Participating Makers

Makers are the heartbeat of the festival, providing advice and sharing their enthusiasm for their craft.

There is no substitute for the combination of experience and sheer hard work. The luthiers appearing at the festival are some of the best, and attendees will have a chance to talk to them about their techniques and methods.

Kevin Mulcock

Kevin Mulcock is a returning exhibitor having enjoyed displaying and discussing his ukuleles at MUMF2018 and MUMF2019. He builds KM-Ukuleles in his spare time from his modified garage in the garden. Kevin originally started making ukuleles on a whim, in an attempt to quell his UAS (Ukulele acquisition syndrome!) and as a stress reliever. Highly inspired, motivated and taught a number of skills by Pete Howlett, he has been making ukuleles for 3 years whilst also working full time in Operating Theatres for the NHS and continuing to study for his Masters Degree.
Kevin is continually developing his KM-Ukulele brand whilst experimenting with his ukulele design, style, methods and processes...(and he enjoys playing a bit too!)

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Lawrie Reekie

Lawrie Reekie is very much a hobby builder. Having been introduced to ukulele playing on a holiday 6 years ago he soon found a new passion for seeking the perfect tone and playability. This developed into the continual acquisition of new ukuleles until deciding to try to build his own. After an interesting but not too successful start he invested in a Pete Howlett course to make a tenor which as you can expect resulted in an excellent ukulele. However the quest and experimentation continues in an attempt to produce a self designed ukulele which even comes close to those Howlett machines.
Now in semi retirement he hopes that his engineering background might help him to accomplish that dream and to produce instruments good enough to be used by young and new players. The brand Ecosselele has been created in anticipation of being successful.

Brian Mahoney

Brian Mahoney is a hobbyist builder who by trade is an SQL developer (Structured Query Language: used with databases).
Prior to MUMF 2018 he had built a couple of Stewmac kits but has now progressed to some more challenging builds. Using an attic room for a workshop informs his choice of both tools and finishes.

Terry Brand

Tewin Ukuleles are made by Terry Brand a 56 year old Hertfordshire artist who has played the guitar since he was 17.
He turned to the ukulele seven years ago and after having a go at an internet based Altoids tin ukulele project he has, for the last three years, progressed to making handmade and now hand painted traditional tonewood soprano ukuleles.

Rick Thorpe

Rick Thorpe makes ukuleles from recycled oil cans. He grew up in South Africa and the inspiration came from the home-made "blik" (tin) guitars played by street musicians there. The idea was born when he started playing (and of course fell in love with) the ukulele. So the first RICkulele was made in 2012.
Rick has had a stand at WOMAD Festival ever since, where the electro-accoustic instruments often appeal to performance musicians.
For every RICkulele sold, a donation is made to the charity ‘Instruments for Africa’ which sends reconditioned musical instruments to schools in southern Africa.

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Coming Soon ...

More makers appearing at MUMF 2020 will be added as they are confirmed - check back soon to see who they are!

If you're a maker of ukulele and would like to have the chance to exhibit for a half price ticket, please use the contact form to let Helen know.