AWSUM BEACH JAM weekend (3-5 November 2017)

AWSUM – Agnes Water Social Ukulele Musicians – is a well-established Ukulele club in Agnes Water & 1770 of Queensland, Australia.

AWSUM invite you to come & join them at their first annual
3 days of fun in the sun – AWSUM UKULELE BEACH JAM WEEKEND! (3-5 November 2017)

Agnes Water & 1770 is renowned for beautiful scenery, beaches, sunsets, national parks, walking trails, surfing, fishing & the friendliest community anywhere.

All levels of ukulele players are welcome. Check out their website for more information –

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For Ukulele Teachers & Leaders

Teaching ukulele or leading a uke group? Looking for guidance or inspiration? Excited to share your experiences with others?

Looking for exciting, affordable professional development to top off your school holiday experience?

Come to the annual AUTLA workshop day being offered from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday 29 September at the South Bank TAFE campus as part of SPRUKE 2017. Ukulele teachers, classroom teachers with an interest in ukulele, music teachers offering ukulele, and ukulele group, band or club leaders will benefit from the wealth of talent and experience that contributes to the workshop day’s fun and frivolity.

Ukulele Leader Group Therapy – ‘It happened to me!’

AUTLA Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Sharing & Support Day

The Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association Incorporated supports and promotes the teaching of ukulele in the community, and as a part of school music programs. Check out the aims of AUTLA on the website at  At SPRUKE 2017, AUTLA will provide a forum for ukulele teachers and leaders to discuss and share information about community and school ukulele groups, to play music together, and to have some serious fun! The day’s activities culminate in the 2017 AUTLA Inc Annual General Meeting at 4:10 pm.

Download the program for Ukulele Leader Group Therapy – ‘It happened to me!’ (PDF 475 KB)

Registration: $50 ($40 for members) Register for the day-long workshop with PayPal from the link on the AUTLA webpage at

Queensland teachers who would like a PD certificate for the workshop day, please contact Keryn Henderson, SPRUKE 2017 Festival Secretary, via

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Proudly supported by BUMS Inc and SPRUKE 2017.

CHUMS in Concert – 6 June

Support a worthy cause. See CHUMS in concert at 2:00 pm, Sunday 4 June, at Compton Gardens Retirement Village, Aspley.

The amazing Compton Gardens ukulele group (Compton Happy Ukulele Musicians), led by Donna and Derek Farrell, is holding a highly entertaining one-hour concert, and hosting a delicious afternoon tea, to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research.

Venue: Compton Gardens Retirement Village
97 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley QLD 4034
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Date & Time: Sunday 4 June 2017
Concert starts at 2:00 pm. Afternoon tea 3:00 pm.

Entry: $5 per person, with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research.





BUMS welcome the Pacific Jewel and Ukulele Cruisers

BUMS welcomed Ukulele Cruisers

Over 100 Ukesters arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday 31 May aboard the Pacific Jewel with the “2017 Ukulele Cruise Along”.

BUMS members welcomed them and gave ’em a taste of typical Brissie hospitality. Media Manager, Jo Kunde, orchestrated the social event to engage our adventurous, friendly BUMS with the cruising ukulele enthusiasts.

The Pacific Jewel docked at Fishermans Island and the itinerary for the morning  included meeting the cruiser group at ANZAC Square, escorting them to Southbank, sharing a sausage sizzle BBQ and a jam or two.

The group chatted live with 612ABC  radio’s Terri Begley at ANZAC Square, and played ‘Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again’ for the Morning Program.

Radio 612ABC recording BUMS playing ‘Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again’ at ANZAC Square.

At Southbank Parklands our visitors also had a photo shoot at the iconic Brisbane sign, and checked out the Maroon Festival for State of Origin- Game 1.

Friendly BUMS assembled to welcome the cruising uke enthusiasts.





Music Trivia – 20 May

Hawaiian-themed Fundraiser

If you are into music trivia Redlands Ukulele Festival are running a Hawaiian-themed trivia night fundraiser on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Binary Music Studio 48 Bloomfield St Cleveland.

Everyone is welcome to come along for a fun night with entertainment, games, competitions and raffles.

Tickets $10 each. Bring a plate to share. Enter the Hula Competition.

Bookings are available online at Eventbrite: or call Binary Music on 07 3488 2230.


Redlands Ukulele Festival

Join the fun, 10 & 11 June 2017,  Cleveland CBD.

This year’s festival will be bigger and brighter than ever! It’s suitable for all ages. Venues include Binary Music Studio, La Bella Cafe and Cleveland State School Hall. Enjoy ukulele workshops, concerts and general jams right across the weekend.

Ryo Montgomery

Ryo Montgomery from Cairns, Tom Richter & Maleny Ukulele from the Sunshine Coast, and Georgie Taylor from Redlands will be performing in addition to many talented local performers and groups like our very own A Hint of Rosemary, Anything Goes, Adrian Board, and Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts.

Saturday’s jam packed. Join us at 7:00 am with “Toast and Jam”, a breakfast ukulele sing and strum at the Coffee Club in Middle Street. Amble down to the “Big Uke Jam” in the Binary Music Studio with special guests from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Then lunch with special guests at the La Bella Café open mic between 12:00  and 2:00 pm. Follow up with an afternoon workshop at Binary Music Studio between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. And finally enjoy dinner with special guests at the Sands Hotel open mic and special guests in Middle Street between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Check out the Sunday program on the festival website:

Download the flyer and pass it on to your ukulele group.

