. I actually have a degree in pattern making.
By chance I went to a pizza place where there were about 40 ukulele players performing along with hula hula dancers, it was the coolest, most awesome thing I’d ever witnessed, a real life changing moment. Until then, I knew very little about a ukulele, I actually contacted the band leader called Frank Leong for lessons in 2006, and haven’t looked back, it’s such a beautiful and happy sounding instrument, like the people who surround it.