Over the past fifteen years Manitoba Hal Brolund has forged an international reputation for engaging performance, storytelling and masterful ukulele playing. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident expressive vocals, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw and in demand workshop leader at festivals, house concerts and soft seat theatres in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Hal’s performances are all about engaging and connecting with his audience and he makes music that takes his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all it's passion and groove.
Workshop: Ukulele At The Crossroads
*Being able to read simple tablature will be needed, but the parts will range from very basic to moderate.
This course is tailored to provide the basic techniques which can be applied to any style of music, and as a starting point, Hal will take you through the basics of the blues, and show you the tricks and riffs that will enhance your strumming and allow you to dabble in melodic solo playing. The songs will be arranged for easy play and intermediate play (with all the riffs added). The goal is to build a giant blues band from the group with everyone having a role to play.