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The Burren Backroom Series
247 Elm St
Somerville, MA  02144

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Ukulele Workshop: Advanced Finger-Style "Sleepwalk" with Amy Kucharik

Ukulele Workshop: Advanced Finger-Style

The 1959 steel guitar instrumental by Santo & Johnny was a number-one single, has been used in various movie soundtracks, and inspired Stephen King's first screenplay. Originally recorded on a triple-neck Fender Stringmaster with guitar and drums, this classic tune adapts surprisingly well as a solo ukulele instrumental. In this 1.5 hour workshop, Amy Kucharik presents full tablature and a tutorial for playing her arrangement of the song, along with general fingerstyle tips to help you with all your uke fingerpicking.

This workshop series is intended for advanced ukulele students who have taken Amy's Fingerstyle Ukulele workshop or an equivalent. You should be familiar with PIMA and comfortable reading tablature. You should have your own ukulele tuned GCEA and a Zoom account with a stable Internet connection. A laptop or tablet is preferable to a phone; Zoom setup tips will be emailed prior to the first class.

A Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer, Amy Kucharik [/kuh-CHAR-ick/] also teaches and performs at ukulele festivals throughout the Northeast. Amy headlined the Flower City Uke Festival in Rochester in 2019 and has shared stages with Jim and Liz Beloff, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, and Victoria Vox. Amy teaches regularly at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and is the founder and organizer of Somerlele, the Somerville, MA ukulele festival. Since March 2020, Amy has been teaching numerous lessons and classes online, and recently completed her first self-run monthlong fingerstyle ukulele workshop. Amy also performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, tenor guitar, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with her Boston-based bands. Amy was a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, Rich Warren's pick for the DJ showcase at NERFA in 2016, and was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and Somerville Arts Council's December Artist of the Month in 2018.

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