Check out the parking options or download the complete map. Cleveland CBD Map








Youth Triumphs at UkeFest

Inaugural UkeFest a resounding success!

Over 200 children with ukuleles in tow, gathered for the inaugural Ukefest on Monday 12 September at the Old Queensland Museum in Bowen Hills, Brisbane.  At the all day workshop they played, created, practiced to prepare a repertoire of five pieces fot the Ukefest finale concert. The students studied under the guidance of renown music composer, Nathan Cahill from Bundaberg and their classroom music teachers. A duplicate event was held at Eagle Junction State School with 300 children.

That’s an amazing number of kids for the first ever UkeFest! And to get them all playing in time in a day is an even more amazing feat!

“What a great day! Over 200 very keen kids with ukuleles, and a few of us who are still kids at heart hiding in the back row.” Rod Iffinger, Deputy Principal, Corinda State School

Duane and the team from Totally Wild came to record a story for the popular Network 10 children’s show.

Morris Brothers Music Store and the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (BUMS) were instrumental in bringing this festival together. BUMS Inc President, Ian Phillips, visualised an ukulele orchestra event similar to the ever popular SingFest choir workshop days, and sought support from fellow music teacher and uke-enthusiast, Nathan Cahill, to bring his dreams to fruition.

A massive thank you to our UkeFest sponsor, Morris Brothers Music Store for hosting the event at The Old Queensland Museum. It’s a very special treat for the kids to play in such a wonderful venue.

Thanks to BUMS and Morris Brothers for sponsorship of the day
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Ukefest FREE Concert

History Making FREE Concert in Historic Setting

Come and support the children at the inaugral Ukefest FREE Concert. Years 4-6 students from across South East Queensland have worked hard to prepare for the concert at the end of the Ukefest workshop day.

Monday 12 September 2016
Old Queensland Museum, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
5:00 pm

About 200 children will gather with their ukuleles to play, create, perform and workshop together for Ukefest, under the guidance of renown music composer, Nathan Cahill from Bundaberg. The event’s been so popular that a further 300 children will duplicate the workshop day at Eagle Junction State School on Tuesday 13 September. During the schools’ third term, these primary school students, under the tutelage of their school music teachers, have worked up 5 pieces to be performed at the free concert.

Major sponsors, Morris Brothers Music Store and Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc have been instrumental in bringing this festival together.

BUMS Inc President, and key organiser of this event, music teacher Ian Phillips, is excited to see this event taking place for the first time. “We hope to run it in future years, and where possible make it a part of the greater SPRUKE Festival, held every two years in Brisbane,” he said.  Ian Phillips is an advocate for the versatile ukulele. “I believe it is the ideal instrument for schools. It promotes not only musicality skills in singing, theory, harmonising, and rhythmical ability but promotes inclusivity to all ages for both young and old.”

Will’s Open Mic Nights

Open Mic Nights @ Camp Hill Bowlo

Open mic night is on every third and fourth Thursday night of the month at Camp Hills Bowls Club. To celebrate the first anniversary here’s the story of how it all happened from William Whitaker.

In about July 2014, I visited my friendly chiropractor, and fell into a conversation about ukuleles and BUMs with the assistant, Angie, who comes from a very musical family. I mentioned that there were a lot of groups around Brisbane now as the craze has spread quickly. Angie rued that her local Bowls club was so quiet during the week, and that it needed something to attract more people. I suggested a trivia night, a games night and then ‘What about an open mic?’ We agreed that it was worth trying.

A few days later we met at the Camp Hill Bowls Club, chatted to the barman, and agreed to set it up. The sound equipment was rudimentary (used mainly for chook raffles and the like) but we would have a go. The club provided the room free of charge, and we would support the club by purchasing drinks and meals. A ‘win-win’ arrangement.

Players would bring their own songs to play, and all performances would be encouraged and appreciated, as we knew what it was like to get up in front of an audience. And did I mention there is the Pan Thai Restaurant adjacent with great meals that are delivered to the table? I woke that night and thought … mmm, need something catchy so we can’t forget when it’s on.

How about, ‘THe THird THursday of THe monTH wiTH THe THai restaurant.’

We had a bit of interest from some die-hard ukers, so we thought ‘hey if there’s only six of us, we can keep this going for a couple of hours.’ And so it started. We had to coax several of the players up initially but when we all got the hang of it, it started to move along and the allotted two hours sped by.

So dear reader, we have a hardy core of musos who hang out for the chance to get up and have a go, either solo, in a duet or a group. We’ve had a Cook Islander with his special uke, a young Chilean lady who sang in Spanish, semi professionals, first timers and even families chance it and come away with huge grins and thunderous applause. And WOW! Some of those voices, not to mention the different playing styles. Many were jumping out of their seats for another chance to perform. It was quite amusing. All in the name of fun and ukes.

A while ago several of the players suggested that since we were having such a great time but sadly only once a month, a second night should be held. It would help the club, give another chance for performance addicts to strut their stuff, and provide another opportunity for those who couldn’t make it on the third Thursday. The last week seemed the obvious choice as the ‘uke scene’ was usually pretty quiet. And so we have introduced the fourTH THursday as well.

So come along and join our happy group. Everyone is warmly welcomed. Do your ‘uke thang’ and relax, have a great meal and a couple of drinks.

Open mic night every third and fourth Thursday night of the month at Camp Hills Bowls Club.

See you there soon.
Happy hummin’ and strummin’,