The Recording Studio: May 28

There are 3 acts this week on The Recording Studio: a ukelele group, a song for a baby son and another for a girlfriend ahead of a wedding.

Ukestras
Husband and wife team, Jane and Mark, run ukulele community groups in and around Newcastle, NSW. Eight times a week their Ukestras (Ukulele Orchestras) meet up to play the Ukulele. They are from all walks of life and up to as many as 200 people attend each fun group event. Ukestras is a celebration of community, collaboration and the humble ukulele. The group want to sing ‘My Girl’ as a tribute to their children, and to celebrate their community. Producer Matt Fell, a long-time appreciator of the ukulele, and music director Scott Aplin bring together this group for their musical gift in a colourful, unique recording.

Kate Begbie
Kate is a married mother of three and is recording a song for her eldest child, Elio, as a special gift. Elio who is seven-years-old, has an undiagnosed illness which has stopped his development. He’s unable to walk or talk and he’s not mobile and non-verbal. He needs care 100% per cent of the time. While it’s been tough on the whole family, one bright spot in their lives is music and how much Elio loves his music sessions. ‘Beautiful Boy’ by John Lennon is a song mum Kate has been singing to Elio since he was born. It’s a song for good days and bad days and for Kate but seeing Elio react to her singing is one of her greatest pleasures. Unable to watch her son riding a bike or jumping on a trampoline, Kate wants to record her musical gift for Elio so he has something special that is just his. In this emotional story, music producer Shane Nicholson helps Kate find her groove and relax into a very special recording for Elio.

Adam Bowes
Adam is a double amputee who had to have parts of his legs removed when he was two-years-old, as he was born without tibia bones from his knees to ankles. Adam now walks on prosthetics and lives an incredibly active life. He holds numerous Para-Olympic records for swimming. Adam, with the help of iconic pop producer Charles Fisher records the Ed Sheeran’s hit ‘Perfect’ for his high school sweetheart Sarah, for the first dance at their wedding happening in 2019.

8pm Tuesday on ABC.

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