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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, 13 April 2020

Our Regular Jams

For the time being, all jams are cancelled. Please check back here for more news as it becomes safe to hold such events.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Our March 2020 Jam

Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 7.30pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 2, 11 and 18.

March is already here and spring is nearly in the air. We're going to be using books 2 and 11, and we'll also be practising a bit more from the new book 18. Starting at 7.30pm as usual. We've also got some exciting announcements to make and planning to have more ukulele bands come over and perform for us in the very near future.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Our February 2020 Jam

Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 7.30pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 17 and 18.

Just to keep it interesting after all the special events we’ve had recently and to keep us on our toes, we’re going to launch Book 18 at this Jam. This book is available now in the Songbooks section on this web page to download and print, and of course we’ll have it on the big screen on the night. We thought as we haven’t practised many of the songs in Book 17, we’d go through some of those as well and make it more of a learning experience evening.

So, that’s the format, Books 17 & 18 for the Jam starting at 7.30pm back to our usual time.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Our January 2020 Jam

Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 7.00pm in The Sussex Yacht Club, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We will be using books 7, 8 and 9.

We are very proud to announce

for ONE NIGHT ONLY

A Live Performance by the Ukulele Duo with a difference…

THE STEVEDORES

Steve Ball + Big John Bassman + Steve Shorrelle will present music for your listening pleasure and entertainment. Playing swinging rhythms, toe tapping tunes and the best that live music can offer.

Listen to the Stevedores CD sampler here.

The Stevedores on Facebook.

As last month, we'll start the evening off earlier than usual at 7pm so we can jam, have the Stevedores performance, jam some more and still finish the evening by about 9.30pm. We'll be using books 7, 8 & 9.

Get there early to get the best seats.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the night.