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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, 28 September 2018

Our October 2018 Jam

Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.30pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 10, 11 and 16.

New book 16 is available, click here to download. If you have trouble using this link, please try this alternative link which will open the pdf file on a preview page, you then need to click the 'Download' link on the preview page. (If you find the alternative link works better for you, please let Keith know and he will provide alternative links for all the songbooks.)

We will be introducing the new book 16 over the next two or three meetings, thanks to Pete for his hard work compiling the book.

There's an opportunity we may join up with the other local Uke Jams for a bumper Christmas jam at the Railway Inn in Portslade on 20th December. More details will appear on the Facebook page and  the next emails.

Best wishes,


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Our September 2018 Jam and the Festival Weekend

Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 7.30pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 3, 4 and 6.

Before that though is our Festival, starting with the opening night which will take place on Saturday 8th September on houseboat Verda. You must already have a ticket to attend this.

Sunday 9th September is the main Festival and still has a few tickets available from Ropetackle. There are also spaces for the workshops, to book these please email me quaysideukes@outlook.com

If you want to join in the jams it would be great if you could print and share these sets of music:

LUV Club

B naturals

Littlehampton Uke Jam

Finally have a great time and please support our sponsors M Hills Building Contractors and Noah Ukuleles.

Hope to see you somewhere.