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Ukulele Is The New Black

Nov 22, 2020

Phil Doleman is a UK-based professional musician who plays a heap of instruments including guitar, banjo, and of course ukulele.  I had a chat to him a few weeks ago about his love of old-time jug band, blues and folk music, and he tells me about his journey from playing in a band as a teenager to a career in performance, teaching, and book publishing.  And of course he plays a couple of cool songs!

You can find out more about Phil on his website,, check out his learning resources at, look up Phil Doleman on YouTube, and of course become a patron at

This is my last episode for 2020 – it’s been quite a year and I’m due for a break.  I will be releasing some bonus episodes in early 2021, including a Best of 2020 episode which will hopefully be out in early January.  I’ll be kicking off Season 4 sometime in March.  In the meantime keep safe, and I look forward to bringing you chats with more great ukulele players in 2021!

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Songs played on the show:

  • We Are Both Feeling Good Right Now (Bo Carter, Lonnie Chatmon - 1930)
  • If You Keep Drinkin’ That Coffee (Phil Doleman)

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 Meredith Harper, who also wrote the theme tune. The theme tune was performed by Meredith Harper, Jasmine Fellows, Geoff Skellams, Jim Croft, Chris Williams, Paul Marsh and Sandra Shaw.  Seb Carraro does the graphic design.

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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.