2020-2021 President’s report

30 October 2021

The last two years
The last two years has been tough for the BUMS Management Committee. I started as President in October 2019 with clear ideas of how we could make BUMS bigger and better for our members. By March 2020, COVID lockdowns had started and the whole focus of BUMS turned to surviving. How could we keep BUMS going?

All our attention was diverted into managing the COVID crisis. We introduced online jams, a special Facebook site for members and unique associate members and froze membership fees for six months. In September, we started running COVID-safe jams with limited numbers, pre-jam ticketing and social distancing. By Christmas, we felt we were getting back to normal.

2021 has not been any easier with short-sharp lockdowns and other restrictions that have meant jam and workshop cancellations. The whole process of arranging and running jams has become logistically more complicated with QR codes and contact tracing records. We tried to get a mini-SPRUKE festival going but were forced eventually to postpone it.

Management Committee
Thank you to all the Management Committee for their hard work during another difficult year:

President: David Pedler
The primary roles were to chair meetings, strategic direction, Society spokesperson, and liaise with external organisations. David has nominated for IT Manager next year.

Vice President: Angela McGrath
The role was to support the President. In addition, Angela played a major role in the BUMS Bazaar and support at various jams. Angela will be leaving the Management Committee and I thank her for all her efforts.

Treasurer: Lesley Allan
The primary roles were budget, income & expenditure management, and financial record keeping. I would like to acknowledge Lesley’s efforts in running popup shops and selling club T-shirts to build our sense of community in our BUMS community. In addition, Lesley organised all the raffles too. A huge effort by Lesley who will be continuing as Treasurer next year.

Assistant Treasurer: Sylvia Hunt
The role was to support the Treasurer. Sylvia has nominated for President next year.

Secretary: Keryn Henderson
The primary roles were membership, correspondence, meeting documentation, record keeping, updating and review of policies and guidelines. She has worked tirelessly over her time supporting committee members, jams, groups and members. Keryn will be leaving the Management Committee and I thank her for all her efforts.

Assistant Secretary: Peter Grace
The primary role was the BUMS newsletter editor. Peter was supported by Keryn and Jo. I would personally like to thank Peter for his help ghost writing The Riff. Peter has nominated for Secretary next year.

IT Manager: John Henderson
The primary roles were hardware maintenance, software updates, web domains, and support for online & offline applications. Amongst a plethora of IT related activities, we have seen three laptops replaced, two new monitors purchased, and three internet domains renewed. John will be leaving the Management Committee and I thank him for all his efforts.

Gigmeister: Max Borchardt, supported by John Henderson
The primary roles were to liaise between gig requests and performing members. We received 14 requests for performers and bands during the year. A thank you to John & Keryn Henderson who supported Max whilst he was away for a few months. Max has nominated for Vice President next year. He will also be leading SPRUKE in 2022.

Events Manager: Max Borchardt, supported by Keryn Henderson & Jo Kunde
The primary roles were to propose an annual program of workshops & concerts, performer & presenter liaison, and event venue coordinator. Five workshops have been held (or are planned) since the easing of COVID restrictions. During this period, Keryn and Jo supported these roles whilst Max was away for a few months. I would also like to thank all the workshop providers.

Media Manager: Jo Kunde
The primary roles were to promote the Society’s activities, manage BUMS Facebook & BUMS Online, TryBooking and coordinate content for publications & websites. This is a huge task and Jo works tirelessly navigating all the continuous change that has been happening – thank you. Jo will be continuing as Media Manager next year.

Festival Director: Dave McGrath (until May 2021); Liz Crunkhorn (unofficial)
The primary roles were festival committee chair, festival spokesperson, report to Management Committee, and seek approval for budget, venue and program. Dave was not able to continue after May. Liz offered her services and in just three weeks developed the structure, venues and program for a mini-SPRUKE in 2021. After much deliberation, the committee decided to postpone the event until 2022.

Thanks to the efforts of Dave and Keryn, BUMS received a grant for $30,000 to spend on SPRUKE. As SPRUKE is now in 2022, we will now be able to utilise all these funds. You will also notice from the balance sheet that the money is already in our bank account.
A big thank you to Dave, Keryn and Liz. Also, a thank you to Morris Brothers and Binary Music’s ongoing sponsorship, and Jay Donaldson’s ongoing sponsorship of the SPRUKE website.

Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt
The primary roles were to maintain equipment, research and advise on acquisitions and storage solutions, update assets register, and coordinate annual electrical test and tag. During the year, Andrew organised the AV gear, making it quicker, easier, and safer to set up and pack up at jams. He also improved the quality of the leads for mics and equipment. Andrew will be continuing as Properties Manager next year.

