BUMS Inc has made a significant contribution to the Bulimba Uke Fest (BUF) since its inception in 2017. Based at the Bulimba Golf Club, the festival is a day-long event of  ukulele workshops and performances.

The 2nd annual Bulimba ukulele festival was in full swing on Sunday 21 October with another great turn out including many familiar faces from BUMS. The program features both amateur and professional performers.

Corey, Jo and Marg having hula fun at Bulimba.

This year’s festival had an Elvis theme and featured some great performances and workshops including one by BUMS’ very own Julie Minto with her band Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Mama Juju’s workshop was first class and covered All Shook Up by Elvis, and their popular blues song Suitcase Full Of Songs. Julie took us through the song from the beginning, adding embellishments (including rundowns, hammers on and hammers off) as the lesson progressed. The workshop was backed up with a hand out and a YouTube link for us to play along with when we got home.

I thoroughly enjoyed performing at BUF as part of a trio from South Brisbane Mens Shed. The other members were Brian Massey on lead vocals and ukulele, and Eric Hammond on cajón and backing vocals. We played a set of five songs, and were well received.

South Brisbane Mens Shed trio, Brian, Dave and Eric at Bulimba

The BUMS junior band, Free Range chUKES contributed to the Elvis theme by playing a fantastic medley of gospel songs and The Song of the Shrimp, complete with shrimp antennae and round black eye headbands. Our junior ukers enjoyed the festival … and the food.

There were lots of other familiar faces including the biggest band of the day, Budgies from the Bulimba daytime ukulele group, and evening performances by accomplished solo performers, Caroline Hammond  and Vic Kena.

Budgies, the Bulimba daytime ukulele group, performing at Bulimba Uke Fest, 2018.

All in all it was a great festival, Sandra and Sean did a stellar job hosting the event which was sponsored by Shannon Harvey of Place Estate Agents, Bulimba. It was good to see all their hard work pay off with such an enthusiastic turn out.

Dave Charles
SPRUKE 2019 Festival Director

The BFG- BUMS Supergroup to perform a Uke Opera at Newkulele 2019

The biennial Newkulele Festival is on Friday 19 October 2018 — Sunday 21 October 2018. Newkulele is the sister festival to our SPRUKE Festival (they have the even year and we have the odd). This year we are excited that there is a significant contingent of BUMS off to perform and represent Brisbane.

The BFG (BUMS Festival Group) have been arranging, preparing and rehearsing for many months. They’ve created a Uke Opera, maybe the first ever! A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story of eleven songs woven together by a narrator.   It’s a tale full of emotion, love, frustration, anger, craziness, sorrow, joy, and violence! How will it all end? Will our hero and heroine end up like the tragic Shakespearean couple? What has the Goodwill Bridge got to do with it all?

The BFG members come from many of the BUMS performing bands. NUMB BUMS, Ukulele Saints, the CAGE, and Hypnotonics with a  narrator of great stature, our alpha BUM and President Max Borchardt.

See these BUMS at Newkulele

  • Ukulele Saints —  Sat 20 Oct in the Hunter Room 10:10 – 10:30 am
  • Hypnotonics —  Sat 20 Oct in the Cocert Hall 11:00 – 11:30 am
  • BFG Uke Opera — Sat 20 Oct in the Concert Hall 2:10 – 2:40 pm

Get all the Newkulele news www.newkulelefestival.com

Download the Newkulele Program

We have a very special repeat performance of the Uke Opera at the October Northside Jam on the special night Tuesday 30 October. This is the only other performance of the Uke Opera … ever … so if you didn’t get to Newkulele Festival don’t miss it! More info here 

Check out the BFG in rehearsal for Newkulele 2018

The Golden Ukulele Festival will be held in the Cook Islands in March 2019.

Kia orana!

Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, is holding their very first ukulele festival in March 2019, and we have received an invitation for Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society members to attend.

The Golden Ukalele Festival will feature unique Pacific and International Ukalele Rhythms.

