Ukulele Is The New Black
In each episode, Meredith Harper talks to a ukulele player to find out why they play ukulele, what they love about it, and how it's changed their lives. And they play a few tunes as well!
info_outline S3E10 - Jenny Peters 07/05/2020
S3E10 - Jenny Peters Well real life finally caught up with me, so today is the first interview I’ve recorded remotely. I had a chat with Chicago-based Jenny Peters, one of the two Ukulele Sisters, who publish a heap of ukulele tutorials and books, which I think have a little more to offer than your average tutorial. I hope you think so too!
info_outline S3E09 - M Sieiro Garcia & Colin Taylor 06/21/2020
S3E09 - M Sieiro Garcia & Colin Taylor Believe it or not, today’s episode was recorded on a cruise in March 2020. I had a chat to ukulele players M Sieiro Garcia and Colin Taylor on the island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas on the last day of the Joco Cruise.
info_outline S3E08 - Gracie Terzian 06/07/2020
S3E08 - Gracie Terzian My final New York interview is with Gracie Terzian, a ukulele player and teacher who is known for playing a harp ukulele – something which I had never seen before! We had a great chat in her New York studio, surrounded by her many ukuleles and other instruments. Enjoy!
info_outline S3E07 - Gwendolyn Fitz 05/24/2020
S3E07 - Gwendolyn Fitz Here’s my third New York interview – this time with Gwendolyn Fitz, ukulele player and founder of the Brooklyn Ukulele Festival. We had a chat in my hotel room on a day when there was unfortunately a lot of noisy maintenance going on in the hotel. I’ve done my best to minimise it in this episode but hey – I suppose it gives our conversation some genuine New York flavour!
info_outline S3E06 - Andrew Swackhamer 05/10/2020
S3E06 - Andrew Swackhamer Today I have another conversation recorded in New York earlier this year, with Andrew Swackhamer – self proclaimed ukulele wizard, and all-round gorgeous human. He appeared at the door of my hotel room carrying a ukulele and a gift of chocolate, and I immediately knew we were going to have a great chat! I hope you enjoy it too.
info_outline S3E05 - Chloe Hennessee 04/26/2020
S3E05 - Chloe Hennessee I spent a week in New York in late February, just before things really went pear-shaped there. Chloe Hennessee is the first of four New York-based ukulele players I talked to on my trip. Chloe is only 17, but she has already made her mark on the music scene with her talent in both playing and writing music. We had a chat in her family’s apartment.
info_outline S3E03 - Chantelle Riordan 03/29/2020
S3E03 - Chantelle Riordan Today’s episode is the final one recorded at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival back in February, this time with Chantelle Riordan, otherwise known as Chantelle & Uke. Chantelle is a percussionist who discovered the joy of the little stringed instrument and is now firmly hooked.
info_outline S3E02 - Duplicity 03/15/2020
S3E02 - Duplicity Today’s episode is the second which I recorded at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival in February. I had a chat to another Melbourne-based duo – this time, Sue Kidd and Brendan Canty, who perform together as Duplicity. We had a great chat in my Airbnb with the rain bucketing down outside, which gave the recording a little extra atmosphere at times! I’m sure you will enjoy this one.
info_outline S3E01 - All The Way Home 03/01/2020
S3E01 - All The Way Home Welcome to the first episode for 2020, which was recorded at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival in February. I had a chat to Melbourne-based Nicki Johnson and Craig Barrie, who perform together as All The Way Home. As well as being great ukulele players they take their singing pretty seriously, and Nicki plays a mean shaker as well! Enjoy.
info_outline BONUS - How Ukulele Changed our Lives in 2019 01/20/2020
BONUS - How Ukulele Changed our Lives in 2019 This episode is a celebration of all those people I talked to in 2019. Every one of them told me how ukulele had changed their life, and I’ve put all those reasons together in one place.
info_outline S2E19 - David "Snapper" Thiele 12/15/2019
S2E19 - David "Snapper" Thiele If you listened to the episode earlier this year where I talked to Dave Parker of The Nukes, you may have been wondering about this guy called Snapper we kept talking about. Well wonder no more, because here he is!
info_outline S2E18 - Jenny Parenteau 12/01/2019
S2E18 - Jenny Parenteau Jenny Parenteau plays ukulele with The Loveys, a brilliant four-piece band from Mullumbimby in northern NSW. I first heard them play at the Newkulele festival in 2018, and was thrilled to hear that they would be at SPRUKE this year.
info_outline S2E16 - Ruth Allen 11/03/2019
S2E16 - Ruth Allen I recently went to the SPRUKE ukulele festival in Brisbane, where I caught up with Ruth Allen, leader of the Port Macquarie Ukestra. If you don’t know what a Ukestra is, go back and listen to the episode I recorded last year with Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart.
info_outline S2E15 - David Megarrity 10/20/2019
S2E15 - David Megarrity 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.
info_outline S2E14 - The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach 10/06/2019
S2E14 - The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach 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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S2E13 - Ohana 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!
info_outline S2E12 - Aubrey and Purton 09/08/2019
S2E12 - Aubrey and Purton 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.
info_outline S2E11 - Tom "Tom the Pom" Harding 08/25/2019
S2E11 - Tom "Tom the Pom" Harding 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.
info_outline S2E10 - Dave Parker 08/11/2019
S2E10 - Dave Parker 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!
info_outline BONUS - Geoff Gets His Groove Back 07/28/2019
BONUS - Geoff Gets His Groove Back 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.
info_outline BONUS - Live at the Gang Gang Twang Festival 07/14/2019
BONUS - Live at the Gang Gang Twang Festival Today’s episode consists of the best bits of a live episode recorded at the ’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 . 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, & Dreyer, 1928) Can Will Do (Megarrity & Vincent, 2017) Please support me on 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: Ukulele Champion: Debbie Hoad Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell. Go to the for a playlist where you can hear these songs as well as a few other great Tyrone and Lesley tunes. The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with .
info_outline BONUS - STRUM (Seattle's Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians) 06/30/2019
BONUS - STRUM (Seattle's Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians) I went to an impromptu meetup with STRUM, Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians, on a recent visit to Seattle. I recorded some of the songs we played, and asked some of the members how ukulele has changed their lives. If you’re passing through Seattle I would highly recommend dropping in for a strum!
info_outline S2E07 Nissa Ludwig 05/19/2019
S2E07 Nissa Ludwig I met Nissa Ludwig on the Joco Cruise in 2018 and recorded a conversation with her then, as well as an extra bit on the 2019 cruise. She is a professional musician who plays a huge range of instruments, but only discovered the ukulele a few years ago. I really enjoyed talking to her and I hope you do too!
info_outline S2E05 Molly Lewis 04/21/2019
S2E05 Molly Lewis This chat with Molly Lewis was recorded on the Joco Cruise in March 2019. Molly has been playing ukulele on that cruise (and in many other places of course!) since its inception nine years ago, and I was so excited to get the opportunity to talk to her for the podcast.