News & events for September 2019.
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Warning, warning ... all our jam leaders will be gainfully employed bringing you SPRUKE. So there are a few changes to our monthly jams program. But it will be business as usual for October.
Stop Press ... Sunday 1 September will be the LAST Samual Grays Jam. The business has been sold.

Warm up and get your strum on for these jams.

  • Sunday 1 – Farewell Samual Grays Jam (Albany Creek) FREE
  • Wednesday 4 – Big Uke Jam (Coorparoo)
  • NO September – WE BUMS Jam  (West End)
  • Wednesday 11 – BUMS Daytime Jam (Toowong)
  • NO September – Scratch Jam (Milton) FREE
  • Tuesday 20 – TUTUs Jam (Toowong) FREE
  • Wednesday 18 – Ferny Grove Jam (Ferny Grove)
  • Tuesday 24 – BUMS Northside Jam (Wavell Heights)

Date Claimers

Save these dates ...add them to your diary now!

SPRUKE Billets

Double the fun! Take advantage of our festival billeting system, or make a generous offer to host a visitor to our festival. Register online as a billet or request one. For more details, please contact our Billet Coordinator, Ian Phillips at

Redlands Open & Mic Uke Jam

The Open Mic & Uke Jam is back at Redlands Modern Country Music Club on the 29 September from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm. Click here for more details, or email Steve at  

Festival Markets Vendor

Get grand exposure for your products, and add to the atmosphere. Register online to have a vendor stall at SPRUKE. For more details, please contact our Festival Markets Coordinator, Geoff Dancer at

Play Music on the Porch

Grab your uke, make a picnic lunch and catch a ferry to join The CAGE on 31 August 2019 for Play Music on the Porch Day. Let's meet 10:30 am to 1:30 pm near the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point! 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. More details.

SPRUKE Appetiser

We're in the final count down. The day program is available, and tickets are on sale. But with FREE entry to the Festival precinct, there's lots to see and do without spending a cent. Check out our 'what to expect' overview for SPRUKE's delicious smorgasbord of offerings.

AGM Jam Sandwich

One of the most important event of the year is almost upon us. But do we have the AGM for you? This year we're pulling out all the stops to make this the biggest and best AGM yet. Add the date to you diary, and find out more!

A Few Chords from the President

All the while that SPRUKE is evolving, the BUMS management committee has also been preparing for its next big event which is the AGM to be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 30 October, at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Financial members, here's an opportunity for you to have yet another strum. This year we plan to run jam sets either side of the very short AGM agenda. Only BUMS members may nominate and vote for the 12 or so committee positions. So get your membership updated if you haven’t already done so, put in your committee member nominations, and come along for a great time.    

Congratulations to recent raffle prize winners: John Campbell was warm for the final days of winter as the winner of the Get Red-y for Winter raffle, courtesy of Music Express and the creative crochet talent of our BUMS Inc Vice President, Amanda Allwood. The lucky winner of our Sprukestar Raffle was Brett Mosedale. Thank you to our sponsors Guitar Brothers for the fabulous Gretsch Resontor ukulele with gig bag. Brett is one happy BUM!

Readers will know that BUMS has several community bands which perform around the Brisbane region, often for free. These community bands are supported by BUMS in a number of ways, including providing audio equipment and covering the cost of room hire for rehearsals. Even though they're busy practising for SPRUKE, and helping with festival preparations, it's still business as usual for bands.

On the Northside we have NUMB BUMS, which during August alone had performances for the Petrie Meals On Wheels service, for the AVEO Clayfield community, and for the Probus Club at Mitchelton. Another Northside group,  Ukulele Saints, have been busy at the Pullenvale community market and the Brookfield Market's “Christmas in July” event.

On the Southside, The CAGE has had a number of gigs including the Corinda State School fete during July, and a community event in Moorooka. The CAGE has also invited you all to join them at Kangaroo Point for Play Music on the Porch Day on Saturday 31 August 2019, starting at about 10:30 am.

Max Borchardt
President, Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc


SPRUKE is just around the corner. The bands have been rehearsing,  the committee has been checking last minute activities, signposts, tickets, tents, marquees, the stage is planned, the seating is being ticketed and the festival is coming together with a bang. The very exciting new venue for SPRUKE looks ready to live up to its expectations, and spaces for all of performers and events are programmed.
August has been finals month for the Guitar Brothers Sprukestar Quest. Congratulations to winner of semi-final 1, Chan Hoo, and winner of semi-final 2, Jemima Moore. Both performed for the Final at Northside Jam, the audience voted and we have our winner. Our Sprukestar wins a $500 gift voucher and the runner-up $250 Gift voucher. You'll have to come to the Morris Brothers Festival Finale on Sunday 15 September at SPRUKE to find out! Both our finalists will perform again, the winner will be announced and the prizes awarded.

This year we are delighted to announce that the radio station 4KQ breakfast team of Laurel, Gary and Mark will be highlighting SPRUKE in the week leading up to the festival, promoting the event with a special focus on ukulele versions of their popular fifties, sixties and seventies airplay. Tune in for a fun time and a chance to win prizes.
Remember to buy a ticket in the Mega Raffle which includes a $1000 travel voucher from italk Travel & Cruise Blue Mountains, a recording session at Little Room Studio, dinners for two at Tocco Italiano restaurants, in Teneriffe and in Chelmer, a John Eales signed jersey, the Midnight Mermaid hand-painted ukulele, and a ukulele lesson pack from Trevor Gollagher Music. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday at the big SPRUKE Finale.

And look out for the terrific new 2019 Festival tshirt design on chocolate brown, navy blue and white  ...


Kine Kool

How did Kine Kool originate? What's the philosophy behind the band? What are the lessons learned? We asked band leader, and long-term BUMS member, Jim Bills. Here's the answers.

More About That Bass

Mark Kryle's workshop was a booming success. They came from near and far, had vastly different levels of experience, but all thought it was well worth it. Here's what Rob Soothill and John Low said.

SPRUKE Mega Raffle tickets available at all major jams.
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