Touring Artists

The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective has been extremely honored to have hosted the artists on this page. We hope they will all come back again someday!

Colin Coleman

Ukulele player by heart, Photographer by trade. Energetic and down to earth, Colin Coleman is a ukulele instrumentalist from Hollidaysburg (and co-founder of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective) who now resides near Philadelphia and has been hanging around the ukulele scene for sometime now. A KoAloha Supported Artist, Colin is finally ready to make his first marks and start his ukulele journey.

As a student of Aldrine Guerreo, Colin has grown into an instrumentalists that dabbles into all ends of the musical spectrum. The Beatles to Journey, Enrique to MJ, Miley Cyrus to Carlos Santana. Colin’s musical taste makes no sense and holds no discrimination. His goal is to show the everyday ukulele player that you can truly play any kind of music on the ukulele. Colin has had the chance to represent Lanikai Ukulele at NAMM, as well as open for his mentor - Aldrine Guerrero during his most recent East Coast Tour. He’ll be gracing the roads with Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel this fall as well as making stops in other festivals around the country.

Appearance Dates:
  • 09/11/2014
  • 03/22/2015
Craig Chee

Wanting to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig Chee chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands.

During Christmas and summer breaks of his Freshman year at the University of Oregon, Craig has had the pleasure of studying under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. Ever since then Craig has been trying to further experiment with the ukulele in settings that aren’t typically associated with the instrument.

Craig collaborated with other great local musicians for his first album and is continuing that tradition with the new album by including friends familiar to the ukulele world including Aldrine Guerrero, Aaron Nakamura (both from UkuleleUnderground.com fame!), Sarah Maisel, Ryan Imamura, Kahiwa Sebire, Ryo Montgomery and even more local musicians from Eugene.

From workshops to individual lessons, Craig has been teaching throughout the past 4 years and couldn’t be happier. Craig often remarks “if I’m not playing at any given moment, I hope to be teaching!” Playing at local venues, to the Oregon Country Fair,  to ukulele festivals around the world, Craig hopes to continue to travel and share his passion for the ukulele and expand on how people view the instrument!

Appearance Dates:
  • 09/11/2014
"Cool Hand Uke" Dan Scanlan

In 1961 Dan Scanlan and several of his friends learned to play guitar. Scanlan was fond of the glissandolations perpetrated by banjo players at the local pizza joint, so he also learned the ukulele, an instrument he toyed with as a child. A few years later he began writing songs for both instruments — several hundred to date. Today he is a seasoned performer who is known to give good workshop. 

In the past 50 years he has been the ukulele lead in several bands — Flathead,the Self Righteous Brothers, Endangered Species and Juke, all duos; and in combos of various sizes: The What-the Hell Four, Top Quark, Jukolin, Cool Hand Uke and the Enablers. He performed solo as “Rodd Gnawkin the Singing Mechanic” in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, but then adopted “Cool Hand Uke”, a nickname that had been given to him by a friend when the movie Cool Hand Luke appeared in the mid 1960s.

Today he travels the country giving ukulele workshops and leads the 40+ member group Cool Hand Uke and the Strum Bums Ukulele Extravaganza Rescue and Relief Band. (Strum Bums, for short.) They perform at least once a week locally and in their 16-year history under Scanlan’s leadership performed at festivals in New York City (where they got a standing ovation), twice at the Honolulu International Ukulele Festival and headlined the Gold Pan Ukulele Festival in Auburn CA. The group meets weekly in downtown Grass Valley, although it was born at the Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in 2000.

Appearance Dates:
  • 10/07/2015
Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Danielle has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Lauren O’Connell, Leo Kottke and Mumford & Sons. Beginning her career at small shows and open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has toured nationally since 2009, playing for a loyal fan base of online followers. Her videos on youtube have gained millions of combined views and have given Danielle the opportunity to write and play music full time. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has recorded four independent albums. Her 2010 release, Two Bedroom Apartment, reached number 5 on iTunes’ top selling singer/songwriter charts. In June 2012, she released a new, full length, studio album, Like A King. Danielle currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Denver's Westword describes Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty."

