Instructors

We’re pretty excited about the instructors we’re hosting for Las Cruces UkeFest 2017 and we think you will be, too! Jim and Liz Beloff literally wrote the books on ukuleles and will be teaching in New Mexico for the first time. Danielle Ate The Sandwich is a popular indy-folk singer, songwriter, and ukulele instructor who will also be teaching in our lovely state for the first time. We’re thrilled to bring back Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward, who are part of the family here in New Mexico.

Danielle Ate The Sandwich

  Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of indie-folk, songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Danielle is best known for her homemade and quirky YouTube videos and her recent work, composing the original soundtrack to the HBO documentary film “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.” Her music career began modestly at … Continue reading Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Jim & Liz Beloff

  Finding a ukulele at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market in 1992 inspired Liz and Jim Beloff to start Flea Market Music, Inc., publisher of the popular Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks. This series is sold worldwide and includes The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs For Better Living and The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year … Continue reading Jim & Liz Beloff

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

  Heidi Swedberg is passionate about people, which is why she loves the ukulele.  Encouraging others to engage and connect through music, she teaches and performs for all ages, from the smallest children to older adults.  She is a regular columnist for Ukulele Magazine and collaborates with her partner, Daniel Ward, on recordings and instructional … Continue reading Heidi Swedberg

Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward

  Daniel Ward was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles, including Mexican mariachi, Spanish flamenco, world music, and jazz. By the time Daniel completed his degree in classical guitar and composition, he was playing flamenco guitar with dancers, electric jazz, trumpet, lute, and world … Continue reading Daniel Ward

Gorton Smith

Gorton Smith will be the first to tell you he is not an instructor, but a workshop leader. He will be guiding the festival’s Sunday morning “Gospel According to Uke” sing-along session, which he has conducted with great success at the last two Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festivals. One of the Las Cruces Ukes board members, Gorton is a retired … Continue reading Gorton Smith