Born and raised in Staunton VA, I’ve been a uketivist for about 15 years. I call the uke the i-phone of the folk music world: ultra portable and endlessly useful. It’s a perfect tool for propagating convivial music cultures. After studying folk and classical guitar for years, I got my first uke on a lark when preparing for a trip to Guatemala. I thought it would be easier to travel with and an easy way to spark cross cultural friendships. It was! In the ensuing months I realized that everything I enjoyed doing on the guitar, I could do more joyfully on the uke. My guitar was gradually relegated to a closet and I acquired a growing cohort of ukes of diverse sizes. I love teaching and especially enjoy showing folks how to strengthen their singing voices while playing the uke.