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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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Thursday, 12 November 2020

November 2020 Update

Dear all,

You may have wondered what had happened to Quayside Ukes after not hearing from us for such a long time.

Firstly and obviously the Covid situation put paid to so many activities.

Secondly and unfortunately I was diagnosed with throat cancer back in May this year.  I’m pleased to say that I’m well on the road to recovery after receiving many doses of Chemo and Radiotherapy. It has been a long and difficult time post treatment but at last I can say I’m starting to feel my old self again - so much so I’ve picked up the Ukulele again and am now thinking about Quayside Ukes starting up in 2021.

We are planning to keep our base at the Sussex Yacht Club. I’ve spoken to the club recently and they are very happy to have us in their new posh club house which is very exciting as it’s much bigger and obviously brighter than the old place, although we did enjoy our times in the old building. Happy Days! We will look to resurrect our themed ukulele evenings and invite various talented ukulele players to come and perform for us as part of our regular monthly jam. As you know in the past we’ve had a very good following of over 80/90 players attending our monthly jams which made the evenings so special and vibrant. Naturally we would like to get back to having similar numbers in the coming year but the numbers may need to be curtailed if we are still under government restrictions. It’ll have to be very much ‘wait and see’ until nearer the time, so I am proposing not to try to start up Quayside too early next year. It would probably be better to wait until we have a clear directive from the government and the club as to their capacity policies for this kind of activity.

You may have asked yourself why Quayside hasn’t instigated any Zoom online jamming as many of the other ukulele clubs have.  I know a lot of you have joined in with a lot of the other clubs, but personally I find Zoom very disjointed with the time delays so it makes it very difficult, particularly if larger numbers are involved. The other thing of course is that I haven’t been well enough and it seemed unfair to land it all on Pete and all the supporting pals.

The Sussex Ukulele Festival which we organise each year at Ropetackle was cancelled this September due to the Covid virus. I am pleased to say we have booked the entire new Yacht Club building for the weekend of 10/11/12 September next year. All the headline acts booked this year have agreed to come back next year. We’ll have the entire weekend in larger premises for open mic sessions, group performances, tutorials, workshops,  jams, ukulele trade stalls, festival merchandise stand and of course first class performances from professional and amateur ukulele players and bands.

Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2021. Watch this space.

Kind Regards,