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Warm up and get your strum on for these jams.

  • Sunday 2 – Samual Grays Jam (Albany Creek) FREE
  • Wednesday 5 – Big Uke Jam B'day, Sprukestar Rnd 5,
    Binary Music Pop-up Shop (Coorparoo)
  • Wednesday 12 – BUMS Daytime Jam (Toowong)
  • Friday 14 – WE BUMS Jam  (West End)
  • Sunday 16 – The Scratch Jam (Milton) FREE
  • Tuesday 18 – Tutus Jam (Toowong) FREE
  • Wednesday 19 – Ferny Grove Birthday Jam (Ferny Grove) Sprukestar Round 6
  • Tuesday 25 – BUMS Northside Jam (Wavell Heights) Sprukestar June Decider

Date Claimers

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

Ukulele Upgrade Strumming Workshop

Ross Clark and Helena Bond (of Daylight Moon) offer this essential Saturday morning strumming workshop, Ukulele Upgrade: strumming & beyond in playing & arranging songs, for beginning and intermediate players.

Bluegrass - You Beauty!

Back from Melbourne, longtime performing BUM, Tony Richardson, offers a you-beaut bluegrass workshop. This unique music style is not gospel, not blues, not country, nor jazz nor Trad (traditional), but it has elements of all of these styles. Find out if Bluegrass is for you.

Bobby Alu - Finally Tour - Brisbane

Byron Bay ukulele player Bobby Alu is on tour in June, and is playing an all ages afternoon show on Sunday June 9 at LOFT West End .
You can WIN a double pass to his show. To enter, click the Facebook event, then simply share the and tag any friends you'd like to take (by June 3).

Get RED-y for Winter Raffle

If you win our Get RED-y for Winter Raffle, you'll be the envy of all your friends as you strum up a storm, while keeping warm and toasty! Tickets $2 ea or 3 for $5 are available at major jams. Find out all about the prize!

Central Coast Uke & Folk Fest

Warm up for SPRUKE with a quick trip down to the Central Coast in NSW. See international, national and locals acts will perform and do a workshop or two. More information.

Binary Music Popup Shop

Binary Music are great supporters of BUMS Inc and ukulele players in general. Show your appreciation for their ongoing support by checking out their popup shop at the 5 June Coorparoo Jam. Come early and have a chat to Len and Karen who are well-known for their expertise in all things ukulele. Among other things, they will have some exciting new wares, including new models of uke, new Double brand uke pickups (including the Trans model with built-in effects which can be fitted to any uke), music stand lights, uke sheet music, some great new uke straps and more. If there is a particular item you need, let us know before the night and we can bring it along for you. 
Karen & Len- Binary Music Cleveland ph 3488 2230
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A Few Chords from the President

Remember... membership renewals... and ... in a few chords from the president this month we include a strumming note about the fantastic SPRUKESTAR competition for which we are entering round three this month of June. Rounds one and two have been amazing, this months performances by John and Chan and the performances by Graham and Lesley and Sally have been most entertaining. As I write this report, I am arranging to head off to Northside jam at Northern Suburbs Bowlo on Tuesday to hear the play-offs between Chan and Graham Hall. What a vast array of quality we can attract. I have also received the Gretsch Ukulele from our SPRUKE Competition Sponsors Guitar Brothers, which we are raffling off to raise the prize moneys for the SPRUKESTAR competition, this will be on display at all future the Jams until it is drawn. It’s a little beauty, with a great tone, and beautiful finish.

I can’t emphasise enough what an exciting club BUMS is to belong to, offering the prospect of being able to participate in a ukulele strumming activity every week and sometimes more than once a week. On that note... Good news for those who attend the TUTUs strum in Toowong, we have finally been upgraded and moved off the veranda and inside. Not a night too soon really, as it’s starting to get chilly out there. If you are interested in a small gathering of free-form strumming you might like to attend the TUTUs jam. It offers a different approach with the jam leader (me) choosing and preparing about 30 songs from which those who attend get to select the ones they wish to play.

Other good news for BUMS is that our regular bass player Cath McCourt has agreed to lead the WEBUMS jam at Hope Street Cafe on Boundary Road, West End, on the second Friday of each month. Her first event will be the June Jam. If you can make it on Friday the 14th I can guarantee you an exciting evening with a most very talented Ukulele player and singer in our Cath.

Finally, stay tuned for the announcement about our up coming Advanced Bass Riff work shop, with Mark Cryle in July. Those active in the contemporary live music scene will know Mark as a singer, song writer and musician of considerable talent and experience. He will be bringing this to bear on a workshop specifically designed for experienced bass players who want to extend their skill and repertoires. Stay tuned for the announcement, and note that members get a significant discount.

Which brings me to a close.... with the reminder to renew your membership this month.

Max Borchardt
Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc


Applications to perform or present at SPRUKE 2019 closed midnight Sunday 26 May 2019.
Thank you to all who applied to perform at SPRUKE 2019. Our festival committee are thrilled with the number of applications we have received and very excited at the great program we’ll be presenting in September. All applicants will be notified within the next month if you have been successful. If you have missed out for 2019, the good news is here will be many opportunities for you to strut your stuff at open mics.  
SPRUKE — BRISBANE’S UKULELE FESTIVAL is on 13-15 September 2019. We have a new venue at SunPAC and the adjoining Sunnybank Sports and Community Club for 2019, which gives us some exciting new options for performing stages and workshop venues.

Royal Mail Uke Group

The Royal Mail Uke Group meets at the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna. The group enjoys the patronage of hotelier, Andrew Cafe, and the support of experienced performer, Vic Kena. Find out more about the group.

Rob & Sue's Ukulele Cruise

At SPRUKE 2017, our Coorparoo MC, Rob Carlyle, won the major raffle prize -- a Ukulele Cruise for two, generously donated by italktravel & cruise Blue Mountains. After some delay, Rob and Sue were finally on their way. Find out all about their April NZ Ukulele Cruise.


Never been to a uke festival? Wondering if you should go to SPRUKE -- Brisbane's Ukulele Festival in September? A bevy of BUMS went to the 4-day Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival at Kenilworth in April. Peter, Judy, Mick, Marg, Jim and Rod share some of their SCUF festival adventures.

NEW GROUP- The Ukulele Rockers

Learn to play uke in group as an ensemble with fun rocking music! Including movie themes, classics, rock from the ages and more! All levels welcome (but please let Erin know prior as spots are limited) 6.30-8.30pm Monday nights$15 for weekly students (must prebook) $25 for casual Location- 7/33 Carberry Street, Grange. To book see
Sprukestar and Winter Raffle tickets available at all major jams.
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