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S2E13 Ohana

Ukulele Is The New Black

Release Date: 09/22/2019

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Ukulele Is The New Black

Back in February, I recorded a live episode at the Gang Gang Twang festival in Canberra featuring David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent, otherwise known as Tyrone and Lesley. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to release that episode due to issues with the sound quality, but I recently caught up with David at his home in Brisbane.

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Ukulele Is The New Black

Today’s episode is the last of three which I recorded at the 2019 Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival. Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith are the Wild Women of Anywhere Beach, an incredibly talented duo who frequently perform, run workshops, and write fantastic songs. I really enjoyed my chat with these two!

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Ukulele Is The New Black

Today’s episode was recorded at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival. Normally when I go to a festival I organise all my interviews in advance, but when I heard Ohana playing at the festival on the Saturday morning I was impressed, and hit them up for an interview as soon as they finished their set. Fortunately, Adam and Lea were up for it!

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Ukulele Is The New Black

I went to the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival in August, where I had a chat to Dennis Aubrey and Pete Purton, who perform as duo Aubrey and Purton. They have been busking together for years and it shows - their performance looks so effortless, and they know how to engage a crowd. They also know a lot of songs, and they play quite a few in this episode.

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Ukulele Is The New Black

A few weeks ago I was at one of my regular ukulele group meetups, and someone new turned up to play. He confidently walked in, introduced himself as Tom the Pom, and started playing with us. It didn’t take too long for me to decide that I had to get him on the podcast. He was only in Canberra for a couple of days, but agreed to record a conversation with me on the following evening. I’m glad I followed my instincts! Enjoy.

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Ukulele Is The New Black

I had a short trip to Auckland recently, and took the opportunity to chat to ukulele player and songwriter Dave Parker. Dave is one third of New Zealand ukulele band The Nukes, who have been playing around New Zealand, Australia and other places for around 10 years. I saw the Nukes play last year and was blown away by how good they were – so I was really excited by the opportunity to talk to Dave, and was not disappointed. Enjoy!

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Ukulele Is The New Black

Last year I released an episode featuring my friend Geoff Skellams, a talented player of ukulele and guitar who was feeling a little frustrated by his progress with learning Hawaiian slack key.  Recently Geoff went to a week-long workshop in Hawaii which absolutely turned things around for him.  His excitement was so infectious that I got him back on the show to tell me all about it.

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Ukulele Is The New Black

Today’s episode consists of the best bits of a live episode recorded at the Ukulele Republic of Canberra’s Gang Gang Twang 2 festival, where I had a chat to David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent.  David and Samuel regularly perform and record together as the duo Tyrone and Lesley. Due to technical issues I was only able to include a few highlights in this episode, but I’m sure you will enjoy the two songs performed by David and Samuel: There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (Jolson, Rose & Dreyer, 1928) Can Will Do (Megarrity & Vincent, 2017) Please support me on Patreon and...

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Today’s episode was recorded at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival.  Normally when I go to a festival I organise all my interviews in advance, but when I heard Ohana playing at the festival on the Saturday morning I was impressed, and hit them up for an interview as soon as they finished their set.  Fortunately, Adam and Lea were up for it! 

If you want to record your version of Brand New Day and support the Brand New Day Project, the chords and lyrics are on the Facebook page.  I recorded a version with my bandmates Jasmine Fellows and Chris Williams – and yes it does have a bit of melodica in it!  You can watch the video on the Brand New Day Project page, or the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel.

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Songs played in this episode:

  • Shivers (Rowland S. Howard, 1979)
  • Brand New Day (Adam and Lea Johnson)

Please support me on Patreon and get an exclusive Ukulele Is The New Black decal for your ukulele case!  Give a little more and you will get your name in the show notes every week, like these supporters:

  • Ukulele Champion: Debbie Hoad
  • Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell

Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist to hear these songs as well as others mentioned in the episode.

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