Ukulele Is The New Black
Move over guitar - everyone is playing the ukulele! But what is it about this little instrument that has us all hooked? We talk to the people who play to find out why they love the ukulele.
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 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 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 Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel 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 APRA AMCOS.
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.
info_outline S2E01 Paul Marsh 02/24/2019
S2E01 Paul Marsh Welcome back to season 2 – please enjoy this chat with ukulele player and all-round nice guy Paul Marsh, the first I have ever recorded in a winery cellar. And it’s a very nice winery too – if you’d like some delicious wines, food and a bit of live music you can visit Contentious Character winery, located around a half-hour drive from Canberra. Some other things mentioned in the show: The Shadies, who appear not to have an online presence – this was all I could find Lunchulele at Smith's Alternative Paul Marsh & Kate Ord’s duo is Poetry in Motion If you want to learn more about Mary Bryant, here’s a link to the Wikipedia entry Songs: Home Town (Paul Marsh) Sailing Away (Paul Marsh) The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.
info_outline S1E12 Stickie FIngers 10/21/2018
S1E12 Stickie FIngers Stickie Fingers are from Griffith, which is in the Riverina region of New South Wales. I had a chat to them at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival in August. This is the first time I’ve done an episode with 5 people at once, and it was a little daunting at first! We recorded this in a very small hotel room, and you can imagine how crowded it was with six people and a heap of ukuleles. It was all good fun though, and I enjoyed our chat. I hope you do too!