Thursday, December 16, 2010

TV appearance from Spartanburg, SC

If you want to skip mid-november gossip about Lindsay Lohan and Hugh Hefner, my segment starts at 5:25.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December Ukulele Updates

Hello Everybody,

In the spirit of the holidays, and with the help of Connor Garvey, I have recorded the following video as a gift to my mailing list:

If you're in the Portland, ME area I'll be playing at Local Sprouts this Friday with a few other local acts. It will be great to return to the venue where I kicked off the Ukulele by Bicycle Tour

Speaking of the Ukulele by Bicycle Tour, a huge thank you to everybody who played a part in making the tour a success. Thank you to all of those who helped to organize or promote a concert, gave me a place to stay or a meal, came out to the shows and participated in the music. You all played a part in a very special adventure and I couldn't have done it without you. When all was said and done I rode my bicycle from Portland, Maine to Americus, Georgia and performed in 40 communities along the way, a total distance of 2,249 miles. I didn't count broken spokes or flat tires, but for the most part my bicycle held up wonderfully (a lot of that is due to the tune-up done by the folks at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative).

There are wonderful memories from every stop along the tour and I'll try to write some stories in detail on my blog over the course of the winter. Here are a few that stand out: a short kayak on the Musconetcong River thanks to the Musconetcong Watershed Association, picking arugula and generally spending a quality day off with the people at Lynchburg Grows, jamming with Snidely Sidewinder and the Unrepentant Uke Boys - Spartanburg, SC's most bike friendly ukulele band. Above all, it was great to see so many people come out to support organizations that are doing work in their community.

For photos, videos, stories and general information about the Ukulele by Bicycle Tour, check out my blog. I'll be taking some time away from the road this winter, but may be heading back out next summer.


Friday December 17: Local Sprouts Cafe, Portland, ME w/Butcher Boy and Hannah Mencher 8pm
Saturday February 12: The Radio Bean, Burlington, VT 8pm

The Ukulele Project

As always the record can be purchased at all shows and at the following internet locations:

cd baby


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Thanks for listening and have a great day!


Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Newsletter

Hello everybody.  I have a very exciting October and November ahead of me.  The Ukulele by Bicycle Tour will continue through Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia and I have several concerts with the trio in New Hampshire and Maine.

The Ukulele Project

As always 'The Ukulele Project' is available at all shows and the following internet locations:

New England Shows

Tuesday Oct 12: Boston, MA - House Concert (solo show - details for those in the Boston area)
Thursday Oct 14: Portsmouth, NH - The Blue Mermaid, 409 The Hill, 8:00pm
Friday Oct 15: Portland, ME - Blue, 650 Congress St., 10:00pm

Ukulele by Bicycle Tour Part 2 - for details

Tuesday Oct 19: Harrisonburg, VA - The Little Grill
Wednesday Oct 20: Charlottesville, VA - Random Row Books
Thursday Oct 21: Lynchburg, VA - Rivermont Pizza/Lynchburg Grows
Saturday Oct 23: Roanoke, VA - Sharbike
Monday Oct 25: Elon, NC - Elon University
Tuesday Oct 26: Greensboro, NC - The Green Bean
Thursday Oct 28: Boone, NC - TBA
Saturday Oct 30: Asheville, NC - Laurey's Catering
Monday Nov 1: Hendersonville, NC - Bountiful Harvest Community Garden
Wednesday Nov 3: Ft. Mill, SC - Bacintyme

Please let me know if you have an idea for a show on an off day.

More New England Shows

Friday Nov 5: Lewiston, ME - She Doesn't Like Guthries
Saturday Nov 6: Portland, ME - Slainte
Monday Nov 8: Portsmouth, NH - The Red Door

The ukulele by bicycle tour will continue through South Carolina and Georgia in the rest of November.  Dates are still being booked, so please let me know if you have any ideas for tour stops.

Thanks so much for your support!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Newsletter

Hello Everybody.  I've been very busy setting up the Ukulele by Bicycle Tour, which will take place in August and September as well as playing several shows in West Michigan.  I am about ready to head back east for some shows, but will be making a very exciting stop in Chicago along the way.


Saturday 7/24: Sweetwater Local Foods Market - Muskegon, MI - 9-11am
     * Last MI show

Tuesday 8/3: The Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL - 8:30 pm
     * Followed by bluegrass band The Mudflapps.  Please tell your Chicago friends about this show.

Friday 8/13: Blue - Portland, ME
      * With Jeff Marion on Piano and Paul Mattor on Bass

Ukulele by Bicycle Tour

For the Ukulele by Bicycle Tour, I am partnering with some very cool organizations who support the ideals of sustainability, local action and community.  I am very excited about this tour and am hoping to get as many people involved as possible.  If you would like to help out in any way, please get in touch with me.

As of now, the tour is very close to being booked from Portland, ME to Philadelphia, PA.  If you see some holes in the tour dates and can help me fill them, I would appreciate it.  I am also starting to work on the next phase of the tour from Philadelphia to Cincinnati.

