About us

Duke of Wellington photo

Uke at the Duke started in January 2011 in response to a request to run an evening jam. The Worthing jam known as Wukulele was our model and we remain close to our sister jam which is a Sunday lunchtime event. Many ukulele players attend both jams.

Uke at the Duke has its own songbooks and invites players to submit their favourites for inclusion, songs range from traditional to punk classics, there are even a few originals.

The jam meets at “The Duke of Wellington”, Brighton Road, Shoreham, BN43 6RE on the second Tuesday of each month 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

Occasional away fixtures are played in local pubs and festivals and many groups have formed out of the jam.

All abilities are welcome. Just come along, or if you want more information email ukeattheduke@outlook.com

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Jams are led by many players and are an independent non-profit collective. There is no charge for attending our jams and no formalities, just turn up and play with us.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hope And Social – A Band Anyone Can Join

Coronation Green, Shoreham on Saturday 17th October, 1.00pm

Following on from the very successful Ukulele Festival Sussex, for October we have another huge event planned with a band called Hope And Social from Leeds and their show A Band Anyone Can Join. First, to get a flavour of what this is all about, have a read of three accounts of one of their previous shows: here, and here, and from the band members themselves here.

If you want to have a listen to the band, you can view the culmination of their big Yorkshire Festival project where they opened the Tour de France: Grand Depart – Opening Ceremony at Leeds Arena (and supposedly to 300,000,000 people on TV) last year on YouTube

Hope And Social will be presenting a free, family-friendly A Band Anyone Can Join show on Saturday 17th October in the afternoon in a marquee on Coronation Green, Shoreham.

Want to join in with this? Of course you do!! There are four songs (all originals) you will need to know. Here they are, click on each one below to go to the web page to download an audio file:
There's also an "instructional" video on YouTube for Rolling Sideways.

Go to this folder to download all the uke chords.

Use this link to download a whole bunch of bangin' Hope And Social mp3 files, including the four songs above and all the other potential tunes they'll be doing across all the groups at the Shoreham A Band Anyone Can Join show. NB this is a big (about 160MB) zip file.

To join in you'll need to be on Coronation Green, Shoreham on Saturday 17th October by 1.00pm at the latest, as we are on at 1.15pm. We will also get a chance to play some of our own stuff, for which we will use the Wukulele & Uke at the Duke Paddle Songbook 2015.

In the week before this show there will be the usual Uke at the Duke jam on Tue 13th October when we'll be using books 1, 5 and 11, then on Wed 14th October we can meet up with Hope and Social at the Duke of Wellington to run through the songs that they will teach us, to be ready to join in their show on Saturday 17th October.

Everyone is welcome, so come and join us!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ukulele Festival Sussex

Don't forget the Uke Festival in the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, TODAY Sunday 20th September, starting soon after midday. Full details here.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

8th September Jam at 7.30pm

Here's the latest update from Lawrie:

Lots of interesting news this month.

For our meeting on Tuesday 8th we will be using books 3, 4 and 5.

This will be our last meeting before the Festival which is just around the corner. The line up can be found at ukulelefestivalsussex.co.uk

Bookings for our workshops are coming in, but because we have the use of the mezzanine floor upstairs we can still fit more of you in. If you would like to attend please send me an email or see me on Tuesday.

I know the people performing have been practising hard so please come along to support.

Wukulele, Sundowners, Ukeladies, LUSH,and Bad Ukes are all bringing music to give out so you can join in with them so it is going to be a very hands on festival.

Finally I have received a great deal of information about the project "A band anyone can join" which I will send out after next week, however the dates for your diary are:

  • Tue 13th October  Uke at the Duke meeting with launch of book 12.
  • Wed 14th October  Meet up with the group Hope and Social at the Duke of Wellington to run through the songs that they will teach us. By that time I will have sent out music and in some cases videos for you to look at. The songs are originals not covers.
  • Sat 17th October  Perform the songs with Hope and Social in a Marquee on Coronation Green Shoreham, as well as play a few songs on our own.

It's going to be great fun. Tell your friends and bring them along.

Think that's enough for now.

Lawrie and Sally

Here's another video from Martin of one of our previous jams. If you would like to see more videos like this, take a look on YouTube here.