Tickets in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be on sale at Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove and Northside jams, through November.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

You can win:

First Prize in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle is sponsored by Tocco Italiano1ST PRIZE: Dinner for two at Tocco Italiano Teneriffe (Set Menu with Wines).  Value $250 many thanks to our sponsor Arturo Buonocore and Tocco Italiano

Tocco Italiano Teneriffe is located just outside Brisbane City. It’s a modern industrial style restaurant that evokes elegance with rustic elements of polished concrete, warm wood, copper back dropped bar and European furniture.

Tocco Teneriffe has an open kitchen and domed wood fired oven so you can watch the action from the bar and dining areas. Enjoy superb Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and a bar area for aperitif and dreaming of Italy.



2ND PRIZE: Ukulele Instructional book and DVD packs. Each include a copy of  “Ukulele Musicality” (Trevor’s latest book) and “Hey! Want To Be A better Ukulele Player” books and DVD’s  “Percussive Strumming” and  “Hey! Your Ukulele Has More Than 3 Frets”. Value $80 many thanks to our sponsor Trevor Gollagher Music

Trevor Gollagher teaches private lessons, workshops and classes,  in Brisbane, Australia and also at many ukulele festivals around the country. As well as an author, and professional musician Trevor also owns Little Room Recording Studio.

The BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be drawn at Jingle BUMS on Wednesday 4 December 2019. Good Luck!

CHUS Way Out West Concert 2019

Get along to a Country Music Afternoon with CHUMS (Compton’s Happy Ukulele Musical Seniors) for their 2019 Way out West Concert.

Led by Donna and Derek Farrell the CHUMS perform with all ticket sales going to aid Dementia Research. After the concert enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea..worth the price of admission alone!

Venue: Auditorium Compton Gardens Retirement Community
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 afterwards.

Entry: Tickets $5, with all proceeds to Dementia Research.

Management Committee Nominations for 2019-2020

On Wednesday 30 October, the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. The inaugural AGM Jam Sandwich was a well-attended lively event.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the BUMS Inc Management Committee.

President: David Pedler
Vice President: Angela McGrath
Treasurer: Colin Grant
Assistant Treasurer: Sylvia Hunt
Secretary: Judy Matthews
Assistant Secretary: Peter Grace
Gigmeister: Chris Slater
IT Manager: John Henderson
Media Manager: Jo Kunde
Festival Director: Dave McGrath
Events Manager: Liz Crunkhorn
Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt

Presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc on 30 October 2019 at the Coorparoo Bowls Club

2018-2019 has been an exciting year for the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc (BUMS). It has been my privilege this year to lead an enthusiastic committee comprising the following members:

  • President:                                        Max Borchardt
  • Vice President:                                Amanda Allwood
  • Treasurer:                                        Colin Grant
  • Assistant Treasurer:                      Keryn Henderson
  • Secretary:                                        Judy Matthews
  • Media Manager:                             Joann Kunde
  • IT Officer:                                        Rob Carlyle
  • Properties Manager:                     Blair Marks
  • Assistant Properties Manager:   Andrew Hunt
  • Gigmeister:                                     John Henderson
  • Events Manager:                           Geoff Dancer
  • Festival Director:                          Dave Charles

It has been another busy year for the BUMS management, with a large number of activities, and a growing membership (from 275 to almost 300). The club could not function without its volunteers, and the BUMS Management Committee are a dedicated group of contributors who have made this past year the success it is. A special thanks must go to all members of the committee, with a special mention of Secretary, Judy Matthews, Media Manager, Jo Kunde, and Properties Manager, Blair Marks, who have been stalwart contributors, keeping the club rolling along.


With Jo Kunde as Media Manager, and Geoff Dancer in the position of Events Manager, BUMS offered a very full year of activities. One of the highlights of the year 2018 was the BUMS Cabaret which featured popular performers Ukulele Russ (Russel Copeland); Manitoba Hal (Hal Brolund); and Tyrone and Lesley (David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent); cameo performances from Totally Insane (Donna and Derek Farrell); Elvis (Mick Angeles) and Girt by C (Peter Ransom) made for an exciting evening that enjoyed much acclaim. The cabaret model set the scene for the SPRUKE opening night and is proving very popular.

The other event of significance was a troupe of BUMS band players, the BUMS Festival Group (BFG), who under the aegis of Peter Grace and John Henderson, travelled to Newcastle to perform at Newkulele. Peter Grace had prepared a narrative to link popular cover songs, which was presented as a ‘ukulele opera’. It was very well received.

2019 was the year of the fourth SPRUKE. The lead up to SPRUKE from January 2019 onwards was very busy with preparation and planning. Under the directorship of Dave Charles, and the support leadership of Jo Kunde, SPRUKE came together. This year SPRUKE was held at a different venue. The last few years of SPRUKE, the festival had been held at the Southbank Institute of TAFE. This has been a great learning experience, but the event needed a more professional environment with a greater range of facilities, better parking and more accessible catering facilities. It was decided we should try the Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC). The venue was most popular with sponsors, and the adjacent club facility provided adult catering. That said, for the first time SPRUKE had schools’ involvement, for which we must acknowledge Megan Thomson’s tireless efforts in bringing a number of schools to the event. SPRUKE offered an exciting program with international, national and local talent. Cynthia Lin, The Loveys, Ukulele Death Squad, Mama Juju & the Jam Tarts, the Thin White Ukes, Vic Kena, and Gypsy Rumble as headline performers made for a most enjoyable festival. Although with the new venue there was much teething involved, SPRUKE 2019 like its predecessors was a most successful event.

