Songs of LOVE
Wednesday 16 February from 6:55pm
Exclusive to BUMS members
Join us for the premier of a new set of 3 play-along videos.

After the success of the Sounds of Summer sets in January, we had a good crowd of about 50 there for the premiere as well as an average of 100 have watched the sets since last week. So we’re going to do it again… Gotta keep our vibration high and keep our community strong even if we can’t play together in real time!

For February it is three sets of LOVE songs, pre-recorded and remixed from our BUMS Online jams. The song sheets will be available as pdf’s to download before the videos premiere. Check the posts and in the File tab of BUMS Online. Download, then print or scroll the songs on a tablet. Then grab your uke, and the family and settle in for a play and sing along.

There will be breaks between the sets so you can join the conversation in the BUMS Online group in the comment below each video set, give your fingers a break, and get a drink…almost like a real time jam! We’d love it if you can send us a pic from your place.

Introduction – 6:55pm …. say hi in the comments.
Set 1 – 7:00 pm
Set 2 – 7:30 pm
Set 3 – 8:00 pm
Goodnight – 8:30 pm … stay on to chat in the comments.

Check in to BUMS Online early to join in the fun. Check below for our featured performers and songs.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the first view, the sets will be uploaded and available anytime from the videos and guide tabs afterwards.

ALL current financial BUMS Inc members are eligible to join BUMS Online.

If you are on Facebook it’s easy to join. Send us your request, answer 3 questions and AFTER we confirm you are a current member, you’re in!

If you are not a current member for 2021-2022 renew or join up now to be eligible to join and get access.

SET #1
I’m Into Something Good – Rowena & Hans Braaksma
Eight Days A Week – Sue & Peter Sercombe and Ian Phillips
Perfect – Adrian Board
Something – Caroline Haig, Leanne Williams and Frank Buckley
Concrete & Clay – Steve Sandilands
How Sweet It Is – Peter Grace
I’m A Believer – Linda Gough
Oh Boy – The Winery Crew
I Only Want To Be With You – Marg Monaghan

SET #2
Love Potion #9 – The Winery Crew
Runaround Sue – Adrian Board
Best Of My Love – Michelle Paddy
To Love Somebody – Steve Sandilands
Pleasure and Pain – The Jam Tarts
Against All Odds – David Hethorn
These Boots Are Made For Walking – The Winery Crew
If It Hadn’t Been For Love – Mick Angeles & Marg Monaghan

SET #3
Can’t Buy Me Love – Spare Parts
Perhaps Love – The Winery Crew
Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Michelle Paddy
Harvest Moon – Adrian Board & Coady Brule
Glory of Love – Cath Mc Court
Cupid – Rowena & Hans Braaksma
Make You Feel My Love – The Winery Crew
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The CAGE

Here I am set up to go live for Sounds of Summer sets from my front veranda. I’d love to see some pics like this from your place for Songs of Love…I’ll have to find a new get up! Jo Kunde BUMS Media Manager


*PREMIERE* Tuesday 25 January
7:00 pm
BUMS Online
Exclusive to BUMS members

We know coming together to sing and play at jams, contributes to our sense of well-being, community and happiness. While that is currently not possible we invite all our members to log on to Facebook and join us for the SOUNDS of SUMMER Sets in the BUMS members private group BUMS Online.

Three sets of Summer songs, pre-recorded and remixed from our BUMS Online jams.  The song sheets will be available as pdf’s to download before the videos premiere. Check the posts and in the File tab of BUMS Online. Download, then print or scroll the songs on a tablet. Then grab your uke, and the family and settle in for a play and sing along.

There will be breaks between the sets so you can join the conversation in the BUMS Online group, give your fingers a break, and get a drink…almost like a real time jam! Send us a pic from your place.

Set 1 – 7:00 pm
Set 2 – 7:30 pm
Set 3 – 8:00 pm

Check in to BUMS Online  early to join in the fun. Check below for our featured performers and songs.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the first view, the sets will be uploaded and available anytime from the videos and guide tabs afterwards.

