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St Michaels Hospice Vintage Fair and RSPCA Bluebell Ridge

Well, we have been busy recently playing to help raise funds for two very worthwhile charities and having a whale of a time! We were hoping to play outside at the Vintage Fair but the weather decided otherwise and in the end we played amongst all the wonderful items on offer in the main tent to a lovely audience!

If you have not been to St Michaels Hospice Vintage Fair before put a note in your diary for next year, lots to see and do along with helping a very worthwhile Charity.  Here we are enjoying ourselves.






Blue Bell Ridge RSPCA Cat rehoming Centre in Hastings  is a joy to visit, The cats are so well cared for by the wonderful staff and  volunteers and it was very difficult for the band, who are all animal lovers with quite a few of our own, not to come home with a new member of the family!   If you are looking for a new cat to join your family, look no further.  We enjoyed delicious cake with our tea and a great time was had by all. We have been invited to return to help them with their fund raising and we shall be very happy to do so.   Lovely sunny day at this one!





Two Weeks To Go!

Only two weeks to go now and things are hotting up at festival HQ!

Although we have a larger number of seats than last year if you have any portable picnic chairs and or tables it would be a good idea to bring them to ensure you get seats. The grassed area in front of the stage will be set aside for seating on picnic blankets for people who want to bring them

There will be bar areas set up along with a gourmet food truck, wood fired pizza and an ice cream van, There will also be two ukulele stalls.

If you wanted to perform this year at the festival but we were full when you applied, don’t forget our open mic from about 6pm, you can register on arrival and it will run on a first come first served basis.

Also, just a reminder – if you are able to donate any preloved/new instruments/tuners to the Ukulele Kids Club UK bring them along on the day and we will make sure they get there and they know who donated them.

So Tune your Ukes, Dust off your Hawaiian outfits and get your satnav, map or whatever you use! ready to come and join us for a fun day and don’t forget to keep those fingers and toes crossed for sunny weather!

St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Extravaganza


Kate Jeffery receives the cheque from Ian Burford

The Rye Ukulele Experiment had the pleasure yesterday evening of playing at St Michael’s Hospice shop for their Christmas Extravaganza.  We wrapped up the event-filled day by playing some of our favourite numbers along with a selection of suitably Christmassy songs.  Accompanied by customers and staff in the shop we Jingle Belled and White Christmassed till 8pm.

We also took the opportunity of donating a cheque, to manageress Kate Jeffery, raised by our busking this year  bringing the total raised for the hospice to a little over £200.

A great day was had by all – thanks so much to the staff and helpers at the shop for their hospitality.

Children in Need success!!!

The Experiment had a brilliant night last night touring Rye and playing in various pubs to fund raise for Children in Need.  The weather stayed fine and we were made welcome everywhere we went.

Special thanks to The Queens Head, The Ypres Castle, The Standard, The Pipe Makers, The Cinque Ports and The Olde Worlde Wine Bar (hic) for allowing us to play and collect from their customers.  Thanks also to their customers for donating in excess of £160 last night.

The following pics were taken at the Cinque Ports by Kerrianne who also got the thankless task of bucket carrier and donation collector.



“There’s something about guitars, they’re just so big, you know what I mean?
You’re just like, “Ugh!” Its just seems so overwhelming and the Ukulele is, like the opposite of overwhelming.”
Zooey Deschanel


Come rain or shine we meet at The Queens Head, Landgate, Rye at 7.30pm every Tuesday evening.  All are welcome from beginner, through improver to expert.  We always have a spare Uke if anyone just  ‘wants a go’.

Queens Head, Rye