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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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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Our August 2018 Jam

Tuesday 14th August 2018 in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 2, 8 and 11.

This is our last meeting before our Festival so a chance to oil our voices and stretch our strings ahead of what is going to be a great weekend.

Opening night on Saturday 8th September will be aboard Houseboat Verda, where we will jam using Book 7 then sing and dance to the mighty "Pukes" before being entertained by the "Bowie Tribute Band" which features players from our own jam. We will then end up with a bit of a party Jam.
You need a £1.00 ticket for this event which is only available from me at the August meeting or by emailing me at quaysideukes@outlook.com

Beer and Wine will be available on the Boat but soft drinks have to be brought with you. The line up is here.

Festival tickets for Sunday 9th are available from the Ropetackle box office priced at just £2.00 each, click here to book. Over half have gone already so book soon.

Once you have your admission tickets you can again email me to book any workshops you would like to try, they are as follows:

11.45 – 12.15 Improvers with Lawrie £3.00
Tips and hints for getting the best from your uke.

12.30 – 13.15 Uke Can Sing In Harmony! £3.00
A unique vocal and ukulele workshop led by members of Qukulele!
Our mission – to encourage uke jammers to bust out of the shackles of singing in unison! We'll be tackling one of our infamous mash-ups (or is that a pile-up?!) – Lady Gaga vs. Madonna!
This workshop is for:
Singers – from those who can confidently carry a tune, to those who can’t carry one in a bucket!
Players – from beginner to intermediate.
Workshoppers will also get a chance to perform the song in the auditorium later in the afternoon, if they want to.

13.20 – 14.05 Strumming Patterns with Pete £3.00
Get those strumming hands going to different rhythms.

14.15 – 14.55 Playing the blues with Paul Fallows £3.00
The Blues simple and straight forward

15.00 – 15.45 Charlie Dore's workshop £3.00
The Unexpected Ukulele – a workshop for the curious.
Multi-award winning songwriter Charlie Dore shares her experience of using the ukulele as a fundamental tool in writing, arrangement and accompaniment and how, after an accidental encounter with her first ukulele she has grown to love and respect its hidden powers.
Charlie has included the ukulele as part of her instrumental palette for many years, not only on her own albums but also on songs written for others, occasionally ending up on records one wouldn’t normally expect to feature a ukulele…
This will be a highly inclusive session during which Charlie hopes you will enjoy experimenting with the ukulele’s ability to shape-shift, sometimes within the space of a couple of bars. Bring a ukulele and an open mind.

The workshops are likely to be busy so please book soon.

Lastly we are grateful to Noah Ukuleles for donating a hand built instrument for the raffle. Please buy lots of tickets as running an event like this does take a lot of resources.

See you at the August Jam