"It's a rage right now, a new American pastime." Local ukulele enthusiast, and professional percussionist, John Bartlit thinks that "in our jet set, apartment-moving society, it's a perfect fit." The unassuming four-string instrument, which emerged in Hawaii in the late 19th Century, will be the center of attention in Albuquerque on September 23-25 when national and local musicians convene for the 3rd annual Ukekopelli Festival.
In this more complete version of the conversation, John describes his contributions to the Ukekopelli Festival, both as a performer and workshop leader.
Honky Tonk Corazon, one of John Bartlit's original compositions, performed as a ukulele duet by John and his daughter Nola Bartlit.