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.





Central Coast Ukulele Festival (Sept 21-24 2017)

Enjoy some brilliant international and national acts at the Central Coast Ukulele Festival, Sept 21-24 2017, at The Entrance, NSW.

THURSDAY 21st – Workshops – The Diggers RSL – with international acts, Cameron Murray + more

FRIDAY 22nd – The Dinner Show – Diggers RSL – with international and national artists – for bookings call: (02) 4332 3399

SATURDAY 23rd – THE CENTRAL COAST UKULELE FESTIVAL 2017  Memorial Stage, The Entrance Foreshore
SATURDAY 23rd – EVENING – The Big Jam at the Diggers RSL

SUNDAY 24th – THE CENTRAL COAST UKULELE FESTIVAL 2017  Memorial Stage, The Entrance Foreshore.  Workshops at the Diggers RSL and the Big Jam

For accommodation inquiries call The Entrance info on (02) 43335377 also The Ibis – (02) 4336 0400

Contact details: 0412 837 008 or 0421 967 251 or email

For more information go to

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









SPRUKE 2017 May News

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Kyas is comingUkulele Russ is coming

Sorry, it’s not quite time to book your tickets, but you should book your accommodation!

Or, if you live in town … offer to Billet.


SPRUKE Headliners

Headline acts announced!

Excitement’s rife! BUMS Inc is thrilled to announce our international headline acts.

Find out more about the Japanese Ukulele Virtuoso and The Wild Man of Uke
who will kick off SPRUKE 2017 at the opening night concert on Friday 29 September.

These renown international artists will top a fabulous line-up of home-grown uke-stars still to be announced.

A Parody poem “The Headline Acts for SPRUKE”

Max Borchardt, SPRUKE 2017 Festival Director, and our resident wordsmith has penned a parody poem in honour of our big announcements this week.

If you’ve never heard of parodies before, they are comedic imitations of someone else’s work, usually paying respect to them. We know parody is the sincerest form of flattery so enjoy Max’s parody poem “The Headline Acts for SPRUKE” inspired by Henry Lawsons’ Captain of the Push…. and stay tuned, there’s more parody news to come.

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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Keryn Henderson
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Published on Sep 13, 2016…

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.”