*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

Plans for the Wynnum jam

Good news and bad news.

The good news is we are starting a new jam on the bay side of Brisbane.  The bad news is our planned venue  was flooded in the recent storms and won’t be available until February.

Once the flood damage is repaired, we expect to meet at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre on the fourth Friday of the month. This is the home base of the BAYSIDE UKULELE GROUP aka the BUGS. You can find us at 241 Tingal Road, Wynnum (opposite Barton’s Motor Group).

Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre

There are about 30 parking places on site and off-street parking is available.

The following transport lines have routes that pass near Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre. Bus No.220, 223, 224 & 240. There is a 2-minute walk from bus stop 2 to the Centre. If you are coming by train, catch the Cleveland /Shorncliffe line to Wynnum Central Station. There is an 8 min walk to the Centre.

The Auditorium where the jam will be held can accommodate more than 120.


There is also a canteen that can serve food and non-alcoholic drinks. We will pursue this option for later jams when we have conducted a survey of attendees to gauge interest. You can BYO beer and wine if you wish.

The jam
There will be the usual BUMS presentation of the songs via a projector and PA system. There will be three sets presented by three different leaders or bands with a wide variety of genres.

We are looking forward in hosting our very first BUMS jam on the East side of Brisbane.

Merv Harcourt and Steve Sandilands

As regulars at the Northside jam will know, we have been considering a new venue for a while. We’ve taken the plunge. From January, we will meet at the Geebung Bowls Club on the usual 4th Tuesday of the month.  The jam will start at 6.30pm.


The Geebung Bowls Club is at 357 Robinson Road (opposite Meals on Wheels). It’s just after the railway fly over on the right if you are coming from Sandgate Rd or just before the railway fly over on the left if you are coming from Gympie Rd.

Front of Club

There is plenty of parking in front of the premises. It is walking distance from Geebung Railway Station and bus links.

The new venue is only 3kms from our previous venue, the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club at Wavell Heights. It’s close to the Zillmere Community Hall where BUMS has held workshops in the past.


The Club has recently undergone renovations. It has a roomy clubhouse and bar and a function room that we will use for the jam. The function room has a separate entrance on the left as you approach the clubhouse.

Entry to Function Room

Function room

We will set up the PA system and song projection screen in the same way as we did at Northern Suburbs Bowls Club.

There is also a kitchen which will be serving food by late January. We hope you will support the Geebung Bowls Club by arriving early and having a drink and a meal before the jam. More on this later.

The jam
We will stick to the same formula. There will be three sets presented by three different leaders or bands so you can expect a variety of music genres and different ‘degrees of challenge’.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces at out new home in January for an Australian themed jam.

Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt

Great fun!  Such variety!  So many BUMS onstage!  Just loved it!

The plaudits rolled in after 64 people took over the Function Room at Northern Suburbs Bowls Club (home of the Northside jam) on 25 May.  It was a very appropriate day as Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday was on 24 May.  It was the biggest jam we’ve ever had there and you needed stamina to keep abreast of two hours on non-stop music, fun and games.  Every song or activity was linked to a Bob or a Billy.

Caroline Haig Quizmaster

Mick Angeles

Mick was first up supported the ‘house band’ featuring the ever-reliable Cath McCourt on bass, Caroline Haig on keyboards and her son Andrew on percussion.  The Cha cha cha (Bobby Rydell) and Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan) got everyone singing.  Night Moves (Bob Seger) was a bit more challenging.

Peter Ransom

It was great to see Peter back on stage as he led us through Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin) supported by Caroline and Cath.

Peter Ransom

Bobby Bill Brothers

David Smith and Peter Grace from Spare Parts (+ our ‘sister’ Cath on bass) sang the simplest song of the night – Things (Bobby Darin) with the audience really getting into the vocals and echoes.  This is a Play-along song available on the BUMS Online Facebook site.  The BBBs finished with the Glory of Love (written in 1936 by Billy Hill and recorded in 1957 by Big Bill Broonzy).

Bobby Bill Brothers

Jilly Bowls Band

Next up were the Ukulele Saints plus Les Briant leading a rocking version of You May Be Right (Billy Joel).  The audience lifted the roof on the choruses.  This was followed by Don’t Think Twice (Bob Dylan) and A Matter of Trust (Billy Joel again).  Finally, the most ‘cringe-worthy’ song of the night Billy Don’t be a Hero.  It was made bearable by the immaculate military drumming by Andrew Haig and fine whistling by his mother.

