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Come and try a BUMS community band NUMB BUMS is looking for new members. We are back playing together in a COVID-safe manner at the Zillmere Hall on Monday evenings. If you would like to ‘come and try’ a night at NUMB BUMS contact John Low on  0421 080 914 or email: or John […]

John Low’s Uke Journey

In the next instalment of the series, we find out about John Low’s uke journey. It’s never too late to start a new journey.  I took up the ukulele four years ago when I finally retired aged 76. My plan had been to spend my twilight years as a (very) mature-aged triathlete.  Sadly, the combination […]

Cathy Welsford’s October Challenge

Always wanted to know more about music? Experienced ukulele teacher and Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association (AUTLA) member, Cathy Welsford, issued this October Uke Challenge! James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1: Units 1, 2 & 3 (ONLINE via ZOOM) Dates: Five week course – 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2020 Time: 10:30 […]

Build Performance Skills – EOI

Would you like to improve your ability to play ukulele and sing solo and with others? Come jam with us … BUMS is planning a jam leaders course designed to build performance confidence.  The aim of the program is to develop your skills so you can create and lead a set at a jam.  Playing […]

Ukulele Rockers Online School

Launching The Ukulele Rockers Online School! Ukulele teacher and BUMS Inc performing member, Erin Harrington (AKA Miss Elm) recently launched The Ukulele Rockers Online School designed to help you use ukulele to unleash your creative superpowers. To celebrate the launch, Erin is offering all BUMS Inc newsletter subscribers 20% off her two new courses: “Becoming […]

Celtic Ukulele Group

At the Brisbane Celtic Ukulele Group a number of BUMS explore Celtic music under the guidance of Brendan Williams and Peter McMeel. Geoff Dancer explains the development of the group. THE BRISBANE CELTIC UKULELE GROUP Why Celtic? Why Celtic and not Irish? Because the group also plays some Scottish tunes and songs. Celtic generally refers […]

Pandemic Picking

None of us would pick a pandemic, but pandemic picking is another matter. Salli Chmura describes the Ukulele Orchestra of Greater Brisbane’s picking adventure pre-pandemic, during lockdown and the easing of social restrictions. ——————————————— COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in the musical world since its onset and sent many of us to find refuge in Zoom […]

Spotlight on CHUMS

This month we shine a spotlight on incredible ukulele group of very enthusiastic seniors. They’ve come from very humble musical beginnings to become polished performers. Compton Happy Ukulele Musical Seniors (CHUMS) CHUMS was started in 2014 by Donna Farrell with help from her husband Derek and their good friend Keryn Henderson. CHUMS members are residents […]