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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.

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.
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Australia

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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.

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English


Episodes

S2E04 Guido Heistek

4/7/2019
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Guido Heistek is a teacher and performer of ukulele and guitar, based in Vancouver. Here are some links to things we discussed in the show: Ukulele In The DarkRalph ShawVancouver Ukulele CircleKarin Plato Guido played Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg, 1939). The music played in this podcast is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.

Duration:00:27:49

S2E03 - Sandra Shaw

3/24/2019
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Sandra Shaw is a regular performer with some of Canberra’s best ukulele groups. She plays a bit of flute as well! I took a picture of her very pretty travel ukulele. In our chat, Sandra mentioned some regular URoC performances: Floriade CanberraNational Multicultural FestivalNational Folk FestivalBlue Mountains Ukulele Festival Groups Sandra plays with are: The Ukulele Republic of CanberraLoud in the LibraryWattas Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist with all...

Duration:00:27:35

S2E02 - Khristina Joy

3/10/2019
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I had a lovely chat with Khristina Joy at the 2019 Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival. She mentioned a few ukulele groups: The BlueMUGSBalmain Ukulele KlubHornsby ukulele groupCentral Coast ukulele groupPort Macquarie ukulele Khristina Joy and the Z-Chords You can find out more about Khristina at her website. Khristina played: Loud in the Library played “Whatever It Takes” (Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman & Joel Little, 2017). Performers were Jasmine (vocal), Meredith,...

Duration:00:32:34

S2E01 Paul Marsh

2/24/2019
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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...

Duration:00:26:28

Fakin' It Reel - Episode 1 "Icefinger"

2/2/2019
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No, this isn't an episode of Ukulele Is The New Black - instead, here is episode 1 of my new podcast Fakin' It Reel. Enjoy! Move over, James Bond – our hero of many pseudonyms is here to save the world from the dastardly Icefinger. Fakin’ It Reel is an unscripted production featuring some of Canberra’s best improvisers. It is produced and edited by Meredith Harper. Today’s episode features Kathy Bakewell and Chris McGrane as hosts, and Cameron Swift, Ishai Sagi, Kathy Bakewell, Chris...

Duration:00:30:48

BONUS: Phil Thompson

1/12/2019
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I bumped into my ex brother in law Phil Thompson at the Newkulele Festival in October 2018. He played a few bars from: Like many guests on the podcast, Phil talked about the talented Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart. If you want to learn more about them and their Ukestras, they featured in episode 11, and they have a website: The Sum of the Parts. Please vote for the podcast in the Australian Podcast Awards – wouldn’t it be amazing for a ukulele podcast to win the popular vote? The voting...

Duration:00:14:20

BONUS: How ukulele changed our lives in 2018

12/31/2018
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Best of 2018 – Show Notes How has ukulele changed our lives in 2018? I revisit episodes from Season 1 and take a look at the ways the humble uke has changed the lives of this year’s podcast guests. Thanks to featured guests Michael Rosenberg, Joey Marianer, Janine Chandler, Andrew Rankine, Tim Griffin, Amber Shuhyta, The Demented Ukeholics (Marina and Narelle), Cameron Murray, Geoff Skellams, Mark Jackson, Jane Jelbart, Stickie Fingers (John, Janine, Val, Phil and Cilla), Miriam...

Duration:00:25:09

S1E16 Mal Webb

12/16/2018
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Mal Webb describes himself as a “vocal adventurer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist”, and I can’t think of a better description. I hope you enjoy his vocal adventures as much as I did! Mal plays one of his songs, “TLA”. This episode was recorded at the Newkulele Festival, including a small excerpt from Mal’s ukulooping workshop. More information about Mal and his workshops can be found on his website. Mal mentions a few interesting instruments: the Zimbabwean thumb piano and African...

Duration:00:43:50

S1E15 Ukenjamit

12/2/2018
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Trish, Jack, Rosalie, John and Gayle are Ukenjamit, a fantastic ukulele group from Newcastle, NSW. I had a chat to them at the Newkulele Festival in October 2018. They played a few songs: There was a lot of discussion about the talented Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart. If you want to learn more about them and their Ukestras, they featured in episode 11, and they have a website: The Sum of the Parts. I will be in Seattle and Vancouver for a few days in early March 2019. If you know someone...

Duration:00:37:44

S1E14 A.J. Leonard

11/18/2018
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Multi instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist A.J. Leonard is one of Australia's pioneer ukulele players and is regarded to be among the best in the world. Songs played by A.J. in the podcast (and with Jenny Rowlands in the Christmas medley) are: A.J. has a website where you can find all his music and see where he will be performing. A.J. talks about Kamaka ukuleles. A.J. mentions another ukulele and cello duo, James Hill and Anne Janelle The music played in this episode is...

