Vermont Ukulele Harvest comes to Southern Vermont

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SAXTONS RIVER — As the ukulele happy-wave sweeps the country, and the New England leaves burst into vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange, the historic village of Saxtons River, Vermont, prepares to celebrate in full regalia with the first annual Vermont Ukulele Harvest event.

The Vermont Ukulele Harvest takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Saxtons River Arts. This special debut event will include multiple ukulele workshops, vendors, jam sessions, a healthy delicious catered lunch, Open Mic performance opportunities, and an all-star evening concert featuring national and regional performers.

Featured workshop presenters and performers include Victoria Vox, Curt Sheller, Ben Carr, Lisa McCormick, Jane Davies, and Veronica Stevens. Workshops range from beginner to advanced.

Coming in from California for the occasion, Vox brings her fresh singer/songwriter music, presented with "an undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist," according to Vintage Guitar Magazine. Vox will perform in the evening concert, and teach two ukulele workshops.

Curt Sheller brings a strong jazz guitar background to the ukulele in both his energetic performances, and his seasoned teaching. He is the author of over 30 music instructional books. Sheller will perform in the evening concert, and teach two ukulele workshops.

Vermont's own Ben Carr is known for his unique approach to the ukulele — using intricate strum patterns, percussive tones and harmonic textures. Carr fuses traditional techniques and classical styles to modern songwriting, and thrives on taking the instrument to places that are not commonly explored. Carr will perform in the evening concert, and teach two ukulele workshops.

Also from Vermont, Lisa McCormick has spearheaded a ukulele explosion in the Brattleboro are in the past year, teaching over 200 local students to play, and boosting a new community spirit focused around love of making music. An established singer/songwriter in her own right, McCormick has five CDs of original music, and plays guitar, banjo, and ukulele. She will present a performance workshop, and host an open mic stage.

Acclaimed visual artist by day, and ukulele player by night, Jane Davies brings a fresh fun perspective to playing and teaching ukulele skills and concepts to groups and workshops far and wide. Davies will be teaching a workshop on ukulele strumming techniques.

New to the ukulele stage, area teen Veronica Stevens will make her performance debut, opening the evening's concert.

Tickets are $125 and include all workshops, catered lunch, and the evening concert. Limited enrollment, early registration is encouraged at http://www.vermontukuleleharvest.com.




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