About

Bayside Ukes is a community ukulele group in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton.  New members are welcome. See below for session times.

Bayside Ukes was established in April 2013 for local ukulele players to get together and enjoy the experience of playing as a group. The group is only for adults, with an aim to have fun and improve our ukulele playing at the same time.

The group has a dedicated membership of ukulele enthusiasts, some of whom also play other instruments as well as a drummer/percussionist. Bayside Ukes focuses mainly on pop and rock from the late 20th Century and performed at the Sandy Village Festival in October 2018 and the Hills Ukulele Festival in May 2019.

Beginners with a basic knowledge of chords are welcome, as are those with more advanced playing skills. Guitarists and bass players are welcome to try out for a place in the group.

Come and play in a relaxed environment and enhance your ukulele skills. It is an advantage if you can sing but not a requirement.

Absolute beginners are advised to have some lessons or practice with books for beginners, such as Mike Jackson Uke’n Play books, before joining the group. For online lessons go to our Links page.

We usually start with the easier songs for beginners and progress to the more difficult songs during the second half of the meeting.  We play a variety of styles of music and use The Ukulele Club SongbookSasha Music Publishing 2012 (250+ songs) as our songbook.

Those who want the opportunity to perform can gain experience at our performance nights for regular members as well as play with the group at outside events. If we are preparing for a group performance we will rehearse these songs in the second half of the evening. Performing is a lot of fun but is not mandatory.

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Bayside Ukes meets on Tuesday nights during School Terms in The Hall at the Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis Street, Hampton.  There  is ample parking near the centre.

The session starts at 7:15 pm and runs to 9:15 or 9:30 pm depending on how much time we spend on each song.  You should arrive at 7:00pm to register and get set up.

Hampton Community Centre requires a small fee to cover the costs of insurance and hall hire and is payable for each session.

 We invite interested ukulele players to come along and see what we do at a session.