Monday 8/16: Local Sprouts Cooperative - Portland, ME
Tuesday 8/17: Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall - Water Village, NH
Wednesday 8/18: Mill Fudge Factory - Bristol, NH
Friday 8/20: Adamant Coop - Adamant, VT
Saturday 8/21: DREAM Program - Burlington, VT
TBD: Sustainable Rutland - Rutland, VT
Friday 8/27: Wild Oats Market - Williamstown, MA
Saturday 8/28: Great Barrington. MA (tentative)
Sunday 8/29: New Paltz, NY (tentative)
Monday 8/30: Port Jervis, NY (tentative)
Thursday 9/2: Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative - Bethlehem, PA
9/3- 9/5: TBD Philadelphia Area

The Record

As always "The Ukulele Project" is available at all shows as well as on iTunes and CD Baby.

I hope to see you at at show!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

May Newsletter

I'll be playing lots of shows this summer, both in Michigan and New England and hopefully some in between.  While all of the shows will be great, I am very excited to share that there has been enough interest in the Ukulele by Bicycle tour, that it will definitely happen in New England and possibly beyond, starting in mid-August.  In this tour I will be riding my bicycle between shows, camping out and supporting organization and groups that are working in their local communities.  For more information check out the Ukulele by Bicycle blog at  I am still looking to add stops in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, so please get in touch with me if you have an idea.

As always "The Ukulele Project" is for sale on iTunes and CD Baby and at all shows.

Michigan Shows:

June 19 - Sweetwater Local Foods Market - Muskegon, MI 9 AM
June 26 - Muskegon Farmers Market - Muskegon, MI 9 AM
July 9 - Uncommon Grounds - Saugatuck, MI 7 PM
July 10 - Muskegon Farmers Market - Muskegon, MI 9 AM
July 16 - The Book Nook and Java Shop - Montague, MI 7 PM

Trio Shows:

August 9 - The Stone Church - Newmarket, NH 8 pm
August 13 - Blue - Portland, ME 10 pm

Thank you

Aaron Lee

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April Updates

Just a quick note to update you all about some shows in May.  I'll be in New York, Boston and Portland, ME!

May 7 - Cafe Luna - Cambridge, MA (9pm w/trio)
May 9 - The Uptown Salon - New York, NY (house concert, contact me for details)
May 13 - Blue - Portland, ME (8pm w/trio)

I'd love to see you at a show.

As always you can listen to some tracks here:

The album "The Ukulele Project" is available for sale at all shows and on the internet:

Have a great day.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

march updates

Lots of stuff going on in the next few weeks.

First of all, I was just added to the Monkey Rock Songwriters Circle at the All-Asia in Cambridge, MA. I will be playing from 6:00-6:30 pm on Wednesday March 17th. Don't be late, or you'll miss it.

On Thursday March 18th I am headed to Bates College in Lewiston, ME for a trio show. The band has been sounding great, so definitely check it out if you live in Lewiston. Show starts at 9pm. For those of you in the rest of the world, I will be playing on WRBC Radio Bates College at 6:30. Tune in online at

In the first weekend of April, I am headed to Burlington, VT for a couple of solo shows. On Friday April 2nd, I will be performing at the George Street Spring Concert Series, which is a brand new house concert series. Please contact me for details if you are in Burlington and interested in attending. On Saturday April 3rd, I'll be playing at Ake's Place around 7:00.

Be on the lookout for more shows this spring, including Portland, ME, Cambridge, MA and New York, NY. The up-to-date tour schedule can be found here.

If you are interested in buying a CD and can't make it to a show, it is now available for download on iTunes. Hard copies, which include the amazing artwork done by Hayley Anson and myself can be ordered through the mail at CD Baby or you can send me an email for details on how to buy one directly from me.

wednesday march 17, 2010

All Asia
334 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
6:00 - 6:30 sharp

I will be playing as a part of the Monkey Rock Songwriters Circle. A number of other excellent musicians will be playing from 6:00-9:00 including Stetson, Stephie Coplan, Amory Sivertson and Remembering Pluto.  This is an all ages show, but you must be 21 to purchase alcohol.  Admission is free, but there is a one drink minimum.

all asia

Thursday, March 11, 2010

thursday may 13, 2010

Portland, ME
8:00 - 9:30 pm


saturday april 3, 2010

Akes Place
Burlington, VT

45 minute set between 6 and 9 pm, time TBD.

sunday may 9, 2010

House Concert
New York, NY

More details to come!

friday april 2, 2010

George Street Spring Concert Series
Burlington, VT

This will be the first installment of a brand new house concert series.  Contact me for details.

Friday, March 5, 2010

contest #1

If you have seen one of my shows, you know that audience participation plays a big role. In an attempt to encourage audience participation on the internet, I am launching a series of contests. New contests will be released when we are all sick of the old one, or when I have a new idea. Winners will be picked by me, audience votes or a shady back room deal. Regardless, the winner will be given some sort of a prize.

