EP10 – Uked! The play-along ukulele musical by Jane Cafarella

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Uked! The play-along ukulele musical

Uked! is the hilarious and poignant story of Karla, a lonely and eccentric woman who is dumped by her violin-playing boyfriend on her 50th birthday. Desperate to belong and to prove her musical worth, Karla buys a ukulele and joins a dating site – learning that love and the ukulele have a lot in common.

Hear about the show during it’s world premiere in Guildford Victoria, from it’s creator Jane Cafarella.

Uked! The play-along ukulele musical

Ep9 – Anu Grace and The Pop-Up Ukestra

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The Pop-Up Ukestra is a series of workshops facilitated by Anu Grace. It’s designed to help players and groups develop skills and confidence in both singing and playing. They are hitting the road to travel Australia soon and will be coming to a town near you! If you want to know more about Anu Grace and how to organise a Pop-Up Ukestra for your community, then listen on!

Ep9 – Anu Grace and The Pop-Up Ukestra

Ep8 – On stage, don’t say sorry

The thin White Ukes

Betty France is a musician and performer extraordinaire as well as a being a wonderful ukulele teacher. She is a doyenne of the Melbourne ukulele scene who puts her heart and soul into everything she does.

In this conversation, we talk about how Betty discovered ukulele, being a ukulele player for a living and other random fun stuff.

Do you want to perform with your ukulele? In this episode Betty shares tips and tricks to help you get ready to perform in front of a crowd.

EP8 – On stage, don’t say sorry

Ep 3 – The Deni Uke Muster Festival


The Deni Uke Muster. An epic weekend calls for an epic podcast!

I talk with some of the organisers of the Festival to get some inside info on organsing a Ukulele festival.

There is music from Thin White Ukes, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowland, Bob Haanstra, Leanne Murphy, The Shimmer Twins, and The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach.

Hear what is was like to be in some of the workshops that were on offer.

How did the Deni uke muster get started? How can you be a wiggle? What is the Custard strum? Get the answers to these burning questions and so much more in this episode of Ukulele Highway!


Ukulele Highway Podcast co-host Ep1, Dr Andi, Four fingers and Four Strings. Yee Haw!

Co-hosting with me on the first Ukulele Highway Podcast will be Dr Andi. I’m so thrilled to have her along for the ride. She is a pod mother to many and former member of Melbourne Ukulele Kollective (more on MUK coming up in our first episode!) Here is Dr Andi’s ukulele journey….

HowAH wheeler did you discover ukulele?
I was so moved by the Hawaiian chap, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole music I bought his CDs and it inspired me to try the Uke. I loved the fact it looked like a toy it was easy to hold and easy to start self-learning from books and a video I found in a music shop. You got love the fact that we have four fingers and there are four strings. Much better than six or god forbid 12 stringed things. I think I then saw a newspaper article about the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective. I remember thinking that’s exactly what I need to do to ward off the daily demons of life – keep learning this instrument and eventually sing and play music with a local community group. I tracked them down to a pub in Queens parade. They had only been running for a short period of time, I was at Port Fairy Folk festival I didn’t plan to play with them as I wasn’t quite stage ready but I had my Uke with me at Port Fairy cos I carried it everywhere on the weekends and they let me join in with the easy songs. Yay, I had made it, I was singing and playing with a community group. It doesn’t get better than that! Instant community joy and daily doses of self-medicated with music therapy.

What is your fondest ukulele memory?
Playing ukulele on ABC’s Spicks and Specs program and at Joan Kerner’s farewell from public life concert are up there with being greatest joys of playing uke. Fun costumes is also up there but I would have to say I remember the day I was rhythmically tapping my fingers on a table a realised my lefts hand finger sounded different to the right-hand fingers. The callouses and thickening of the finger tips on my left hand were well established to create a different drumming tone. I had arrived I was a ukulele player, either that or I needed softer strings.

Are you still playing ukulele?
I get it out occasionally although I am not really playing Uke anymore. My current community musical hobby is ‘clogging’, a rhythmic Appalachian mountain style of tap dancing. It’s a real hoot! A hootenanny if you will! The bluegrass clogging music often has great ukulele banjos (the ukulele BFF and cousin). I like to think I have passed on the spirit of the ukulele to others as I got MUK on radio at 3RRR where I first heard Issy the Hawaiian chap. I also helped create other Ukulele enthusiasts, I bought my cousins and other relatives ukuleles and set up a Uke group at Museum Victoria where I used to work. My love of community performance, song and dance is something I will never fall out of love with. I just changed music expression from fingers to feet. Yee Haw!