Instructors

Las Cruces UkeFest 2018 features some of the ukulele world’s most sought-after instructor/performers, so you’ll want to be sure to sign up early so you won’t miss working with them here in the Land of Enchantment!

Join us to learn from Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Mark Baker, Lil’ Rev, and Rachel Manke. Each instructor has a page featuring biographical information so you can learn more about them. As we get closer to festival time, we’ll also post their workshop offerings.

Lil’ Rev

Lil’ Rev is a world-class entertainer and steward of vintage song and lore. Performing with ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and banjo, Rev has an unmatched repertoire of both traditional and original song, poetry, storytelling and humor. Audiences will sing along, clap, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear at a Lil’ Rev performance. Both entertainer … Continue reading Lil’ Rev

Rachel Manke

  Rachel Manke has been called one of the brightest stars in the ukulele universe, and loves sharing her astounding technique and beautiful singing with audiences young and old. She has appeared on stages that range from the Ashokan Uke Fest and Funky Frets Uke Fest, to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. ​ Rachel … Continue reading Rachel Manke

Mark Baker

Here’s what Mark Baker wants you to know: My name is Mark Baker, Singer/Songwriter, and Ukulele Slinger extraordinaire. I’m a native Texan who discovered early on that performing is in my blood when I was picked to star in the musical The Boy Who Hated to Play the Piano. I was seven and it was … Continue reading Mark Baker

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

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel

Even though Craig Chee was born and raised on Oahu, he matured as an ‘ukulele player and musician on the mainland. Throughout attending and graduating from the University of Oregon, Craig focused on teaching a myriad of different styles with the tiny instrument. Craig has had the honor of working under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy … Continue reading Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel