RICHARD Owen is a 'ukulele wizard' hoping to bring the fun of playing the instrument to a wider audience.

The small guitar-like four-stringed instrument has gained huge popularity in recent years, and Richard has been giving lessons across Anglesey.

Now, to coincide with half term, Anglesey organisation Menter Iaith Môn, with Bocsŵn music project, is launching a free series of ukulele music lessons in Welsh.

The premiere of the first of eight on-line lessons is at 5pm, on Tuesday, October 30, the second on Thursday, November 1, followed by weekly releases until Christmas.

Nia Thomas, who leads Menter Iaith Môn, said: “Richard Owen, who runs Bocsŵn, is a wizard in teaching the ukuleles to children, young people and adults.

"The Bocsŵn team is very popular across the Island and I know that people from Anglesey and beyond will be keen to see these videos on-line.

"Our vision at Menter Iaith Môn is to respond to the needs of children, young people, families and communities, by offering activities in Welsh for all to enjoy.

"Rich’s brilliant idea, to share his experience with a wider audience, will be very popular with young people and adults alike, thereby extending fun activities in Welsh to homes across the country.”

Bocsŵn offers social opportunities through musical activities for the young people of Anglesey between the ages of five and 18

Richard Owen, of the music project explained: “I’ve had so much pleasure playing music in Welsh and seeing the infectious enthusiasm of pupils as they learn new skills.

"It’s just a natural extension to reach out and provide support to families or social groups for an easy start and enjoyment in making music.”

Established over 10 years ago, Bocsŵn has been teaching ukuleles to schools in Valley, Tywyn, Moelfre, Benllech, Rhosneigr, Beaumaris, Llanfawr, and Bodedern secondary school.

In addition, the project supplies ukuleles for group activities, such at in the workplace with M-Sbarc or in community groups with Age Cymru.

For more information, email Bocsŵn at or on Facebook: Bocsŵn.

The lessons can be seen on ‘Bocsŵn’ Facebook or YouTube.