Heidi Swedberg: 3 Questions Interview with Jim D’Ville

YouTube: Published on May 13, 2013

Heidi Swedberg of Sukey Jump Music talks about her emotional connection with the ukulele in this 3 Questions Interview recorded at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat in Pacific Grove, CA 05/12/13.


When she was 5 years old Heidi Swedberg received her first ukulele from the Hawaiian Easter bunny while living in Kailua, HI. She has fond memories of teaching herself chords and writing songs in her room in Albuquerque NM, the place she thinks of as home. She picked the instrument up again in 1992 in Hollywood, CA while playing a singer-songwriter for a network TV pilot. Now life imitates art, and she plays a musician full time.


Daniel Ward is known in New Mexico (and around the world) as a frighteningly good guitar player. His Flamenco playing regularly turns audiences inside-out at El Meson in SantaFe and other venues all over the state. His CD “After The Storm” is a must hear. Daniel also plays jazz and electric guitar like a fiend, was a founding member of Skumbaag, and is an educator at universities and high schools across the country and internationally. Recording engineer by day, arranger, producer and gigging musician by night- but no one knew he was a master whistler until this recording.


John Reynolds Bartlit beats drums like nobody’s business. Best known as New Mexico’s hottest jazz drummer, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of his multi-instrumental genius. He’s done everything — from percussion with the NM Symphony Orchestra to heavy metal vaudeville with his brain-child Scumbaag. He even did Scumbaag with the Philharmonic Orchestra! He has worked with composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison and James Tenney. His work here answers the question of who are you gonna call when you want a producer/arranger/vocalist/percussionist who is also plays jaw harp / saw / banjo / electric guitar / bass / glockenspiel / beercan / and more then you can even remember? One Man, John Bartlit!


Craig  is a professional musician (bass, guitar, ukulele, and tuba) and instructor with over 30 years’ experience and has  taught music for the last 20 years.  He studied bass at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and has a BA in Music from the University of New Mexico in addition to an MA in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition to his teaching and theatre work, Craig can be seen around the country in such diverse musical ensembles as the Vespus Marimba Band, the Sukey Jump Band, Crossing 32nd Street, the Links Ensemble, The Gazebo Guys, and America’s only heavy-metal vaudeville troupe, Skumbaag, which in 2012, was chosen as Ensemble in Residence for the University of New Mexico International Composers Symposium, featuring a wide range of his music, including selections from his original musical, The Lubbock Lights.


CALIFORNIA: Danny Moynahan, Richard Fultineer, Michael Ulher, Austin Nicholsen, Jason Lee Bruins, Ali Lexa, Lynn Shipley, Doug Whitney, Gordon Bash, Oona Holahan, Lyra Holahan,

NEW MEXICO: Hovey Dean Corbin, Nola Bartlit, Kristen Loree,

AND BEYOND: Doug Nottingham, AZ; Andrew Shiller,AZ; Ryan Anthony,AZ; The SWELLS, KY; David Carroll,TX; Paige Anderson, TX; Craig McClellan, WI, Dean Jones, NY; Mark Lerner, NY; Phillippa Thompson, NY.

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