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Ukulele Is The New Black

Sep 19, 2021

Today’s guests were suggested by one of my patrons, Maja Zweck.  Nicole and Aaron Keim are trained musicians who play ukulele as the duo “The Quiet American”, and luthier Aaron also makes beautiful handcrafted ukuleles at Beansprout Musical Instruments, at their home in Hood River, Oregon.  After I recorded this interview another listener, Paul Gissing, also suggested I talk to Aaron – so chances are you should all enjoy it!

Some show-related links below:

Songs played on the show:

  • Greasy Coat (Traditional)
  • Cold Frosty Morn (Traditional)
  • Carved into my Heart (Nicole and Aaron Keim)

Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist to hear these songs as well as other content relating to the episode

For more information about Aaron and Nicole, and to buy their books and CDs, go to, and check out Aaron’s ukuleles at  And of course there’s also a whole lot of content on Aaron’s YouTube channel.

Ukulele is the New Black is produced by me, Meredith Harper.  I wrote the theme tune and I performed it with Janine Chandler, Jim Croft, Jasmine Fellows, Paul Marsh, Sandra Shaw and Chris Williams.  Seb Carraro does the graphic design.

Thanks to my $10 and over Patreon supporters for helping me to make this podcast:

  • Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell
  • Ukulele Champions: Debbie Hoad, Maja Zweck & Christopher Boatwright

The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.