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.


BUMS Inc has developed a set of COVID-safe guidelines for any gathering of people and these guidelines determine how the jams will operate now . We need your cooperation to ensure our jams are COVID-safe events.

The health and safety measures that apply to our jams:

  • There is a limit on the number of people at a jam.
  • You must have a ticket to attend; available through Trybooking.
  • We keep a register of each ticket holder for contact tracing.
  • We manage a defined venue or space according to BUMS COVID-safe guidelines.
  • You must be seated in the jam and maintain social distancing of 1.5m apart.
  • We control the flow of people moving in and out of the venue.

Each of our venues may require slightly different ways of achieving these measures, which will be outlined in the terms and conditions on the ticket.

Download a PDF copy of BUMSInc_COVID-19_OperatingGuidelines_v2.0

Restrictions have been updated 11 January 2021. 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. Numbers are limited and tickets are made available through TryBooking. If you come without a ticket it is likely you will not be able to participate in the jam.
3. There are clearly marked entry and exit to the venue. On entry, please sanitise your hands.
4. Check in at entrance with your ticket, confirm your well being and register for contact tracing purposes.
5. Wash your hands. Use your own hand sanitiser at the event or use that provided. Clean your ukulele and any other equipment you bring.
6. Chairs will be provided and will be 1.5m apart.
7. Please sit down throughout the jam. Please don’t move the chairs unless you are with a family member.
8. We may need to turn people away if too many turn up.
9. If we can’t manage the crowd, we may have to stop the event.
10. If the jam is outdoors we will tape off an area to define the COVID-safe zone.


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; 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.

Coorparoo Jam – Coorparoo Bowls Club
Westside Jam – Rosemount Community Centre
Ferny Grove Jam – Ferny Grove Sports and Community Sports Club
Northside Jam – Northern Suburbs Bowls Club
Deception Bay Jam – Maota Fono- Samoan Meeting House 

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


These are straight from the Queensland Health website and give a simple guide to what we all still need to focus on.

  • Maintain physical distancing (1.5m)
  • Wear a mask when distancing is not possible (particularly in enclosed spaces)
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Stay at home when sick
  • Allow for effective contact tracing
  • Rapidly responding to outbreaks
  • Travel restrictions from hot spots

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).

It’s been six months of longing to get back to together. At last after so many considerations and lots of planning BUMS Inc held its first face to face live jam post lockdown.

This first jam was held at Deception Bay in a truly unique open air venue the Maota Fono Samoan Meeting House. Set in a park with a tropical garden around it the ‘house’ provided great acoustics, shelter and air circulation. Although it would have to have been one of the windiest days this year, which provided a few challenges, the sun was shining and we were all there to have a good time.

The support crew and performers arrived early to clean and set up the venue in line with the BUMS COVID Safe Guidelines. There was plenty of joking as they got to work sanitizing all the chairs, tables and toilets, and setting up the gear. Our COVID marshals double checked all the chairs were set at the correct distance and the bunting which delineated the space also provided a festive air. The meet and greet and exit was were set up with sanitisers, wipes, check in lists, and surveys and soon all was ready to welcome our jammers.

COVID Marshal Jennie keeping her distance from John.

Forty BUMS members snapped up the tickets when they became available on Trybooking in just four days. There were smiles all round as they started to file in while the band completed their sound checks. For nine of our players it was a new experience, as new associate members they had never attended a live face to face BUMS jam before. It was wonderful to see folks so happy to be out and playing again.

By the time one o’clock came around The Ukulele Saints with Leanne Williams were ready to go, and Peter got the jam started. We enjoyed three sets with great to sing-a-long songs, with something for everyone from classic rock & roll, folk to this century pop songs.

Peter Ransom stepped up to the open mic to perform a ditty from 1906 “Shine On Harvest Moon” with we all joined in the parts we knew. The Saints were also joined by Karen Neundorf for “Riptide” and John Henderson for “Budapest”.

New member Cecilia with Peter and Karen who performed on the day.

It was lovely to see everyone catching up and chatting to new members in the breaks between sets. The two hours went very quickly and final rousing version of the BUMS favourite “Stray Cat Strut” with cat calls and meowing closed the jam.

As always we had plenty of helpers who volunteered to sanitize and pack up the chairs. There were surveys to complete which have provided the BUMS committee with some valuable feedback. Yes it was very windy, which was challenging for the microphones and performers, and the screen was hard to see for some, but the good news is 90% of our respondents said they’d come again to Deception Bay Jam.

“Happy to be back”

“Great effort – thanks for putting it on”

The happy smiling faces said it all; playing ukes and singing together makes you feel good. It was a red letter day which gives us all hope that more of our regular jams can start again soon.

Many thanks go to Peter Grace who did his due diligence and more to get this first jam going in a venue which fulfilled all the requirements to make a COVID safe event. You can read more about that in this post Planning A Safe Jam. Also many thanks to the support team who made it happen on the day.

Ukulele Saints, Peter Grace, Chris Slater, John Low and Frank Buckley joined by Leanne Williams with John Henderson on projector duties.

Missed out on this jam?

BUMS Inc financial members, then associate members are offered first chance for tickets. If any are available after that they will be then offered to our mailing list. You can find out how to become a BUMS member here or join free with associate membership until the end of 2020 here .

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Big farewell wave from our jam players.

Our Albany Creek Jam has been through a few changes since it started at its original venue at Samuel Grays in May 2018. After a name change and a few months of new management, the Albany Creek jam required a sudden venue switch for March 2020. But a couple of things you can always rely on along with our enthusiastic jam leaders, Andrew Hunt and Blair Marks, — great songs and cold beer. Hopefully, we’ll be back jamming at Albany Creek soon.

Peter Ransom at the open mic. Image: Tim Roberts.

Peter Ransom Reports

A last-minute venue change to Fritzenburgers added a little frisson to the start of proceedings. But we then enjoyed another of Blair’s laid-back, but sometimes challenging programs. Familiar and not so familiar stuff, occasional key changes, and some really good endings meant that the interval arrived very quickly.

After the break Peter Ransom (Why Don’t You Do Right) and Caroline Haig (You Get What You Give) favoured the audience with open mic performances.

Then it was back to business with Andrew leading — more fun, hot tempos, syncopation, the ubiquitous kazoo, and great singing.

After a powerful Hotel California it was time us to leave, but from out in the car park, we could still hear them rocking!

Blair and Andrew take the lead. Image Credit: Tim Roberts

See more images from the day here on the Ibis Music Facebook Page

In line with government guidelines, all BUMS Inc activities have been suspended. Keep your eye on the BUMS Inc home page and the News & Events page for updates about the resumption of jams across Brisbane.

It is with much regret that I am announcing all jams and band practices for April and May are cancelled.

In line with the Federal Government’s health and safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid 19, your BUMS committee have made this decision to protect all our members. Of course these cancellations will be reviewed regularly in line with the latest recommendations.

The BUMS committee are putting their creative minds together to create some fun online events for you even though we can’t be together at jams. Stay tuned for those announcements soon!

We wish any of you dealing with health concerns a quick recovery. To those who are self-isolating, here is an opportunity to learn that new style, strum or song which you never could find the time to do.

We are so lucky in the ukulele community to have so many who generously create tutorials, song arrangements and create online events. I ask you to please support your music community and teachers, perhaps this is a great time to take a lesson via Skype, or an online course you’ve may have put off.

Keep on strumming,

David Pedler

BUMS Inc President