BUMS Summer Raffle

Oh, what fun!

All you need for a ukulele

day at the beach.

  • Clear Waterman ukulele
  • Black gig bag
  • Neck strap
  • Hat
  • Beach towel
  • Carry bag

Tickets $2 or 3 for $5

Tickets on sale throughout January at BUMS
Coorparoo, Ferny Grove, Northside & Toowong Daytime jams.

Value: $70

Drawn Saturday 2 March at BUMS Trivia Night, Coorparoo Bowls Club.


Trevor Gollagher is kicking off 2019 with this exciting project to promote Australian ukulele musicians around the country and overseas and has invited BUMS members to take part. Is your dream in 2019 to record a CD? Being included on the The Australian Ukulele Volume 1 CD will be a fantastic way to get your music out to a greater audience.

Many BUMS know Trevor as half of the Gollagher Ross duo who have recorded many CD’s and performed at SPRUKE Festival. He is also a ukulele teacher, specialist and author of a couple of ukulele instructional books.

Trevor was happy to give us a few more details of how you can be involved in his new project.

“First up we will be choosing a selection of submissions that we think will match the theme of the album covering a diverse selection of styles of ukulele music.

• Due to copyright issues your song submission will have to be a song you wrote and not a cover version of someone else’s song.

• Song needs to be submitted in a Wav. file format and recorded to a professional standard. Our aim is to produce a high quality professional product so recordings done on your phone or IPad will not cut it. If you need to record your song and are able to get to Sunnybank, Brisbane we are offering discount studio time at Little Room Studio to all applicants to record your song at $25 per hour. Our usual fee is $35 an hour. Otherwise seek out a studio in your area to record.

• All submissions need to be in to us by 3 week of Feb and as mentioned in WAV file format with name of artists and songwriter.

Once we have final selection of songs we will then be engaging our graphic artist in USA to design album cover and CD. Back in the studio we will arrange running order and produce all songs then send them off to our mastering engineer for final sparkle. Once this is all done it will go off to be made.”

Trevor’s goal is to have project completed by the Sunshine Coast Ukulele festival in April which will be a great event to launch at.

Trevor added ” The opportunity will be there for you to buy copies of the CD to sell to your audiences and also to give to friends and family. You will also have your name and contact details listed on CD for any promoter wanting to book you.”

Trevor is planning on sending copies to all major ukulele events in Australia and overseas to let enthusiasts know about Australia’s fine ukulele acts. Who knows what this kind of promotion could lead to…. you may get some gigs or even a tour out of it!

Contact Trevor Gollagher for more information



Just starting ukulele?

Come to Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp … absolutely FREE.

Julie, Keryn and John will run a free Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp on two consecutive Wednesday evenings in February 2019.

Register Now! Attendance is specifically for Absolute Beginners. Group size is limited to 15 participants.

Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply.

At Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp we do the hard yards. In true Bootcamp style, there’ll be lots of boring basics, and dreadful drill and practice to build your strength and confidence. We aim to get through a lot of material in each session. You’re unlikely to master each skill at Bootcamp, and you will need to commit to 10-15 minutes practice most days of the week following the Bootcamp session to consolidate what you learn.

The course is designed to help you structure your own practice sessions. It covers the parts of the ukulele, habits of practice, finger dexterity, ear training, basic music theory and clues from sheet music, reading rhythms, interpreting ukulele chord diagrams and songsheets, strumming technique, strum patterns, picking patterns, chord shapes for Am, Am7, C, C6, D, D7, F, G, and G7, chord placement drills, common chord changes and progressions, 12 bar blues … and ultimately … playing and singing songs.

Bring your ukulele and tuner. No notetaking required, you’ll be too busy anyway. Detailed notes with supporting resources are emailed to participants after each session.

Please email questions about the course to Keryn at bneukebootcamp@gmail.com.

Location: Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Meeting Room 1,
Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.

Dates: Wednesday 13 February 2019 (Session 1) and 20 February 2019 (Session 2)

Time: Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Registration: Registering via Trybooking enrols you in both sessions. Please only apply if you are available for both sessions. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Friday 8 February 2019.

2018’s been a great year for Linda’s Uke n Sing, and we’re looking forward to 2019. There’ll be lots on for ukulele players at the Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports and Community Club, on the corner of Samford Road & Tramway Street, Ferny Grove.

