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Coronavirus All jams cancelled for the time being.

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.
Sussex Yacht Club photo

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 quaysideukes@outlook.com

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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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hope And Social – A Band Anyone Can Join

Coronation Green, Shoreham on Saturday 17th October, 1.00pm

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:
There's also an "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

Ukulele Festival Sussex

Don't forget the Uke Festival in the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, TODAY Sunday 20th September, starting soon after midday. Full details here.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

8th September Jam at 7.30pm

Here's the latest update from Lawrie:

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.