MUMF: Meet the Ukulele Maker Festival (Friday evening 18th, Saturday 19th May 2018)

Most ukulele festivals in the UK are performers’ gigs – venues where you can meet other players, share your chops, learn how to play better and get the opportunity to have your ‘15 minutes of fame’. While these festivals provide the important function of recognizing and celebrating playing talent, makers often hug the sidelines hoping someone will notice their work. They are often like bit-players in a musical drama.

With this in mind, I and my wife Helen decided to ‘give back’ to the ukulele community since we have had so many kind people support us since 1994.  We had the idea of sponsoring a festival in 2018 where makers in the ukulele community could display their work, share their techniques and knowledge as well as selling their instruments.

Let me say at the outset, this is not ‘my festival’. The main focus of it and the whole purpose is to give others the room to shine. Kevin Mulcock of KM Ukulele, Liam Kirby of Wunderkammer Musical Instrument Co., John Pearson of Solwayer Guitars, Tom Zeigenspeck, Zachary Taylor, Lawrie Reekie, Volker Grass, Sven Nyström, Rick Thorpe and Richard Cross are booked to display and discuss their work. Some of the luthiers have been invited to host technique workshops.

If you are a maker, whether amateur or professional and would like to book a FREE selling space, please let Helen know by emailing her at h_howlett@btinternet.com

In addition, MUMF will be a festival where professional musicians Andy Eastwood, Zoe Bestel, Paul Tucker and Liz Panton, as well as performing in concert, will share their music-making techniques: song-writing, composition, playing and teaching expertise.

The venue is the former country house: Plas Tan y Bwlch (now the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre) situated in Gwynedd near the Lleyn Peninsular. It has two performance spaces including a 100 seat intimate theatre.

There will still be the opportunity for Festival-goers to sign up for an open mic session on Friday evening and amateur players will be invited to perform between the headlining acts during the Saturday evening concerts. There will also be opportunities for ‘break-out, spontaneous sessions in the communal areas of the old country house venue.

The venue is the former country house: Plas Tan y Bwlch (now the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre) situated in Gwynedd near the Lleyn Peninsular. It has two performance spaces including a 100 seat intimate theatre.

You can either attend as a weekend resident with full board or as a day delegate on Saturday. The free open mic on Friday night is in the function room of the nearby Oakeley  Arms hotel.

(Full board & accommodation at the main venue: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner plus admission to all workshops and concert. Sunday breakfast & lunch: £185 ensuite, £168 shared bathroom. Day tickets £45 with the option of adding on meals.)

For more information visit the MUMF website.

 

2 Responses to MUMF: Meet the Ukulele Maker Festival (Friday evening 18th, Saturday 19th May 2018)

  1. Alan Thornton 11th February 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    This looks like an amazing festival.

    • nick cody 11th February 2018 at 3:31 pm #

      There are a crazy number of uke festivals/events in the UK at present. I count one every 3 weeks in 2018. Many are very similar in format so its great to see someone think outside the box and do something different!

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