It’s something different, something I’ve never done before – I’d never played in a band, I never thought I was going to be a musician.
Fave song to play?
The riff on Tainted Love – that’s good fun. I like some of the songs – some not so much! I especially like some of the eighties stuff, the very old stuff like Doris Day…
What’s been your favourite gig to play?
The gigs are starting to merge into each other! The ones that stand out – it’s more for the backstage stuff… the things like hanging out with … what’s her name… rock chick… Ella Chambers! One of the most memorable moments was the dressing room jam of I Love Rock and Roll with her at the Komedia a couple of years ago.
Has anyone ever recognised you on the street?
Yes, a couple of times – that’s always nice – a moment of fame at last!
What about your own musical tastes – the things you like to listen to. Can you imagine playing any of those artists on ukulele?
My taste is – well, I would describe it as eclectic, though other people have described it as ‘dirgey’ in the past. I like to think of it as deep and meaningful, but, no, that doesn’t really go with the ukulele, so the uke is actually quite nice at balancing that out – I get a bit of ‘jaunty’ and a bit of happiness from that, which is good!
Which of the new songs we’re currently learning are you having the most fun with?
That would be Stray Cat Strut – without any hesitation! I like the groove of it, it’s good fun, a bit eighties (which dare I say it is kind of where I’m rooted!)
And what upcoming gigs are you looking forward to most?
I’m looking forward to the Ida Barr show- that’s going to be different from everything we’ve ever done before!
Catch Qukulele performing with Ida Barr as part of Brighton Festival:
Sunday May 18th, Dome Studio: full details here: Ida Barr's Mashup