How good is Colorado singer-songwriter Danielle (Ate the Sandwich) Anderson?
Kathrina Hogan and Elena Haste like her so much they came all the way from London to see her perform on Friday at the Fifth Annual New Jersey Uke Fest.
“We’re delighted!” Hogan said after Anderson’s set at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, in Whippany.
The British schoolteachers will get a bonus: Anderson is performing again this evening, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, after a full day of workshops, jam sessions and other ukulele fun.
Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin
Friday night’s festivities started with a sing-along welcome by members of the Morristown Uke Jam, and ended with another songfest, led by Festival co-organizer FiL Wisneski.
In between, Holmdel heroes The Lords of Liechtenstein — 20-something brothers Dan and Noah Rauchwerk — took the stage for original songs about mean girlfriends of the Civil War.
“That’s not true,” Dan insisted. “Sometimes I write about World War I.”
You and Dan can sort this out on Saturday. You also can find out exactly what kind of sandwich Danielle devoured, learn how to play a ukelele, hear more great music, and meet many kindred spirits.
And next time you’re in London, check out the Balham Ukulele Society.
That’s where Hogan and Haste got to know Danielle, who stopped in while touring the U.K. (Danielle Ate the Crumpets?)
“Her style is very honest, and very true. What you see is what you get,” Hogan said of Ms. Sandwich.
And of course, Haste added, “She’s a very good ukulele player.”
The New Jersey Uke Fest opens at 8:15 am on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, for a full day of workshops, followed by a 7:30 pm concert. Admission for the whole day is $95; workshops only, $80; concert only, $20 each. At 60-C North Jefferson Road, Whippany. Food is available for purchase, or bring your own. A Sunday jam session, at 10:30 am on the Morristown Green, is free.