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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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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