Strumbles Ukulele Group – Sunderland (was “Steamin’ Ukes” – new venue and meeting info)

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The Steamin’Ukes are no more at the Dun Cow in Sunderland and have been replaced by:
The Strumbles Ukulele Group

Stumble Inn

Chester Road



Meetings on 2nd and 4th Monday of the month between 1pm and 3:30pm.

All abilities welcome – upstairs function room (no lift!)


Thanks to Charlie Lally for the update!

For further details see the North East and Cumbria Uke Clubs Spreadsheet

or the North East and Cumbria Uke Clubs Map

General info: Ukulele Groups, Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East and Cumbria

Best wishes,


New buskers night at Mickley, Northumberland


Ray Cowell, luthier and band leader with “The Ukes of Northumberland” has started a buskers night at Mickley & District Social Club.

This runs once a month immediately after the Mickley “Ukes of Northumberland” uke club.

Ray has been in touch to encourage ukers from further afield to come along and join in with the buskers session.

Mickley Buskers Night
7:30  – 10:30 (ish)

Last Wednesday every month from 26th August.

Open night, all instruments and singers welcome at whatever level.

Mickley & District Social Club – Concert Room
West Road
NE43 7BG

Ray Cowell

Tel 01661 836315
Mobile 07805493284
Email (not a link):
Ray Underscore Cowell At Yahoo Dot Co Dot Uk

Wild Ukes o’ Wanny – Newbiggin-by-the-Sea!

The Old Ship, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, the back facing the road

The Old Ship Car Park on the road at the back of the pub

Old Ship, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea - front, facing the prom

The Old Ship from the front, overlooking the prom

Wild Ukes ‘o Wanny aka The Old Ship Ukulele Night

Every other Wednesday starting between 7:30 and 8:00pm, lasting up till just after 9:30 or when people have had enough !!

The Old Ship
63 Front Street
Newbiggin by the Sea
NE64 6NJ

  • Back room in the Old Ship pub on the main street in Newbiggin – entry at the front, overlooking the prom, or via door at side
  • Car parking both on-street and in public car parks off Front Street and at Maritime Centre
  • Adults – if not young then young at heart
  • Attendees (usually between 7 and 14) regularly travel from the local area and from further afield (including Tyneside, Chester-le-Street and even Thropton!)
  • Song sheets available via email
  • One resident soprano uke available for loan
  • We meet in a pub (two real ales always on tap)  and younger teenagers should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Free admission
  • All abilities welcome

The Old Ship Website:

Directions on Google Maps: Old Ship

Dennis 01670 817231
Mick Bell (see spreadsheet:

May 2015: A well-established group welcoming new members!

Charlie Lally has moved south of the Tyne and is setting up a new uke club in Sunderland, “Steamin’ Ukes“.

The Wild Ukes is still going strong and members are sorting out new roles.  Mick Bell has kindly offered to be the new first-point-of-contact (see spreadsheet link above).

More updates to be added as and when they come in!

Mick says:

“The group is currently rehearsing along with Morpeth’s “Uke in Style” and Wooler’s “Angel Delights” for a “Northumberlele Trio” concert to be held in Rothbury in June – we are all delighted to welcome Charlie back to take the helm and lead us again for this event.”

Mick Bell

News Archive:

Oct 2011: A growing group welcoming new members!

Targetted at mainly local people (Newbiggin/Ashington/Bedlington/Morpeth) – usually has between 3 and 8 attending depending on other commitments – mainly beginners so far.

Songsheets via email to attending ukers.

The pub has access to some Mahalo ukes for complete beginners without an instrument to use on the night.

Charlie Lally

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Ukes of Northumberland – Wednesday uke sessions in Mickley!

Mickley Social Club Signboard

Ukes of Northumberland Sessions on Wednesdays

Many thanks to Ray Cowell, luthier, for adding details of the Mickley “Ukes of Northumberland” group to the list of Uke Sessions in the North East and Cumbria:

The Ukes of Northumberland
Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.30

Mickley & District Social Club
West Road
NE43 7BG

Over 18’s
“All welcome from beginners to top pickers, or just come along and listen. Very comfortable lounge and cheap drinks “

For further details see:

Contact: Ray Cowell
Tel 01661 836315
Mobile 07805493284
Email (not a link): Ray Underscore Cowell At Yahoo Dot Co Dot Uk

“Uke in Style” at the Tap and Spile, Morpeth – new Uke Group!

Tap And Spile Pub Hanging Sign

Uke in Style at the Tap and Spile
Tuesdays 8.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

The Tap and Spile
Manchester Street
NE61 1BH
Directions to The Tap and Spile at Google Maps

All players welcome, from beginners to super-ukers!
18 and over.
Free Sessions
Contact: Dick Dodds
Phone: 01670516148
Email (encoded for spam protection – click link to open): Uke in Style

Dick has added information about this new session to the list of Uke Sessions in the North East and Cumbria.

