Lil' Rev




Recommended Listening:
Fountain of Uke (10th Anniversary Edition) Buy
The Happiest Way to Be Sad Buy
Around the Campfire Buy
Scraps of Quilting Music Buy
Drop Baby Drop Buy
Fountain of Uke: Volume 2 Buy
Sample Track:  Drop Baby Drop
(from "Drop Baby Drop")

Lil' Rev grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he still resides today. Growing up in the shadows of American Motors Corp, Briggs N Stratton, and A.O. Smith, he was inspired by the sights and sounds of an industrial powerhouse in flux. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man.

His heroes include: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.

After graduating in 1987 from John Marshall High School, Lil' Rev went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Community Education from UW-Milwaukee.



 Following his college education, Rev decided to take a job working for local 998 as a city bus driver under the Milwaukee County Transit System. He stayed on for 1 year before the urge for going was too strong! 



From 1993 to 2000, Lil' Rev traveled extensively throughout the Midwest, performing in coffee houses, at house concerts, in schools, libraries, temples, on streetcorners, in taverns and at folk festivals. 



From 2000 to 2005, Lil' Rev decided it was time to ply his trade as a full time grade school music teacher (Milwaukee Jewish Day School) and as an adjunct lecturer/music historian at The University of WI- Milwaukee.

Following 5 years of teaching, the road called and Lil' Rev knew it was time to court the muse once again!

Since that time, Lil' Rev has stayed very busy, writing over 8 instructional ukulele books for Hal Leonard, while touring North America extensively. 



He tours the east each fall and the south and west in the winter months, while also flying around North America to teach and perform at Ukulele Festivals.



While Lil' Rev is well known for his ukulele and harmonica stylings, he is also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept at old time banjo, flat-pick guitar and blues mandolin.