Lil' Rev

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Marc Revenson
Lil' Rev, with his Mya-Moe resonator ukulele teaching a class.
Background information
Birth nameMarc Revenson
Also known asLil' Rev
Born1968 (age 50–51)
Genresjazz, blues, bluegrass, folk, tin pan alley
InstrumentsUkulele, Harmonica, Mandolin, Guitar
Years active1994–present
Associated actsFrogwater
WebsiteLil' Rev

Lil Rev (Marc Revenson), was born 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a musician best known for his Yiddish music, and is also a renowned Ukulele and Harmonica player.[1]

In 1984, he was given an old Wendell Hall Banjo Ukulele which started his passion for the instrument.

Since then, Lil Rev has released a series of books, focusing on ukulele and harmonica instruction, as well as providing instruction locally through workshops. His performances feature a multitude of instruments and story-telling.

In 2004, Lil Rev received the "Best Folksinger Award" from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.[2]


Lil' Rev's instrument of choice is most often a Mya-Moe resonator ukulele in various sizes.[3] He prefers the Hohner Special 20 for his harmonica playing.




  • Ragged But Beautiful (1994)
  • Mouth Organ Minstrel (1996)
  • Blues for the People (1997)
  • That Old Madness (1999)
  • Sojourns & Sidewalks (2001)
  • Fountain of Uke (2003)
  • Fountain of Uke Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Drop Baby, Drop, Patchwork Records (2009)
  • Happiest Way to be Sad, Fountain of Uke Music (2011)
  • Claw and Hammer, Fountain of Uke Records (2016)


  • Uke Town with Pig Ankle Dave, Lil Rev Music (1996)
  • Around the Camp Fire Late At Night with Larry Penn (2010)


  • Showpieces with Lil' Rev


  • Easy Songs for Ukulele, Hal Leonard Corporation (September 1, 2008) ISBN 978-1-4234-0277-0
  • Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1, Hal Leonard Corporation (December 1, 2005) ISBN 978-0-634-07986-3
  • Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 2, Hal Leonard Corporation (September 1, 2008) ISBN 978-1-4234-1617-3
  • Play Harmonica Today, Hal Leonard Corporation (December 1, 2009) ISBN 978-1-4234-3089-6
  • 101 Ukulele Licks, Hal Leonard Corporation (January 1, 2011) ISBN 978-1-4234-8264-2
  • Hal Leonard Baritone Ukulele Method Book 1, Hal Leonard Corporation (June 1, 2012) ISBN 978-1-4584-0487-9
  • Essential Strums & Strokes for Ukulele: A Treasury of Strum-Hand Techniques, Hal Leonard Corporation (October 1, 2015) ISBN 978-1-4803-3986-6

Appears in[edit]


  1. ^ Milwaukee's Ukulele King Milwaukee Express, Sept. 22, 2010
  2. ^ Cohen, Leon (2005-02-11). "Tangled roots music makes new plant in Revensons first Jewish music CD". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  3. ^ Lil' Rev on Mya-Moe Website

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