Bored on a Tuesday night? Now you know where to go for a bit of uke-action!

Whickham Tune Army Ukulele Club – new venue!

Tune Army Ukulele Club is now meeting in the upstairs function room in Ye Olde Lang Jack pub in Whickham:

Ye Olde Lang Jack
48-50 Front St
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne And Wear
NE16 4DT
0191 488 1567
Google map url:

Many thanks to “Tune Army Jeff” for this update:

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the pub, it is at the traffic lights on the left if you are coming from Swalwell direction.

There are no parking facilities but you should be able to park in the council office car park (next to the Bay Horse, boo hiss!) or behind the shops. It is only a matter of yards away.

After much begging and pleading,the Manageress has kindly let us have the room for free, which is very good of her.
As usual, it will be the first monday of the month (except bank holidays) at the usual time.
For up to date information always check the Tune Army Ukulele Club website:

Ukulele Groups, Clubs, Sessions and Classes in the North East and Cumbria

2015-10-23 NEukersMap

If you have been along to The Cumberland Arms on a Thursday between 6:00 and 8:00 then you will know that we are sometimes bursting at the seams! To help spread the uke-lurve more widely, I invited all the other uke groups, clubs, sessions and classes in the North East and East Cumbria to pool information about uke-meets.  Clubs from even further afield have since added details to the list, eg. Cockermouth and Scarborough!

  • If you spot anything that needs updating, please leave a comment below this post and I will update the spreadsheet.

Map of Ukulele Clubs, Sessions, etc.

  • Warning: The map depends on an app to read the spreadsheet – and me remembering to “rebuild” the map every time a new entry is added to the spreadsheet.  If a club on the list below does not appear on the map, please see the spreadsheet for details!

Spreadsheet – with all details:

Added so far to the spreadsheet (these are NOT links – please see the Spreadsheet link above for further details):

  1. Alnwick Ukulele Club
  2. Billingham – aroha2aloha
  3. Carlisle – Carlisle Ukulele Club
  4. Cockermouth – Cockermouth Ukulele Players (CUP aka Cock-Up!)
  5. Darlington – Ukulele Express
  6. Durham – Durham City Uke Group
  7. Gateshead – Wardley Ukes
  8. Gateshead – The Sage – several ukulele classes (see spreadsheet)
  9. Hartlepool – Hartlepool Ukulele Group
  10. Hexham – Core Music – several groups and classes (see spreadsheet)
  11. Mickley – Ukes of Northumberland
  12. Middlesbrough – Happy Ukulele Group
  13. Morpeth – Uke In Style at the Tap and Spile
  14. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea – Wild Ukes O’ Wanny
  15. Newcastle upon Tyne – City Library – Beginner Ukulele Class
  16. Newcastle upon Tyne – Sunday Ukes
  17. Newcastle upon Tyne – OURS (Occupy Ukulele at the Rossetti Studio) (was previously Left Hand Stair Ukes at Bar Loco)
  18. Newcastle upon Tyne – Ukes4Fun
  19. Redcar Ukes
  20. Scarborough – Seaside Uke Strummers (Scarborough Ukulele Club)
  21. Skelton – The Cukes (Cleveland Ukuleles) (Formerly-Known-As “Cleveland Ukulele Fraternity”)
  22. South Shields – North East Branch of the George Formby Society
  23. Sunderland – Hylton Ukes (was “Ukes4U”)
  24. Sunderland – Stumbles (was “Steamin’ Ukes”)
  25. Washington Ukes
  26. Whickham – Tune Army
  27. Whitley Bay – Bay Uke
  28. Whitley Bay – Hound Dog Music Ukulele Workshops
  29. Wooler – Angel Delights
  • If your group/club/session/class is missing,
    please use this form to add details:
    (You can see the details needed by looking at the spreadsheet)

We would like to encourage ukulele tutors at The Sage and elsewhere to pass the full list here on to their students.

UPDATE: April 2012 – Some other places you can look for uke-action or can list your group/club/sessions:

  • My Xmarks UkeStuff page includes a “Uke-Clubs Lists” section – Please leave a comment if this link is broken and I will fix it
  • Connect with other players on forums like Ukulele Cosmos – listed among other good uke sites at Boat Paddle Top 50 Ukulele Sites

UPDATE: Jan 2013 – Connect with other Ukers in the North East on Facebook:

UPDATE: April 2015Map added.

Best wishes,

 Workshops and Education eNews

You do not need to attend Ukes4Fun sessions to come along to these events.
For more info and to sign up to get notice of workshops and events see: