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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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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Our December 2017 Jam

Tuesday 12th November 2017 at 7.30pm in our new venue: The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

Hi Everyone,
Our big Christmas Uke at the Duke (now Yacht Club) is next Tuesday, 12th December, at 7.30pm. It will be upstairs at The Sussex Yacht Club, which is now our new home. We will be using books 4, 13 and the Christmas songbook 2015. The Yacht Club is about 200 yards west of the Duke Of Wellington Pub, on the harbour side. Please come along and join in the festive fun, we're hoping for an even better turnout than last year, especially as we've now got more space.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Our November 2017 Jam

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm in our new venue: The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea.

We will be using books 1, 7 and 14. Sadly Fats Domino died since our last meeting so we will commemorate him by playing Blueberry Hill from Book 10 song 6.

I hope you will all try and come along to this meet as it will be the first to be held outside of the Wellie, help us get set up and make it work for the future. Times are the same as always, 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

Really hope you can get along.


Monday, 23 October 2017

November move...

We are moving! Starting November 2017 our jams will be held in the Sussex Yacht Club. Our first jam there will be on 14th November.

Please remember the mini-jam on 24th October (using books 1, 7 and 14) is still at the Duke of Wellington.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Our October 2017 Jam

Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

We will be using books 5, 8 and 11.

This meeting takes place in our existing venue the Duke of Wellington. Thank you for all your feedback over the last month, I will be issuing the address for the next jams on the night, those who cannot get along will receive emails giving the details.

See you there


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Our September 2017 Jam

Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

We will be using books 6, 9 and 12.

But before that of course we have the Festival warm up night at the Welly and the main Festival at the Ropetackle.

Festival Update

Tickets and workshop bookings are going well, so if you need to get a ticket please contact The Ropetackle box office online, by phone or in person.

Workshops can be booked via ukeattheduke@outlook.com

Times of what's happening can be found here.

Just a couple of things to update at this stage. First update is a slight change to Jess Vincent’s workshop which is now called "Improve your playing through song writing." Don’t worry about having to write the next big hit, Jess will lead you through the process and you will still hopefully improve your playing.

Second update is that due to a serious illness Folk Uke will not now be playing however we have a fine replacement in “The Roots Ukulele Band” who will perform a selection of original and cover songs.

See you at one, two or all three events.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Our August 2017 Jam

Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

We will be using books 1, 7 and 14.

Hope you're enjoying the sun, but if you can drag yourselves away from the sunbeds we will give these books a go next Tuesday.

Tickets are selling well for the festival so please ensure you get yours soon. They are just £2.00 and available from the Ropetackle box office.

If you want to attend any of the workshops please let me know by sending a separate email to ukeattheduke@outlook.com

Please do not reply to this email but start a separate one, workshops available are:

11.45 – 12.15 Beginners and improvers with Theresa Free
12.35 – 13.10 Strumming Patterns with Pete £3.00
13.30 – 14.05 Improve your playing with Jess Vincent £3.00
14.30 – 15.10 Playing the blues with Charlie Beer £3.00
16.00 – 16.35 Picking with Ric £3.00
16.45 – 17.15 Preparing a performance and performing it with Irena and Paul Free

All workshops are suitable for players of all abilities, they all promise to be popular so please sign up quick!!

Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday


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Friday, 30 June 2017

Our July 2017 Jam

Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

We will be using books 10, 11 and 13.

Lots of info on the festival coming out soon, so keep an eye on the Festival website and the Facebook page for details, the main thing to remember is that you must get a ticket before the day priced at just £2.00 and they are available from the Ropetackle box office.

See you soon


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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Our June 2017 Jam

Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

We will be using books 7, 9, and 12.

Festival News

Saturday 9th September

As you all know the festival kicks off on the night of the 9th September at our home pub "The Duke of Wellington".

We have brilliant blues uke player Charlie Beer, watch him here and then do a workshop with him the next day. This will be followed by the last chance to see Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band as played at last year's festival. Lots of colour, sing-along and frolics.

The evening will conclude with a full set from Scandomando who took the festival by storm last year.