Uke n Sing Regular Classes

Uke n Sing regular classes start back the first week of February 2019.

  • Tuesday Tuners (Easy play & sing as you learn and improve) Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Nightriders (Ukestration performance group) Tuesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Daytrippers (Ukestration performance group) Wednesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Uke n Sing Beginners Courses

Starting the week of 10 February 2019, there’ll also be two 6-week beginner courses .

  • Day Course Tuesdays 1:00 -2:00 pm
  • Night Course TBA

For more information please ring Linda Gough on 0431 391 888.


Strummin’ the Rhythm, Pickin’ the Tune

If you’re ready to expand your basic ukulele strum and start creating vibrant, beautiful music with exciting rhythms and captivating melodies, then this whole-day course is for you.

Join Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith (The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach) on 14-18 January 2019 at Bellingen Public School Creative Camp to learn how to add musical texture through emphasis, tempo and expression to achieve diverse musical styles. Bring your playing to life by adding off-beat strums and cool riffs while making new friends. Develop your strumming and rhythm-picking skills, and improve your ability to pick melodies and play riffs

Participants should be aged 16+, and have at least a year’s ukulele experience be able to move confidently amongst a few more chords than just C, F and G7. You will need to prepare for the course by practising the C scale. The course will involve finger picking and reading tabulature and sheet music.

You’ll also learn tricks of the trade like how to:
• transpose a song’s key to suit your voice
• use cheat chords to progress to increasingly complex songs
• make your ukulele ring with a sweet, confident ton
• play the twelve bar walkin’ blues
• improvise during instrumental breaks

Visit the course web page to learn more.

A movie for all ukulele lovers …

This award winning film that champions the ukulele is screening 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm Saturday 15 December 2018  at the Elizabeth Picture Theatre in Brisbane.
Written and Directed by brilliant newcomer Cameron Nugent, it’s about a young Mexican boy who finds a ukulele on a hard rubbish pile and learns to play so he can write a magical song for his dying grandmother. This beautiful family fable, is a story of love and music, for all ages. The musical score, a beautiful soundtrack to a charming film, is being performed live in the cinema by the virtuoso guitar duo The Grigoryan Brothers.

The trailer can be seen here sailboatthemovie.com and tickets purchased through that website or via Trybooking.

A boy called Sail Boat, and the magic of ukulele.

The Christmas Hamper Raffle was drawn at Jingle BUMS at Coorparoo on 5 Dec 2018.

And the very delighted winner was … Madonna King!

Max presents the Christmas raffle prize to Madonna King, Jingle BUMS 2018.

The Hamper contained everything you need for a ukin’ great holiday — a Makala tenor ukulele, a quality aNueNue gig bag, an electronic tuner, ukulele strap, and 101 Tips for ukulele Players that Pros Know and Use, a bottle of Yellow Glen Sparkling Wine, a Christmas cake & chocolates.

Congratulations, Madonna. Thank you to all our members and friends who supported the raffle. And a very big thank you to our raffle sponsors, Guitar Brothers at Red Hill.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Do you teach ukulele or lead a ukulele group? Looking to expand your music teaching repertoire? Perhaps the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) is for you!

The JHUI Teacher Certification Program is the only program of its kind in the world:  a comprehensive training course for ukulele teachers.

3 questions for music and classroom teachers

  1. Want to develop your ukulele skills and earn 14+ hours towards your annual professional development requirements?
  2. Keen to learn about teaching the national music curriculum using ukulele as the main instrument (without excluding other instruments)?
  3. Like to use a systematic, all-encompassing music curriculum (that supports the Australian Music Curriculum) — taught to you by the curriculum writer?

The James Hill Ukulele Initiative is just the course for you.

3 questions for community ukulele leaders

  1. Want to develop your own ukulele skills?
  2. Want some effective teaching strategies for developing technique and musical skills?
  3. Want to be part of a community of highly skilled ukulele group leaders?

The James Hill Ukulele Initiative is just the course for you.

Current cost is approximately $667 AUD per year (Earlybird price).

You can explore the program overview and testimonials at http://www.jhui.org/certification/index.htm

Submit an Expression of Interest

While the course is yet to be confirmed, the number of EOIs we receive will help to secure the Brisbane JHUI in 2019.

