Updated! Clawhammer Ukulele Workshop + Concert (The Quiet American with guest appearance by Danielle Ate The Sandwich) Wed 25 May
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"If you’ve been playing the ukulele for a while and you’re starting to get tired of the "same old, same old" but don’t know where to turn, Clawhammer could be just the thing to kick-start your strumming. It worked for me"
James Hill
Ukulele Yes!
The Ukulele Teacher's eZine 

Clawhammer Ukulele
Aaron Keim

"The Quiet American"
joining them onstage, Special Guest
"Danielle Ate The Sandwich"

Wed 25 May 2016

The Cumberland Arms
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD


We are delighted that The Quiet American will be inviting Danielle onstage as their Special Guest!

Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as "Danielle Ate the Sandwich", Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people.
– The Denver Post

…cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.
– Denverʼs Westword

She is “Amazeballs” and you can quote me.
– JT Shea
"The Quiet American" is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim.

A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty Americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments.

In addition to traditional American folk instruments, Aaron and Nicole are well known for their ukulele playing.

Since 2004 they have been all over the world teaching ukulele techniques and performing at ukulele festivals. They are ambassadors for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele and publishing several books.

Aaron is also a luthier, building instruments for Mya-Moe ukuleles ( since 2011 and as Beansprout from 2007-2011.

Check them out online:


Clawhammer style is a banjo playing technique that also sounds great on the ukulele. For this workshop, we will get the basic techniques and learn two short tunes. Students will also go home with a series of practice exercises and more tunes for enrichment. All levels welcome, we will cater the workshop to the level of the group.


Aaron Keim has been teaching ukulele techniques and performing at festivals since 2004. As an educator with a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Musicology, his true talents lie in his ability to adapt instruction to fit a wide range of learners and learning styles.

Aaron is an ambassador for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele (including playing in the "clawhammer" tradition).

His YouTube instructional videos have gained a worldwide following and have led to teaching and performing opportunities in N. America, Europe and Australia. 

Nicole earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education and taught K-5 elementary school music for nine years in the public schools while living in Colorado.  She sang professionally for several years with the nationally recognized Ars Nova Singers and has taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2002.

In 2012 (after moving to Oregon), Nicole took a sabbatical from teaching elementary school in order focus on her fiber arts business and to perform and travel with Aaron as The Quiet American. She has taught several singing workshops and has developed a passion for teaching beginning ukulele instruction to adult learners. 

Aaron and Nicole have also self published several educational ukulele books with topics ranging from jug band songs to fingerstyle technique.  Many of their books include instructional videos on YouTube, which has contributed to the worldwide success of their products.

Nicole's handwritten notation and illustrations in these books are the perfect compliment to Aaron's well planned scope and sequence of lessons, ukulele arrangements and original compositions. 

Book and free videos:
Clawhammer Ukulele Tabs and Techniques
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More information and tickets!

There is NO booking fee on top of the ticket price.

Full ticket: £20

Concert-only ticket:  £5

(Reduced from £10 as Danielle will not be doing a separate set)

Select the event you are interested in on WeGotTickets/GreatNorthStrum for more details.


Please note:
Programme timings and the Concert-Only ticket price have been changed from those originally advertised. This is because Danielle's visa does not permit her to play a full set on her own.  However, we are very pleased that Danielle will still be able to join "The Quiet American" on stage for a free Guest Appearance during their second set!
If you have any problems using online booking or any other queries, please do get in touch:

Liz Panton

On the night . . . the only food on sale at The Cumberland Arms on 25 May will be bar snacks (crisps, nuts, etc.)  So, have your tea first or bring something to eat - there are two intervals to allow time for re-fueling!

Wed 25th May 2016
The Cumberland Arms

Clawhammer Ukulele by Aaron Keim
6:45 - 7:50 (Doors 6:30)
(Max attendance: 30)

"The Quiet American" (Aaron and Nicole Keim)
(with Guest Appearance by "Danielle Ate The Sandwich")
8:15 - 9:45 (Doors 8:00)
(Max attendance: 50)

(The Quiet American: two 30 minute sets with a 20 minute interval.) 

9:45 - 10:00 


Many thanks to The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival for sponsoring "The Quiet American" (Aaron and Nicole Keim) and "Danielle Ate The Sandwich" (Danielle Anderson) to tour the UK, bringing Clawhammer Ukulele and their stunning stage performances to the North East! 

Many thanks also to The Cumberland Arms, Byker for the venue and to volunteer helpers from Ukes4Fun for making this event possible!
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