Ooktown - The Ukulele Podcast


Were a talk show devoted to the Happiest Instrument on Earth: the ukulele! Come join us for insightful conversations about the ukulele, lots of laughter, and much more!


  • Ep. 72: Sending It Home In Your Underwear

    Ep. 72: Sending It Home In Your Underwear

    26/10/2018 Duración: 01h46min

    Guests: Mike Hind, Ben Hassenger Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown The Fall is bringing the cold air down from Canada into Lansing, home of returning guest Ben Hassenger. We’re also bringing in the warmth from Bermuda with first time guest Mike Hind. You’ll get a sneak peak at what it was like at Wonderstruck, get some tips on performing, building a better ukulele club, and so much more. Become a Patron of the Podcast! Visit www.patreon.com/ooktown Shoutouts: • Cynthia, Michelle and Jody - it was great to meet you in person at Wonderstruck.  • Ukulele Rob and the St. John’s Second Saturday Uke Gathering - Mahalo for mentioning the OokTown Podcast • Rose for starting the “Ukulele Highway” podcast - congratulations!  • Plymouth Ukulele Group - they did a fantastic job at the opening of the “Living Aloha” exhibit at the Global Village Museum  • Dave from ukulelego.com Links:  • Ep. 72 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3uuXWDhG90 • Ukulele Festival of Scotland: https://ukulelefestiv

  • Ep. 71: Emotional Support Ukulele

    Ep. 71: Emotional Support Ukulele

    12/09/2018 Duración: 01h51min

    Guests: Ben from "Ukulele Roadtrips," Gerald Ross Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone, and as the year flies by our theme for this episode is appropriately about traveling. And who better to bring on the show than Ben from “Ukulele Roadtrips,” and our regular guest Gerald Ross. Both of these Road Warriors share stories with Doug and me as we explore how to travel with an ukulele. Shoutouts: * Jodie and her Paddle and Strum classes: http://paddleandstrum.com/ * Rose from Melbourne Australia is starting an ukulele Podcast - looking forward to hearing it! * Michelle - for being a Patron and sending me the topic suggestion and possible guests and to the East Mountain Strummers Links: * Paddleboard & Ukulele Lessons on the Water: https://paddleandstrum.com/ * Wonderstruck Ukulele Academy: https://www.wonderstruckukuleleacademy.com/ * Ben from Ukulele Roadtrips: http://www.ukuleleroadtrips.com/ * Gerald Ross: https://geraldross.com/ * Ukulele Roadtrips Podc

  • Ep. 70: Now Shes In Your Kitchen

    Ep. 70: Now She's In Your Kitchen

    12/09/2018 Duración: 01h35min

    Guests: Danielle Anderson, Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown As the Summer winds down, we’re still all about The FUN of talking ukulele with folks like Danielle, Erin, and Jeff, AKA Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and Victor and Penny. It’s all kinds of talk about wrassling, Wonderstruck, UkeFest 2.0, busking, and lots, lots more! Become a Patron of the Podcast! Visit www.patreon.com/ooktown Video of episode: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=gtZbDpww23E Shoutouts: * Cam to update me on the Kala UBass * Ross for reaching out to me about ukulele happenings around Fort Collins * Rachel for reaching out to me about “A Stowaway Ukulele” book by Larry Bartram - I’m reading it right now Links: * Wonderstruck Academy: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wonderstruck-ukulele-academy-by-victor-penny-danielle-ate-the-sandwich-tickets-45628519129 * Victor & Penny: http://www.victorandpenny.com/ * Danielle Ate The Sandwich: http://danielleatethesandwich.com/ * Music Instit

  • Ep. 69: First Bass and Pickups

    Ep. 69: First Bass and Pickups

    14/08/2018 Duración: 01h25min

    Guests: Heidi Swedberg, John “The Ukulele Teacher” Adkins, Andy Andrews Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown (maybe) We have a hot one for you on this summer day, with Andy Andrews and the Volcano, John “The Ukulele Teacher” Adkins, Heidi and Daniel, plus my co-host Doug Brown who took time out from Bass fishing to join the Podcast. This episode we discuss bridging the partisan divide with ukulele playing, revisit the ukulele bass, talk about gear to record ukulele videos, and much more! Become a Patron of the Podcast! Visit www.patreon.com/ooktown Video of episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYfmbBj9Cwo Links: * Indian Hills Resort and Campground on Lake Sakakawea: http://www.fishindianhills.com/ * The Ukulele Teacher on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUkuleleTeacher * Andy Andrews interview: http://www.playukulelebyear.com/3-questions-interview/3-questions-interview-andy-andrews-the-blues/http://www.playukulelebyear.com/3-questions-interview/3-questions-interview-andy-andrews-the-

