Artists Appearing

As well as showcasing ukulele makers, MUMF 2020 features leading ukulele players on the Saturday evening.

As well as the pros, you will have a chance to play in Open Mic spots in front of a supportive and friendly audience. So pick your best number and get practicing!

George Hinchliffe

George Hinchliffe is the founder member and director of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain continuing to write and arrange for the Orchestra. His original works include music for the Orchestra’s silent film show "Ukulelescope” commissioned by the BFI and the ukulele opera “Dreamspiel” written with renowned playwright Michelle Carter and performed at the Arcola Festival.

He was born and grew up in Sheffield and studied in Leeds. In 1960 he started playing the ukulele. Over the years George has produced music for films, advertisements and video including The South Bank Show, Granada TV, The BBC, The British Council and The Frankfurt Book Fair. George worked in the studio with Michael Nyman, Hans Zimmer and Brian Eno and has been a New Musical Express crossword clue.

Now living in Kent he has recorded several solo CDs.

Ralph Shaw

Ralph Shaw is a showman with a style inspired by British Music Hall and a witty raconteur with an infectious joy of performing. As a gifted songwriter Ralph Shaw’s songs bring characters and situations to life with brilliant word play. His funny and sometimes tender songs thrill audiences with music and laughter.

Ralph’s ukulele workshops are a tour de force, helping new and experienced players get to grips with their instrument and performance technique. With a catalogue of five solo albums, four teaching DVDs and two acclaimed books, Ralph has played a crucial role in creating the current ukulele boom.

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Phil Doleman

Phil’s love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics with his intricate picking and driving rhythms on both ukulele and 5-string banjo. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by. Phil has travelled all over the world performing and leading workshops at festivals, theatres and clubs. He has appeared on over 20 albums (and a number 2 hit single), performed on BBC radio and TV, taught over 1,500 ukulele players and shared stages with some of the world’s finest players.

He is a regular contributor to Uke magazine and is the author of the book “How Music Works On The Ukulele”.

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Nick Mann

Nick Mann has been involved in music education all his working life, rounding off his teaching career as Director of Music in one of the top independent schools in the country. As a lifelong guitarist, on retiring from mainstream education, he took up the ukulele as a fresh challenge and promptly fell in love with the instrument.
He aims to bring the sound of the ukulele to as many audiences as possible through the medium of educational workshops in schools and through concert performances. His repertoire is an eclectic mix of baroque, classical, and contemporary popular music.

Andy Webster

Andy Webster was for many years a professional French horn player in and around London but for the last 5 years or so has specialized on the Ukulele. He runs 3 full time Uke groups up north, teaches at World of Ukes and regularly gives workshops to groups of 10 to 400! He is also a member of the Ukulele Trio “The League Of Ukulele Gentlemen” who have played in Austria, Germany, Ibiza, Portugal, the Czech Republic as well as all over the UK and will be touring Australia in November 2019.

Andy says he is thrilled to have been asked back again to MUMF: “this wonderful festival”.

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Visit the 'World of Ukes' Website

Tom Ziegenspeck

Tom Ziegenspeck was making music from an early age. This led him on his path to becoming a master luthier specialising in hand made ukulele. Now he combines his talents by performing on his masterpiece harp ukulele giving traditional tunes a modern twist. The extra 4 bass strings produce a unique sound which is made all the richer when he adds a loop station to the mix. Making and playing ukulele: what could be better?

Tom will also be hosting a players’ workshop at MUMF 2020 showing participants how to play the harp ukulele combined with a loop station.

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Tim Smithies

Since getting into busking as a kid Tim has performed his own style of crazy magic, juggling, escapes, music and comedy all over the world with performances recently in Prague, Austria, Dublin, Paris, Las Vegas and even... Barnsley! As well as playing the ukulele in concert, Tim will be running a beginners’ workshop on performing card tricks during the weekend.

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More Artists

More artists will be added here as they are confirmed.