Shows
This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a summer replay of our 2011 Hawaiian New Year's Eve show.Danny Carvalho, Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Peterson and Jake Shimabukuro play "Hi'ilawe," Heather Masse sings "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" and Erica Rhodes joins the Royal Academy of Radio Actors. In Lake Wobegon, the Tolleruds and the Hansens fight over a good deed after a freezer malfunction.
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.
  • Danny Carvalho

    When Danny Carvalho was just nine, his parents gave him an old guitar. Before anyone could say "slack key," he had learned 80 songs - just by listening to CDs. His first composition was a sweet, sad song that has since become known as "Booboo's Lullaby" - named for his pet dog. In 2004, he became the first slack key artist to perform on National Public Radio's From the Top. Danny's most recent album is 2008'sSomewhere (Lava Rock Music).
  • Jeff Peterson

    Guitarist Jeff Peterson remembers being a five-year-old in Makawao - Maui's Old West-style town - and listening to his father - a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy - and others sitting around the fire and playing music. Now, Jeff is recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians. His latest solo CD,Maui on My Mind (Peterson Productions), won a 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album of the Year.
  • Led Kaapana

    Slack key guitar and ukulele master Led Kaapana grew up in the village of Kalapana. With no electricity, no TV, and no radio, playing music was the chief form of entertainment. By the time he was in his teens, he had formed the band Hui Ohana with his twin brother and a cousin. Since launching a solo career, he has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians. In 2011, he was named a National Heritage Fellow, the most prestigious honor bestowed on traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. His dozens of recordings include Force of Nature (Jus' Press Productions), a 2009 album with 12-string virtuoso Mike Kaawa.
  • Jake Shimabukuro

    A Paganini caprice played on ukulele? Chick Corea's "Spain"? "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"? Why not? For uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, no style is off limits - jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, you name it - and fans worldwide are taking notice. Born and raised in Hawaii, he took up the instrument at the age of four; once he strummed his first chord, he was hooked. The most recent of his nine albums isPeace, Love, Ukulele (Mailboat Records).
  • Erica Rhodes

    Massachusetts-born, LA-based Erica Rhodes is known to many for her starring role in the popular Web series "Upstairs Girls," which posted more than 200 webisodes. She has also appeared in motion pictures, including Go West, Javatown, and the 2008 indie horror film Plague Town. These days, Erica performs her stand-up comedy in clubs across the country.