(From artist's web site) Living in the D.C. area since 1996, Ramon came from Hawai’i, bringing his ukulele and his dynamic wheel-throwing style. In Hawai’i, he had been refining his skills in the art of raku, exhibiting, and winning awards for nearly 20 years. Once on the mainland, he started gaining national recognition in the clay industry. When he's not working out of the prestigious Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, or Lee Arts Center in Falls Church, Ramon is based out of his home studio/gallery in Vienna (all in Northern Virginia).
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Ben Chong taught himself to play the 'ukulele when he was about 11 years old. After nine years or so, he virtually put the 'ukulele away for some thirty-five years. When I met him in 1964, he was the guitarist with the Ali'is, the band that backed up Don Ho. In 2000, I invited him to be one of the four artists in "The Art of Solo 'Ukulele", a concert series that led to a CD and a public TV special. These events revitalized his interest in the 'ukulele, resulting in his album.
Ben Chong plays a baritone size, cutaway Ko'olau 'Ukulele. He has performed in Hawaii and throughout the world with the Don Ho Band for many years, becoming one the classic 'ukulele players of our day.
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(from artist's site) - As a teenager learning the guitar in the suburbs of Los Angeles, James became interested in blues around 1966; while listening to many of the great originals such as Bukka White, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Johnny Shines, at the Ash Grove folk club in L.A.
He formed one of the city’s first blues bands, playing a primitive Hubert Sumlin-style lead, and slide guitar in a Muddy Waters/Elmore James vein.