ALL current financial BUMS Inc members are eligible to join BUMS Online.

If you are on Facebook it’s easy to join. Send us your request, answer 3 questions and when we confirm you are a current member you’re in.

If you are not a current member for 2021-2022 renew or join up now to be eligible to join and get access.

SET #1
In The Summertime – Donna & Derek Farrell
Summertime Blues – Spare Parts
Under The Boardwalk – Salli Chmura & Geoff Dancer
Summertime – Cath McCourt
Surfin’USA – Darrell Reeve & Carol Anne Dudley
Kokomo – Rowena & Hans Braaksma

SET #2
Heatwave – Cath McCourt
Sounds Of Then – Donna & Derek Farrell
Cool Change – Rowena & Hans Braaksma
Rhythm Of The Rain – Graham Hall
Your Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Marg Monaghan & Mick Angeles
Another Saturday Night – Sue & Peter Sercombe and Ian Phillips

SET #3
Shotgun – Steve Sandilands
Follow The Sun – Adrian Board
Brightside Of The Road – Angie & Dave McGrath
Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Caroline Haig
My Island Home – The Jam Tarts
Come Back Again – Ukey Beats
Bye Bye Baby Goodbye – Sue & Peter Sercombe and Ian Phillips

Well even though the social distancing and lockdown of 2020 meant we had couldn’t jam together, there is a silver lining! After ten months and nineteen BUMS Online Jams we have assembled an extensive library of videos produced by our enthusiastic and talented BUMS members.  As a perk for BUMS Inc members only, we are re-editing and posting these videos with the matching song sheets in our private Facebook group – BUMS Online.

This will provide a valuable resource for members to practise the songs at home, and get familiar with the songs before playing along at jams. Our set leaders from the Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove and Northside jams plan to include some of these songs in their jam sets each month, help you to advance your playing skills. You’ll be welcome to come and play the song on stage with us at the jams. We will be posting songs for all levels of players.

Videos with the song sheet are ONLY available in the BUMS Online private Facebook group.


ONLY financial BUMS Inc members are eligible for membership to BUMS Online.



  • Be a financial member of BUMS. Join or renew here.
  • Have a Facebook account.
  • Apply to become a member and be accepted by the group admins.

You’ll find a more in depth guide on how to join BUMS Online on our Membership Benefits web page.


In https://www.facebook.com/groups/BUMSmembers

  • Scroll down posts under the Discussion tab, OR
  • Look under the Media > Videos and Files (song sheets) menus
  • Search for the video using the hashtag #Playalong.
  • Search for the song sheet using the hashtag #songsheet.

To play along, download and print the song sheet pdf and have it on your music stand as you play the video.  The key of the song and the arrangement will match the video.

To play along without printing the song sheet, download the song sheet and open it in a separate tab.  Then play the video and switch to the song sheet tab.

We look forward to hearing from you on this new initiative either with a comment in BUMS Online or you can send to Jo via 

BUMS Online Play-along Videos and Song Sheets Available (updated 11/07/2021)

  • Da Do Ron Ron – performed by Peter Grace
  • I Should Have Known Better – performed by Spare Parts
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – performed by Amanda Allwood
  • Valerie – performed by Adrian Board
  • COVID Blues – performed by Steve Sandilands & Cath McCourt
  • Sweet Child of Mine – performed by Mick Angeles & Marg Monaghan
  • Things – performed by Spare Parts
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane – performed by Sue & Peter Sercombe with Ian Phillips
  • Runaround Sue – performed by Adrian Board
  • Things – Performed by Spare Parts
  • Catch My Disease – performed by Caroline Haig
  • Bye Bye Baby Goodbye – performed by Sue & Peter Sercombe with Ian Phillips
  • Rhythm Of The Rain – performed by Graham Hall


Join BUMS by 31 Jan 2021 to stay alive in BUMS Online.


Thank you for supporting BUMS Online. We hope you enjoyed participating in the activities.

