Our 5th Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival has now drawn to a close. It was another amazing event - made possible by the wonderful and dedicated volunteers, the nearly 100 talented (and courageous) acts, the thousands of good-natured guests and the many gracious, hard-working staff who support the event.
Thanks again of course to our Sponsors - and it is time of course to announce the winners of our raffle prizes.
Raffle 1st Prize: Debra Hare (Return tickets for 2 to Hawaii generously donated Hawaiian Airlines) .
Raffle 2nd Prize: Janette Elwell (A Koaloha Hawaiian Koa CM-00, concert ukulele, PLUS a 30 minute lesson with The Blue Mugs' Rob 'Maestro' Weule).
The story of the Blue MUGs... since the last CD...
Our first CD came out about 2 years ago, and since then the Blue Mountains Ukulele Group, known as the Blue MUGs, have continued to bring ukulele to the world.
We are just as surprised as anybody at the continued growth of the ukulele community and of the MUGs in particular. We now have over 1000 members on our social media site. The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (Australia’s oldest ukulele festival) has grown from an idea in a pub 5 years ago, to over 50 acts and 5000 visitors. It has taken out prizes at our regional tourism awards 2 years running and is now regarded as an icon of Blue Mountains tourism. Now the Ukulele JAMboree looks to become part of our calendar as well.
One of the delights of the MUGs is the musical growth of its members and of the group as a whole, as you will hear on this recording. Many groups have grown out of the MUGs, each with its own style and energy. The MUGs continue to welcome and develop those new to the ukulele. We love nothing more than seeing our audience turn into ukulele players.
We hope this recording captures some of the fun and energy of the MUGs and that, when you listen to it, you might smile as much as we did when we were making it.
The Blue MUGs take great pleasure in announcing the Ukulele JAMboree, a free weekend of ukulele jamming in the foothills of the beautiful Barrington
Tops World Heritage Area on the weekend of the 8th to the 10th of
This is not a festival but a unique opportunity to gather for completely unstructured ukulele fun, in a tranquil location of incredible natural beauty. The venue is the award winning Riverwood Downs and there is a range of accommodation available from camping to resort.