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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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Monday, 26 February 2018

New Book 15

Our new book 15 is available for download using this link.

If you have problems with the above link, you can try this alternative link which instead of downloading the file directly will instead attempt to open the pdf file in your browser. From there you can download the file. Please note that when you use this alternative link you may be invited to create a Dropbox account. You do not need to do this, just click the link which is in small print at the bottom and which says "No thanks, continue to view".

Don't forget Mini Quayside Ukes tomorrow (27th Feb) using the new book 15 and books 2 and 9.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Our February 2018 Jam

Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 7.30pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

We will be using books 5, 8 and 11. As it is the day before Valentines I will try and pick out the romantic songs, but as usual please feel free to shout out your requests. Book 11 makes another appearance which makes it the most used book this year!!!!

Our new name will be Quayside Ukes. This should be available on all media platforms and is generic enough to be moved whilst still identifying with the local area. Thanks for all your suggestions, it was great fun looking through them and I hope you like this one, or can at least put up with it. It will lend itself well to logos and I hope we will be able to move the email address and other stuff over as soon as possible.

Uke Camp will be on 15th to 17th June
Last year we had a jam on Friday night and Saturday night and an open mic on Saturday afternoon. Jo Hockley is organising, so see her to book your place and let's hope we have a repeat of last year's weather.

Finally book 15 is just a meeting away, it has been a year since we had a new book and this one has a great mix of challenging and easy songs, more later.

See you next Tuesday