In March 2020, BUMS Inc introduced temporary free associate membership to allow as many people as possible to join BUMS Online during COVID lock down. However, Extraordinary Associate Membership expired on 31 December 2021.

From 1 February 2021, all BUMS Online members must be financial BUMS Inc members.


Please pay your membership by 31 January 2021 to remain a member of BUMS Online.

$25 covers membership from January – June 2021. However, fees of $50 for the 2021-2022 financial year will be due on 1 July 2021.

Find information about becoming a BUMS Inc member on the Membership web page. This web page also lists the fee payment options.


If you pay after 31 January 2021, or find that you’ve been deleted in error, please reapply. Applications from financial members are approved promptly.

To expedite membership approval, if your Facebook profile name isn’t your real name, please let us know.

Westside and Ferny Grove had to be cancelled so lets jam at home mask free! Last online Jam until BUMS Online switches to current financial members only.




Whilst we all yearn for face-to-face jams to be back, the twice-monthly BUMS Online jams provided a new experience, and helped maintain the BUMS community.

Let’s take a look behind the scenes.

There are four parts to getting online jams together:

  1. planning the schedule of sets and open mics,
  2. video recording songs,
  3. editing videos and song sheets for uploading, and
  4. publishing recordings and displaying song sheets through Facebook in BUMS Online.


BUMS Media Manager, Jo Kunde is our Field Marshall, planning, recruiting and organising people and resources.  She starts work on future jams before the last one has even been streamed.

Jo recruits BUMS members to lead sets, act as MC and to perform open mics and run mini workshops.  She is always looking for fresh faces so contact her if you would like to volunteer. She plans the order of the sets and open mics, and develops draft scripts for the MCs.

To improve the quality of the video recordings, Jo published tips for set leaders – like check what’s behind you when you record. Last night’s washing up is not a good look, and keep the family pets out of the way! Check out Jo’s video tips on the BUMS Inc website.

Performers and creating a set

Set leaders choose suitable songs in the same way as a normal jam, except they have to consider how they will work in an online performance. Simplicity is probably better than making a song too complicated.  For performers doing an open mic, no-one will be playing along, so you can go all out to impress. But for a jam song, you need to take a whole group of people of varying abilities on a journey through the song with you.

Each set leader videos their song(s) on a laptop, tablet or phone. For many, it has been a new experience and as Steve Sandilands has commented it can take quite a few ‘takes’ to be satisfied with the recording. A three-minute video can be over 200MB, so condensing the file (using, for example, free software called HandBrake) makes the video easier to transfer and upload.

Viewers have enjoyed performances of  over  60 talented BUMS. A few of the stand out events have been the Anzac Day service and the Pirate Set in September (look for more themed sets coming soon). As restrictions have eased groups began video sets, and we’ve also enjoyed many collaborations through the last seven months.

Many thanks to these set leaders for the dedication, energy, and enthusiasm they’ve given to producing content for the BUMS members online (on order of first appearance); Linda Gough, Ian Phillips, David Pedler & Lyn Lucas, Amanda Allwood, Steve Sandilands, Becky Lochel, Graham Hall, Blair and Pidje Marks, Cath McCourt, Adrian Board, Rowena & Hans Braaksma, Zoe Watson, Michelle Paddy, Marg Monaghan, Peter Grace, Coady Brule, Angie & Dave McGrath, Max Borchardt, Donna & Derek Farrell, Ukulele Saints, Sue & Peter Sercombe, Caroline Haig, Spare Parts, David Hethorn, Mama Juju & Jam Tarts, Paul Morris, Ukey Beats, Salli Chmura & Geoff Dancer, Mick Angeles, Trippy Hippies & the BUMS Buccaneers, Jo Kunde, Narelle Burke, and Mama Juju & Vicki Velour, and unforgettable videos from the CAGE Couch band, and Caroline Haig with Ukulele Saints and a Rascally Crew. A big shout out also to our regular MC’s for the online jams Max Borchardt, and Sylvia Hunt.

