Category Archives: Festivals

A wild, Wild Boar Night


Pig’s Can’t Fly, Pigs Can’t Swim, Wild Boar, Little Piggies and much, much more………………

What a great night at the Queens. Piggy themed songs, toy boars and little honking toys (or was that just Ken?) we turned the pub into pig paradise.  Thanks to Jon and his staff for the baby Boar burgers and other tasty treats too.

It was good to get all the newer members along to join in, sorry you got sat at the back guys.  Good too to give the various offshoots of the Rye Ukulele Experiment an opportunity to perform their specialities.


Ali Catt performed some superb solos, the Ukulele Ladies – with Justine, Pam and Heidi harmonised perfectly.


Mrs Hall’s Boys thrashed out some joyful jazz and Bob and the Good Old boys – featuring Bob Page finished off the evening with their own style of rock.

And last but not least we raised a lovely sum of money for the St Michael’s Hospice fund – so massive thanks to all.

photo credit – Rose Kempson




Playing in vintage style


3Thanks St Michael’s Hospice organisers for including us  at your fabulous vintage fair last Saturday.  The sun shone and the crowds arrived and, just like Glastonbury and Reading, the mud did not spoil the day.

The line up included Bob, Graham, Lorna, Justine, Pam and Ali.

Don’t forget to invite us next year, some of us have a taste for vintage now.

Thanks to Battle Photographic Club for their images


Breaking News


                                                           BREAKING NEWS!!


Following the unparalleled success of the first Rye Ukulele Festival

Rye Ukulele Experiment are delighted to announce the SECOND

Rye Ukulele Festival which will take place on


At The Cinque Ports Pub, Rye 

FROM 11:30 TO 20:00 

We will be showcasing a variety of Ukulele groups ……You could be one of them!


and for the first time we are introducing two hours of


For further information or interest in playing at this event, please email us on




This year’s Maritime Festival was a perfect afternoon.  Bright blue skies, hot sunshine, a waterside venue and our own little camp where we set up a bar and picnic to keep us going through the afternoon.

The Orchestra played their usual toe-tapping sets but, for the first time, we were pleased to introduce three new feature sections from the Ukuladies, Ali Catt & Co and Mrs Hall’s Buoys. 


The Rye Ukulele Orchestra


The Ukuladies


Ali Catt & Co


Mrs Hall’s Buoys

Our thanks go to all who supported us by throwing money in the St Michael’s Hospice bucket.  We raised a considerable sum of money – yet to be confirmed.  We’re also grateful to all those who stopped to listen and gave us such great rounds of applause.  Lastly thanks to the organisers for such a wonderful event.










Rye Maritime Festival

maritimeThe weather looks set fine for the Rye Maritime Festival 2015  tomorrow at Strand Quay, Rye.

The Rye Ukulele Orchestra and Experiment will be performing a great selection of their favourite numbers from 12.15 onwards.  We will also be featuring  special sections from the Ukuladies, Alison Catt& Co and Mrs Hall’s Buoys.   Come along and join us.

Pam and Graham’s great day out

Cheltenham Uke fest 2015

Graham and I went to the 6th festival in Cheltenham this year, a wonderful time! Held over 19th – 21st of June.  On the Friday evening we met some really friendly players from groups from, Neath, London and Australia and we jammed all together until closing time. 

The following day after browsing all the Ukulele goodies in the marketing area of the Cheltenham  Town Hall, trying to keep our hands firmly in our pockets!, we enjoyed the concert with some amazing players including Ryo Natoyama, James Hill playing with his wife Anne Janaelle, Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys, Shine and our particular favourite The Hot Potato Syncopators with their wonderful paper plane finale! 

Sunday started with a big busk in Imperial Gardens before open mic and more jamming with our new friends from the Phoenix club  at the Northwood Arms, perfect end to a perfect weekend.”

Thanks Pam for a wonderful insight into the festival. (Ed)

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Nearly there………….

Only 4 days to go!!!

After months of planning we are almost at festival day or RUF day as we call it.   The weather forecast looks fine, sunny with a little cloud and temperatures of 17-19 degrees, light winds  ( so our music shouldn’t blow away).

The Rye Ukulele Experiment are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the town and  hope you enjoy the musical treat that is planned.  Come along and listen to the Ukulele as you have never heard it before……….. and don’t forget your kazoo!


Countdown to the Rye Ukulele Festival


It’s the final countdown to the Rye Ukulele Festival.  Only 11 days to go and things are really hotting up in Rye.  The posters/banners are up, the flyers are out, the songs chosen and the bands practicing like mad in Rye, East Grinstead, Lewes, Wadhurst, Headcorn, Doddington, Hastings, Cheriton, Rochester and Deal – waiting to descend on Rye on the 24th May.

The long term weather forecast looks fine (so far) and the bbq and outside bar are being polished up ready for the occasion.

Last minute press releases are beginning to bear fruit with BBC radio interviews and air time this weekend to promote the event.

Tune your radios to BBC Sussex this Sunday at around 4.15pm and again for the Saturday breakfast show on the 23rd between 6am and 9am to hear our slot!