The first official Uke-a-Bay Festival started in August 2014. It is the only free ukulele festival in Wales, and is fronted by its chairman, Erik the Ring-Tailed Lemur, who you can blame if it all goes wrong!
Phil Hartley-Williams and Paul Richards, who were members of Colwyn Bay Ukulele Group at the time, came up with the idea of Uke-a-Bay to make Conwy County stand out as a musical venue in the UK. The aim was to make Colwyn Bay stand out on the musical map, and who doesn't love ukuleles? From there both the festival and the team has grown, and has continued on for what will be its 7th year.
Uke-a-Bay has seen acts from around the world including; Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Switerland, and Wigan!
Meet the Team!
Erik the Lemur
Erik made his way to Colwyn Bay in a cardboard box. After making friends in a charity shop, he was one of the founding members of Woteva. He is now the chair-lemur of Uke-a-Bay, and has his own Facebook page (Erik the Ring Tailed Lemur)!
Paul was one of the founding members of the Colwyn Bay Ukulele group, which in turn led to the start of Uke-a-Bay. He's now a leading member of Woteva, and a half/third/quarter of Desperate measures.
Lucy got her first ukulele for Christmas 2012, 3 years later she was one of the main team members of Uke-a-Bay. She is a founder member of Woteva and also half of The BLT (The Becky and Lucy Twosome).
Becky is student at Llandrillo College studying Music and Music Technology. She plays ukulele, guitar, and drums (but not all at the same time!). She is also in Woteva and is the other half of The BLT.
Lucasz is Uke-a-Bay's main sound technician, and has been since 2015. He works on sound for companies all over the world, so he knows his stuff! He also works on sound engineering for Venue Cymru.
Alice is the web developer for Uke-a-Bay. She also helps manage the social media accounts for the festival. Having studied Film, Television, and Digital Production at uni, she doesn't know how to play ukulele but enjoys watching others play.