Song sheets

Of course, like a normal jam, song sheets with the words, chords and any other instructions are provided to go with the video. These are critical to the enjoyment of playing along to the song. For many years Keryn Henderson has developed and undertaken to standardise the formatting of all the songs presented at BUMS jams and she has continued this invaluable task adding to the impressive BUMS music library, a valuable resource for all of our set leaders, past and future.

Set leaders provide the song sheets and arrangements they used to record the videos; Keryn then formats them if needed to have correct chords placement, chord charts, matching fonts, and checks to make sure they are suitable for all levels of ukulele players. The song sheets are then assembled into the correct order for the set list, and a final document created for the jam by Jo with MC notes and each set list.

Video editing

Jo Kunde coordinates the individual video files and edits the videos to make them much more professional and coherent for playing at the jam. This generally involves assembling them in the set order, tweaking the colour, and audio, and adding ambient effects (like applause), then the whole jam is edited together with the recorded MC parts from Max.  For the jams where Sylvia and Andrew are hosting live the sets are streamed individually.


Now, it’s onto the BUMS Online production studio, master-minded by Andrew and Sylvia Hunt from their lounge room (BUMS Bunker).

BUMS Online members can view their guided tour in Facebook.


The studio is a place of many parts.  Importantly it holds the family animals – some live and some stuffed (you’ll have to watch the video to see that). It has the stage equipped with a microphone where the live action comes from – for Sylvia as MC or Andrew playing requests.  Andrew uses a green screen behind the stage so different backgrounds can be displayed Hawaii, Coorparoo or Ferny Grove perhaps?

‘On stage’ a mic, amplifiers and a fold back speaker run through a mixing desk to the laptop. A web camera records the stage scene live. The live part of the jam is what you see when Sylvia is MC, and when Andrew does the request spot at the end of the jam.  We’ve streamed two live performance jams 15 July with our Ferny Grove leaders Linda Gough and Paul Morris, and 16 September with Paul Morris, Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt.

Managing the show

The laptop runs software called OBS which manages the sound, pre-recorded videos and live camera. It links to a projector (like in normal jams) which projects the song sheets up on the lounge room wall. The song sheets are scrolled by a nifty foot pedal — built by Andrew’s son Sam — which uses software called SmoothScroll that takes out all the jerks.

When we live stream the recorded videos, the OBS software has two screens showing the recorded performance and the song sheet.  This is what you see as a Facebook viewer.

When a song is being played, the performance video is in the top right of the screen, and the song is on the large screen.  When the song is over, the image of the performer can be dragged to the big screen for any chit-chat between songs.


Andrew, the master of Heath-Robinson innovation, created two state-of-the-art light boxes to give the stage that professional look. The system uses a couple of down-lights from ALDI in two beer cartons (Corona and Oettinger Pils) with paper tissues fixed across the front of the box so the light is diffused and there are no shadows on the stage.


If you could compare the first online jam back in April to those in June, you will notice massive improvements in the quality of the live stream. BUMS Online has continued to livestream a jam twice a month since April 2020. You can check what’s coming up on the News  & Events page or keep an eye out in BUMS Online for the scheduled livestream a few days out.

Thank you to all the BUMS members who have played a part in this wonderful experiment.  The success of the online jams provides a new way to connect our community, and bring others into the world of ukulele.  It’s another example of the way the ukulele can take you on a journey of new learning, frustration and fun.

Please note: You must be a member of BUMS Inc to be approved as a member of the private Facebook Group BUMS Online – Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (BUMS) Members. Find out how to become a BUMS Inc member on the Membership page of the BUMS Inc website.


Post updated 20/10/2020 Jo Kunde

Adrian Board reviews our inaugural BUMS online jam. 

There’s positives to everything, even a pandemic.

Ok, nobody asked for the world we live in at the moment. But it’s not all bad.  For example, we couldn’t get together in person, so we ran an online jam.