Jilly Bowls band

Andrew Hunt

Andrew and the house band rocked the house with the I Don’t Like Mondays (Bob Geldorf) and Sharp Dressed Man (Billy Gibbons).  Sadly, Caroline’s electric uke solo needed a bit more volume (or maybe everything else turned down a bit).

Andrew Hunt

Irish jig

On a quieter note, Lesley Allan played a challenging three-part Irish piece called Tom Billy’s jig.

Lesley Allan

Spin the Cat

The volume was raised again by Steve Sandilands and Cath McCourt ably assisted by the house band (Mick on bass this time).  They started with Waiting in Vain (Bob Marley).  Most People I Know (Billy Thorpe) was very popular with everyone belting out the choruses.  They followed with Turn the Page (Bob Seger).  The last two Billy Joel numbers were great fun.  The audience gradually got the echo lyrics on River of Dreams and It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me was a fabulous end to the set.

Ukulele Saints

They played Caroline’s favourite Billy Joel song – the deep and thought-provoking Lullabye.  An open mic featuring a duet with Leanne Williams and Peter Grace.

Ukulele Saints


At last, we got Piano Man, Billy Joel’s classic by the Jam All-Stars.  There were 13 people on stage (oh so squeezy) with eight different lead vocalists.  It was quite a scrum to get to a mic to sing a verse.  Great harmonica from Steve Sandilands.

Quizzes and prizes

Interspersed through the night were quizzes on the Billys and Bobs of the entertainment world.  Five questions were projected up on the screen and the audience had a couple of minutes to write their answers down and hand them in for judging.  For example, which Bob or Bobby wrote I Shot the Sherriff?  Which Billy or Bill has a son who is also his stepfather?  Answers below.

Winners were Patrick Sherry, James Strathdee and Salli Chmura with Lew Bell winning the lucky door prize.

BUMS Ukecessories Raffle.

The raffle was drawn at the jam.  It was a hoot!  Andrew Haig got the job to draw the tickets with Lesley Allan (Treasurer) and Sylvia Hunt (Assistant Treasurer) officiating.  Andrew drew Frank Buckley’s ticket out.

Coincidentally, Frank was on stage at the time setting up for the next set – the look on his face was hilarious.  Garry Madigan won second prize.  And then Frank’s name was drawn again!  It was Lesley’s turn to look amazed.  Frank asked them to draw again and Leanne Williams won third prize.

Frank’s surprise


It was a wonderful team effort to put on this event and Caroline thanked all her supporters who prepared and practised their songs.  Thanks as well to all the volunteers and audience who made the night a success.



Answers to the quiz questions. 

Who wrote I Shot the Sherriff?  Bob Marley.

Who has a son who is also his stepfather?  Bill Wyman


Wonderful news for Ferny Grove jammers.

The Little Nyonya Kitchen Malaysian Kitchen is open for business this Wednesday.

Menu available online from the Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports and Community Club website.

Ring (07) 3851 1889 to book if you plan to eat before the jam.



Move over Northside … here comes Billy Bob.

Join Caroline Haig and her crew for the Billy Bob Jam on Tuesday 25 May 2021 at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club (Wavell Heights).

This novel event promises to be a night of fun and games featuring songs written or performed by anyone called Bob or Billie, Roberta or Bill or a song with Bill or Bob in the lyrics.

The program offers something for players and singers of all ability levels.  Sing and play along with songs projected onto the big screen, and enjoy the open mic performances of fellow BUMS.

There’ll be lucky door and trivia question prizes, and other surprises.

All the usual COVID-safe arrangements apply. Book your jam tickets at  BUMS Trybooking Events web page.
The event runs from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Get there early for a drink at the bar and to get a good seat.


The Function Room
Northern Suburbs Bowls Club (where the Northside jam is held)
175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Queensland 4012


Our COVID-safe jams are ALL ticketed events. Book through Trybooking. Email cancellations to or .

From February 2021, there are a few changes when booking your tickets on Trybooking.
BUMS aims to keep our community safe and to meet government requirements as we all continue to social distance and keep our jams COVID Safe.