The first contest will be to write a Ukulele Haiku.  For example:

a contest to write
a ukulele haiku
submit yours today

In contrast to the songs on my record, you won't be required to use the word ukulele, as it would take up 4 of your precious syllables, but your haiku is required to relate to the ukulele.  You can enter by posting your haiku on the facebook wall, commenting on this blog post or by email.

Monday, March 1, 2010


In addition to the many other options you can now buy The Ukulele Project on iTunes!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

big weekend

Two very exciting shows this weekend.  On Friday, I will be playing a trio show at Slainte Wine Bar in Portland, ME.  Chip Means will do a short opening set around 10, and we will take the stage somewhere around 10:30.  On Saturday I am playing a solo show at the Red Door Pottery Studio in Kittery, ME.  "Salon Night" at the Red Door is always a great time and I will be alternating with poet Matt Jasper.

Remember to check out my music on reverbnation.

If you haven't bought a copy of the CD yet, you can now use cd baby in addition to the more traditional method of sending me a check.

I hope to see you at a show this weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

friday february 19, 2010

Slainte Wine Bar
24 Preble Street
Portland, ME
10 pm

Trio show!
With an opening set by Chip Means

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

cd's have arrived

The album is here.  Pick up your copy at an upcoming performance in your area.  The big one is the CD release party this Saturday at the Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall.  Don't miss it.  I'll also be playing in Kittery, ME on February 20 and at Bates College in Lewiston, ME on March 18.  More dates in Maine and New Hampshire should be coming soon and I am still working on a tour of the great state of Vermont.

If you can't wait for a show to get your hand on a copy of The Ukulele Project you can order it through the mail by following the instructions here.  In addition, it will be available through iTunes and CD Baby at an as yet undisclosed future date.

friday may 7, 2010

Cafe Luna
Cambridge, MA
9-11 pm

with trio

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

how to order

Come out to a show near you to purchase a copy of the record.  If I am not coming to your area any time soon, The Ukulele Project is available as a hard copy or for download from cd baby:

purchase from cd baby

And from everybody's favorite online music store: iTunes

If you live near Wolfeboro, NH, the record is available in Stay Tuned (right downtown).

tracklisting and credits

Aaron Lee - The Ukulele Project

1. Waking up With You
2. Arkansas
3. On the Road
4. Kaylee Ukulele
5. Ukulele by Your Noggin
6. Have You Played a Ukulele Lately
7. The Ukulele Waltz
8. It All Comes Down to You
9. Ukulele in the Morning
10. Michigan Mitten
11. Don't Break my Ukulele
12. I Should Have Brought My Ukulele to the Andes
13. An Ocean Away
14. A Ukulele Lullaby

Ukulele, Vocals - Aaron Lee
Upright Bass - Jeff Bartolini
Grand Piano and Organ - Jeff Marion

Backing Vocals - Connor Garvey, Rachel Dahlinger
Lead Vocals on 6 - Hayley Anson

Recorded and Mixed by Alan Bean in Harrison, ME
Mastered by Fred Baker in Gardiner, MT
H. Anson recorded by Nick Sevilla in Northridge, CA
Drawings by H. Anson and A. Lee

All songs written by A. Lee

Monday, January 18, 2010

thursday march 18, 2010

The Ronj Coffeehouse
Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Trio Show.  Show starts at 9pm.

Also, I will be doing a radio performance on WRBC Radio Bates College at 6:30.  Listen on the internet here.

Friday, January 1, 2010

album and concert updates

At this point it looks as though the album will be ready by late January. I am confident enough in this that I have scheduled a CD Release concert for February 6 at the Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall in Water Village, NH, which will be a great venue for my music. Jeff and Jeff will be joining me on piano and bass for the first live performance of the trio that is featured on the record and I am sure that I'll be joined by a few more special guests as well.

I will also be playing on February 20 as part of salon night at The Red Door Pottery Studio in Kittery, ME. Stay tuned for more shows throughout Northern New England.

saturday february 20, 2010

Red Door Pottery Studio
44 Government Street
Kittery, ME

Solo show with poet Matt Jasper.

The Red Door Pottery Studio is home to Handmade by Elaine, the pottery of Elaine Xenelis Fuller. The Gallery Shop features the work of the potter and fellow League of New Hampshire Craftsmen that reside in Kittery as well as a collection of antiques, used books and memorabilia. The studio hosts pottery classes and workshops.

The Red Door Pottery Studio is hosting additional evenings of Salon Night performances this winter on January 23rd and 30th, February 20th and 27th. Salon Nights features local poets, musicians, and artists. Admission and refreshments are free. The performances begin at 7 pm.

red door pottery studio

saturday february 6, 2010

Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall
Water Village, NH
CD Release Concert

3 Pork Hill Road 03864
7:00 pm sharp.

Performing with Jeff Marion on Piano and Jeff Bartolini on Upright Bass

Special Guests Connor Garvey and Jeff Mitchell will open the show.

ossipee mountain grange hall on facebook