Sunday 10th September

We move down the road to the Ropetackle Arts Centre where this year you will need to have bought a ticket. Many of you will know that I have tried to keep the festival as free entry for the last five years, but we are a victim of our own success in that last year the numbers sailed close to the wind on fire regulations and exit points. The Ropetackle as a public licensed venue has to conform and I for one would not want to see them penalised as a result of my actions. Tickets will be a nominal £2.00 and you will need one even if you're playing as one of the jams.

For your money you will get to see:

  • Jess Vincent, Singer Songwriter from Wiltshire. Her new album "Shine" is great.
  • Folk Uke, traditional songsters from London with great harmonies.
  • Silvio, a Brazilian musician playing South American and world music.
  • WOB, the bouncy barman returns with a mixture of his own and classic material.

There will be lots to join in with too. Jams will be led by Wukulele, Bad/Lush, Rock Steady Pete and Hugh.

There will also be workshops led by:
  • Pete: Right Hand Strumming
  • Charlie Beer: Playing the Blues
  • Theresa: Beginners
  • Jess Vincent: Improving your playing
  • Irena and Paul: Perfecting a song and performing it

More details as I have them.

Activities will cease at 5.30pm, then at 7.00pm the auditorium will host the world premier of Richard Durrant's "Six Grooves for Ukulele" which you can be a part of, for further details download this file (pdf).

This will be a fantastic opportunity to improve your playing and to be part of a performance with a string section and much more.

Richard's performance will be a separate ticketed event priced at £18.00 seated or £14.00 standing.

All tickets available from the Ropetackle box office (as soon as this opens I will email out to you).

Best regards


Monday, 8 May 2017

Our May 2017 Jam

Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

Looking forward to our next meeting when we will be using Books 14, 12 and 5.

See you there!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Our April 2017 Jam

Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

Looking forward to our next meeting when we will be using Books 14, 11 and 6.

On Saturday 22nd April Uke at the Duke will be taking over the foyer of the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations. This is a free event with a variety of jams led by Richard Durrant and other well known Duke leaders, plus a performance from local uke group Secret Moonshine.

Doors open at 1.30pm

1.45 Richard Durrant's Ukulele Circuits

2.30 Jamming from Book 7

3.00 The Ukerladies jamming from this book

3.25 Secret Moonshine

4.00 Jam along with Rocksteady Pete and Huw from this book

4.30 Final Songs

Do come along to join in, listen and sing in celebration.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Our March 2017 Jam

Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

This month we will be launching our new book 14. This is a month earlier than planned thanks to the hard work of Pete "Rock steady" Clark. You have suggested a wide range of songs and we will give a few of them a go.

Download book 14 here.

Keeping this book company will be books 3, 6 and 10.

A couple of events for your diary:

  • On Saturday 22nd April "Uke at the Duke" will be taking over the Foyer of The Ropetackle Arts Centre as part of their ten years celebrations.

    It's going to be a hands on afternoon of ukeing. Starting at 1.30pm Richard Durrant will be demonstrating some of his Ukulele Circuit Training, this will be followed by jams led by the Ukuladies, Pete and Hugh, and a performance by Secret Moonshine, a country group who feature a variety of ukes.

    The Bar will be open with a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as a selection of refreshments. There will also be a raffle.

    I will be sending out some song sheets nearer the time.

  • Finally Sara Spade and the splendid James Hill are playing at Ropetackle on April 12th. Tickets are £18.00 but see my email for a discount code. Book here. Sargeant Peppers Ukulele Band are playing as part of the support.

See you on the 14th March.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Our February 2017 Jam

Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

Well despite the fact that this month's meeting falls on Valentines day I have resisted the temptation to make it a love special and will stick to books 13, 2 and 4.

Progress is being made on the Festival and I should have some news for you shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you soon


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Our January 2017 Jam

Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Duke of Wellington

At the start of another year we shall be using our newest book 13, along with our oldest book 1 and with help from book 9.

There are a lot of things planned for this year, so lets get in the mood for 2017 with a rousing strum and sing-a-long.

See you there