Entries by Keryn


We are getting very excited here in SPRUKE HQ with applications pouring in to perform and present workshops. You have until midnight 26 May  2019 to get yours in! Check out  https://www.spruke.net.au/applications-to-perform-at-spruke-2019-now-open/ We are proud to announce Quest Apartments Eight Miles Plains as a SPRUKE Sponsor. Quest have given us a fabulous offer for you at […]

New Members – It’s a Bargain

The end of the 2018-2019 financial year is on our doorstep … and BUMS Inc membership fees of $50 will be due on 1 July 2019. Payment Options are described on NEW MEMBERS For new members … the bargain of the year is pay for the 2019-2020 financial year in May 2019 and get May […]

Ukulele Upgrade – 1 June Workshop

Ukulele Upgrade: strumming and beyond in playing & arranging songs Ross Clark and Helena Bond (of Daylight Moon) offer this essential Saturday morning strumming workshop for beginning & intermediate players. DATE: Saturday 1 June 2019 TIME: 10:00 am -11:30 am VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club,  32 Riddings St., Coorparoo TICKETS $25: via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJKW BUMS DISCOUNT […]

Bluegrass – You Beauty! 15 June

BUMS Beaut Bluegrass Workshop Back from Melbourne, longtime performing BUM, Tony Richardson, offers a you-beaut bluegrass workshop. DATE: Saturday 15 June 2019 TIME: 10:00 am start and finish 11:30 VENUE: Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034 TICKETS $25 : Available from Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJMV. BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code. Check […]

Branch out into Baritone

Have you branched out into baritone? Ukes come in many sizes and shapes, and can be adapted to different styles of music. We see more and more baritone ukuleles at the jams and in our performing groups. Why play a baritone? The baritone provides a great transition from 6-string instruments like guitar to playing with […]

Hynotonics @ SCUF

Frivolity. Fun. Friendship. Feet — and thinking on them. Just a few of the words I associate with Hypnotonics and the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. Hypnotonics has been around for about a year, and is made up of some familiar BUMS faces: Amanda Allwood, Mark Bradshaw, Salli Chmura, Cath McCourt, and Trish Rodwell.   We […]

BFG Birthday Girls

Amanda & Zoè’s Birthday Extravaganza This year, two of our BUMS Festival Group (BFG) members, Amanda Allwood and Zoë Watson, celebrated their birthdays at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. BUMS had a large number of performers and workshop presenters at SCUF this year. Hypnotonics, the BFG, Donna & Derek Farrell, Girt By C, Miss Elm, […]

Gypsy Rumble in Review

It was a great night with Queensland’s Gypsy Rumble performing at Samuel Gray’s on Saturday 30 May. Quite a crowd turned out at the restaurant. Maybe fifty BUMS stayed for the whole three-hour show, while a few others drifted slowly away. The group presented a three terrific sets of mostly originals from their CD like […]

Melbourne Uke Fest 2019

The 10th annual Melbourne Ukulele Festival (MUF) was held over the weekend of 16 &17 March 2019, with over 40 acts performing, along with open mic sessions, workshops and play-along sessions. MUF, under the stewardship of Festival Director, Dean Denham, has always sought to challenge the expectations of what a ukulele festival program should contain, […]

BUMS Big Uke Jam Feature

The BUMS Big Uke Jam at Coorparoo was attracting over 100 participants as far back as 2010. The smallish photographic studio at the rear of ‘HOOK Ads’  was gradually becoming too small to accommodate a growing number of jam goers. By pure chance Dixie Scully was at the Coorparoo Bowls Club (CBC) one day, and […]