The Denver Post says, "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."

Appearance Dates:
  • 06/17/2014
  • 06/14/2015
  • 09/28/2016
Jim D'Ville

Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. He has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular website www.PlayUkuleleByEar.com.

His approach to teaching ukulele has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Art Beat and he is a regular contributor to James Hill's eZine Ukulele, Yes! Jim is sponsored by Kala Brand Music.

Appearance Dates:
  • 10/18/2015

Lil Rev grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he still resides today. Growing up in the shadows of American Motors Corp, Briggs N Stratton, and A.O. Smith, he was inspired by the sights and sounds of an industrial powerhouse in flux. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man.His heroes include: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.

Lil Rev has stayed very busy over the years, writing over 8 instructional ukulele books for Hal Leonard, while touring North America extensively. 

He tours the east each fall and the south and west in the winter months, while also flying around North America to teach and perform at Ukulele Festivals.



While Lil Rev is well known for his ukulele and harmonica stylings, he is also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept at old time banjo, flat-pick guitar and blues mandolin.

Appearance Dates:
  • 11/14/2013
  • 11/03/2014
  • 11/17/2016
  • 04/21/2017

Perhaps best known as the quirky owner of Mim's Ukes, Mim is also an entertainer and a wonderful friend to the ukulele community.

Appearance Dates:
  • 04/16/2016
  • 04/21/2017
Paul Hemmings

Viewing music through a wide-angle lens, Paul Hemmings utilizes the unassuming ukulele to fuse together elements of modern jazz, free improvisation, and American roots music into a signature sound that has been called “bold, beautiful, and full of promise.” He has released six albums on Leading Tone Records, including outings with his ukulele-fronted jazz trio, The Paul Hemmings Uketet, and critically acclaimed recordings with saxophonists John Tchicai and Eric Alexander. His proclivity for crossing musical boundaries led All About Jazz to write, “Hemmings’ mixture of cultures, influences, and genres, exploring the edges of harmony and rhythm, is remarkably fresh and a complete success.”

Based in New York City, Paul performs regularly as leader of The Paul Hemmings Uketet, the dynamic ukulele-bass-drum team he uses to interpret his own original compositions and renditions of modern standards. The group’s latest album, The Blues And The Abstract Uke, focuses on a wide cross-section of American blues music through the unique filter of the jazz ukulele trio. Along with Paul on ukulele, the album features Gaku Takanashi on bass and Rudy Royston on drums, in addition to special guests Greg Tardy on tenor saxophone and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone.

Appearance Dates:
  • 04/16/2016

Rachel began playing the uke in 1999, in preparation of Y2K, when we were all supposed to become nomads following a complete technology meltdown. Well, alright, that was silly.  Still, it turned out to be a good decision. 

She started on a $25 Hilo soprano and first connected to the uke world via the founders of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum.  Rachel studied a bit with Joel Eckhaus (student of Roy Smeck) and wandered and has dabbled here and there learning to play.  She has a penchant for Tin Pan Alley, Old Time music and the fancy old-school uke chord solo flourish.  Favorite recent gigs include the Boston Ukulele Union Ukulele Melee, Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival and A Prairie Home Companion.

Rachel presently lives in Richmond, VA.  If you want to know more about her….well that’s what Google is for.

Appearance Dates:
  • 04/15/2016
  • 04/21/2017
Sarah Maisel, Queen of Jazz Ukulele

Sarah Maisel (ukulele and vocals), hailed as the “Queen of Jazz Ukulele” by international music critics, has taken the world by storm and strum. 2013 has been quite a milestone for Sarah as she found herself performing for the first time overseas at the largest ukulele festivals in England and Australia.

Originally from Birmingham Alabama, Sarah studied classical violin for 10 years. After moving to San Diego, CA, she soon discovered the ukulele (in 2006) and her new musical adventure began. Her first album was recorded in 2010, and she has three albums to her credit. For Sarah, the joy of the ukulele isn’t in just performing- she is an avid teacher and loves to share her knowledge of the instrument with everyone she meets. If you can’t make it to one of her many “hometown” shows in San Diego, be sure to look for her at various ukulele festivals around the US and globe!

