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The Steamin’Ukes are no more at the Dun Cow in Sunderland and have been replaced by: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

Old Ship, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea - back, facing 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!

Update: Tune Army disbanded on 10 Sept 2018

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: (Archived blog: Tune Army disbanded 10 Sept 2018)

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

Please see the page linked below for:

  • more information,
  • link to view a full size spreadsheet
  • link to view groups/clubs/sessions on a map
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