2019 Brisbane Ukulele in full swing
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Always check our News & Events Page for the latest details. Get your strum on for these February 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 ...


The Festival Planning Committee's has been very busy over the past few months negotiating the venue, researching headline acts and filling the various roles essential to running the festival.

If you'd like to be involved in the planning stage, please contact the Festival Director, Dave Charles, via festival@spruke.net.au.

Market Stalls Coordinator

We're looking for an energetic, entrepreneurial person to be the Festival Markets Coordinator for SPRUKE 2019. The job entails:
  • site visits to plan the festival market layout
  • seeking market stall holders
  • determining signage and equipment needs
  • creating a festival markets map
  • presenting a festival markets plan for consideration by the festival committee
  • liaising with market stall holders
  • managing bump-in and bump-out of market stalls at the festival.

We're closing applications on 15 February. All songs have to arrive at our post office box by then to be considered for inclusion on album. All songs need to be provided on a USB stick and in correct format (WAV file 24bit 44.1htz). Please also send artist agreement with the USB. If you don't have a copy of the agreement, please contact me and I will send one asap. If you have already applied and have not yet your sent agreement, now is the time. Once your song and agreement are in the mail, please send a Bio and photo to my email tgollagher@bigpond.com. If your song is picked you will be listed on the Facebook page.
Thanks all,
Trevor Gollagher

Paul and Linda are offering a free beginners evening to whet your appetite for Linda's 6-week day and evening courses. More info.

Location: Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove.
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Off to a flying start and want to learn more?

Join Julie, John and Keryn for a FREE Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp on two consecutive Wednesday evenings in March 2019. Attendance is for those who have mastered C, F & G7. Group size is limited to 24 participants.

Location: Meeting Room 1, Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba.
Dates: Wednesday 13 March 2019 (Session 1) and 20 March 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. More info.

D-tuned ukulele offers an elegant pathway to the ephemeral magic of Irish Traditional Music (ITM). Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams' 1.5 hour workshop opens the door to those of any skill level, through the study of popular song and instrumental technique on D-tuned ukulele. More info.

Location: Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034
Date: Saturday 16 March 2019
Time: 10:00-11:30 am Doors open 9:45 am.

TICKETS:  $25 (Financial BUMS Inc Members $5) Registration: Buy tickets now on Trybooking

Go Troppo for Trivia - Festival Fundraiser

Join us for an exotic night of Tropical Trivia, Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo. Everyone is welcome. Lots of prizes. More Info.

Tickets available at Trybooking. Single Tickets $12 (We’ll find you a team) Table Ticket $90 (Make a team of 8 and save!) Tickets will be on sale at Coorparoo, Ferny Grove, Toowong and Northside Jams throughout February. No door ticket sales. Contact: Jo Kunde via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com.

A Few Chords from the President

The  Australia day weekend may herald the end of the holidays for some, and for them planning for 2019 begins, but for the hard working management team that administers BUMS behind the scenes, much has already been happening.

By the time you get this newsletter it will be only 14 days away from that most important date of the year, 14 February. To all those young lovers out there looking for that perfect gift for Valentines day, nothing says I love You, more than one of our talented performers serenading that special someone with an Elvis song… Love me Tender! Or if that love is starting to fade, perhaps Neil Diamond’s “You don’t bring me flowers, any more” might rekindle the fires, (hotter than a Brisbane night, or a bottle of single malt.)  Of course the cynics might argue it's just another way to hire a big old BUM. If you do want a BUMS Strummer contact our Gigmeister, John Henderson, who will happily put you in touch with a suitably qualified performer.

More importantly, remember to celebrate World Ukulele Day on Saturday 2 February. Strum on your own, with some friends and in the words of the Disney song some of us grew up with, as we fell in love with Jimmy and Annette, "Come along and sing the song and join Jamboree."  Keep the celebration going at the Samual Grays Jam on Sunday 3 February.
Now on Saturday 2 March we are holding a trivia night (see above). The evening is a fundraiser to help defray some of the administrative costs associated with SPRUKE 2019. The cause is great, the fun will be greater, and the company will be T-riffic! So grab some smart friends (or any friends at all really), an aloha shirt, and get yourself a table.

A few SPRUKE-related items to watch out for in the months to come include: a ukulele performance competition, a ukulele maintenance workshop, and the eagerly awaited parody songwriting competition. The year is rolling!

Max Borchardt

Ferny Grove Jam Feature

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … the Ferny Grove Beginners Jam led by Paul and Linda. Geoff shares insights from the January 2019 jam.

The CAGE Band Feature

Established by Ian Phillips in 2015, and making their festival debut that year at SPRUKE, The CAGE now led by Ian and Becky Lochel had a tremendous year in 2018. Read about it here.

Camp Creative

Cathy Welsford & Angie Smith (The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach) encouraged and cajouled 22 enthusiasitic intermediate ukelists throughout a very hot week at their recent Camp Creative -- Strummin’ the Rhythm, Pickin’ the Tune. Lesley Allan reports.

Value: $70
Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.
Available at Coorparoo, Ferny Grove Beginners, Northside and Toowong Daytime Jams.
Drawn Saturday 2 March 2019

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.
Bookings close 29 March 2019.
Ring 02 47822188 to reserve your berth.
"The tuning maybe a little flat,
but it tastes so good!"

Planning a celebration?
Celebrate with a ukulele cake.
For more details contact
Kerrie Kena's Cakes
Phone: 0421 848 742 
Instagram: #kerriekenacakes
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