Contact tracing records must now be in ELECTRONIC form. To enable us to capture this information in the easiest way, when you book tickets in Trybooking you must provide the following information for each attendee:
• First name
• Last name
• Email address
• Residential address (if email unavailable)
• Phone number
TIP: If booking for a friend, having these details on hand first, will make the booking process easier.

It is one of the perks of being a BUMS member that you can attend our jams for FREE. Members also get the opportunity to secure their tickets before the event goes public.
There is only ONE promocode issued for a month which can be used for any of the jams that month. Financial members can expect to receive this in an email on the last Monday of the previous month.
So, for example all financial members received their early bird invitation and promocode for February jams on Monday 25, January.

This means jam organisers, MCs, set leaders, performers, committee members, projectionists, roadies, door staff — everyone.
All volunteers will receive notification from their jam organiser when to book and a promocode to get their ticket before the event goes public. Make sure you secure your ticket promptly once you get the notification.

All the events have a venue capacity so we can ensure social distancing. Tickets are limited with a waiting list activated. If you miss out, please leave your details in the waiting list and if a ticket becomes available our team will contact you.
If you are unable to attend an event you have tickets for please let us know via email to Keryn Henderson at OR Jo Kunde via . All those eager players on the waiting list will thank you!

BUMS now have a Trybooking Event Page where all our public events are listed.

You can book multiple jam/events at the same time.

If you need some help booking, we’ve also updated our Trybooking Advice page.

If you aren’t receiving your BUMS newsletters and invitations, please search using and check your spam folder. If you need to update your email address, contact Keryn via

Book your 2021 Jams

Currently only Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove and Northside jams are meeting.

There are NO beginner classes before any of the jams.

You MUST have a ticket to attend a jam; once the venue capacity is reached there are no more tickets available however all jams have a waiting list so you can be contacted IF a ticket becomes available. See returning tickets below.

To streamline jam bookings, all January jams are listed on one Trybooking Event Page, and bookings for all four jams open on the same day.

To create our contact register, everyone planning to attend a jam (organisers, volunteers, set leaders and jammers) must register through Trybooking. Download BUMSInc_COVID-19_OperatingGuidelines_v2.0.

Financial members promocode

To receive the promocode for each month’s jams, you must be a financial BUMS Inc member.

Becoming financial

If you’re yet to join or renew, visit the Membership web page to find out how to become or member or renew your membership.

Once you’ve paid your fees, forward your transaction record to the Secretary (), and Keryn will send you the promocode.

Returning tickets

Please remember, there are limited seats available, and we’d like to fill them all. If you book a seat and then cannot come, please advise Jo Kunde (), so that the seat can be offered to the next person on the waiting list. Please also note that the $5 visitor tickets are non-refundable.


UPDATED 5 January 2022

BUMS Inc are keeping a close eye on the latest directives from Qld Health. We need your cooperation to ensure our jams are COVID-safe events. Due to the constantly changing directives we are going ahead with masked events when required as this seems to be the new ‘normal’.

Current Directives which effect our jams

Checking In and Contact Tracing

You are now required to check in to the venue where the jam is being held using the Check In Queensland App. Find out why, where to get it and how to use it here





On 2 December 2021, Queensland’s declared public health emergency for COVID-19 was extended to 11.59pm on Saturday 26 March 2022.

Public Health Face Mask Requirements Direction (No. 4) – in effect from 02 January 2022

Unless an exemption applies to them, a person must wear a face mask covering the person’s nose and mouth at all times when

  • the person is in an indoor space;
  • has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19;

A person who removes their face mask under an exemption under this Direction must resume wearing the face mask as soon as practicable after the circumstances of the exemption ends.

Mask Wearing Exemptions

A person is exempt from the requirement to wear a face mask under paragraph 5 if the person:

  • is seated at a hospitality venue such as a pub, club, café or restaurant;
  • is consuming food, drink or medicine;
  • is undertaking work or education for which clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential;

In simple terms this means wear a mask when entering, exiting, chatting or moving around. When your BUM leaves the chair put your mask on. The set leaders will remove their masks to perform and don them when finished.

Additional health and safety measures that apply to our jams:

  • There is a limit on the number of people at a jam based on room capacity.
  • We manage a defined venue or space according to the latest directives.
  • You must be seated and maintain social distancing of 1.5m apart.
  • We control the flow of people moving in and out of the venue.

