When things return to normal:
Main Ukulele jam on the second Tuesday of every month 7.30pm till 9.30pm at the Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham-by-Sea.
Mini Jam on the fourth Tuesday of each month 7.30pm till 9.30pm.
Beginners welcome at both jams.
Quayside Ukes has now been going for over eight years. It all started in response to a request to run an evening ukulele jam at the Duke of Wellington pub in Shoreham. The ‘Uke at the Duke’ jam was born in January 2011, led by the great and inspirational Lawrie Stevens. It started off with a good attendance and quickly became a vibrant monthly event. Over the next six years this very popular jam just got bigger and bigger. It had outgrown the pub and a larger venue was needed. In November 2017 ‘Uke at the Duke’ moved across the road to the Sussex Yacht Club and became ‘Quayside Ukes’.
These jams are now led by Derek and Pete. ‘Rock Steady Pete’ has been around from the early ‘Uke at the Duke’ days being Lawrie’s right hand man. Derek, who has run Ukulele Jams during various Steyning Festivals, took over from Lawrie in November 2018 when Lawrie and his wife Sally decided to move to Wales. The jam is as busy as ever having over 90 ukulele players strumming and singing away to songs from the different decades and genres. They’ve even got a Bass Ukulele and Cahon player backing them up. Players are encouraged to help lead songs during the evening making it more inclusive. The main aim is to have fun and hopefully improve playing the instrument!
A ‘Mini Quayside Ukes’ session started a couple of years ago where players can work on music for the main jam. This has proven to be popular and is hosted by Jo every fourth Tuesday evening at 7.30pm also at the Sussex Yacht Club.
Quayside Ukes produces its own songbooks, always introducing new ones with Volume 17 being launched in May 2019. Derek and Pete have recently introduced the use of Powerpoint to project the songs onto a screen, although some players prefer using their own printed song sheets or computer tablets. Members are invited to submit their favourite songs for inclusion into forthcoming books. We even have a few original compositions!
Quayside Ukes meet at “The Sussex Yacht Club”, 85/89 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6RF on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.
The Mini Quayside Ukes meet every fourth Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm till 9.30pm at the same venue.
All abilities are welcome. Just come along! Membership is free, although we do ask for a voluntary £2 contribution to go towards funding of the Sussex Ukulele Festival and other Ukulele events. If you would like any further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently (April 2019) busy organising the 7th Sussex Ukulele Festival at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham, Sunday 15th September 2019. The festival will have Workshops, Ukulele Jams and Special Guests performing. The theme this year is ‘The Summer of 1969’ so cast your minds back to Woodstock, the moon landing, flower power and ‘love and peace’. Get up into the loft or the charity shops and dress to impress in your best 1960s gear. Have a look at our festival website
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Sunday, 6 December 2015
We will also continue the new songs in book 12 and revisit book 10.
So to sum up you need books 10, 12 and Christmas 2015.
If you're not coming to the Christmas meeting may we wish you a splendid festive season and good strumming in 2016.
Finally Meriel's Secret and Blackcap are playing at the Three Graces in Portland Road, Hove on the 12th of December at 8.00pm. There will be a communal jam at the end so bring your uke. Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Following on from the very successful Ukulele Festival Sussex, for October we have another huge event planned with a band called Hope And Social from Leeds and their show A Band Anyone Can Join. First, to get a flavour of what this is all about, have a read of three accounts of one of their previous shows: here, and here, and from the band members themselves here.
If you want to have a listen to the band, you can view the culmination of their big Yorkshire Festival project where they opened the Tour de France: Grand Depart – Opening Ceremony at Leeds Arena (and supposedly to 300,000,000 people on TV) last year on YouTube
Hope And Social will be presenting a free, family-friendly A Band Anyone Can Join show on Saturday 17th October in the afternoon in a marquee on Coronation Green, Shoreham.
Want to join in with this? Of course you do!! There are four songs (all originals) you will need to know. Here they are, click on each one below to go to the web page to download an audio file:
"instructional" video on YouTube for Rolling Sideways.
Go to this folder to download all the uke chords.
Use this link to download a whole bunch of bangin' Hope And Social mp3 files, including the four songs above and all the other potential tunes they'll be doing across all the groups at the Shoreham A Band Anyone Can Join show. NB this is a big (about 160MB) zip file.