First Time Round

At first it was weird. All we saw was Max speaking. I use the term ‘saw’ because we didn’t ‘hear’ him. That sent the tech monkeys into a scramble which resulted in success. Initially, I was a little sad because I miss everybody. That turned into relief when I started strumming and singing with my friends. I didn’t realise how much I needed a strum. For some reason, I have been a little on edge lately. I can’t imagine why. Anyway, it was awesome.

Actually, in some ways it was better than a physical jam. Let me explain. I didn’t have to line up at a bar, and could order any beverage I so desired. I could sledge both other audience members and the presenter via the chat window without fear of being in trouble for talking during a performance. Nobody needed to hang around to pack up the equipment and chairs. The performers could change costumes between songs. Ian Philips wasn’t wearing pants. The list goes on.

Future opportunities

In all seriousness, the online jam presents opportunities that physical jams don’t, in terms of both experiencing it as an audience person and a performer. In a live jam, you are distanced from the performer and cannot see what their hands are doing. It won’t be long before some of the performers realise that they can use the camera to their advantage and demo some strumming and plucking techniques, which will take the jam to the next level.

I thoroughly enjoyed the online jam and recommend it to all and sundry. I look forward to the next one. In the meantime, I wish everybody healthy families, finances, bodies and spirits.

At some point in time this will end and we will miss the online jams, but for now, we have an opportunity to enjoy them, so please take this opportunity while you can. These jams have been made just for you … yes you. Now smile at the love being shared and pick up your uke, it’s time to practice.

BUMS Inc Online Jams

With the success of our inaugural BUMS online jam, more are planned. The BUMS Online Big Uke Jam are streamed fortnightly in the private Facebook Group BUMS Online – Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (BUMS) Members. To be accepted you MUST be a member of BUMS Inc. Find out how you can get FREE membership until 30 June 2020.

BUMS will be streaming jams on Wednesday 29 April (get an extra one as there’s five Wednesdays in April!), 6 May and 20 May. If restrictions stay in place, then 3 and 17 June.


Here’s some tips from our Media Manager Jo Kunde for creating a great looking video!

We encourage all of our members to share a song, a technique or even a lesson with our community in BUMS Online group. Maybe you’d like to lead a set in our Big Uke Jams Online? You’ve got a smart phone and you’re ready to go.

Before you post, whether you’re an experienced video poster or wanting to share for the first time, try some (or all of these ideas) to make your video look more professional.

Achieving a great look is more about your technique than your tools, you can make great videos with whatever you’ve got right now, just by paying attention to a few key details.

Using your phone

If you’ve got a smart phone you have everything you need to shoot a good video.

  • Use the camera on the back of your phone if you have someone who can film for you. The front camera’s quality is not as good on most phones.
  • Record in landscape mode (that is, horizontally instead of vertically). This will give you footage that looks good on larger devices, not just phone screens.
  • If your phone has a feature that allows you to overlay a grid on your screen, use it. This will help you keep your phone level and position yourself in frame.


We want to see you and what you’re playing.

  • Through the day, face or stand adjacent to a window. Natural light is very flattering!
  • If you don’t have a window or it’s at night try to use a couple of lamps. Position a lamp on either side of you. With light coming from these three spots you can avoid strange shadows.
  • One thing to avoid is just using overhead lighting – it can cast very unflattering (spooky) shadows on face.

Filming outdoors? Position the camera with the sun behind,  you don’t want shadows across your face.  A word of caution filming outside can mess with your sound.

Consider where you are filming.

Have a look at what’s behind you- Is it very distracting or showing something you’d rather keep private?

  • A good choice is to stand in front of a  wall or door. It doesn’t have to be plain behind you but consider what’s there.
  • Of course you can also use your background creatively e.g. showing off your fav poster, that photo of you with Jake or your fave houseplant!
  • Don’t have a good spot? Consider hanging a sheet or using a screen.
  • Try to stand out from your backdrop to avoid casting shadows on it …unless you are going for a more dramatic effect.
  • Be careful not to film with a window, mirror or glass in the background. You could inadvertently catch the camera and your set up in the reflection. Besides that, having a light source like a window behind you can make you look dark and shadowy.

