Recent news & upcoming events for the months ahead.
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Warm up and get your strum on for these jams.

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

  • 11-14 April Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival (Kenilworth)
  • 17 & 24 April — Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp (Nundah)
  • 25 May — Baritone Uke Workshop (Garry Collins, Coorparoo)
  • 1 June — Strumming Workshop (Ross Clark, Coorparoo)
  • 15 June — Bluegrass Workshop (Tony Richardson, Zillmere)
  • 6 July — Uke Repair & Optimisation (To be confirmed)
  • 27 July — Bass Riffs & Runs to Amaze Your Friends

A Few Chords from the President

April is coming, Easter, Anzac Day, performances at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in Kenilworth, and it seems a month when so many people move house, or travel overseas ... but BUMS keeps going even with that.

At our last committee meeting we confirmed the date of the 27 July for the Bass Riffs workshop with local music and song writer Mark Cryle. Mark has played around Brisbane for many years. Those who enjoy the live music scene will have come across him. Tickets with considerable discounts for BUMS members go on sale shortly.

It’s coming up for membership renewal soon folks. Membership is due in July, but early renewals will keep the pressure off the membership team. $50 a year is a bargain, especially since subscriptions BUMS have to pay keep rising. So please don’t delay your payment.

On the social side, we were very pleased to see Narelle Burke, one of our loyal performing members, looking well and back jamming at Coorparoo after recent surgery. And we're also pleased to learn that Margaret Floyd, one of our Northside jam regulars, is doing well after a long illness. We hope to see Margaret at Northside again soon.

Have a great April!

Max Borchardt
Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc


Excitement is mounting. Word is spreading. The place is starting to buzz. WHY??

SPRUKE 2019 is on its way folks! With only 5 months until 'show time', we need you!
Yes! YOU with the crazy hairdo and Aloha shirt.

Don't be coy, Roy!
Throw your hat in the ring, Bing!
Get a bit of the action, Jackson!
Jump in the pool, Merle!

There's 50 ways to join the SPRUKE Crew.
Here's what you do.

Join the SPRUKE Crew running the show on festival days. (

You can also: Visit the SPRUKE website, to find out how to get involved. Then please contact the Festival Director, Dave (0438 718 842), or Sponsorship Coordinator, Max (0402 071 483) or email if you need more information.
The SPRUKE Crew needs YOU!

Sprukestar Raffle

Win a Gretsch G9112 Resonator Ukulele (RRP $569). Tickets sales begin in April, and tickets will be available at Coorparoo, Ferny Grove & Northside jams. Drawn at the Sprukestar Quest Final, 27 August 2019. Supported by Guitar Brothers.

Easter Raffle

Look for the Maholo Java Tenor Uke Easter Raffle & Easter pack. Tickets sales begin at March Northside jam, & continue at main jams. Winner will be drawn at the Northside Jam, Tuesday 23 April. Supported by Binary Music & BUMS Inc.
P.S. Summer Raffle was won by Lyn at Coorparoo in March.

Bring out the Baritone

Looking for a new ukulele challenge, or an answer to your ukulele prayers. It's time to branch out into baritone. And Garry Collins can help you. Here's how!

Uke Fest or Uke Feast?

Feed your passion for ukulele at the April 11-14 Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. Be inspired by international artists Victoria Vox (USA) and Ukebox (UK). A bevy of BUMS are performing and presenting. Find out who'll be there.

Sign up for Central Coast

Would you like to perform at the Central Coast Ukulele & Folk Festival in August 2019? August on the Central Coast (NSW) brings perfect weather -- warm days and cool nights.
Apply now. Applications close 30 June 2019.

Gypsy Rumble

Fresh from the Adelaide Fringe Festival Gypsy Rumble bring their rollicking show to Samual Grays Cafe and Craft Beer Bar. Tickets for Saturday 30 March are selling fast, so get in quick.

BUMS Big Jam Feature

Running since 2010, the BUMS Big Jam, held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Coorparoo Bowls Club, is a 'must have' jam experience. Find out why.

NUMB BUMS Band Feature

NUMB BUMS, our feature band for April, welcomes new members. Now is a great time to join so that you'll be able to perform with the band at SPRUKE 2019. Learn more.

An Irish Treat

Every Thursday evening, Pete McMeel and Brendan Williams run Irish music sessions at the Toowong Bowls Club. Their group's workshop on 16 March was an Irish treat on the magic of D-tuning. Pete reports.

Back from Bootcamp

Just back from Bootcamp and looking forward to continuing to build on Bootcamp concepts and skills, here's what Eva had to say about the course.
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