The 15 islands of the Cooks are located in the heart of the Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. An oasis of freedom with crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, warm weather all year round and authentic, friendly locals. Under 30 minutes from plane to any beach, it’s so easy to do as much or as little as you like in the Cook Islands. Rarotonga is ringed by boutique hotels, resorts, restaurants, gift shops, galleries, coffee spots and convenience stores. This is a great opportunity to experience the Kia Orana spirit and discover this piece of paradise.

Not only do the Cook Islands spell Ukalele differently, their ukulele also have a modified shape. Rather than a miniaturised version of the guitar, theirs is a distinctive pacific island instrument, shaped around the coconut shell, which also forms the base of the Cook Islands ukalele. These ukalele also have a higher tone which epitomises the capella style of traditional Cook Islands music and chants. Read more about the Cook Island ukalele culture on their festival website. http://www.goldenukalelefestival.com/index.php/location/cook-islands/

The Golden Ukalele Festival is scheduled for March of 2019, Saturday 16th to Thursday 21st. There are lots of activities over the six days including an Expo, a Parade and Concert. Join with other ukulele players attending church services around Rarotonga, and the Golden Ukalele Award night, where every ukulele player will be part of the nights ukulele orchestra – sure to be the highlight of weeks festival!

When you register for your festival pass you’ll receive-

  • Transfers: Airport meet and greet as well as transfers to and from your accommodation. Transport also provided for Sunday church service.
  • Festival Pack: Your official Festival programme, concert event entry tickets as well as meal vouchers.
  • Goodies: A local pareu (sarong), T-shirt, commemorative pearl shell carving, music sheets.

We are looking for expressions of interest from BUMS who are keen to travel to the Cook Islands and participate in the Golden Ukulele Festival. If that’s you please contact our Events coordinator Geoff Dancer via . All travel costs are the participants own.

Kia manuia


‘Kia orana’ is how the Cook Islanders say ‘hello’, and ‘Kia manuia’ is how they say ‘good bye’.

Norma O’Hara Murphy, the Coordinator of Bony Mountain Folk Festival, has invited all BUMS to their eighth festival 14, 15 & 16 SEPTEMBER 2018. Norma promises a fabulously full weekend featuring some of Australia’s finest. A celebration of everything Australian!

Bush Bands-and celebrating the life & legacy of Slim Dusty. Several great bands-Slim’s family- Anne Kirkpatrick & family- Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson-Phil & Chris Coads Band -Bluegrass/Country/Ukulele -Our best Balladeers Dean Perrett- Jeff Brown- Cape Byron Celtic Dancers- Pipe Bands. Fabulous Friday will feature Hillbilly Goats, an exciting energetic group (complete with goat). The main weekend is dedicated to paying tribute to Slim Dusty. Redland Bay Bluegrass Boyz- Daryl Craft and much more.

BUMS Ukulele Members- week long Ukulele School with Mick Angeles.

You are invited to be part of it all with your own personal tribute- do you have a song, a poem or a photo, come and share it with all! Great tucker- great company- bush Barbies- Camp ovens- Firedrums!

Fabulous family Festival- Pirate Cave-Treasure Hunt- great tucker- Doggie Parade with top prizes!  FREE CAMPING.

It’s a big year this year for Bony Mountain Folk Festival! There is a big Slim Dusty tribute- A Celebration of the life & legacy of Slim Dusty. Slim toured the length and breadth of Queensland with his caravan and his wife Joy McKean, so where better than Bony Mountain! Joy is going to try to attend this year. Norma and Slim shared two Golden Guitar wins -with Paddy William in 2001- and Cattle Dog which was Slim’s very last Golden Guitar- in 2003. Norma will perform these at the festival.

Daughter Anne Kirkpatrick, Dianne Lindsay (Slims niece) and Bony Mountain are featuring a big Slim Dusty Exhibition and also unveiling a Memorial Sandstone to honour the man & his music!

