Artists Appearing

As well as showcasing ukulele makers, MUMF 2108 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!

Zoe Bestel

Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics describes award winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician, Zoë Bestel, hailed as one of the countries most exciting emerging talents.

With her first EP, 35 Missed Calls – released in 2012, when she was just 14 – reaching number three in Amazon’s folk chart, and two years later her self released debut album, Sir Lucas and the Moon, awarded Album of the Week by the Scottish Daily Record, she is winning admiration both from national press and the wider folk scene, having been invited to support such artists as The Peatbog Faeries, Emily Smith, Paul Brady, Bella Hardy and Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly.

As well as numerous BBC radio performances, Zoë has also played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.

Visit Zoe's Website

Andy Eastwood

Andy Eastwood belongs to the generation of artists who are bringing variety entertainment into the 21st century. Andy's specialities are the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, and in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

Last year Andy made his 300th guest appearance with The Ken Dodd Happiness Show, and The Stage recently called Andy 'the busiest man in showbusiness' because as well as being a popular name in variety and pantomime, he also makes regular cabaret appearances at top hotels around Britain and aboard cruise ships worldwide. Since 2008 Andy has been presenting Andy's Attic on the internet radio station Retro Jukebox. His most recent television appearances have been two interviews on Cruising With The Stars (Sky 284) and appearances on two of Frank Skinner's BBC documentaries.

2017 has seen Andy working in Finland, Spain and Central America in addition to the usual British tour schedule, and he is also producing and directing a season of variety shows at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Visit Andy's Website

Paul Tucker

Paul is a well known and popular performer as well as being a dedicated ukulele teacher with over 10 years experience.

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Liz Panton

Liz has been described as "a fun, mildly eccentric, ukulele singer-songwriter and cover artist. Her songs are fun and jaunty and will have you laughing and singing in your seats", "Edith Piaf meets Noddy Holder!" and "Jake Thackray wears lipstick!"
Each song tells a truth of one sort or another: about people, feelings, wishes or dreams. Some are "true stories" (like "Dunkirk") or are ‘calls to arms’. Some are funny, some bold, some are pure pop candy floss. Some soothe, others are shot through with the silver of sadness or mystery that touches the heart more deeply.
As well as playing in sessions and performing solo, Liz also organises workshops and concerts. Over the last few years she has enjoyed a song-writing partnership with Kevin Parsons, who made the instruments she will be playing at MUMF.
Liz embodies a truth that so many have discovered when they stumbled across the ukulele later in life as their first instrument: “It’s never too late to start making music!”.

Visit Liz's Website

Support Acts

We will feature a couple of support acts at the festival.

However, if you are feeling brave enough, you can also contibute to the fun! There will be an Open Mic at The Oakeley Arms on the Friday evening from 8pm. No booking required. We have also allocated time during the Saturday concerts for you to get up and strut your stuff - you have to book those slots beforehand on the day.

Of course, there is plenty of room around the venue for you to have a quick strum during the day if you wish - although with the packed schedule you might find it hard to make the time!

We look forward to seeing you, whether you are a player or a builder, performer or listener, amateur or pro, singer song-writer or classic song interpreter!