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We had a great time with the South Devon Sparks group, playing some old time favourites together with some seasonal songs.

Delighted to be asked to play for St Georges community, and meet up with friends from Babbacombe Strummers – playing favourite Xmas songs and other popular tunes – Merry Christmas !

Picture credit: Ted Jones

29th Jun 2023

Privileged to be invited again to Barton Hill Academy to show the Year 3 how much fun the ‘ukulele can be. We look forward to going “back to school” in the future !

Picture credit: David Gray

16th Oct 2021

Delighted to be able to play for the participants of Britain in Bloom regional prizegiving – in the beautiful grounds of Torre Abbey.

Our first gig in a very long time !

14th Dec 2019

Mulled wine, mince pies and a wonderful crowd at St Georges Church Xmas Fundraiser. Everyone in great voice, singing Christmas Carols and other popular songs – Merry Christmas !

Pictures in the Gallery – credit: Ted Jones

30th Nov 2019

A fun packed evening with the friends and members of Torquay Bowling Club – lots of audience participation. A donation to our adopted charity was very much appreciated !

28th Sept 2019

Ye Olde Roundham Club

On a wet and windy Saturday night at Ye Olde Roundham Club we had a cracking time, helping to raise funds for this wonderful charity !

16th Sept 2019

Hyde Dendy Big Weekend

We were there playing a great set list in the sun …. all to support local charities !!

12th Sept 2019

Well we made the papers albeit in a small way !

10th Sept 2019

Alzheimer’s Society Charity Evening

On Saturday 28th September we will be playing in support of this fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Society

“Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.”

We welcome your support.

3rd April 2019

The John Ayres Ukulele Proms

26 March 2019

‘Ukes on Tour !

A lovely Message from Marcia & Sid.

“Can you say a great big thank you to all of the Riviera Ukulele Band for coming to play for our anniversary celebrations. So many people have told us how much they enjoyed all the music. We are very grateful to all for travelling to Winkleigh. Love Marcia & Sid”

The total of the donations to North Devon Hospice was £290.

The band had a great time too – and the Afternoon Tea was superb !

23rd November

(l-r) Rob, Graham & Ken


Rob Baker

We said “Good-bye” to Rob today and were able to play some of his favourite tunes – He loved the ‘ukulele and we will miss his company.




 29th September

Totnes Conservative Club

A return visit to Totnes gave us the opportunity to play some of our favourite tunes – which, appeared to be enjoyed as ‘dancing’ broke out!    The donation for the work of Rowcroft is very much appreciated.

23rd September

Paignton Bowling Club – End of Season Social

Delighted to be able to play for our friends at the club for their End of Season social and very grateful for their donation to our charity – Rowcroft Hospice.


20th Aug

Brixham Bowling Club – Captains Day

We were made very welcome by the club members and had a great time !

The following is courtesy of Chris Dawes – BBC member:

“Every year the Club Captains decide on a charity for which the club will raise money. This year Jenny Hopkins nominated the Marie Curie Care and Support Through Terminal Illness Charity. The first big fund raising event took place on Sunday 12th August. A lot of hard work went into organising the day which involved a range of Target Bowls challenges on the green, a cake stall, raffle, a buffet and a number of indoor fund raising activities. The weather forecast looked dire in the morning but the rain clouds broke up and the sun shone through to avert a potential disaster. Members turned out adorned in a range of yellow outfits (the Marie Curie charity colour) and a good afternoon was had by all. The Charity day was closed by the Riviera Ukulele band who took us all down memory lane performing songs catering for all age ranges from the 1950s to the 90s. There was concern that a couple of members might dislocate their ageing joints when trying to dance the twist but overall everyone was in good voice. Many thanks to the Ukulele Band who performed free of charge to support this popular charity. Money raised so far is £431 with more events to go.”

4th Aug

Woofstock 2018

Credit: SK

On a very hot Saturday afternoon we played  “Woofstock”  at Coronation Park, Dartmouth. 

Lots of ‘4 legged friends’ and some good music !!  



3rd Aug

Torbay Steam Rally

Well, we certainly raised a ‘Head of Steam’ !!    Two full sets from “the Band” with a mid set contribution from Graham followed by Chris and Bev (Planet Uke). In a very hot marquee that afternoon we learnt the hardships of “showbiz” !!

3rd Aug

Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers Summer Fayre – Update ! 

Excerpt from TLF Newsletter – August

“We began the month with our Fish Quay Market, and what a Market it was!   We had beautiful weather and lots of customers.   It was the most successful market to date raising £2,023!   My lasting memory of the day will be the Riviera Ukulele band playing for us whilst a group of very young children sat on the ground next to them, joining in with the singing for a short while.

Thank you to all our TLF members who ‘manned’ the stalls, all our cake bakers/jam makers,  and of course the Riviera Ukulele Band.”

Credit: Lynn – Chair TLF

10th July

Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers Summer Fayre

A super morning gig supporting our Lifeboat Fundraisers raise funds for Torbay Lifeboat – great crowd, in particular the “stars” from Ellacombe School who participated with such enthusiasm !

TLF raised around £1700 today – with £76 collected in the ” Band Bucket”

Credit: AL


Credit: AL

29th June

Furzeham School Summer Fayre

Hi Yvonne…

Would just like to say, your band was fab! Loads of people said so!!  Mum and all the other PTA would like to say a big Thank You!

Could you also pass this on to the other members!

Credit: AP

Zena xx

24th June

Shoalstone Pool Summer Fete

A wonderful afternoon in the Sun !!

Credit: AP


We think Mike went off for a swim !!

16th June

No Such Thing as Bad News …

Brixham News kindly corrected the article  in last week’s edition, the next item seemed appropriate !!!

Or was that skilful scissor work ?

5th June

Roy Hayes

Today we take time to say farewell to Roy who recently passed away.  Roy loved playing ‘ukulele and being part of our group. His mischievous smile and enthusiasm will be missed by us all.

22nd May

Together with lots of other fundraisers we helped to raise around £1600 for St Mary’s church – the weather was good and the crowds were brilliant !

17th May

Helping Preston Conservative Club raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance was great fun – a really enthusiastic audience.

Another £150 towards a worthy cause !


24th April

Super letter and card from Friends of Shoalstone Pool …

14th April

Shoalstone Ahoy!     What a great fundraising event last night, together with Ell’s Angels and Missin’ Tackle we played to an appreciative audience and helped raise much needed funds to keep Shoalstone Pool the place we love.

the Riviera Ukulele Band


Ell’s Angels








Missin’ Tackle



3rd April

On the 22nd April 2018, Dan Hallam will be running the Virgin London Marathon. Training so far has involved nearly 200 miles in March and over 400 miles since January, numerous gym sessions, sports massage and lots of carbohydrates. The weather hasn’t been the kindest with one of the long 18 mile practice runs being memorable for the 4 inches of snow that started to fall half way through. 
Through the support of the club and RUB’s audience, Dan has raised nearly £400 for the RNLI. At some point, any one of us or our family might need their support – at the beach, walking along the coast or out at sea. If you would like to donate what you can to help support the RNLI and its volunteers, please visit Dan’s page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dan-hallam1
Ed’s Note – “We are right behind you !  He is 11256 !”

20th March

Here is a great ‘Ukulele magazine – produced here in the UK quarterly. Full of interesting articles.                                                                                              World of Ukes

1st March

 Wow! ……. First day of Spring and we had to cancel our band night because of SNOW !!

This  – in the Riviera, quite a surprise.