• Ukulele School – All Week with Mick Angeles
• Complimentary programs
• BYO Chairs – if you have special needs see HQ
• Firedrums will be lit, if no restrictions
• FREE Bush Camping (ONLY)
• Medical personnel on site all weekend

All kids activities on Saturday & Sunday. Free games & activities in pirate cave all weekend.
• WALK UPS Commence Monday 10th

FESTIVAL STREET ADDRESS: 1107 Upper Wheatvale Road, Bony Mountain Q 4370

WEBSITE:  www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com

DOWNLOAD Flyer with all the details including Fees, Camping, and Directions. BMMF_A4 Flyer_2018_NEW_F_PROOF 1

Binary Music are hosting the big UKE JAM DAY on Saturday 16 June again this year.

Grab your uke and a friend and head to cleveland for a fun filled day of strumming and singing with fellow ukeaholics. Warm up with an all-in ukulele strum and sing jam with some guest ukulele clubs and special guest Vic Kena.

Enjoy a long lunch at La Bella Italian Cafe featuring live entertainment. There’s a selection of delicious Italian meals to chose from

Top off your day with a couple of workshops. Learn some pro tips at the afternoon workshops presented by Vic Kena and Len Henderson.

All the fun kicks off at Binary Music Studio- 11/48 Bloomfield St, Cleveland, Queensland 4163 from 9:00am; Lunch & Concert 12:00pm and Workshops 2:30pm & 3:45pm.

Download the flyer with all details- Uke Jam Day 2018 Flyer

VIP all day pass tickets $45 or individual sessions from $10 available from Eventbrite.

BUMS you have been invited to the very first Cooloola Coast Ukulele Festival.

The Cooloola Coast Ukulele Group are putting together a unique, intimate, destination ukulele festival from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July 2018. Numbers are limited to 25.

Tickets are $220 per person which includes

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals provided including morning and afternoon teas
  • 4 workshops with notes
  • Breakfast with the Dolphins
  • Sing-a-long on the Ferry with a 1 1/2 hour cruise of the bay
  • Saturday night concert
  • Sing-a-long sessions with song booklet
  • carry bag and farewell gift

The workshops will be arranged depending on the level of experience of the participants with 9 workshops to choose from.

For a copy of the full program and more detailed information

contact Marilyn Russell via  

Accommodation is in shared rooms with bunk style beds utilizing mainly the lower bunks. Choice of menus, catering for dietary requirements.

Be quick if you want to be there- remember numbers are limited to 25! Deposit of $50 is required to secure booking with the balance payable 2 weeks prior to the festival.

To Book or for any other questions contact Marilyn Russell via

Download Flyer Coooola Coast UkeFest-2018 Festival Flyer


Looking for a truly different kind of experience? Experience Immersive Learning, Making & Creating at Woodfordia’s Artisan Camp.

A eclectic selection of masterclasses are offered over eight days from the 21-29. Most of the classes run for three days with camping options for accommodation.

Check it out the website for details on prices, camping options, meal packages and class descriptions at  www.artisancamp.com

BUMS have been offered a 20% discount on these three music and performance classes. It’s simple! Browse via: https://artisancamp.com/discount/BUMS  and the discount will be applied on the last page of checkout. Or just enter BUMS at checkout and it will be applied to your cart!

Songwriting with Andrea Kirwin (27-29 April )

In this three-day masterclass, experience the artist’s journey from holding a pen and blank paper to performing written songs to an appreciative audience. Andrea Kirwin is a seasoned festival performer and a self-produced independent artist that has created a sustainable living from her craft for many years. More

Exploring Gospel and Groove with Yani Mills (27-29 April)

Experience the joys of group harmony singing and performing in this three-day intensive class. With consummate and highly experienced singing, confidence and performance coach Yani. More


The Art of Improvised Comedy with Jenny Wynter (27-29 April)

Improvisation is more than just what you may have seen on “Whose Line is it Anyway” and “Thank God You’re Here”. It is a powerful, fun and easily learnt tool that can help you find more playfulness, confidence and connection with others, both on stage and off! More