MUMF 2018 Memories

'Meet The Ukulele Makers 2018' ran in May 2018. We would like to thank all of the artists, makers, attendees and helpers for making this event an enjoyable and succesful one. And (as you now know) we are doing it all again in 2019!

The inaugural MUMF event was held in May 2018, housed in the same venue at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia. The aim was to curate a different type of ukulele festival which, focussed as much on the art and craft of ukulele building as on the playing of the instrument. Add in sessions on songwriting, design, teaching and looking after your tools (among other subjects!) and you have a unique blend. Judging by the feedback we have received and the number of people who expressed an interest in a 2019 festival, it was a blend that was much appreciated!

Here are some photos, and some of the nice comments.

Ton Ziegenspeck ukuleles
Rick Thorpe's RICkuleles
Richard Cross ukuleles
Liam Kirby and Volker Grass at their stalls
Paul Barnard ukuleles
Aiden Smith ukuleles
Volker Grass ukuleles
Aaron Tucker's artwork
Kevin Mulcock ukuleles
Tewin Ukuleles by Terry Brand
Tom and Paul performing
Paul and Zoe on stage
Pete and Paul playing together
In the gardens
Zoe Bestel leading a Songwriting workshop
An impromptu session
The makers panel
Ton Ziegenspeck's Binding workshop
Easy Chord Changes with Liz Panton
A workbench in the School Room
The Dining Room
An intimate evening session

The venue was superb and you are certainly blessed with some magnificent scenery. The room was comfortable... and the vegetarian food was excellent.
The workshops were some of the best I have attended both on the 'making' side and on the musical side. I particularly enjoyed Andy Eastwood's workshop, it was very different and treated the attendees as 'grown ups' not just trying to teach a very easy tune or strum.
The open Mike was crowded but everyone was received in an appreciative way - it could almost encourage me to have a go! The concert was great and left everyone on a high.

I wanted to drop you a quick line to say what a lovely festival MUMF was, (we) thoroughly enjoyed it.
The food and the accommodation was great, and the setting was magnificent, thanks go to centre staff.
The people who helped to organised the day were lovely, Rainbow, Jim, Daf, Paul, Andreas and all the others I have missed.
It was great to meet all the different builders and talk with them about their ukuleles, it has inspired me to think about having ago at a simple build myself.
Finally the concert was great. Thank you once again and well done a successful festival.

It was really a pleasure to take part and we enjoyed the beautiful environment, the courses, concerts and the perfect organisation.
It was totally peaceful and relaxed for us as attendants.

Thank you to all involved with the festival, very enjoyable and what a great place to showcase makers work. Special thanks to you and your family members. The amount of work and time, and attention to detail that you all put in to make it special for others was fully appreciated.

I just want to thank you both for the most brilliant festival weekend at Tan-y-Bwlch - for me the event was a fantastic success.
I really had the most excellent time throughout.

Thank you for a very well organised festival.
The fact that it was faultless speaks highly of the amount of work you put in which is not easy.

Just to say a big thankyou for all your hard work with the festival organisation. It all went brilliantly and I really enjoyed it.
Hope you can take a well earned rest now! Please pass on thanks to Pete, Rainbow and your other helpers.

The way time just seemed to fly by shows how interesting and how slick the organisation must have been. I think everyone knew that a huge amount of effort and planning must have gone into the event and it is amazing that for a new festival there were no apparent glitches at all. Please know that we very much appreciate the idea behind the festival and the work undertaken to make it such a success.
If we can get there next year we will definitely be in that number!