About MUMF 2020

A Ukulele Festival with a difference.

STOP PRESS: Because the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the venue has been temporarily closed for the duration of the crisis. The dates for MUMF are now 20th-22nd November 2020, NOT May. If that date works for you we can keep you on the list of ticket holders. Pete will also combine it with the planned show of his own works that was pencilled in for Sheffield for that same week. If you are booked into the Plas they can keep your room allocation for you. If you booked through Air B & B you can ring the Plas and confirm you still want to keep your room. (01766 772600). Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

The venue is Plas Tan y Bwlch in picturesque North Wales. This former Country House still retains some of its original features including the panelled library. As well as a 90 seat raked auditorium, the house has several spaces for ‘break out’ sessions including the café patio terrace overlooking the Afon Dwyryd.

Throughout the Festival from Friday afternoon onwards, ukulele makers will display and sell their instruments and be available to answer questions. There will be workshops on setting up an instrument, playing techniques for players of all abilities and for those who prefer something different: beginners card tricks!

George Hinchliffe, founder of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will teach unconventional tunings and also rehearse an ensemble drawn from Festival goers who have practiced on their own in the months beforehand to provide the finale for the Saturday Evening concert.

Other performers who will be running workshops as well as appearing in the concert include Ralph Shaw, Phil Doleman, Nick Mann and Tim Smithies. Andy Webster will be compiling the Festival Song Book and running jamming sessions while Sunny Jim will run an acoustic stage.

There will be a Pete Howlett special edition, one off black face soprano ukulele for auction to help cover the costs of the Festival. ‘Le Noir III’

The Venue

The main venue is Plas Tan y Bwlch, built as a country house but which is now used as the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre.

Participating Makers

Building ukulele is both art and science. Meet the makers - whether you are a player, a buyer or a maker yourself - and get the inside story.

Artists Appearing

Confirmed headline artists are George Hinchliffe, Phil Doleman, Ralph Shaw, Nick Mann and Tim Smithies with more to be added. Check out our mini biographies.

Tickets & Payment

Tickets £60 include access to all workshops, activities and the Saturday evening concert.

Non residents purchase their own food from the terrace cafe.

Payment is by Bank Transfer or cheque. If you would like a ticket, please contact us via the form at the bottom of the page. We will get back to you with payment details. Bank Transfer is very easy if you bank online, and if you don't, your bank will be able to advise. All payments in sterling please, cheques must be drawn on a UK bank.