Entries by Keryn

BUMS Online

From BUMS on seats to BUMS online … our busy BUMS community leaders show amazing resilience, creativity and community spirit. As a result, the Internet’s alive with ukulele activities from our local leaders and overseas friends. BUMS Inc Members Just for BUMS members we have created a private Facebook group called, you guessed it, BUMS […]

What Beginners Want!

The flood and the drought! Over 20 people registered for the February Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp, and 8 people were on the waiting list. Making sure no absolute beginner missed out was our priority. We asked people who felt that they’d mastered C, F & G7 to relinquish their places to absolute beginners on […]

Practice Rulz!

Practice Rulz? Experienced performing BUM, and NUMB BUMS band leader, John Low gives us rules for effective ukulele practice! Effective practising Know what you need to practise and why. Firstly, what NOT to do with your valuable practise time. Don’t just sit down for 30 minutes with your uke and play pieces of music you […]

Blue MUGS Uke Fest

 The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group held its 11th annual festival at Katoomba in the second week of February.  BUMS members Lesley Allan, Salli Chmura, Leanne Horne and Geoff Dancer were there to join the love of ukulele. It started on Friday night with a dinner and performances by MARLOWE – a uke soloist from Minnesota.  […]

Performers please apply

Applications to perform at the 9th Annual Central Coast Ukulele & Folk Festival (August 28th-30th 2020) are now open! Download your application form here. Applications close on 30 June 2020. Central Coast’s 9th Ukulele and folk festival will be held entirely at The Diggers at the Entrance, Central Coast Hwy, Long Jetty. There will be […]

Morris Brothers Beginner Night

Once a year in early February, Morris Brothers offer a free beginner ukulele workshop to anyone who purchased a uke from us over the Christmas period. Many other beginners also come along and the workshop has become a popular way for newcomers to the uke to get started. December 2019 was a massive month for […]

Willoughby Ukulele Orchestra

What’s it like to play in a ukulele orchestra? The Willoughby Ukulele Orchestra in an initiative of Ian Porter – a ukulele teacher from Sydney.  Last year, it attracted 55 uke players. This year a similar number attended, including four BUMS members. Together, under Ian’s expert guidance, they learnt, played and recorded three songs.  The […]

Looking After Your Uke in Qld

How to look after your uke in Queensland Looking after your uke is a mix of common sense combined with cheap and simple care. Here are some tips on coping with hot and humid Queensland, changing strings and keeping your uke looking good. Keeping your use cool and dry It’s been a hot and humid […]

Miss Elm — The Shape of Light

BUMS Member Profile – Erin Harrington Erin, known professionally as Miss Elm, has many irons in the ukulele fire.  She is a song writer and ukulele performer and in 2019, released two singles – ‘Clean Slate’ and ‘The Castle’.  Check out the video and music for ‘The Castle’ at https://youtu.be/IY1ZFh1NFKE She is releasing her first […]