Events

Meet The Ukulele Makers 2019 will feature a full programme of events, including makers and players workshops, a concert, informal sessions and an open mic.

Events - Timetable

The Festival will officially start off on Friday evening in the meeting room of the Oakley Arms Hotel (at the bottom of the drive to Plas Tan y Bwlch) with an Open Mic interspersed with Festival Song Book items which everyone can play along to.

On Saturday there will be a 'Jam Corner' under the grand stairs, a Jam Bar downstairs and also a No-Mic Invitation Stage compered by Sunny Jim. Half hour slots on the stage can be applied for before the end of April.

Other performers who will be running workshops as well as appearing in the concert include Phil Doleman and Matt Warnes. Collaboration will be a key element of performances.

There will be a selection of makers’ and performers’ merchandise available in the Theatre Foyer on Saturday evening.

To download a copy of the timetable below, please click HERE.

Friday 31 May
From 3.00pm Pete Howlett ukulele build demo
PLAS TAN Y BWLCH - Theatre Foyer side room
From 4.30pm Residents check in and settle in Reception
Sign- up Sheet for Open Mic
Meet & greet opportunity Pete & Makers Oakeley Room
Jam Corner with Andy Webster Under main stairs
5.00-6.00pm Bar open to buy drinks to have with dinner
6.00-7.00pm Residents Dinner in Dining Room
7.30pm Open Mic + Festival Song Book with Paul Tucker in The Oakeley Arms
Saturday 1 June
From 8.00am Makers Displays set up Library
8.15-8.45am Residents Breakfast Buffet in Dining Room
From 9.00am Pete Howlett ukulele build demo Theatre Foyer side room
10.00am Meet the Makers stalls open: Show, Tell & Sell Library
ADMIT NON RESIDENTS
10.30am Residents Hot drinks break: Dining Room
Non residents: Café open until 4.30: hot drinks etc on sale Cafe
10.45am-Noon Workshops (1¼ hrs)
1. PETE HOWLETT
Choosing Materials
Theatre Foyer side room
2. HILARY TIPPING
Cloth Gig-Bag Making
Stable
3. RICHARD DURRANT
Intermediate Festival piece practice
Theatre
4. MATT WARNES
Song writing
Practice Room
5. PAUL TUCKER
Festival songs for Beginners + how to play in a group Part 1
Oakeley Room
12.15-1.15pmam Residents Lunch Dining Room
Non residents: Café open until 4.30: hot drinks etc on sale
1.30-3.00pm Workshops (1½ hrs)
6. TOM ZEIGENSPECK
Binding
Theatre Foyer side room
7. TERRY BRAND
Painted ukes: rosettes
Stable
8. RICHARD DURRANT
Novice to Intermediate practice
Theatre
9. PHIL DOLEMAN
The Ukulele Players Bag of Tricks (Intermediate)
Practice Room
*no-mic Acoustic Stage with SUNNY JIM Oakeley Room
1. 1.30pm
2. 1.50pm
3. 2.10pm
4. 2.30pm
5. 2.50pm
6. 3.10pm
7. 3.30pm
8. 3.40-4.10pm
3.00-4.00pm Jam Bar led by DAf Roberts
3.00pm-4.00pm Workshops (1hr)
10. PETE HOWLETT
Ukulele Build
Theatre Foyer side room
11. ELISABETH PFEIFFER
Percussion techniques (Beginner to Intermediate)
Practice Room
12. RICHARD DURRANT
Intermediate to fairly tricky Festival piece practice
Theatre
13. PAUL TUCKER
Festival songs for Beginners + how to play in a group Part 2
Under main stairs
4.00pm Residents Hot drinks break: Dining Room
Non residents: Café open until 4.30: hot drinks etc on sale Cafe
4.30-5.30pm Jam Bar led by Paul
4.30-5.30pm Workshops (1 hr)
14. TOM ZEIGENSPECK
Grain Filling
Theatre Foyer side room
15. RICHARD DURRANT
Festival piece FULL REHEARSAL
(5.30pm Sound Check)
Theatre
6.00-7.00pm Residents Dinner Dining Room
Non residents: suggest pre- booking a meal at the Oakeley Arms or other restaurant
7.00pm-7.45pm Mass Jam Led by Andy Oakeley Room
8.00pm-11.15pm Concert in the Theatre
(Bar open all evening)
Selection of makers’ & performers’ merchandise available in Theatre Foyer
8.00pm-8.15pm Nick Mann
8.15pm-8.45pm Andy Webster
8.45pm-9.15pm Elisabeth Pfeiffer
9.15pm-9.45pm Announce Ukulele Winner
BREAK
9.45pm-10.15pm Phil Doleman
10.15pm-10.45pm Richard Durrant
10.45pm-11.15pm Festival Composition
Sunday 2 June
8.15am-8.45am Residents Breakfast Buffet Dining Room
9.30am Vacate rooms
10.30am-11.30am Grand Jam/ Big Strum led by Andy & Jim
Oakeley Room
Guided Walk
Café Terrace
12.00noon-1.00pm Residents Lunch Dining Room
Leave premises

To download a copy of the timetable above, please click HERE.

Click HERE to download a plan of the venue showing what is where and HERE for an over all site plan.

“Tan y Bwlch”
with Richard Durrant

This new piece is for solo ukulele (played by the composer) and three groups of supporting ukulele players:
1. Intermediate (to fairly tricky)
2. Intermediate
3. Novice to Intermediate (basic chords with specific rhythms)
The players in each group will need to prepare individually in the months leading up to the festival using Richard’s online resources (available from February 2019 on richarddurrantacademy.com). These include a downloadable PDF of each part and clearly made instructional films which encourage each player to memorise their parts and, ultimately, to play along to the complete piece.
At MUMF Richard will work with the groups of players in three workshops and one full rehearsal - all scheduled to take place on the day of the concert (June 1st 2019).

Events - Songbook

The Festival Song Book will be compiled from pieces suggested by those coming to the Festival. Once it has been created, it will be available to download from this page.