To join in you'll need to be on Coronation Green, Shoreham on Saturday 17th October by 1.00pm at the latest, as we are on at 1.15pm. We will also get a chance to play some of our own stuff, for which we will use the Wukulele & Uke at the Duke Paddle Songbook 2015.
In the week before this show there will be the usual Uke at the Duke jam on Tue 13th October when we'll be using books 1, 5 and 11, then on Wed 14th October we can meet up with Hope and Social at the Duke of Wellington to run through the songs that they will teach us, to be ready to join in their show on Saturday 17th October.
Everyone is welcome, so come and join us!
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Lots of interesting news this month.
For our meeting on Tuesday 8th we will be using books 3, 4 and 5.
This will be our last meeting before the Festival which is just around the corner. The line up can be found at ukulelefestivalsussex.co.uk
Bookings for our workshops are coming in, but because we have the use of the mezzanine floor upstairs we can still fit more of you in. If you would like to attend please send me an email or see me on Tuesday.
I know the people performing have been practising hard so please come along to support.
Wukulele, Sundowners, Ukeladies, LUSH,and Bad Ukes are all bringing music to give out so you can join in with them so it is going to be a very hands on festival.
Finally I have received a great deal of information about the project "A band anyone can join" which I will send out after next week, however the dates for your diary are:
- Tue 13th October Uke at the Duke meeting with launch of book 12.
- Wed 14th October Meet up with the group Hope and Social at the Duke of Wellington to run through the songs that they will teach us. By that time I will have sent out music and in some cases videos for you to look at. The songs are originals not covers.
- Sat 17th October Perform the songs with Hope and Social in a Marquee on Coronation Green Shoreham, as well as play a few songs on our own.
It's going to be great fun. Tell your friends and bring them along.
Think that's enough for now.
Lawrie and Sally
Here's another video from Martin of one of our previous jams. If you would like to see more videos like this, take a look on YouTube here.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
A few other things to mention. In October we will have our usual jam on Tuesday 13th and then an extra one the next day Wednesday 14th where we will team up with "Hope and Social", a band anyone can join. Here is a clip so you get the idea.
More info nearer the time but it should be fun.
The ukulele festival raffle will start at the August jam and continue up to and across the festival events. It's a fantastic concert size Noah uke which can be seen at our jams, so come and take a peek.
Finally please keep an eye on our ukulele festival website at www.ukulelefestivalsussex.co.uk for further information and updates concerning the festival events.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Thanks to everyone who turned up for the Paddle Round The Pier jam, it was great fun.
This month we shall be using books 9, 10 and 11. We still have a few songs to do from 11 and we can play some that have worked well.
Book 12 has already been started so if you have a suggestion please let me know.
Finally the festival approaches so please keep the date free (20th September) and come along, I will have some flyers at the next meet.
See you next week
Thursday, 4 June 2015
We team up with our sister jam Wukulele and play a few songs from the stage, the format is exactly the same as our monthly meetings so please don't be intimidated by the rather grand festival title. All are welcome. We are playing at 11.00 on Saturday 4th July so please try and get there by 10.45. I thought we all might like to wear a hat of some description. If you have any questions please see Lawrie or Pete at the meeting.
Plans for our festival are moving along well and I hope to have more information soon.
See you on the 9th.
Lawrie and Sally
Here's a video from our last jam, thanks to Martin for providing this.
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Monday, 11 May 2015
Friday, 10 April 2015
Arrangements for the festival are taking place and we hope to have some firm news soon on who is playing and how you can join in. The date is set for 20th September though so please keep it free.
Monday, 2 March 2015
Last month there was concern raised about the inability to hear at the far end of the pub near the Bar Billiard table where a growing band of ukers are seated. In order to address this we are going to try setting up the P.A. and mike by the fireplace. This will involve putting the speakers up on stands which although better for the sound may have consequences for movement along the bar. Anyway let's try it and see how we go. This will mean there will be extra seating by the piano and to the front of the stage.
There's a new updated index to all our songs available to download using this link.
Look forward to seeing you on the 10th
Friday, 30 January 2015
You can read a review of last year's festival which should bring back memories of a great day.
We are starting to think about the next festival already, which the pub would like to hold on a Saturday this year. Do you have any thoughts on this, or anyone you would like to see? Please tell our jam leaders as we rely on your feedback.
See you on the 10th.