44 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.

    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
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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!
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    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
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    • 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
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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.
    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
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    • 45 min
    James Hill & Anne Janelle

    James Hill & Anne Janelle

    Merry Christmas! This week I'm chatting with James Hill and Anne Janelle about their terrific new festive album, The Midnight Clear.
    We also discuss:

    What it's like to write and record an album with your significant otherThe importance of Christmas music in today's increasingly fragmented societyThe lengthy incubation period for so many creative projectsHas 2023 been a good year for themPlans for 2024Christmas traditionsTouring with a full orchestraBalancing the ukulele against an orchestra - how?!
    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
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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.
    James Hill:
    Official Website: https://www.jameshillmusic.com/
    Uke Heads: https://www.ukeheads.com/
    Uketropolis: https://www.uketropolis.com/
    Anne Janelle:
    Official Website: https://www.annejanelle.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annejanellecello
    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.

    • 47 min
    Sammy Turton aka 4stringboy

    Sammy Turton aka 4stringboy

    Ukulele Tales has been nominated for Best Ukulele Podcast in the 2023 Anarchy In The Ukulele Awards! VOTE HERE!
    Today I'm chatting with Sammy Turton, aka 4stringboy about all sorts of things including:

    Writing and recording his first album, Vejr (meaning "Weather")How he and his wife ended up living in Copenhagen thanks to BrexitPerforming live versus performing to a backing trackThe origins of Fingerstyle FursdayThe importance of learning music theoryWhy he resisted joining Instagram for a long timeWhy he makes his own thumb picksHarmonics (aka 'Sparkles') explained!The three biggest influences on his playing styleCollabing with other big stars of the ukulele worldWhy he’s called 4stringboy... and it’s NOT because of the ukulele!PRINGLES
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
    Support the show and get bonus content! www.Patreon.com/UkeTeacher
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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!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Sammy '4stringboy' Turton
    Official Website: https://www.4stringboy.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4stringboy/
    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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    • 50 min
    Will Grove-White (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain)

    Will Grove-White (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain)

    This week I'm chatting with Will Grove-White, formerly of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Will joined the Ukes when he was just a teenager and spent well over half of his life with the band - so why did he decide to step away?
    We also discuss:

    Life after the Ukulele Orchestra of Great BritainWhy he decided to make his own ukulelesWriting music for hit TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and FleabagVisiting ukulele clubs all over the worldSolo projects
    And lots, lots more.
    There's also an extra 5 minutes of chat with Will about David Bowie's history with the ukulele, the book that he wrote, and why he probably won't be writing another one! It's available only on my Patreon page - sign up today and help support the podcast!
    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!

    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Will Grove-White:
    Official Website: https://willgrovewhite.com/
    Will's Book: https://willgrovewhite.com/get-plucky/
    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.

    • 40 min
    Nick Cope (Nick Cope's Popcast, CBeebies, Candyskins)

    Nick Cope (Nick Cope's Popcast, CBeebies, Candyskins)

    Today I'm really excited to be chatting to BBC star Nick Cope, of Nick Cope's Popcast fame! (And so is Percy!)
    We discuss:

    Making the transition from indie pop star to kid’s tv presenterThe secret of writing a good song for the whole family to enjoyPerfoming for young childrenGetting his show on the BBCGrowing up with a famous dadHow he got started playing musicNot being able to remember the notes on a fretboardAdding the ukulele to his songsWhat guitars and ukuleles he usesA trick for keeping his ukulele in tune while recordingHaving a song banned by the BBC!
    If you have any thoughts, comments or guest suggestions for the show please send me a message to UkeTeacher@GrabYourUke.com
    Support Ukulele Tales on Patreon for extra content and behind the scenes info!
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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!
    This episode is also sponsored by the Vidami Blue foot pedal - control YouTube with your feet and make your practice time more efficient.
    Visit https://vidami.com/?ref=uketeacher and use the coupon code UKETEACHER10 for a 10% discount on the awesome Vidami Blue foot pedal.
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    LINKS:
    Kala Brand Music: https://kalabrand.com/uketeacher for a 10% discount on any Kala products.
    Vidami Blue Foot Pedal: https://vidami.com/?ref=uketeacher (discount code: UKETEACHER10)
    Nick Cope:
    Official Website: https://nickcope.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cope.nick/
    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.

    • 38 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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