48 episodes

Ukulele Tales is the ukulele podcast! Every Wednesday I chat face-to-face with one of the top ukulele stars or personalities in the world.
Whether you want to hear how James Hill put together his famous arrangement of Billie Jean, or how Jake Shimabukuro played the ukulele for the Queen, it's all in this podcast. Bernadette Teaches Music (aka Plazi) spoke about the challenges of being a creator and a parent, Bakithi Kumalo talked about how music was his escape from his impoverished South African upbringing and gave him a new life in the USA recording and touring with Paul Simon. Victoria Vox told the story of playing the mouth trumpet on Jay Leno.
There's also stories recorded on-the-go such as my behind-the-scenes account of a local ukulele festival in England.
Plus listener contributions about your favourite ukuleles and what they mean to you.
Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music - click here for a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website!
Sign up to my Patreon page for bonus content, early access and behind the scenes gossip!
Get bonus content on Patreon
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Ukulele Tales John Atkins

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Ukulele Tales is the ukulele podcast! Every Wednesday I chat face-to-face with one of the top ukulele stars or personalities in the world.
Whether you want to hear how James Hill put together his famous arrangement of Billie Jean, or how Jake Shimabukuro played the ukulele for the Queen, it's all in this podcast. Bernadette Teaches Music (aka Plazi) spoke about the challenges of being a creator and a parent, Bakithi Kumalo talked about how music was his escape from his impoverished South African upbringing and gave him a new life in the USA recording and touring with Paul Simon. Victoria Vox told the story of playing the mouth trumpet on Jay Leno.
There's also stories recorded on-the-go such as my behind-the-scenes account of a local ukulele festival in England.
Plus listener contributions about your favourite ukuleles and what they mean to you.
Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music - click here for a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website!
Sign up to my Patreon page for bonus content, early access and behind the scenes gossip!
Get bonus content on Patreon
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Mim Spills The Tea!

    Mim Spills The Tea!

    Ukulele Tales returns for season 3 with a very special LIVE episode.
    Recorded at the recent Allegheny Ukulele Soiree in Altoona, PA, our special guest is the amazing MIM from Mim's Ukes!
    We chat about everything from how she got her start in the ukulele world, where her name comes from, embarrassing herself in front of celebrities at NaMM, combining Dungeons and Dragons with MCing ukulele nights...
    PLUS, she addresses THAT video to address THE SET-UP CONTROVERSY.
    And much, much more!
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
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    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Mim:
    Mim's Shop: https://mimsukes.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mimsukes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mimsukesstore

    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 41 min
    Tom Goss

    Tom Goss

    This week I chat with musician, friend, and former neighbour: the beautiful Tom Goss!
    We had a lot of catching up to do, and cover a lot of ground, including:
    His New Album - “Remember What It Feels Like”
    Emerging from the pandemic and how that effected his creativity
    Traveling the world as a musician 
    Using humour to move beyond fear
    Fake people in L.A.
    Why straight people have kids
    Staying positive
    How his song BEARS helped people to discover who they were
    The light and the dark of Tom's music
    Which artists have inspired Tom
    The idea of exponential goodness
    The hustle of an independent artist 
    Seminary
    Building lasting relationships with his fans
    Working with the homeless
    And much, much more!
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
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    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Tom Goss:
    Website: https://www.tomgossmusic.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomgossmusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomgossmusic

    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 52 min
    Marc Gallagher

    Marc Gallagher

    This week I chat with the awesome British musician, Marc Gallagher about:

    Memorising songs easily - he has over 700 learnt off by heart!His numerous collabsPerfect Pitch - how he found out he had it, how he puts it to good use, and why it's a blessing and a curseHow many different instruments he playsAttending GNUF as a teenage sound engineer and stealing the show at an open mic setBeing proud to be an openly bi musician, and how that effects his musicMinorities in the ukulele world, and trying to eradicate hate speech in musicReceiving negativity for being open about his sexuality Starting the ukulele at 11 to learn the Crazy Frog theme!Why he’d rather play Led Zeppelin than George FormbyWriting and recording his own music - and his nightmare debut performance at a school talent show
    And much, much more!
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
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    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Marc Gallagher:
    Website: https://www.marcgallaghermusic.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcgallaghermusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcgallaghermusic

    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 45 min
    Uke Dad

    Uke Dad

    This week I'm speaking to half of one of the top up-and-coming acts on the UK ukulele scene: Uke Dad!
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
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    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Uke Dad:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UkeDad
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uke.dad/

    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min
    UKE HEADS

    UKE HEADS

    This week we're talking to the UKE HEADS, the ukulele enthusiasts just like you and me who actually played on the new James Hill album of the same name!
    We discuss:

    What the Uke Heads project isHow did people hear about it?Difficulties of recording at homeThe Uke Heads community and what it’s meant to everyoneWhat it means to play on a James Hill albumNFTsCelebrating the release of the albumWill the Uke Heads community work together again?What's next!
    We also get to know a bit about the personal life of the Uke Heads - like how long they've been playing and what drew them to the ukulele!
    And lots, lots more.
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
    ---
    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    James Hill:
    Official Website: https://www.jameshillmusic.com/
    Uke Heads: https://www.ukeheads.com/
    Uketropolis: https://www.uketropolis.com/
    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 30 min
    Marlowe

    Marlowe

    This week I'm speaking to Marlowe!
    We discuss:

    Getting over her childhood fear of singing in publicWanting to get your music just right before releasing itCollabing and working with others including Brittni PaivaGrowing up in a musical familyHow long it took her to fall in love with the ukulele (and why it wasn’t straight away!)Who her ukulele influences and idols wereSome amazing stories about Jake Shimabukuro and what a great guy he is!What made her decide to write and record her own musicWinning a major award for her debut albumTraveling to AustraliaWhy she had to move to L.A. to make it big in musicHer use of effects pedals
    And lots, lots more.
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
    ---
    Ukulele Tales is sponsored by Kala Brand Music! For a 10% discount on anything on the Kala website, just click on my special link!
    ---
    Check out my Patreon page to help support the podcast and get access to lots of backstage info and bonus material!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Marlowe:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marloweoffic/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marlowe.offic/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@marloweoffic
    Ukulele Tales:
    Website: http://www.UkuleleTales.com
    Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/UkuleleTales
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
    Get bonus content on Patreon
    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

PiscesCG ,

Great Interviews with Ukulele Stars

Love these podcasts, and learning more about all the ukulele players from around the world. Each has a unique ukulele journey, and each offer helpful insight as I plod along on mine.

Thanks Ukulele Teacher!!

genyukulele ,

Love these interviews!

Love these stories and these guests…what a lineup! This podcast is a great uke fix when I’m not playing uke or listening to uke music…thank you, John! Keep these coming!

Andydrewlouie1 ,

Amazing!

Thank you for this great podcast about the uke! Love it! Please keep it up!

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