Summer Break 2018 + ukulele events and festivals

This year we are not having a complete Summer Break from Thursday and Sunday sessions:

  • There is one Thursday Session in July but none in August
  • There is one Sunday Session in August but none in July


The Cumberland Arms: 6:00 – 8:00
The next two ​Thursday​ ​Sessions are on July 5th and Sept 6th

  • July 5th (1st Thursday of the month: with Dot and Misspent Uke)
  • Sept 6th (1st Thursday of the month: with Dot and Misspent Uke)
  • Then 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursdays as usual
  • No sessions on 4th & 5th Thursdays


The ​Millstone: 2:00 – 4:00
The next two Sunday Sessions are on Aug 5th and Sept 2nd

  • Sunday June​​ ​2​​4​ ​CANCELLED (too many people on holiday)​
  • Sunday ​Aug​ ​5
  • Sunday Sept 2​
  • More dates to follow . . .

Sunday Sessions are not suitable for beginners​.

​Sunday and Thursday Sessions​ – What to expect

  • Thursday Sessions are not all the same
  • Sunday Sessions are different to Thursday Sessions
  • Please see these pages for more information:

If in ​any d​​oubt about dates and times​ of sessions​, please check the Calendar


Other ukulele sessions and events over the summer

2018-06-25 Ukes4Fun Summer Break Blog collage

In case you start pining for your regular uke-fix on Thursdays and/or Sundays!​

Best wishes​ for ​a lovely summer!

Dot and Lizzie

“Ukestra” Workshops + Concert: Newcastle upon Tyne – Tues 3 July

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Tuesday 3 July 2018
The Cumberland Arms
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD

*** Venue Access Info ***

After 7 North American tours, “The Sum of The Parts”
Mark Jackson & Jane Jelbart are finally visiting the UK!

~ from Newcastle, Australia ~
Mark Jackson & Jane Jelbart

6:05 – 7:30 ~ Ukestra Workshop + Performance (Doors 6:00)

Through the power of Smokey Robinson’s “My Girl” and Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”, we will learn:

  • familiar riffs,
  • well-arranged (and restrained!) strumming
  • and the fundamentals that skill us up for how to solo
  • to create a “ukulele orchestra” performance.

Our aim is to get you, and your fellow uke players, into riffs and the pentatonics that will improve your technique and music theory knowledge.

  • The hard work is fun
  • the outcome is a group sound that gets beyond “hum’n’strum”.

8:00 – 8:50 ~ Feel and steal Workshop + Discussion (Doors 7:45)

Here we apply our new pentatonic skills to a bunch of different songs and genres (pop, folk, blues).

  • What does it feel like?
  • How does that new skill feel in the context of that song?
  • What feels best?
  • Even better, can you steal some ideas from other songs and riffs you dredged up from the deeper recesses of your memory.

Pre-requisites for both Workshops

  • Know the string names
  • Know these chords from the key of C: C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am
  • Bring a ukulele tuned GCEA!

Who will benefit from attending?

  • Group members
  • Group leaders
  • Group music arrangers

9:10 – 9:40/10:00 ~ Concert: Mark Jackson & Jane Jelbart (Doors 9:00)

“We like to explore the emotional canvas with the uke, vocal harmony and other instruments, be they happy, sad, insightful or funny.

Over the last seven years we have grown to love and learn Americana tunes and the reserved way in which these are delivered.  We also enjoy introducing our own songs, making a pleasing mix of the familiar and the new.”

9:45/10:00 ~ Raffle

  • Prizes donated by Mark and Jane
  • Baritone Ukulele Hard Foam Case/Gig Bag
  • Ukulele art works
  • Ukulele accessories

Merchandise Stalls

There will be time to browse and shop during the Breaks and after the Raffle.

Riptide Baritone Ukulele Lightweight Hard Foam Cases: £25

  • Limited number available
  • To buy a case to collect on the night, pre-order and pay when purchasing your ticket
  • Or if there are any left, you can pay on the night

Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart aka “Jack’n’Jel”

Ukestration As An Approach To Music-Making And Teaching On The Ukulele

“Jack’n’Jel” are a dynamic, collaborative, flexible, fun and funny workshop and performance duo from Newcastle, Australia.

Workshops, Leadership and Publications

At home, Mark and Jane run 11 weekly ukestra/choir sessions, gaining an international reputation for their ukestra workshops: helping community ukulele groups to develop their musicianship and joy beyond hum n strum.

  • They were the first Australians to undertake the three years training (in Vancouver) in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative 
  • They are catalysts, organising professional development opportunities for uke leaders and teachers across Australia.

In May 2018 they released two books on:

Concerts and Recordings

In concert, “Jack’n’Jel” have been variously described as ‘mesmerising’, ‘funny’, and ‘a little brave’. They are a rare commodity:

  • performers who can teach
  • teachers who can perform

They have recently released their debut album, littered with the musical debris of their lives – uke, trumpet, guitar, piano, banjo, fine harmonies and the occasional contribution from a virtuosic friend or two.

Check out these workshop and review videos


6:00  Ukestra Workshop                           £15
7:45  Feel & Steal Workshop                    £10
9:00  Concert     (Mark & Jane)                £5

*** DiscountBoth Workshops + Concert:  £20 ***

*** Group Booking: Minimum 3 Tickets: £15 each ***

  • Group Booking Tickets cover attendance at both workshops and concert.

There are NO BOOKING FEES for any of these tickets!

If you have any problems buying tickets on Ticketsource or have any questions about this event, please email