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!
Nicole and Aaron Keim
Today’s guests were suggested by one of my patrons, Maja Zweck. Nicole and Aaron Keim are trained musicians who play ukulele as the duo “The Quiet American”, and luthier Aaron also makes beautiful handcrafted ukuleles at Beansprout Musical Instruments, at their home in Hood River, Oregon.
Originally from Taiwan, Kim Yang moved to Canberra around 10 years ago where she discovered the joy of music and, of course, ukulele. Kim is now a full-time musician and songwriter who is about to release her new EP, Brave.
Dani Joy & Perry Stauffer
In today’s episode I talk to Dani Joy and her partner in life and music, Perry Stauffer. Dani and Perry live in Portland, Oregon where they run an online music academy, create wonderful music as a duo and with others, and have a wall full of ukuleles which they sell from their living room.
They are a wonderfully warm and energetic couple and I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with them. I think you will too!
S4E08 - Aldrine Guerrero
Today I talk to Aldrine Guerrero of Ukulele Underground, a passionate ukulele player and teacher based in Kaua’i in Hawai’i. We chat about the creation of the Ukulele Underground forums, his love of teaching and performing, and he plays a couple of incredible songs. Towards the end you may hear some roosters in the background – for me that is the sound of Kau’ai, a place I really hope I can visit again some day. Please enjoy!
Some show-related links below:
Ka’au Crater Boys Hilo Ukulele Prelude Ukuleles Kala Ukuleles Lanikai Ukuleles Kanile’a Ukulele – 2021 Platinum Kamaka Ukulele Herb Ohta, Jr Ariki Foster Seasons of the Ukulele Songs played on the show:
Dance with a Bandit (Aldrine Guerrero) Senor Viktor (Aldrine Guerrero) Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist to hear these songs as well as other content relating to the episode
Ukulele is the New Black is produced by me, Meredith Harper. I wrote the theme tune and I performed it with Janine Chandler, Jim Croft, Jasmine Fellows, Paul Marsh, Sandra Shaw and Chris Williams. Seb Carraro does the graphic design.
Thanks to my $10 and over Patreon supporters for helping me to make this podcast:
Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell Ukulele Champions: Debbie Hoad, Maja Zweck & Christopher Boatwright The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.
In this episode I talk to Barbara Taylor, a dynamic ukulele player and organiser from Busselton in Western Australia. Barbara has been on my list since previous guest Kevin Chennell mentioned her, and I’m so glad I finally caught up with her, because she is a delight.
Life Is A Musical
If you’ve been listening to my recent episodes you will know that I have been going through a long and painful process of moving house, and as a result I haven’t been able to find the time to make new episodes. Today I bring you something which is new, but a little different. I’m going to tell you about some of the challenges I’ve been facing, and how music – or specifically, musicians – brought me an incredible moment of light and joy.
Lots of fun with Andrew Swackhamer
Just listened to the latest episode. As usual lots of learning, but this episode was just so much fun. Great work Meredith
Great new ukulele podcast
The conversational tone of the podcast gives a heartwarming and personal insight into the ukulele players' lives. Although there's only one episode out so far, I'm looking forward to listening to more. There are plenty of short musical interludes embedded in the podcast to inspire others. Love the theme tune too!