Ukelear Radiation or . . . Ukulele Allsorts!

Heaven help me but I could not remember how to spell “Ukelear Radiation” – or was it “Ukulear Radiation”?

So how could I expect anyone else to spell it?

I was “Ukulele Allsorts” too – so much easier to spell.

So I will be moving all this stuff over to


Ukulele Allsorts at “I Know Where Syd Barrett Lived” | @starandshadow

Gary Lang sent me the audio recording of the set and the photos were taken by Cath Tyler and Jeff Moore.  A great night! 14 June 2014 to be precise.

I have already written about it here with the photos and two practice recordings (just me, no elephant emulators or keyboards!):

“I Know Where Syd Barrett Lived” – well now I do! @starandshadow

Many thanks again to Gary Lang of St. James Infirmary!

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NETA Benefit Night with Lost Voice Guy and Steffan Peddie

Fantastic charity night at Ashington Football Club on 7 June organised by Julie Ann Carr! Julie raised over £750 for NETA (North East Trust for Aphasia) and brought that up to £1,000 with her other fundraising activities!

The stars of the show:

  • Lost Voice Guy aka Lee Ridley, who previewed his new show for the Edinburgh Fringe, “Laughter is the Worst Medicine
  • Steffan Peddie, who hosted the night and was equally funny!
  • Charlotte Reay, fabulous singer and SLT2B
  • Janet Speight, Chair of NETA, who gave a very moving presentation
  • The amazing Julie Carr herself!
  • The audience, who were game for all the tom-foolery and fundraising stunts that Steffan Peddie threw at them!

Julie and Janet started off the evening by talking about NETA, about the Giving Voice UK and ICP2014 (International Communication Project 2014) campaigns.

Giving Voice Song

My contribution was to bridge the information-giving and entertainment parts of the evening with my “Giving Voice” ukulele song.  (See previous blog post: May 2014 – International Communication Project Month of Action #ICP2014 #ukulele).

My Mild Aphasia

I keep meaning to write about my own recent experience of mild aphasia and more than usual general slow-wittedness. This was due to the combined effects of severe sepsis that led to a heart attack, a period of TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks aka mini-strokes), three operations under general anaesthetic in three days and much morphine to kill the pain. The effects of a TIA are short-lived so I imagine the main reasons were the after-effects of the general anaesthetic and post-sepsis syndrome.

Janet’s presentation was a reminder of my own efforts not so very long ago. My word-finding problems have almost resolved and I am nearly, but not quite, back up to speed. I still need to sleep a lot.  If I do not then I slow down and get a bit befuddled until I catch up again.

My life was saved last October/November at the RVI (Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary).  I was already confused and was very ill before I went in.  For several months afterwards it felt like my brain was a bucket of treacle. Constructing a sentence was a slow and conscious activity, a laboured process of dredging individual words like rusty old nuts and bolts from the murky, viscous depths. Most often, a word eluded me altogether. Sometimes the wrong word materialised, a near miss, not quite on target.

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May 2014 – International Communication Project Month of Action #ICP2014 #ukulele

The International Communication Project 2014 (ICP2014) aims to spread the word about the vital importance of communication to all aspects of our lives and the critical difference that communication professionals can make – especially when they are involved early.

More information: ICP2014 – Giving Voice UK

The Giving Voice UK Campaign has been running since 2011.

This is a song I wrote for the campaign in 2011.  I was thrilled when Julie Carr used it as the soundtrack for her video of the “Giving Voice Communication Chain” event that she organised on The Tyne Millennium Bridge!


Julie Carr SLT is running another NETA Fundraising Event starring Lost Voice Guy! A chance to laugh yourself silly in a good cause!

NETA Fundraiser with Lost Voice Guy, Sat 7 June, 7:30 – 10:30, Ashington Football Club


North East Trust for Aphasia (NETA):

Julie’s Carr’s Giving Voice blog:

Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley): BBC News Guest Blog

Tickets £5:50 (incl booking fee):

Julie has kindly asked me to do my “Giving Voice” ukulele song again at this event too.

Had great fun doing it the last time – can’t believe it was nearly two years ago!

Lost Voice Guy Giving Voice, Ashington Football Club August 2012

Sepsis! A silly song about something serious #ukulele

This explains why, having started this blog, there has been so little blog-action over the past few months. Getting back on my feet now and uking as if my life depended on it! Maybe it does . . ?

Highly recommended for life-saving information: The UK Sepsis Trust

Mystic Moonshine – So you want to know what the future holds?

Mystic Moonshine – Ukulele Original – Liz Panton

True story – names and locations changed ever so slightly to protect the guilty!

Very pleased with myself that I managed to write it the morning of 1st January 2013 and then performed it the same afternoon at Strings Attached Folk Club – a good start to the New Year. I didn’t have much time to think about the music though so I just did it in C, F and G that time.
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Ukelear Radiation – Heart and Soul

Ukelear Radiation . . . what a brilliant stage name / band name – and nobody else seems to be using it . . . so here goes!

Video stills montage from Flash Folk Gathering 4 - Heart and Soul (Liz) plus Ukelear Radiation Warning

Many thanks to Stan Tunstall-Otterburn aka The Durham Ranger aka The Joculator for including this image in his video of me performing “Heart and Soul” by Sheedy Frost at the Fourth Flash Folk Gathering North East:

(Silent 22 second intro)

The other two images that I added are stills from Stan’s video.

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