Photo by Lou Daprile

Aaron J. Shay is a Pacific Northwest native living in Seattle, where he’s been raising a ruckus on banjo and ukulele since 2011. His foot-stomping songs showcase a unique brand of lyrical craftsmanship, as well as an affinity for literature, technology, and science fiction. With an earnest and charismatic style of performance, Shay blends his songs with storytelling, instigating upbeat sing-alongs that leave audiences delighted and inspired.

A writer turned musician, Shay integrates narrative into his songs and his onstage persona. He is a storyteller at heart, and engages audiences with tales both real and imagined, exploring apocalyptic wastelands, cyberpunk cities, and his favorite real-life locations all around Puget Sound.

Shay can sometimes be found busking at the neighborhood farmer’s market, playing odd originals and obscure covers for whoever happens by.