Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson will be leading a free Ukulele Jam during the free daytime programming
Saturday April 28th, 1:00 pm  – 1:50 pm. Room 5 (upstairs).

Bring your uke and jam with us on everything from folk to rock! Beginners on up, all ages. You should know 3 or 4 chords and be able to change them without stopping. Music will be provided. Not a class but playing tips will be offered. Jamie Anderson, jam leader; she leads a weekly Tuesday night jam at Arturo’s in Vanier. Find them at Beechwood Ukulele Jam on Facebook.

Biography of Jamie Anderson

“… a barrel of laughs and a whole bunch of talent.” – Amanda Putz, CBC Radio

Singer-songwriter-teacher Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries. She’s also a popular music teacher and uke jam leader in Ottawa. An instructor for 18 years, she’s taught everything from punk to bluegrass to her students of all ages. Through leading a weekly jam, she’s learned that indeed, you can play Green Day on a ukulele. She loves her jammers but she wishes they would get up and dance when she politely asks.

Touring for 30 years, Jamie’s released 10 albums. She’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, and jazz without the weird chords. Songs include everything from the tongue-in-cheek “Run,” with heartfelt advice to a friend dating a loser, to the more solemn “Black and White,” a thoughtful jazz number about growing older.  

Jamie’s dad was a country musician, a painful thing for a teenager who would rather listen to Carole King, but it did mean there were always instruments lying around the house. In high school she memorized every guitar chord in a Mel Bay songbook, and for the next few years played local coffeehouses and weddings. Jamie did her first US national tour in 1987 because she needed to earn gas money to get to a music festival. She’s been collecting tiny motel soaps ever since.

Jamie’s also an author. Her memoir, Drive All Night, was published in 2014. Her extensive writing credits include Acoustic Guitar, JamPlay.com, SingOut! and more. She’s currently writing a book about early women’s music.