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 email@example.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.
Monday, 9 October 2017
We will be using books 5, 8 and 11.
This meeting takes place in our existing venue the Duke of Wellington. Thank you for all your feedback over the last month, I will be issuing the address for the next jams on the night, those who cannot get along will receive emails giving the details.
See you there
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
We will be using books 6, 9 and 12.
But before that of course we have the Festival warm up night at the Welly and the main Festival at the Ropetackle.
Tickets and workshop bookings are going well, so if you need to get a ticket please contact The Ropetackle box office online, by phone or in person.
Workshops can be booked via firstname.lastname@example.org
Times of what's happening can be found here.
Just a couple of things to update at this stage. First update is a slight change to Jess Vincent’s workshop which is now called "Improve your playing through song writing." Don’t worry about having to write the next big hit, Jess will lead you through the process and you will still hopefully improve your playing.
Second update is that due to a serious illness Folk Uke will not now be playing however we have a fine replacement in “The Roots Ukulele Band” who will perform a selection of original and cover songs.
See you at one, two or all three events.
Thursday, 3 August 2017
We will be using books 1, 7 and 14.
Hope you're enjoying the sun, but if you can drag yourselves away from the sunbeds we will give these books a go next Tuesday.
Tickets are selling well for the festival so please ensure you get yours soon. They are just £2.00 and available from the Ropetackle box office.
If you want to attend any of the workshops please let me know by sending a separate email to email@example.com
Please do not reply to this email but start a separate one, workshops available are:
11.45 – 12.15 Beginners and improvers with Theresa Free
12.35 – 13.10 Strumming Patterns with Pete £3.00
13.30 – 14.05 Improve your playing with Jess Vincent £3.00
14.30 – 15.10 Playing the blues with Charlie Beer £3.00
16.00 – 16.35 Picking with Ric £3.00
16.45 – 17.15 Preparing a performance and performing it with Irena and Paul Free
All workshops are suitable for players of all abilities, they all promise to be popular so please sign up quick!!
Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday
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Friday, 30 June 2017
We will be using books 10, 11 and 13.
Lots of info on the festival coming out soon, so keep an eye on the Festival website and the Facebook page for details, the main thing to remember is that you must get a ticket before the day priced at just £2.00 and they are available from the Ropetackle box office.
See you soon
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Thursday, 8 June 2017
We will be using books 7, 9, and 12.
Saturday 9th SeptemberAs you all know the festival kicks off on the night of the 9th September at our home pub "The Duke of Wellington".
We have brilliant blues uke player Charlie Beer, watch him here and then do a workshop with him the next day. This will be followed by the last chance to see Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band as played at last year's festival. Lots of colour, sing-along and frolics.
The evening will conclude with a full set from Scandomando who took the festival by storm last year.
Sunday 10th SeptemberWe move down the road to the Ropetackle Arts Centre where this year you will need to have bought a ticket. Many of you will know that I have tried to keep the festival as free entry for the last five years, but we are a victim of our own success in that last year the numbers sailed close to the wind on fire regulations and exit points. The Ropetackle as a public licensed venue has to conform and I for one would not want to see them penalised as a result of my actions. Tickets will be a nominal £2.00 and you will need one even if you're playing as one of the jams.
For your money you will get to see:
- Jess Vincent, Singer Songwriter from Wiltshire. Her new album "Shine" is great.
- Folk Uke, traditional songsters from London with great harmonies.
- Silvio, a Brazilian musician playing South American and world music.
- WOB, the bouncy barman returns with a mixture of his own and classic material.
There will be lots to join in with too. Jams will be led by Wukulele, Bad/Lush, Rock Steady Pete and Hugh.
There will also be workshops led by:
- Pete: Right Hand Strumming
- Charlie Beer: Playing the Blues
- Theresa: Beginners
- Jess Vincent: Improving your playing
- Irena and Paul: Perfecting a song and performing it
More details as I have them.
Activities will cease at 5.30pm, then at 7.00pm the auditorium will host the world premier of Richard Durrant's "Six Grooves for Ukulele" which you can be a part of, for further details download this file (pdf).
This will be a fantastic opportunity to improve your playing and to be part of a performance with a string section and much more.
Richard's performance will be a separate ticketed event priced at £18.00 seated or £14.00 standing.
All tickets available from the Ropetackle box office (as soon as this opens I will email out to you).
Monday, 8 May 2017
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Looking forward to our next meeting when we will be using Books 14, 11 and 6.
On Saturday 22nd April Uke at the Duke will be taking over the foyer of the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations. This is a free event with a variety of jams led by Richard Durrant and other well known Duke leaders, plus a performance from local uke group Secret Moonshine.
Doors open at 1.30pm
1.45 Richard Durrant's Ukulele Circuits
2.30 Jamming from Book 7
3.00 The Ukerladies jamming from this book
3.25 Secret Moonshine
4.00 Jam along with Rocksteady Pete and Huw from this book
4.30 Final Songs
Do come along to join in, listen and sing in celebration.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
This month we will be launching our new book 14. This is a month earlier than planned thanks to the hard work of Pete "Rock steady" Clark. You have suggested a wide range of songs and we will give a few of them a go.
Download book 14 here.
Keeping this book company will be books 3, 6 and 10.
A couple of events for your diary:
- On Saturday 22nd April "Uke at the Duke" will be taking over the Foyer of The Ropetackle Arts Centre as part of their ten years celebrations.
It's going to be a hands on afternoon of ukeing. Starting at 1.30pm Richard Durrant will be demonstrating some of his Ukulele Circuit Training, this will be followed by jams led by the Ukuladies, Pete and Hugh, and a performance by Secret Moonshine, a country group who feature a variety of ukes.
The Bar will be open with a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as a selection of refreshments. There will also be a raffle.
I will be sending out some song sheets nearer the time.
- Finally Sara Spade and the splendid James Hill are playing at Ropetackle on April 12th. Tickets are £18.00 but see my email for a discount code. Book here. Sargeant Peppers Ukulele Band are playing as part of the support.
See you on the 14th March.
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Well despite the fact that this month's meeting falls on Valentines day I have resisted the temptation to make it a love special and will stick to books 13, 2 and 4.
Progress is being made on the Festival and I should have some news for you shortly.
Looking forward to seeing you soon
Thursday, 5 January 2017
At the start of another year we shall be using our newest book 13, along with our oldest book 1 and with help from book 9.
There are a lot of things planned for this year, so lets get in the mood for 2017 with a rousing strum and sing-a-long.
See you there