  • Ep. 68: In A Ziploc Bag

    Ep. 68: In A Ziploc Bag

    17/06/2018 Duración: 34min

    Guests: Zoë Bestel, Abe Deshotel Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown The dog days of summer are upon us, and to be the heat we’ve got some cool guests on the show like Zoe Bestel and Ukulele Abe, along with my co-host Doug Brown. This time out we go off the rails right away exploring hot dog buns, appropriate cosplay accessories, and lots and lots of ukulele, including physicality when performing, Kala bass ukuleles, and much more. Shoutouts: * Shoutout to Andy Andrews - great to hear from you and that PUKA found a new home! There’s still a lot of lava flow activity, and you can make a donation here: https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/volcanorecovery Links: * Zoë Bestel: http://zoebestel.co.uk/ * Ep. 35 with Zoë Bestel: https://ooktown.com/2015-shows/ep-35-mr-montgomery-plinkerty * Winchester Ukulele Festival: http://www.winchesterukefest.co.uk/ * Ukulele Abe: https://www.ukuleleabe.com/ * Sunny Sweeney Podcast: https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-sunny-sweeney-talk-songwriting

  • Ep. 67: Crockpot

    Ep. 67: Crockpot

    02/06/2018 Duración: 34min

    Guests: Gerald Ross, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Marcy Marxer, Cathy Fink, Ben Hassenger Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown Broadcasting from Daniel’s Hall at Swallow Hill Music, we bring you the OokTown Podcast recorded in front of a live audience during the 11th Annual Denver Ukulele Festival, with plenty of returning guests, new guests, and a surprise (but not really) guest appearance from the Mighty Uke Day Festival! Shoutout to: * Andy Andrews and PUKA - we wish everyone there safe passage and restoration. I’ll include a link to a GoFundMe site to help people affected by the Puna lava flow. https://www.gofundme.com/hawaiinaturaldisastersrelief * Ukulele Abe on the release of his album. Great vocals AND ukulele! * Ben Hassenger and MUD (Mighty Use Day in Lansing) and Mary Agnes Krell and GNUF Links: * Help Andy Andrews & People of Puna District from Volcano Natural Disaster: https://www.gofundme.com/hawaiinaturaldisastersrelief * Ukulele Abe new CD release: https://www.ukuleleabe.com/ * Geral

  • Ep. 66: Ukulele Jedi

    Ep. 66: Ukulele Jedi

    26/04/2018 Duración: 01h21min

    Guests: Ben Hassenger, Victoria Vox Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown It's our 7th anniversary Podcast, and it’s just like starting over again. So watch us stumble through our first LIVE Podcast - and, yes, I said “watch us” because you can view our first LIVESTREAM broadcast on YouTube with returning guests Victoria Vox and Ben Hassenger, along with my co-host Doug Brown, as we reflect back on our seven years of Podcasting. PLUS, watch a Victoria sing a cut from her “Colorful Heart” album. Trivia quiz: * How many episodes? 68. Two of them are interview specials. * When did we record our first podcast? Trick question! August 12, 2009. It was a test Podcast which we never published. * Who has named the most Podcasts? Doug, far and away the most at 27 episodes. I’m next at 7. * Who ranks 3rd in number of episodes named? Gerald Ross at 5 episodes. * What was the first Denver Ukulele Festival we broadcast? UkeFest 2012 with Jake. * What was the title of Episode 1? "An Ukulele Shootenany." * How many

  • Ep. 65: Go See Robots Fighting Monsters

    Ep. 65: Go See Robots Fighting Monsters

    01/04/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    Guests: Aaron Keim, Phil Doleman, Mary Agnes Krell, Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown Welcome to Springtime in the Rockies! We muscled through the winter, survived the change to daylight savings time, and we’re here with returning guests Aaron Keim, Phil Doleman, and Mary Agnes Krell to talk about ukulele strings for busking, beginner workshops, Guh-nuf 2018, and so much more! So stay right here… for the OokTown Podcast. This is the OokTown Podcast, Episode 65, recorded March 25, 2018. “Go See Robots Fighting Monsters.” Shout-outs to: * Ian Patterson (Follow The Dolphin) - thanks for your message, I’ll keep you in mind for a spot on the show * Mark Walser at the Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School and Music For Life for bringing ukuleles into the classroom! * Listener and budding busker Wesley Cheney - buzzing 'A' string & wants more robust strings for playing outdoors * Patchen Uchiyama with Luthiers For A Cause Phil Doleman: * New CD "Skin & Bones”: www.phildoleman.co.uk * Sore Fingers Blu

