Wrapping up 2018 ... moving into 2019.
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Always check our News & Events Page for the latest details. Please Note: No January WE BUMS Jam (West End) nor TuTus Jam (West Toowong). They'll be back in February 2019.

Warm up and get your strum on for these January jams.

Back to Band Practice!

  • Mon 14 January —  NUMB BUMS (Zillmere Community Hall)
  • Sun 3 February — The CAGE & Free Range chUKES (Corinda SS)
  • Wed 13 February —  Flukey (Cooparoo Bowls Club)

Save these dates ...

  • 14-18 January — Camp Creative (Bellingen, NSW)
  • 19 January BUMS Bandjamboree (for band and jam leaders)
  • 6 February — Linda's Free Beginners Night (Ferny Grove)
  • 8-10 February Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (Katoomba, NSW)
  • 13 & 20 February — Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp (Bulimba)
  • 2 March — Trivia Night (Coorparoo)
  • March (dates TBA) — Melbourne Ukulele Festival (Melbourne, VIC)
  • 13 & 20 March — Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp (Bulimba)
  • 11-14 April Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival (Kenilworth)
  • 17 & 24 April — Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp (Nundah)


We've got the dates ... we've got the venue. Click to find out:
  • Where it is  ...
  • What’s available ...
  • How to get there ...
  • And where to stay ...  

Just starting ukulele?

Come to Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp ... absolutely FREE.

Julie, John and Keryn will run a free Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp on two consecutive Wednesday evenings in February 2019.
Attendance is specifically for Absolute Beginners. Group size is limited to 15 participants. Players who already know C, F & G7, please don't apply.

Location: Meeting Room 1, Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library,
Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.
Dates: Wednesday 13 February 2019 (Session 1) and 20 February 2019 (Session 2)
Time: Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Registration: Registering via Trybooking enrols you in both sessions. Please only apply if you are coming to both sessions. Registrations close 7:00 pm Friday 8 February 2019. Please email questions about the course to Keryn at bneukebootcamp@gmail.com.

Hamper Winner


This year's BUMS Christmas Hamper raffle prize was drawn at Jingle BUMS on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at Jingle BUMS.
The very lucky winner of the hamper was Madonna King. Congratulations and happy strumming!
Thank you to everyone who support BUMS Inc by purchasing tickets. For those of you who missed out this time, we'll soon be releasing details of our super Easter Hamper.

EOI for James Hill

Attn: Queensland Ukulele Teachers & Leaders

There's a strong degree of interest from interstate, but ...
Cathy Welsford is still accepting expressions of interest from
Queensland music teachers and ukulele jam and band leaders
who would like to do a James Hill Ukulele Initiative course in
September 2019. Find out more ...

Ukulele @ Camp Creative

Immerse yourself in 5 days of face-to-face


Book now to reserve your place in Strummin' the Rhythm, Pickin' the Tune at Camp Creative in Bellingen NSW 14-18 January 2019 with Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith of The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach (See www.thewildwomenofanywherebeach.net).

• Develop your strum skills (and/or)
• Learn to pick melodies and riffs
• Play in a ukulele ensemble
• Perform in two concerts
• Enjoy lots of music

The course is for beyond-basic players wishing to learn a wider range of strum techniques and/or to explore melody picking. If you’re ready to expand your basic ukulele skills to create beautiful vibrant music with exciting rhythms and captivating melodies then this course is for you.  

Book now at  https://www.campcreative.com.au/course/Ukulele-Fun-Melodies-and-Strum-2019. Scroll down, click 'Book Now'.


Vale Helen Campbell

Sadly, we recently wished farewell to one of our long-term members, Helen Campbell. Helen and her husband Bob have been members of BUMS since January 2011. Helen loved music and looked forward to the monthly Coorparoo Jam. We'll miss you at Coorparoo Jams, Helen.

A Few Chords from the President

Happy new year to all BUMS members! My New Year's resolution for BUMS is to reach out to as many ukulele players as is possible, bringing to them the wonder and joy of this tiny member of the lute family.
The year ahead is one full of surprises. We will be bringing you events and activities that will be fun, entertaining and educational, and I hope you take maximum advantage of all we have to offer. BUMS members enjoy considerable discounts on BUMS activities, and this will certainly be the case this year, so roll on 2019.

You can expect workshops on finger picking, ubass techniques, how to be a set leader, and singing harmonies, ukulele repair and maintenance, and of course there’s SPRUKE 2019.

Many of these workshops will be held in the first half of the year, and member discounts on these will certainly be valued at more than the $50 membership we ask of you, so if you have friends who are not yet members, sign them up.

Join the fun at our biennial Trivia Nite in March. Lots of fun and prizes, so stay tuned for more details. Finally, check out the 'It's Back to Band Practice' dates in the Date Claimers section above, and consider joining one of our community bands.
Have a great year everybody,
Max Borchardt

TuTus Jam Feature

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers (TuTus) Jam! Sshh! Not many people know this secret. But Geoff tells all ...

Flukey Band Feature

Our fledgling band, Flukey has been flying high this year. Established in 2017 to give members an opportunity to perform at SPRUKE, Flukey has continued to expand their repertoire and performance experience under the expert guidance of band leader, Charmaine Matthews. Here's their 2018.

Brisbane Basket Brigade

Brisbane Basket Brigade volunteers bring Christmas cheer to many families, packing and delivering Christmas hampers for those who've fallen on hard times. Concerts organised by Jim Bills entertain the volunteers for the entire weekend. In the past few years, BUMS at the Brisbane Basket Brigade has become a festive season tradition.

July Ukulele Cruise

It's booking time ...
Ukulele Cruise Australia are offering an 8-day ukulele cruise departing 20 July 2019.
To find out more email sue@bluemts.italk.travel or visit the website. http://www.ukulelecruiseaustralia.com.au
Bookings close 29 March. Ring 02 47822188 to reserve your berth.

Great Ukulele Cakes

Love ukulele?
Looking for a cake for an
upcoming celebration?
Celebrate with a ukulele cake.

"The tuning maybe a little flat,
but it tastes so good!". 
For more details contact
Kerrie Kena's Cakes
Phone: 0421 848 742 
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