Second Annual Ukulele Festival

Sunday, September 23, 2012
2:30 pm

A free event open to all, the Second Annual Ukulele Festival offers workshops for beginner and intermediate players  followed by a lively musical performance by featured guest artists including the Ladies Auxiliary Ukelele Orchestra.

2:30 pm:  The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra will offer free ukulele workshops for both beginner and intermediate levels. Be sure to bring your instrument!

4:00 pm: Ukulele performances:  Featured artists include The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra (Berkshire County), Honor Finnegan (Brooklyn, NY),  Michelle J. Rodriguez (Monteverde, Costa Rica),  


The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra was formed in 1994, and now includes songwriter and educator Bernice Lewis, and educator Bernice McMahon. This isn’t your grandma’s ukulele ensemble: no grass skirts, no coconut bras. Carefully arranged ukuleles come together to create a whole lotta’ sound! The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra performs originals, as well as re-invents standard favorites. Their set list features songs from every musical era ranging from Mozart to the Andrews Sisters and from Led Zeppelin to Radiohead.

Honor Finnegan is a breakout talent known for her quirky indie folk music.  Her songs are humorous and then heartbreaking, with melodies that soar. Based in New York City, she has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing. Combining elements of musical theatre, improvisation, traditional folk, and poetry, Honor was selected for the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. Her CD, The Tiny Life, was #9 on the Folk DJ charts in February 2012, receiving airplay on such notable stations as WFMT (Chicago), WFUV (New York), WXPN (Philadelphia), and WUMB (Boston).

Michelle J. Rodriguez is a singer/songwriter and musical theatre composer. She graduated from Williams College in June where she majored in Theatre and Arabic Studies. Regionally, she has performed alongside Bernice Lewis, The Bengsons, and Patti Larkin. She is the Artist in Residence in the Williams College Theater Department this fall, where she will be music directing her original bluegrass-influenced musical, East o’ West o’! Rodriguez currently resides in Monteverde, Costa Rica, where she teaches theater, music, and art at the Monteverde Friends School.

This event is free and open to all. Funding and support for this program is provided by the Fund for Williamstown, The Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, The Railway Café, and Sanctuary Records.