Entries by Keryn


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 […]


SPRUKE 2019 — Brisbane’s premier ukulele festival — is just seven months away. For the many new BUMS who’ve recently joined our great ukulele community, the goal of SPRUKE (as well as having lots of fun) is to provide free and affordable: • quality ukulele-based entertainment, and singing and music-making opportunities for audiences • networking […]

April Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp

If you live on the northside and you’re looking for a Bootcamp closer to home, come to the FREE April Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Nundah. Beginners Bootcamp is specifically for ukulele players who can move smoothly amongst the basic chords like C, F & G7, and perhaps Am & G. John and Keryn will run […]

Why Bootcamp?

Absolute Beginners Bootcamp was run at Bulimba BCC Library on 13 & 20 February. The course was over-subscribed, so we opened it up to the waiting list. One of our enthusiastic bootcampers, Donna Singleton, has this to say … Why Bootcamp? Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamps are FREE. There is your first draw card. And, what have […]

Free Range chUKES

By the end of their second year playing together, the chUKES were ready to take on the world! Well, Bulimba Ukulele Festival and QPAC’s Bands on the Green anyway. Which they very succesfully did. Setting the bar high, with repertoire from recent charts hits, favourites of individuals in the band and a few classics thrown […]

WE BUMS Jam Feature

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … WE BUMS JAM! That’s the West End folks —  on the 2nd Friday of the month. It’s at a place called “Hope on Boundary Cafe” at 170 Boundary St West End. That’s in Boundary Street, just up from the Vulture Street intersection […]

Beaut Beginners Night

What a great time was had by all at the introduction to ukulele night put on by Morris Brothers Music, BUMS and Linda’s Uke‘N’Sing. There were about 140 beginners attending. It was a great place to start for people with no or limited knowledge as the information was simple and clear — so easy to […]

Blue Mts Uke Fest

Been to the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival? The experience is unique. In its 10th year, the multi-award winning event, is held at Katoomba NSW, in and around the iconic Carrington Hotel. Tom Richter from Maleny Ukulele tells about this year’s experience. Maleny Ukulele at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival Some went by road, in caravans […]