Entries by Keryn

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 […]

Sign up for Central Coast

Aloha! Come to the Central Coast Ukulele & Folk Festival. August on the Central Coast is such beautiful perfect weather — warm days and cool nights. Anything is possible! 2019 will another exciting year. ‘Application to perform‘ forms are now available. Applications close on 30 June 2019. To submit applications to perform or make inquiries […]

Uke Festival or Uke Feast?

The 6th annual Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival (11-14 April 2019) is set to bring a ukulele feast to the Kenilworth Showgrounds in the beautiful Mary Valley town of Kenilworth, Queensland. International, interstate and local artists will perform and teach their own unique styles of fabulous music and songs, all on the little ukulele, now the […]


NUMB BUMS was the second community band formed by BUMS. Established in 2013, and the group made its debut festival performance at SPRUKE that year. In case you’re wondering, the name stands for Northside Ukulele Musicians Branch of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. BUMS Inc members who are interested in joining a community band […]

An Irish Treat

On St Paddy’s Day eve, our Brisbane ukulele family were treated to a wonderful morning of Irish music to celebrate the magic of D-tuned ukulele. The Celtic Ukulele Workshop run by the Toowong Irish Music Session on behalf of BUMS was held at Zillmere Hall, on Saturday morning 16 March. About 20 participants, mostly beginner […]

Back from Bootcamp

Our first Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp for the year was held on 13 & 20 March 2019. Here’s what one of our enthusiastic Bootcampers, Eva-Maree Matson, had to say about the course. So glad I attended Beginners Bootcamp! After struggling through countless YouTube sessions at the beginning of my uke journey, it was pure pleasure to […]