Quayside Ukes and Sussex Ukulele Festival Update

November 2020

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,

Derek