  • Ep. 64: Bacharach To Back On Track

    Ep. 64: Bacharach To Back On Track

    01/03/2018 Duración: 01h37min

    Guests: Andy Andrews, Gerald Ross Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown In the bleak mid-Winter, my co-host Doug Brown and i bring you ukulele joy with returning guests Andy Andrews and Gerald Ross. We get to talk about Burt Bacharach songs, Andy Andrews first Ukulele Festival, the evolving Ukulele Workshop instructor, ukulele amps, Warren Buffett, and much more! Shoutouts: Don Thorne: Opening song is "Gilligan's Island" and "Hidden" Dennis Hicks: Good job on wanting to practice and play Doug's song! Andy Andrews: * UkeFestWest Performers 2004 Lyle Ritz Bill Tapia Ian Whitcomb Jim Belloff Joel Eckhaus John King James Hill Tom Harker Ralph Shaw Dan Scanlan Manitoba Hal Janet Klein Bryan Tolentino Dan Sawyer Fred Fallin Del Rey Chris Kamaka Byron Yasui and 22 others: http://ukefestwest.com/ * Warren Buffett and Jon Bon Bovi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCm5-2UN2Ms * Warren Buffett and ukulele: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/30/warren-buffett-coke-ukulele_n_7181918.html * Playing ukulel

  • Ep. 63: My New Years Resolution is 1080p

    Ep. 63: My New Year's Resolution is 1080p

    01/02/2018 Duración: 01h30min

    Guests: Victoria Vox, Lucy Laforge Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown It’s the start of a New Year, and my co-host Doug Brown and I welcomed back Victoria Vox and Lucy Laforge to the show. We got the scoop ont their new CD and Kickstarter project, discussed putting albums onto vinyl records, plus song production techniques, and you gotta stick around to hear Victoria’s story about how she met the Thin White Duke. Shoutouts: * Roger Funke from Fort Collins for contacting about his custom made ukuleles: https://www.facebook.com/FunkeUkuleles/ * Paul Mansell from the UK - classical ukulele album, looking forward to hearing it: https://iloveclassicalukulele.com/paul-mansell/ Victoria Vox: * website: https://victoriavox.com/ * "Colorful Heart" album: https://www.victoriavox.com/boutique * Pre-order “Colorful Heart” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/colorful-heart/1336904119 * Music and merchandise: https://www.victoriavox.com/boutique * 52-song Kickstarter project: https:/

  • Ep. 62: I Know Enya

    Ep. 62: I Know Enya

    27/12/2017 Duración: 01h41min

    Guests: Jon Howard, Chris Russell Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown We made it through another year of Podcasting, and we KNOW there'll be lots of new ukuleles for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or just because it's the Winter Solstice. So this episode is dedicated to ukulele technology and all manner of gadgets for the ukulele. You will not believe how much fun we can have talking tech with first time guest Jon Howard, plus Doug Brown and Chris Russell! Jon Howard: * The Ukulele App: http://theukuleleapp.com/ Chris Russell: * Technology in Music Education blog: https://techinmusiced.wordpress.com/ * YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ukuleletenor Doug Brown: * website: http://den-uke.com/ Links: * Andrew Kitakis and Jake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYN80VB0Xxs * Apps for Ukulele: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/learn-ukuele-songs-chords-apps-guides/ * Fretlight software: https://www.fretlightwired.com/pages/fretlight-studio-software * Populele: https://popuband.com/?gclid=EAIaIQ

  • Ep. 61: FEMA Was Called

    Ep. 61: FEMA Was Called

    30/11/2017 Duración: 01h27min

    Guests: Ben Hassenger, Cynthia Kinnunen Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown The Thanksgiving season snuck up on me, and it gave me pause to be thankful to have a couple of friends back on the show from the upper regions of North America. We welcome Cynthia Kinnunen from Guelph, Canada, and Ben Hassenger from Lansing, Michigan, on the show again to talk about their recent ukulele festivals, try to figure out the “Why” of these festivals, and the healing power of the ukulele. Ben Hassenger: website: http://benhassenger.com/music/the-ukulele-kings/ Mighty Use Day: http://mightyukeday.com/ Mighty Use Day merchandise: http://mightyukeday.com/shop/ Yooper Uke Week: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.krebs.58 Midwest Uke Camp: http://www.midwestukecamp.com/ Cynthia Kinnunen: website: http://www.cynthiakmusic.com/ Royal City Ukulele Festival: https://www.royalcityukefest.com/ Doug Brown: website: http://den-uke.com/ Links: “Four Strong Winds” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjfTDPhMdTk “The Hock

