Interviews

  • Interview with Phil Doleman by Nick Cody

    Interview with Phil Doleman by Nick Cody

    I understand you are currently recording in the studio, what can people expect from this new recording? Well, the ‘studio’ is a nest of blankets and foam sheets at the bottom of my stairs! I’m recording onto my laptop with a single large diaphragm condenser mic into a Focusrite interface. With the exception of the […]Read More »
  • Interview with Matt Stead – original ukulele opportunities

    Interview with Matt Stead – original ukulele opportunities

    1. How did you become interested in playing and teaching the ukulele? It was kind of purely an ergonomic thing at first and for two reasons. Firstly I was in an indie-pop band called A Fine Day for Sailing and used to do solo shows. Lugging an acoustic guitar around on busy tubes to get […]Read More »
  • How to build a ukulele festival from scratch by Hugh & Fi McCafferty

    How to build a ukulele festival from scratch by Hugh & Fi McCafferty

    Location, location, location. The small town of Geraldine, New Zealand, seems an unlikely venue for anything of importance. It is a pretty town of some 2,500 people, with a similar number living in the surrounding areas, and can be found nestled into the foothills of the Southern Alps, roughly in the middle where the highways […]Read More »
  • Nick Cody interviews Mary Agnes Krell about GNUF, now in its 5th year

    Nick Cody interviews Mary Agnes Krell about GNUF, now in its 5th year

    What inspired you to create the first GNUF? Having moved up north from London, I was surprised at how few ukulele events were happening in the region. This was five years ago and at the time there was only one big annual ukulele festival in the country (in Cheltenham). There’d also been a few others […]Read More »
  • Takahiro Shimo, Ukulele Master Builder from Japan

    Takahiro Shimo, Ukulele Master Builder from Japan

    It was a privilege to meet up with Shimo for a delightful hour or so over coffee in Tokyo this July, (fortunately the day before a typhoon hit the city,) and he was kind enough to agree to this interview. This is the third time I have met him in Tokyo and he is always […]Read More »
  • Bill Collings master ukulele builder interviewed in Austin

    Bill Collings master ukulele builder interviewed in Austin

    “You’ve got to care, you’ve got to say I’m going to make a ukulele that makes the difference, and I’m not going to make one that’s going to be the 35 dollar uke!”                                                                                                                                                                                 Bill Collings The very first ukulele I bought was a Bill Collings UC1 prototype concert ukulele from New York, which has […]Read More »
  • Jake Shimabukuro comes to the UK

    Jake Shimabukuro comes to the UK

    Jake interviewed by Nick Cody I was very fortunate to meet Jake Shimabukuro for the first time at Leeds Town Hall, on his first ever UK tour.  Prior to this meet, kindly organised by his manager Van Fletcher  I had read as many previous interviews as possible and listened to his latest album “Travels”. However […]Read More »
  • The H – Z of Ukulele Magic at the foot of the mountain – Interviewing Pete Howlett

    The H – Z of Ukulele Magic at the foot of the mountain – Interviewing Pete Howlett

    It’s often said that fact is stranger than fiction. With this in mind what exactly are the chances of a bagpipe playing German ukulele builder, and a ukulele artisan of 23 year’s standing, working together at the foot of the glorious Welsh mountains? Earlier this year I discovered the answer to this question for myself […]Read More »