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Ukulele Is The New Black

Nov 3, 2019

I recently went to the SPRUKE ukulele festival in Brisbane, where I caught up with Ruth Allen, leader of the Port Macquarie Ukestra.  If you don’t know what a Ukestra is, go back and listen to the episode I recorded last year with Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart.

Not only does Ruth lead the ukestra, she is also a James Hill accredited ukulele teacher, and a very entertaining performer! 

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Songs played in this episode:

  • Takin’ Selfies (lyrics by Claude Prez and Ruth Allen, music by Donaldson, Douglas & Gumble)
  • Buy my Ukuleles (lyrics by Ruth Allen, music by Les Reed & Barry Mason)

Please support me on Patreon and get an exclusive Ukulele Is The New Black decal for your ukulele case!  Give a little more and you will get your name in the show notes every week, like these supporters:

  • Ukulele Champion: Debbie Hoad
  • Ukulele Legend: Linda Dodwell

Go to the Ukulele Is The New Black YouTube channel for a playlist to hear these songs as well as others mentioned in the episode.  If you enjoy this podcast, buy some merch at, or give the podcast a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser.  You can also get in touch – I love to hear from listeners.  You can email me at, or send me a message on social media or through the website.

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 and Jim Croft.  Seb Carraro does the graphic design.

The music played in this episode is licenced under a Podcasts (Featured Music) agreement with APRA AMCOS.