  • Ep. 60: L.R. Bigs or Bags

    Ep. 60: L.R. Bigs or Bags

    02/11/2017 Duración: 01h27min

    Guests: Hope Dunbar, Nipper Lewis Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown Crisp October air brings with it the Fall, as we bring back some old friends: Hope Dunbar of the Star Belle Trio and our guest at the infamous lost Podcast from the Denver Ukulele Festival; plus Nipper Lewis, one of the co-hosts of the long-running Ukecast. We talk about blending ukulele with other instruments on a song, using effects pedals, and how we might use ukuleles to keep teenagers engaged in life. Hope Dunbar: “Three Black Crows" CD: https://hopedunbar1.bandcamp.com/album/three-black-crows Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopedunbarmusic “Revolver” single: https://soundcloud.com/hopedunbar/revolver Ukulele Nipper: Water Gypsy’s “Caravan” EP: https://thewatergypsies.bandcamp.com/releases.. Website: http://www.ukulelenipper.com/ Ukecast Podcast: http://www.ukecast.com/ Gypsy Jazz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_jazz Django Reinhardt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt YouTube channel: https://www.y

  • Ep. 59: Accordion to Who?

    Ep. 59: Accordion to Who?

    29/09/2017 Duración: 01h38min

    Guests: Greg Olwell, Chris Russell Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown I survived the Great Eclipse of 2017! And now that fall is right around the corner, we’re gonna blow out the summer with a show to take on the Recorder controversy once again, with music technologist and teacher Chris Russell. And after saying “Ukulele Magazine” three times on our show, we finally get Greg Olwell, editor of Ukulele Magazine on the Podcast to join in the conversation. Shoutouts to: Abe Deshotel Podcast #2: http://ukuleleabe.blubrry.net/ Chelsea Spear and “Sister Cities” song: https://twitter.com/travelswbrindle/status/905487021094920193 Musical U in London: https://www.musical-u.com/learn/new-learning-new-songwriting-new-scales-and-a-new-ukulele/ Greg Olwell: Ukulele Magazine with Daniel Ward’s Meditative Ukulele Exercise: http://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/ukulele-lesson-get-more-control-over-your-sound-and-rhythm-daniel-ward email: greg.olwell@stringletter.com Ukulele Magazine subscription: https://store.ukul

  • Ep. 58: In The Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!-bour

    Ep. 58: In The Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!-bour

    30/08/2017 Duración: 01h48min

    Host: Stuart Yoshida Guests: Cynthia Kinnunen, Chris Kennison It’s the day before the Great Eclipse 2017, and with me on the show today is newly minted Ukulele Podcaster Abe Deshotel, plus regular guest Andy Andrews of PUKA, along with my co-host Doug Brown. We have a full docket starting with talking about Abe’s Ukulele Podcast, the origins of some of the first ukulele festivals, and 20th anniversary of the death of Bruddah Iz, plus much, much more. It’s all coming up next… on the OokTown Podcast. This is the OokTown Podcast, episode 58, recorded August 20th, 2017. “In The Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!-bour” Abe Deshotel: website (including Podcast): https://www.ukuleleabe.com/ Shure MV88: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MV88 Shure MV51 (Abe’s Podcast mic): https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MV51 Andy Andrews: Tunes in the Dune Ukulele Festival: http://tunesinthedunes.com/ Bend Ukulele Group in Oregon: https://www.facebook.com/BendUkuleleGroup/ Ukulele University 2017: http://ukeu.info/

  • Ep. 57: Pocket Lint

    Ep. 57: Pocket Lint

    31/07/2017 Duración: 01h22min

    Host: Stuart Yoshida Guests: Cynthia Kinnunen, Chris Kennison It’s the middle of July, and I’ve got some hot topics to talk about with my amazing panel of guests. Returning to the show are Cynthia Kinnunen from Guelph, Canada, along with Chris Kennison, a regular on this show and now with the Rhythm Cats Band in Mesa, Arizona. We go deep to talk about letting go of old beliefs about playing ukulele, and then all the things we love about grassroots music festivals. Shoutouts: Abe Deshotel: https://www.youtube.com/user/abemyrabe Andrew Kitakis and Kalei Gamao of the Ukulele Site: http://www.theukulelesite.com/ Blind Lemon Chiffon (winner of the first annual Super Fantastic Ukulele Contest at the Denver Fair): https://twitter.com/ColoradoUkulele/status/888830646822502401 Cynthia Kinnunen: Teaching website: http://cynthiakmusic.com Royal City Ukulele Festival: http://www.royalcityukefest.com James Hill Teacher Training program: http://www.jhui.org Uketoberfest: http://ukulelehotsprings.com/inde

