News & events for July 2019.
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Warm up and get your strum on for these jams.

  • Wednesday 3 – Big Uke Jam, Sprukestar Rnd 7 (Coorparoo)
  • Sunday 7 – Samual Grays Jam (Albany Creek) FREE
  • Wednesday 10 – BUMS Daytime Jam (Toowong)
  • Friday 12 – WE BUMS Jam  (West End)
  • Tuesday 16 – TUTUs Jam (Toowong) FREE
  • Wednesday 17 – Ferny Grove Jam, Sprukestar Rnd 8 (Ferny Grove)
  • Sunday 21 – The Scratch Jam (Milton) FREE
  • Tuesday 23 – BUMS Northside Jam (Wavell Heights) Sprukestar June Decider

Date Claimers

Save these dates...write in your diary now! Tickets available soon.

  • 3-5 Jul — Creative Fusions (Cremorne Theatre)
  • 15 Jul — Ukulele Rockers Session 1 (Grange)
  • 27 Jul — I'm all about that bass (Coorparoo) On Sale now
  • 27 Jul — Jazzmas in July (Sherwood)
  • 23-25 Aug — Central Coast Ukulele & Folk Festival
  • 31 Aug — Play Music on the Porch Day (Kangaroo Point)
  • 13-15 Sep — SPRUKE Brisbane's Ukulele Festival 2019

Creative Fusions

Creative Fusions is an intercultural and inter-generational 3-day music program for 10-100 year olds, being held on 3 to 5 July at the Cremorne Theatre. QPAC is offering BUMS performers a special deal. Find out more, then hurry to book your tickets.

I'm All About that Bass

BUMS is very excited to offer Mark Cryle's unique approach to playing bass in a workshop designed exclusively for BUMS members. Experienced and accomplished bass player, Mark Cryle is a multi-instrumentalist. His workshop covers what abilities make a good bass player, and how to play bass in an ensemble. Find out more.

Play Music on the Porch

In 2018, thousands of musicians in at least 59 countries and over 675 cities around the world participated! This year, all BUMS members are invited to join The CAGE on 31 August 2019 for Play Music on the Porch Day. Catch a ferry, bring a picnic lunch, and let's meet 10:30 am to 1:30 pm near the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point!

Jazzmas in July

Loyal fans of Ignite Choir and The CAGE might enjoy this Christmas in July choral event -- JAZZMAS in JULY. Come to Sherwood State School, New Hall, Corner Sherwood and Oxley Roads, Sherwood, at 5-7 pm on Saturday 27 July. Adult tickets $25; Youth (3-15) tickets $10. Tickets available from Trybooking.

Miss Elm Single Launch

One of our young and very talented members, Erin Harrington, is launching her new single, Clean Slate, on Sunday 4 August 2019 at 4:00 pm at The Milk Factory, 48 Montague Rd, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101. $10 tickets for the event will be available at the door.

Join Ukulele Rockers

Erin Harrington's Ukulele Rockers meet 6:30-8:30 pm on Monday nights beginning 15 July 2019 at the Grange Baptist Church, 197 Wilston Road, Newmarket. Learn to play uke in an ensemble with fun rocking music like movie themes, classics and rock through the ages! Basic knowledge of ukulele required. $15/session or $25/session for casual attendance. Bookings essential! Email

A Few Chords from the President

After a very interesting and rewarding month, it is nice to sit down and reflect on where we are with BUMS. It is pleasing to see that the SPRUKE Festival Committee has most things in hand. We will be announcing our exciting program in the next few days, and tickets will go on sale shortly. Through May and Jun, we've treated our members to our local talent through the Sprukestar Contest, and given members three more great workshops -- baritone ukulele, bluegrass music, and strumming techniques. And there's more to come -- the bass workshop with Mark Cryle is scheduled for Coorparoo on 27 July. It promises to be a fantastic event giving attendees a good grounding on bass playing in an ensemble -- a context very appropriate to the BUMS community.

But ... workshops don’t just happen, and organisations don’t just appear.

The BUMS Management Committee puts long and hard organisational effort into making our program of activities a solid and exciting one for BUMS members.

Imagine what it would be like if  you turned up to Coorparoo or Ferny Grove one Wednesday night, and there was no ukulele event ... or if you went to Toowong on Wednesday lunchtime, and no one was there. How about Northside, or the Scratch Bar, or TUTU’s or WE BUMS? BUMS staffs and funds these activities in one way or another. But for that to happen, there needs to be a strong management committee ... and at present, it looks like that ain’t gonna’ be happening next year! For your information, I have it on good authority that several of the key management committee positions will need filling for 2019-2020.

“Ah well!” I hear you say, “I’m sure someone will step forward to do this!’ To date, our inquiries amongst members have revealed no interest in this. So something’s got to give.

Please consider giving some of your time to ensure the continuation of our good fortune at BUMS. Ask the leader of your favourite jam what you can do to help at a local level. Check the management committee positions on the BUMS Inc website (, and find a role that interests you. No prior experience required, on-the-job training provided.

Max Borchardt
Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc


Lots happening at SPRUKE behind the scenes! At just 75 days out, things are coming together. The AUTLA program for Friday has been released, and the festival program is being finalised. All who applied to perform and present will receive notifications in the next couple of weeks, with the program released by the end of July. We also have a couple of great competitions starting in July. The Stay at Quest for SPRUKE Giveaway (see details below) and the one many have been waiting for the Uke’n Parody Video Contest. Start writing your song we will be launching the Contest at the Big Uke Jam at Coorparoo on 3 July. Keep your eye out on our social media and website for the SPRUKE 2019 Festival Poster and the NEW festival t-shirt design. Share your preparations #SprukeFestival. We are actively inviting  volunteers to help us out pre-SPRUKE and over the festival weekend. Please complete the form at if you can volunteer even just a couple of shifts over your weekend.

For Ukulele Teachers @ SPRUKE

The Australian Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Association has pulled out all stops to present a massive program of terrific workshops on the first day of SPRUKE - Friday 13 September. It's very affordable professional development for music teachers. Just $50 for the day (or $40 for AUTLA members). Download the program and register.

Play & Stay Quest Give-Away

Enter now to WIN a 2 night stay in a Studio Apartment at Quest Eight Mile Plains for SPRUKE 2019. What's more? We'll give you a promocode for discounted rates and extras over the weekend of the SPRUKE Brisbane Ukulele Festival just for entering!  Find out more, or enter now!

Ukulele Saints Band Feature

One of the benefits of playing in a BUMS community band is meeting like-minded performers. Often small performing groups emerge from our larger community bands. And that’s how it was with Ukulele Saints. Find out how they began.

Baritone Ukulele with Garry

Last month, Garry Collins ran another excellent baritone ukulele workshop. Diane Davis was one of the small group of baritone enthusiasts who attended. Here's what Di thought of the workshop.
Sprukestar and Winter Raffle tickets available at all major jams.
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