Appearance Dates:
  • 09/11/2014
Skye Zentz

Skye grew up in Norfolk, VA, in a house full of strange musical instruments, star wars figures, and love. She taught herself to sing by osmosis, soaking up the influence of her very musical family, and humming along with the Motown anthems she learned on Oldies 95.7. Over the last decade, Skye has made a name for herself in the Hampton Roads area with her infectious, uplifting energy, honest lyrics and memorable melodies. Her releases have earned her multiple local nominations for Song of the Year (both in the 2007 Portfolio Music Awards and the 2013 and 2014 Veer Music Awards). Skye took home the Veer Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk in 2013 and Best Busker in 2015. A versatile artist, she spreads her music from concert halls to nursing homes and schools,  from public libraries to coffeehouses and living rooms. Skye's music explores themes of themes of infatuation, commitment, freedom and time, inspired by her own experiences and complemented by the insight found in mythology and traditional folk tales. 

Appearance Dates:
  • 04/16/2016
Stu Fuchs

Stuart Fuchs is a performing artist, multi-instrumentalist, music educator & workshop facilitator.  He plays everything he can get his hands on, but specializes in Ukulele, Gypsy Jazz & Classical Guitar, Didjeridoo, and Percussion.

Stuart travels the world with his collection of instruments and loves to spread joy through music, with spontaneous (and scheduled) acts of musical kindness.  Have you ever been treated to a spontaneous serenade in an airport gate, or in the waiting room of a doctor’s office?  If you heard soulful and peaceful refrains coming from a smiling Ukulele player, that was Stu.

Stuart Fuchs has worked as a performing musician, teaching artist & workshop facilitator for nearly 20 years—playing many styles of music on Guitar, Ukulele & healing music on overtone rich instruments such as Tibetan Singing Bowls and the Aboriginal Didjeridoo.  Stuart has been called a “modern day pied piper” and has performed & taught music to a diverse array of populations—from corporate executives & toy designers at Fisher-Price Inc., developmentally disabled adults, juvenile offenders, and hospice patients.  Stuart believes passionately in the healing power of music to be a vehicle for personal expression & wellness—he finds great joy & purpose in guiding individuals into a more humanistic and natural experience of their innate musicality.

As a band leader and sideman Stuart has toured & performed extensively—most  notably with his award-winning gypsy jazz band “Babik” (bah-beek).  Babik was featured on Public Radio International’s “The World” and has performed in concert halls & festivals across the U.S.  Stuart has collaborated to create original arrangements for Babik of Django Reinhardt’s music for Symphony Orchestra, which he performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and contemporary ballet. For five years Stuart has worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo N.Y. where he shares the healing nature of music and the creative process with patients, families and hospital staff.

Appearance Dates:
  • 04/25/2014
  • 03/22/2015
  • 04/21/2017
Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox has been honing her songwriting and voice for the past ten years, performing around the globe to Australia, Europe, Canada, and across the USA.  She began writing songs at age 10, inspired by artists Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, primarily writing songs with the guitar. She went on to earn a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music (2001), and then at 24 she was given a ukulele and never looked back.  The small four-stringed instrument proved to be an excellent vehicle for her songwriting, while not getting in the way of her endearing vocals and seemingly simple, but rather smart songs. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox now lives in Baltimore, MD.

2013 saw the release of her new album: KEY  which is a heartfelt collection of songs that she wrote during her self-inflicted 52 Original Song Project.  Her fans purchased 52 songs in advance so she could take some needed time off-the-road to focus on her songwriting.  Reflecting on her release, Victoria says, “We spend a lot of time in search of key.  Maybe it’s the key to success… to happiness… or to someone’s heart.  As I searched for the right key, I found keys to songs, which opened the door to my own heart.  I entered into a year of songwriting where I unlocked my senses in order to create.  I let music in and out”.

Appearance Dates:
  • 03/22/2015