Getting as Good Sound as possible.

I’m not suggesting you go out an buy a microphone, if you have sound equipment you’ll know how to use it. That’s more technical than these simple tips.

Just be aware of any background noise- TV in the next room, traffic, birds, and even the noise of the wind, all of these sounds will be very obvious on your recording.

Avoid the Shakes

It’s hard to hold a camera completely steady, if you are lucky enough to have a helper, so try not to hold it all. Instead, use a tripod, or prop your camera on a sturdy surface.

If you are doing it all yourself try putting your music on a music stand at about chin level and prop the phone up next to it.

Your Position

Feedback from our uke community is they like to see your hands as well as your face.

  • Just to confirm you are filming in landscape (see using your phone above) gives you extra space
  • Try standing slightly sideways to get both hands in.
  • Have your fretting hand closer to the camera.
  • We like to see your face, but if you are shy, we want to see what you are playing.

Extra Tips for Set Leaders 

  • Leave space (about 10 secs) on the front and end of your video for editing. Gives you time to get in position and your smile going.
  • You do not have to film at full HD which makes for a smaller file size when uploading video to share. HD 1280 x 720 is fine. When streamed your video is shown smaller next to the song sheets. You can usually set your video quality in the camera settings.
  • Share video by iCloud link, Google Drive Shared folder or link, or shared Dropbox folder.

If you have any questions please send to Jo via .

I can’t wait to see your videos!



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 Online! The group is to support and help our members, with all things ukulele including sharing songs, performances from home, discussions, reviews, tutorials, and even live-streaming jams (fingers crossed).

All members should have received their invitation by email Saturday 28 March, 4:40 PM. If you didn’t check your spam!

For those not financial members, there is still lots of free resources and content being shared on the BUMS Facebook Page @brisbaneukulele.

Open Mics and Play-alongs

Leading the move online are The CAGE band leaders, Bec Lochel and Ian Phillips.

Fortunate Facebook friends are treated to almost daily posts from this energetic pair. This week, they’ve composed parodies, and posted simple songs to play along with.

Recently returned President Dave Pedler and Lyn Lucas, also entertained us with Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

Online Jams

Behind the scenes, jam leaders Andrew Hunt (Albany Creek & Northside) and Linda Gough (Ferny Grove ) were very busy. Last week they worked with President David Pedler, IT Manager John Henderson and Media Manager, Jo Kunde, to navigate licensing issues and investigate online jam options.

online trial

Andrew Hunt trials a Facebook jam format.

So far, our team has trialled Zoom and Facebook. In addition, they’ve assisted interstate colleagues in their online trials. And the committee surveyed member about their online preferences.

Band Practice

Band leader, John Low is trialling Zoom to keep NUMB BUMS members collaborating. If you missed the memo, Zoom band practices begin Monday 30 March 2020.

Online Tutorials

In addition, enterprising BUMS member and ukulele teacher, Erin Harrington, offers free YouTube tutorials.

Experience entertainer and ukulele teacher, Vic Kena, offers you an ‘Easy Way to Play Along with Bohemian Rhapsody‘ via YouTube.

Gotta uke? Get involved!

I hear those ukes a-comin’ … they’re strummin’ round the bend
I ain’t done no jamming … since I don’t know when
I’m stuck in Covid lock-down … and time keeps draggin’ on
But my uke just keeps a-hummin’ … as I strum along.

While you’re missing the usual ukulele vibe, try something new.  Take advantage of the BUMS online activities as they emerge.

Meanwhile Overseas

Manitoba Hal Brolund: LIVE STREAM
2:00 pm Saturday 28 March Halifax NS time (Atlantic).
Into the blues? Join Hal if you can! Hal will play songs, loop, talk, and hang out with you. If you miss this one, there’s sure to be more. Watch Hal’s Facebook for notices.

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel: Not-so-Little Online Ukulele Festival LIVE!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday 11 April 2020 Hawaiian time
Join Craig and Sarah for free lessons, performances, demonstrations, play-alongs, Q&As and prizes.