Check the latest guidelines from Queensland Health.

If you are playing with friends at home please stay safe and follow the latest guidelines. Face Masks- How to wear, use and change.


Jams in this new era of social distancing and keeping COVID-safe, are a bit different and we ask all of our community to please keep these rules in mind.
1. Please don’t come if you are unwell. LINK: What is COVID 19 and Keeping Our Community Safe
2. You must be double vaxxed to enter the jam venues. Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction (No. 2)
3. Please check in via the Check In Queensland App.
4. Please wear a mask when entering, exiting, chatting or moving around. When your BUM leaves the chair put your mask on.
5. Numbers are limited (based on individual venue capacity)
6. There are clearly marked entry and exit to the venue. On entry, please sanitise your hands.
7. Maintain good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Use your own hand sanitiser at the event or use that provided.
  • Clean your ukulele and any other equipment you bring.

8. Chairs will be provided and 1.5m apart.
9. Please sit down throughout the jam. Please don’t move the chairs unless you are with a family member.
10. We may need to turn people away if too many turn up. If we can’t manage the crowd, we may have to stop the event.


Currently Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove, Northside and the new for 2022 Wynnum jams are meeting.

There are NO beginner classes before any of the jams.

Read more about what it took to plan our first COVID safe Jam in this post.

Related Links

What is COVID 19 and Keeping Our Community Safe

QR Code Tips

Trybooking Tips

If you have any other enquires about jams, QR codes or Trybooking please contact Jo Kunde via



Samoan Meeting House

Why did BUMS decide to hold the first COVID-safe jam in Deception Bay? Why not Coorparoo or Wavell Heights? There’s a a bit more to consider when planning a safe jam for all now.

Venue Discovery

Back in pre-COVID days, BUMS member Peter Grace and his wife Jenny were on a bike ride around Deception Bay (on the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane). They chanced to see an unusual building in the park behind the local Community Centre. A notice said it was the Maoto Fono Building or the Samoan Meeting House — and was available for hire.

You could imagine a structure like this on a Pacific Island built from natural rather than modern materials. It has lighting and power, a toilet and ample car parking. Pete’s comment was ‘this would be a good place for a jam’.

Ventilation and lots of space to spread out!

Impact of COVID

Fast forward a few months and the BUMS management committee is sifting through the Government’s guidelines for holding events like jams in a COVID safe way. How can we practice social distancing at a jam? How could we manage the number of people that might come to a jam? The committee produced a set of guidelines for holding any group event such as a jam, a workshop on a practice of a community band.

Although Deception Bay is a fair way away from where BUMS has traditionally held jams, many BUMS members live north of Brisbane and many ukulele players live on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The Samoan Meeting House sounded like a good place to hold a trial jam under COVID restrictions. An ‘outdoor’ venue with good ventilation would minimise COVID infection risks.

First COVID safe jam

Peter Grace developed a plan for holding a jam at Deception Bay following BUMS COVID guidelines. We expect this will form a template for other jam leaders to set up jams at other venues like Coorparoo, Wavell Heights and Ferny Hills. To allow as many members as possible to attend, the afternoon of Saturday 26 September was the chosen date for the jam.

Jo Kunde (Media Manager) promoted the jam to BUMS financial members on Monday 7 September and then to Associate members – and by Thursday we had reached capacity. There will be ten people leading and managing the event and 40 jam goers in the audience.

Organising a COVID safe jam

The jam will be different to the ones of the past. There will be a cordoned off COVID safe zone where chairs will be placed 1.5m apart. You will have to stay in your seat during the jam and not move the chairs. There will be a limit to the number who can attend – and it will be necessary to pre-book. We used Trybooking for this jam. If you come without a ticket you may not be able to join the jam.

BUMS Inc has a responsibility to run the jam in a COVID safe manner. If the organisers have any concerns that jam goers are not following the guidelines or we cannot manage the crowd, we reserve the right to stop the event. This might sound harsh, but we don’t want anyone to catch the virus and we don’t want to cop fines for running an unsafe event.

Future jams

The Deception Bay jam is a trial. If it is a success – both musically and safely – then we plan to run the event again. It will also form as a template for other jams in other venues. We hope to have the Northside (Wavell Heights) and Ferny Grove jams up and running soon. We miss live jams so much and can’t wait to be back together (even if 1.5m apart).