Many of the year’s other activities are detailed in the Media Manager’s report.


BUMS jams have continued throughout the year:

The Big BUMS Jam — 1st Wednesday of the month — held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club was coordinated during the year by the President. An exciting array of presenters prepared and hosted fun evenings with a wide selection of songs, providing entertainment and enjoyment for all who attended. Attendance numbers ranged between 80 and 220.

WE BUMS Jam — 2nd Friday of the month — held at the Hope Street Café, Boundary Road, West End, had been led by a number of different jam leaders. By June, Cath McCourt had stepped up to run the “second Friday of each month” event on a regular basis. The evening always proves popular.

BUMS Daytime Jam — 2nd Wednesday of the month — at the Toowong Bowls Club was run by Sue and Peter Sercombe with a regular attendance of between 30 and 40 each month.

The Scratch Jam — 3rd Sunday of the month — was run by Blair Marks at The Scratch Bar, 8/1 Park Road, Milton is regularly supported by 15 – 20 strummers.

Tutus — 3rd Tuesday of the month — West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong Street, Toowong, was run by Max Borchardt is attended by around ten members each month.

Ferny Grove Beginners Jam —3rd Wednesday of the month — Ferny Grove Bowls Club, run by Linda Gough and Paul Morris is regularly attended by 50 or more strummers.

Northside Jam — 4th Tuesday of the month — held at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club at Wavell Heights. We said goodbye to Tony Richardson who had run this event since its inception. From January, Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt volunteered to organise the jam. Attendance has varied, but generally strong, with numbers exceeding 30 on most occasions.

The Samual Grays Jam — 1st Sunday of the month — at 735 Albany Creek Road, Albany Creek, and led by Andrew Hunt and Blair Marks. It is currently undergoing a name change but the times and location will remain the same. Attendance numbers were over 40 for each of the last three events.


In addition, there have been several community bands open to BUMS members, that operate under aegis of BUMS. These are:

  • The CAGE                    Led by Ian Phillips & Becky Lochel
  • Free Range chUKES  Led by Megan Thomson
  • Flukey                          Led by Charmaine Matthews
  • NUMB BUMS            Led by Zoe Watson & John Low

A special thanks to all these jam set leaders and band coordinators.


The financial management of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc has been under the control of Treasurer, Mr Colin Grant, and Assistant Treasurer, Keryn Henderson. Full details of the financial status will be found in the Treasurer’s report.

Membership continues to grow, ensuring a reasonable cash flow. At the end of 2018–2019 BUMS had over 300 financial members.

The finances of the club remain strong. With our commitment to maintaining a not-for-profit (NFP) status, we have endeavored to keep costs of activities and events to a minimum, using club funds to subsidise member participation.


The IT portfolio has been administered by Rob Carlyle who has overseen some maintenance issues, ensured the equipment has been operational, and has recommended, replaced and purchased some new equipment as needed.


Blair Marks has continued to serve as Properties Manager, ably assisted by Andrew Hunt, ensuring the equipment is used properly, maintained appropriately, and guaranteeing the sound equipment for performances functions at its optimum. The Coorparoo Bowls Club has agreed that BUMS can install alternative storage in the upstairs storage room, to bring more order to the storage we already have. BUMS is indebted to Blair and the team of supporters who ensure that jams are well sounded.


John Henderson continued in his role as Gigmeister this year past, making sure that requests for  BUMS Bands were satisfied.


Finally a special thanks to Amanda Allwood, the Club Vice President, who has been stalwart in her support of the President, giving guidance and advice, stepping up to handle special projects, providing backing when needed, as well as a much appreciated friendship.


Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc is in good financial shape as the Treasurer’s books will attest. The Management Committee will hand over a strong club to the incoming committee. The year has been an exciting one, thanks to many of our volunteers, and their families. A special thanks to my family who put up with at least one BUMS activity a week for the last two years.  Next year looks to be another exciting twelve months.

I hereby present the annual report for the year 2018–2019 of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc.

Max Borchardt
President BUMS 2018-2019
30 October 2019

Bookings are now open for Ukulele Hawaii 2020.


  • Attend the 50th Year Ukulele Festival
  • Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios group lesson
  • Visit famous Waikiki Beach
  • Koaloha Ukulele Factory Tour
  • North Shore “Full Circle tour”, and visit to Pearl Harbor
  • Authentic small group luau in a lush tropical jungle
  • Honolulu Zoo for the Wildest Show In Town Concert
  • Fundraising gala dinner at Sheraton Waikiki
  • Shopping at Ala Moana Centre
  • Visit Diamond Head on a breathtaking walk
  • Snorkel, swim or sunbathe at famous Hanauma Bay
  • Sunset catamaran on Waikiki beach for drinks and music
  • Centrally-located quality accommodation

Contact Travel Focus Group on 1300 733 323 or 02 4234 1175 or to request a booking form and the complete Terms and Conditions. Pay a $300 per person deposit to secure your place. Balance due 17 May 2020.