  • Ep. 56: Don’t Flush The Toilet With Your Feet

    Ep. 56: Don’t Flush The Toilet With Your Feet

    01/07/2017 Duración: 01h18min

    Guests: John “The Ukulele Teacher,” Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling (aka Victor and Penny) Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown I have plenty of shoutouts this month (see below), PLUS a NEW guest, John “The ukulele teacher,” returning guests and newlyweds Erin and Jeff, along with my co-host Doug Brown. We talk about whether it’s better to just make music versus be a good musician; the amazing power of the ukulele to connect people together in a joyful way; ukulele trends; and much more! Shoutouts to: Jerry Noble and TRU Ukes of Fort Wayne, IN Paul Guss and Ukulele Sobu Train Matt Stead for sending me the CD’s Joshua Waldman for writing his “How to Start and Grown an Ukulele Group” Abe Deshotel for about being on an Ukulele Podcast, and then starting to plan his own Ukulele Podcast Walter Bates for the tip to the “ukulele review” podcast Links: The "Ukulele Review” Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ukulele-review-podcast/id1118340956?mt=2 Matt Stead’s CD on iTunes: https://itunes.

  • Ep. 55: Was There Any Purell Around?

    Ep. 55: Was There Any Purell Around?

    28/05/2017 Duración: 51min

    Guests: Greg and Jere Canote, Aaron Keim, Aldrine Guerrero, John Nash, Chris McGarry Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown Continuing on with Ukulele Festival month, I help celebrate the 10th Annual Denver Ukulele Festival with my guests Greg and Jere Canote, Aaron Keim, Aldrine Guerrero, John Nash, and Chris McGarry, along with my co-host Doug Brown. We share our favorite Ukulele Festival stories, stay away from time travel questions, and talk about finding our own unique identity. So join me now live at Daniels Hall… on the OokTown Podcast. Support the Podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ooktown Make a one-time donation: https://ooktown.com/donate Links: 10th Annual Denver Ukulele Festival: http://swallowhillmusic.org/events-and-festivals/denver-ukefest/ John Nash: http://ukuleleinspired.com/ Chris McGarry: http://swallowhillmusic.org/about/contact-us/ Canote Brothers: http://www.canote.com/ Aaron Keim - The Quiet American Music: http://quietamericanmusic.com/ Aldrine Guerrero - Uku

  • Ep. 54: Inspecting Hedges

    Ep. 54: Inspecting Hedges

    25/05/2017 Duración: 01h15min

    Guests: Astraluna, The Hedge Inspectors, Mary Agnes Krell, We Tigers, Victoria Vox Hosts: Stuart Yoshida, Doug Brown I’ve got a Podcast LIVE from the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival over in Jolly Old England, and YES, it’s recorded in a NOISY Pub, but that’s what makes it AUTHENTIC. So hang in there, because it’s well worth hearing what Astraluna, The Hedge Inspectors, We Tigers, Victoria Vox, and Mary Agnes Krell have to say as we talk about GNUF, ukulele podcasts, and cool projects the artists are working on. Support the Podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ooktown Make a one-time donation: https://ooktown.com/donate Guests and GNUF Links: Grand Northern Ukulele Festival: http://northernuke.com/ The Hedge Inspectors: https://www.facebook.com/thehedgeinspectors/ Astraluna Music: https://astralunamusic.com/about/ Victoria Vox: http://www.victoriavox.com/ We Tigers: https://www.facebook.com/wetigersukesongs Links: Victoria Vox, Jack and the Vox: http://www.victoriavox.com/jackand

  • OokTown Interview: Lorraine Bow

    OokTown Interview: Lorraine Bow

    21/05/2017 Duración: 42min

    Guest: Lorraine Bow Host: Stuart Yoshida E komo mai! Welcome to the OokTown Interview, a special edition of my Podcast where I have a one-on-one conversation with my guest. And this time around, I’ve got Lorraine Bow, founder of Ukulele Wednesdays in London and the owner of her own Ukulele School called “Learn to Uke.” We talk about how and why she started Ukulele Wednesdays 10 years ago, ideas for starting your own Ukulele Podcast, and lots more. Links: Podcasters’ Studio: http://thepodcastersstudio.com/ Podcasters’ Roundtable: http://podcastersroundtable.com/ ATR2100 USB mic: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/751977-REG/Audio_Technica_ATR2100_USB_ATR2100_USB_Cardioid_Dynamic_USB.html Lorraine Bow: Ukulele Wednesdays: https://ukulelewednesdays.com/ Learn to Uke: http://www.learntouke.co.uk/ Ukulele Wednesdays on the BBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8S6BnfFxng

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