Duration:00:45:15

S1E13 Miriam Miley-Read

11/4/2018
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Miriam Miley-Read plays and sings with trad-Dixieland jazz band Zackerbilks. I had a great chat to her at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. Miriam and I both LOVE our Cordoba ukuleles – and if you’re interested, here is mine. Miriam mentioned an appearance at Artsound FM, a Canberra community radio station. And she also mentioned the National Folk Festival, which happens annually in Canberra at Easter. There is always a lot of ukulele going on there! Miriam played a couple of tunes: “Ice...

Duration:00:31:02

S1E12 Stickie FIngers

10/21/2018
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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! They played: “Donald...

Duration:00:32:33

S1E11 Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart

10/7/2018
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In today’s episode I chat to Jane Jelbart and Mark Jackson, who performed with the Ukastle Ukestra at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival in August this year. Mark and Jane play their rendition of “I’ll be Your San Antone Rose” by Susanna Clark. More about Mark and Jane, including their Ukestration manual, can be found at The Sum of the Parts. This episode was recorded at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival. If you want to get in touch like Kathryn did, you can send me an...

Duration:00:29:08

S1E10 Geoff Skellams

9/23/2018
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Today’s chat is with Geoff Skellams. He plays some cool stuff: “Afternoon Delight” – Bill Danoff (1975) “The Redtail Hawk” – George Schroder (1975) “Molehu” – Ozzie Katani “Dragonfly” – A J Leonard “Nanea Kou Maka I Ka Le'ale'a” – arrangement by Mark Kailana Nelson And my attempt at fingerpicking was “Come Said the Boy” by Mondo Rock, written by Eric McCusker (1983) Want to see Ledward Kaapana playing with his hand in a bag? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWroL8aOAFQ The book Geoff...

Duration:00:40:30

S1E9 Cameron Murray

9/9/2018
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I had a fantastic chat with Cameron Murray at the Central Coast Ukulele and Folk Festival in August 2018. He plays: “The Window Cleaner” – George Formby, Harry Gifford and Frederick E. Cliffe (1936) “Haleiwa” – Cameron Murray Also, the Ukulele Republic of Canberra plays “Walking after Midnight” by Alan Block & Donn Hecht (1956) And here are a few more links to things we discussed in the podcast: George Formby Society Kamuke Magazine Cameron talks about Kamuke Balmain Ukulele...

Duration:00:30:16

S1E8 The Demented Ukeholics

8/26/2018
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Today’s chat is with Narelle and Marina, aka the Demented Ukeholics. They play a few songs: “Getting Old” – The Demented Ukeholics “I’m a Reader” – The Demented Ukeholics, adapted from “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond (originally performed by The Monkees) “Going to Play our Ukey Now” – the Demented Ukeholics “Give Ukes a Chance” – the Demented Ukeholics, adapted from “Give Peace A Chance” by John Lennon And the BlueMUGS played “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” by The Angels Don’t...

Duration:00:25:28

S1E7 Amber Shuhyta

8/12/2018
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Today’s chat is with Amber Shuhyta. Amber plays a few songs in the podcast: She also plays her own composition, “Rising Up to See the Sun”. If you want to hear the original versions of the songs she covered, and also other songs mentioned in the show, go to our YouTube channel where there is a playlist for this episode. Amber mentions some Canberra ukulele groups: Loud in the LibraryBelcolayleeLunchuleleSmith’s Alternative The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts...

Duration:00:26:16

S1E6 Tim Griffin

7/29/2018
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If you want to hear more music from Tim, he does a lot of shows for kids at schools and libraries around Southern California. He will be performing and teaching songwriting workshops for grownups at the upcoming World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California; and will be the featured music guest at FenCon in Dallas, Texas in September. You can also hear and buy his music on his website, GriffinEd.Org and he has a youtube channel. Thanks to Tim for giving me permission to include...

Duration:00:19:55

S1E5 Andrew Rankine

7/15/2018
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Today’s episode is with Andrew Rankine, a fellow member of the Ukulele Republic of Canberra. This was recorded after URoC’s performance at the 2018 Shoalhaven Heads Ukulele Festival. Go to our YouTube channel for songs and artists mentioned in the episode. If you want to listen to Andrew’s favourite radio station it’s QBN FM. Also a shout-out to the Wattas for their rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon Want to support the podcast? Donate or buy merch on our website,...

Duration:00:23:33

S1E4 Kendra Zzyzwyck

7/1/2018
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Today’s conversation is with Kendra Zzyzwyck. Kendra and I play Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton. You can find this and all his other tunes on his website, jonathancoulton.com. Kendra also has a podcast. If you love the TV series “Charmed” (or even if you don’t!) you will enjoy Charmed Chats. Go to our YouTube channel to listen to the playlist for this episode, which includes music by Jonathan Coulton, Molly Lewis, and Paul & Storm - and you can also see a clip of the Ukulele...

Duration:00:21:47