Tom Harding, Coorparoo, Oct 2019.

Did you know that George Michael’s Faith was based on a 12th century manuscript? And that it rocks  to a Bo Didley beat?  Tom (the Pom) Harding provided these facts — and more — while he wooed his willing workshop audience at Friday night’s two-part Disco Funk Workshop at the Coorparoo Bowls Club.

Tom’s a master strummer. To achieve perfection like his, it’s extremely important that you position your uke correctly (on your pie shelf), use your arm like a crankshaft  (not a piston) and make hand movements like “a pinch of salt”.  Tom exuberantly took us through On the Road with different parts, wittily calling out the “postcodes” for chords.  He followed up with a rousing rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star, ….. Something by Beautiful Sharks, brilliantly illustrating his mastery of rhythm and melodic voice.

In the 2nd part of the workshop, Tom shared his motto, “subdivision gives funk”. He gave examples of different rhythms in Fast Car, Material Girl, and Coming Out.  Counting is King!  Simple 4/4 beat counting is transformed by placing emphasis on 3rds, 5ths, 8ths – and – grooving to a 16 beat Bo Didley rhythm (while chanting I – like – fish – and chips). The promised funkenado evolved,  swelling into a rousing finale.

Tom’s a high-octane rhythm master who can keep a group toe-tapping for two hours, with plenty of humour.  So-oo glad we went, thanks Tom!

By  The Spectator.

The “2019 AGM Jam Sandwich”  –  the AGM with a Difference  –  is fast approaching!

UPDATED 17 October 2019

All financial members are invited to attend this important event — the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc.

DATE: Wednesday 30 October 2019

TIME: Finger food from 6:30 pm; Jam starts at 7:00 pm, followed by the AGM at approximately 7:40 pm, and topped off by more jamming!

VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo QLD 4151.


To facilitate catering arrangements, please RSVP to Judy Matthews by Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Nominations have now closed for Management Committee positions. The great news is that all positions have nominees.

Financial members are eligible to take part in the voting that will determine the outcome of a couple of positions.

Not a member? Join now! Visit the Membership web page, and find out about how to join. Then download the financial membership application form.

Haven’t renewed yet? Payment options and renewal forms are available from the Membership Payments web page.

Elm Ukulele presents Learn to Play Ukulele with The Ukulele Rockers (adult group class). Learn to jam in an ensemble with fun themes. Classes include fingerpicking, song mashups, strum and rhythm techniques.

Begins Monday 14 October 2019. Held weekly on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm during school term at the Grange Baptist Church, 197 Wilston Road, Newmarket, 4053.

Cost: $15/week (prepaid), $25/week (casual attendance), First week is free.

RSVP: To book, please email Erin at by Monday 7 October 2019.





After a fantastic performance at the Spruketacular Concert, BUMS hosted Cynthia Lin for a Workshop and Jam the following Friday.

The Coorparoo Bowls Club was packed to the rafters, attracting fans from far and wide, including many familiar faces from BUMS.

Audience at Cynthia Lin Workshop, Coorparoo, 2019. Photo courtesy of Geoff Dancer.

Cynthia Lin, Coorparoo, September 2019

For the workshop Cynthia used the classic Men at Work hit, “Down Under”. Starting out with a pretty straight forward 4 chord arrangement with an Island Strum variation we all joined in with a song that anyone who grew up in the late ’70’s is familiar with.

Before we could congratulate ourselves on how fantastic we were another layer was added. A left-hand mute technique had a few of us concentrating so much on strumming and muting that singing as well was out of the question.

You can check out the final result on Twitter.

The workshop was followed by a jam session, a chance to loosen up after all that concentration. A great mix of songs, and an enthusiastic crowd. Great to hear a hall full of happy ukulele players.

If you’re a beginner, or looking for something a bit more challenging check out Cynthia’s tutorials on YouTube.

Squeeze in a bonus jam this year!

All BUMS Inc financial members are invited to attend the inaugural AGM Jam Sandwich  on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at the Coorparoo Bowls Club.

Enjoy two juicy sets of jamming with a thin slice of AGM proceedings between!
To top off this ukulele feast, and there’ll be refreshments! It all kicks off at 6:30 pm.

You’ll meet fellow BUMS members, find out what BUMS has achieved with you, and for you, in the last 12 months, and get a chance to butter-up the 2019 – 2020 Management Committee!

So, make sure you’re financial  (membership still only $50 after all these years) … put Wednesday 30 October in your calendar now, and make sure you’re there.

NOTE: All Management Committee positions are declared vacant, and nominations are always welcome. Please consider volunteering for the committee. It’s a great way to give back to your community, and to bring fresh ideas our Society. For more information on this, or any management committee role, contact Judy at