The next concert in the Ken Mattsson Music Virtual House Concert will be Paul Sedgwick, where he will do one half as a solo ukulele concert, and the second half with members of the band, The Lemonshiners.
Paul’s goal on the ukulele is to explore and expand technique, to acquire divergent skills systematically which, when integrated, free up the player to discover fresh ideas and approaches to accompany any given song. We all know that the ukulele has come a long way in recent years. Incredible players like Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Jake Shimabukuro, Taimane Gardner, Honoka Katayama and Azita Ganjali and many, many others have revolutionized ukulele technique and shattered our preconceptions and expectations for what the ukulele is capable of. Riding on the ukulele waves of these greats, and with utter respect and appreciation, Paul has begun to create an approach to the ukulele which he calls Ukulele MMA—Multiple Methods Approach—in which strumming, fingerpicking, clawhammer, chunking, tapping, muting… can support each other, form sentences, and even weave together in a single tune. Tonight’s songs will consist of a wide array of musical genres to demonstrate the chameleonic effect that Ukulele MMA has on the little flicking flea.
Come here Americana music as interpreted by Paul’s unique ukulele playing!
Paul Sedgwick has been playing music for most of his life. He plays 5-string banjo, guitar and ukulele, as well as a variety of other sundry instruments. He attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas and earned his A.A. in Bluegrass Music in 1985! He also holds a BA in Dramatic Art (UC Davis), an MFA in Dramatic Writing (Brandeis), and a Master’s in Education (UMass Boston). He has studied and researched the history of the banjo (including two trips to West Africa) and has written articles that have appeared in Banjo Newsletter and The Old-Time Herald. He plays regularly with Wayne Potash and the Music Fun band, a children’s band; and with The Lemonshiners, an indie-Americana band.
- Paul Sedgwick (Website, Twitter, Instagram)
- The Lemonshiners (Website, Facebook, Soundcloud)
- The Music Fun Band (Website)
Opening for Danno and Erin will be Ken Mattsson, who will be performing a few songs at the beginning of the show.
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This concert will be presented through Zoom, and may be recorded. Please pre-register for the event to make sure you have access. The waiting room will be opened at 7:25 p.m. EST, 5 minutes before the start of the concert.
While this concert is free, Paul and the Lemonshiners would ask you to donate to Dunamis, an organization that fosters agency and transformative growth for emerging artists and arts-managers of color in the Boston area.
There will also be a post-concert reception at www.kumospace.com/kenmattsson.
We look forward to having another great virtual house concert!