Ukulele interview: The Durham Ranger and She Bear Show

Image from Mixcloud of Durham Ranger and She Bear Show #65

Stan Tunstall-Otterburn (aka “The Durham Ranger“) makes a wicked curry! While he was preparing spices and marinades, Jude (“The She Bear”) and I amused ourselves messing about with ukuleles.

I got to know Stan after he had videoed me, performing “Heart and Soul” by Sheedy Frost, at the “Flash Folk Gathering” organised by Jack Burness in Lanchester in August 2013.

It was at another Flash Folk event, at The Beamish Mary in May this year, that I met Jude for the first time.  Jude said that she did not play a musical instrument, so of course I had to give her a go on my ukulele. As she and Stan left, he was cursing me for introducing her to the uke – and I was predicting that she was already hooked!

Despite his cursing, Stan bought Jude a ukulele for her birthday and what amazing progress she had made in just three weeks!

After they had plied me with Stan’s home made curry and naan bread, Stan and Jude interviewed me for their weekly cloudcast radio show on Mixcloud.

The plan was to broadcast it in time to promote the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in Huddersfield. But the best laid plans . . . Stan and Jude were to get it on the air in time for it to coincide with the second day of GNUF.  So, after a hard day’s uking in Huddersfield,  I settled down in my little campervan, with an excellent takeaway Balti, to listen to it. As usual with their show, a lovely mix of musical genres!

Liz Panton

Interview timings, mentions and links:

Interview Part 1: 19:40 – 31:15

The Cumberland Arms, Byker:

George Welch:

The Ukulele Allstars (no link)

Ken Thompson aka Kenny Lawrence (no link)

Strings Attached:

The Millstone, South Gosforth:

Flash Folk Gatherings North East:

Jack Burness:

P’Uke: (no link)

Ukulele Track: Riverdale by Lander Mason:

Interview Part 2: 35:00 – 43:30

Dharma Banana at The Cumberland Arms:

Del Rey:

Ukulele Hunt:

Michael Parmenter’s Classical Tabs for the Ukulele:

Wilfried Welti’s Ukulele Arts:

Al Wood aka Woodshed:

Ukulele Track: Mystic Moonshine by Liz Panton:

Interview Part 3: 46:40 – 56:20

Jeff Moore: | Soundcloud Habiline-Moonshine:

Colin Lee: (no link)

York Ukulele Festival:

You Cry When You Lie”:


“Steppin’ Stone”

“I Had My Hopes Up High”

Joe Ely:

Darren from Durham”:

Mainland Ukuleles:


Road Kill” by Chonkinfeckle:

Zahra Lowzley aka “The Ukulele Tutor“:

Ukes Akimbo:


Omega Music:

Omega Music Uke Express:

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival:

Ukulele Track: Prince Rupert’s March – Ukulele version by Liz Panton:

Ukulele Interview Part 4: 57:40 – 1:02:30

Gotaukulele website:

Barry Maz:

Aquila Strings:

Living Water Strings:

Ken Middleton:


The Ukuleleman:

Ukulele Track: Ka’a Ahi Kahului by Troy Fernandez

Ukulele Interview Part 5: 1:05:10 – 1:22:50  info – uke sessions and clubs NE and Cumbria:

ukes4fun – tips on finding a ukulele tutor:

Music Teachers:

The Musicians Union:

North East Branch of the George Formby Society:

Ukulele Track: “Ukuleles from Hell” by Per Andersson (Megahell):

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2 comments on “Ukulele interview: The Durham Ranger and She Bear Show
  1. Many thanks from us at Chonkinfeckle!!


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