There is a class limit of 25!  Send your response asap.

Please email your expression of interest
to Cathy Welsford, (cathywelsford419@gmail.com)
by 21 December 2018 at the latest.


Please include:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Your role (uke group leader, classroom music teacher, or private music teacher)
  • Your degree of interest (1. I am absolutely there!  2. Definitely interested. 3, Love to be there but still thinking on it.)

Download the expression of interest flyer.

2018 Brisbane Basket Brigade Packing Days

Each year a number of our performing members entertain the Packing Day volunteers.

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 of December the Brisbane Basket Brigade also needs a host of volunteers for other roles. Come along to the Canon Hill Anglican College and be entertained while helping out.

2018 Brisbane Basket Brigade

Free for volunteers

  • Saturday  entertainment  9:00 am -4:00 pm Features – Steve Elbourn, Kine Kool, Mick Angeles, Paul Seils, Duke Ukem, Hypnotonics, Adrian Board, Paul Seils JNR and Los Angeles.
  • Sunday entertainment 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Features – Steve Elbourn, Jim Bills, Kine Kool, Bulimba Ukulele Group, Erwin Zerbe, and John Lindsay 1969.
  • Download the updated Packing Day Concert program.

Remember, all volunteers must register so that the volunteer team can be managed efficiently.

To find out more about volunteer role requirements, click this link.

Register via the main volunteer page on Brisbane Basket Brigade’s website.


Our BUMS Community Bands are very busy in the holiday season. All of our bands are very active in the community, sharing the joy of playing music together and the uke love. If you’d like a shot of Christmas spirit or just love a good old sing-a-long of your favourite Christmas songs come out to one of these events, better still bring some friends and family with you,  we’d love to see you there!

Share your pics and videos on social media and hashtag them #brisukes and make them public so we can share them.


SAT 24
Flukey — Brookside Shopping Centre 10:00 am

SAT 30
Flukey — Paddington Community Centre 4:00 pm


The CAGE – Lead a set at Jingle BUMS, Coorparoo Bowls Club from 6:30 pm. Also Spare Parts and Darryl & Steve.

FRI 7 
Free Range chUKES and The CAGE – Brookfield Bush Christmas. 5:35 pm Brookfield Show Grounds 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield

WED 12
NUMB BUMS – Northside Christmas Spectacular Jam (Ferny Grove)

It's always a lot of Christmas fun at the Woodford Lions Christmas Carnival. Bring the family its FREE!FRI 14
NUMB BUMS – Woodford Lions Christmas Carnival Archer Street, Woodford. FRom 5:00 pm.

FREE community event – Face Painting, Jumping Castle, Rides, Food Trucks & Beverages, Market Stalls, Sweets, Live Entertainment, Santa, Street Parade, More Food, Coffee, RSL OPEN … And MORE!

Bring the family.

SAT 15
NUMB BUMS – Bunya Lions Carols in the Park. West’s Mitchelton R.L.F.C 20 Prospect Rd Mitchelton, 4053. 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. FREE rides, FREE face painting, FREE children’s activities, FREE petting zoo, SANTA CLAUSE, Carols, Fireworks!

Free Range chUKES and The CAGE – Pyjama Foundation Christmas Party. Windsor State School Hall. (Private Event)

SUN 16 BUMS community band the CAGE performing at Oxley Community Carols 2016
Free Range chUKES and The CAGE – Oxley Community Carols. Oxley State School oval. Starts 5:00 pm

FRI 21 

QPAC Christmas Green Jam  from 5:30 pm

Join chUKES, NUMB BUMS and The Jam Tarts at QPAC Green Jam on Friday 22 December for ChristmasFree Range chUKES,  NUMB BUMS and Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts. Chill out under the trees and enjoy the beautiful summer evening.

While you listen to the tunes, get jolly with a drink from the bar, or enjoy the Green Jam Eats menu, served up fresh on the night. Bring the family it’s FREE!


SAT 26 
The CAGE – Australia Day at Oxley Bowl club. Gig from 2:00 pm at Bowls Club Time

For more details please contact the organisers of the individual events.

Enquiries about booking a BUMS community band in the future please contact John Henderson via gigmeister@brisbaneukulele.com and please check out Book-a-BUM page .

Media enquiries please direct to Jo Kunde via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com.