Assistant Properties Manager: Stephen Sandilands
The role was to support the Properties Manager. Steve organising the test and tag activities this year. Stephen has nominated for Gigmeister next year.

The current committee started on 22 November 2020 after last year’s AGM. During this time, we have had five Management Committee meetings.

• Life Membership has stayed at eight, as no new life memberships were awarded this year.
• Financial Membership – We currently have 236 members, down from 284 members over the 2019-2020 period. With jams gradually returning, it is expected the numbers will increase.
• Unique Associate Membership – This temporary class of membership ended in December last year having attracted 258 members in nine months. The expiration of Unique Associate membership saw many members sign up for Financial Membership.
• Associate Membership – This is a free membership for people aged under 18 years. In the past year we have had one new member.
• BUMS Online (Facebook) Group – After removing unfinancial members, BUMS Online currently has around 150 members (approx. two-thirds of our financial membership).

Live Jams
Due to the continued COVID-19 issues, we have only been able to undertake the larger jams, and at times have had to cancel these jams during lockdowns. These jams are:
• Coorparoo – Jam Coordinator is Max Borchardt. 9 jams.
• Ferny Grove – Jam Coordinators are Linda Gough and Paul Morris. 8 jams
• Northside – Jam Coordinators are Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt. 12 jams.
• Westside – Jam Coordinators Sue and Peter Sercombe. 8 jams.

Thank you to the jam organisers and set leaders. Jo and Keryn have maintained the TryBooking systems, thank you. I would also like to acknowledge our jam photographers for the past year, Angie McGrath, Jenny Grace and Kaye Dort.

Community Groups
As reported at the last AGM, The CAGE and the Free Range chUKES concluded. This left NUMB BUMS as the only community group. The good news is that in early 2021 three new community groups started. The four community groups are:
• NUMB BUMS – established in 2014, is coordinated by John Low and meets weekly on a Monday night at the Zillmere Community Hall.
• Four String Collective – started by Ian Phillips and based at Corinda State School.
• The Sublime Ukelectics – started by Becky Lochel and based at Corinda State School.
• Out on Bail – started by Darrell Reeve and based in Rocklea.
Thank you to all band leaders and performing members.

COVID-19 Operating Guidelines
With further easing of restrictions by the Queensland Government, BUMS was able to suspend our COVID-19 Operating Guidelines in August this year.

Once again, I would like to thank all the Management Committee and members who have made BUMS successful this year even when face-to-face meetings were not always possible.

BUMS exists to have fun, to develop our members ukulele and performance skills and to spread the joy of the ukulele throughout the community. BUMS is run by its members. They volunteer in a myriad of ways – large and small. For instance, some serve on the Management Committee, some work as crew at jams and workshops and lead sets at jams. Some organise and play in our community bands or BUMS affiliated bands. All members spread the ukulele message just by playing it and sharing their experience with others.

As we recover from the doldrums of 2021, the fun and positivity of the ukulele can be a vehicle to get us all out and about again and inspire others in South-East Queensland. The contributions by so many people have been amazing – thank you.

David Pedler
President, BUMS Inc

Outgoing BUMS President David Pedler with new gigmeister Steve Sandilands

We have a new BUMS Inc committee led for the first time by a lady President. Congratulations to Sylvia Hunt. If you haven’t met her yet, you’ll find her full of bubbly enthusiasm and energy.

Sylvia Hunt BUMS President

The purpose of BUMS Inc

At the AGM Sylvia reminded us of the purpose of BUMS.

  • Firstly, to have fun.
  • Secondly, to develop our members ukulele playing skills.
  • And thirdly, to be out amongst the greater Brisbane community to promote ukulele and music playing, increase ukulele and musical appreciation and provide ukulele-based entertainment.

We’re a community

She stressed the importance of community. It’s safe to assume we all want to have fun, develop our skills and spread the joy of ukulele. As a community, Sylvia wants to encourage our members to ‘have a go’ – to come forward with ideas, be part of putting these ideas into practice, to support other members and contribute to the growth of BUMS.

Sylvia’s motto

Her motto for the new committee and for BUMS is based around the four Fs – fun, fun, fun and more fun.

A poem for BUMS from Sylvia

U is for Ukulele – it’s the instrument we play
K is for Kindness that we will show every way and every day
U is for You to enjoy yourself when you come to jams
L is for Learning and improving our skills so we don’t look like hams

E is for Enthusiasm and Excitement in all that we do
L is for Love – let’s spread the love, the love of music and the ukulele too
E is for Excellence striving to be our best in all that we do
Come on everybody and join the crew.

We’re looking forward to a very exciting year.

The new committee for 2021-22

There are some familiar faces on the new committee but quite a few are in new roles. There is 69 years worth of BUMS membership in the nine heads on the committee.

President: Sylvia Hunt
Vice President: Max Borchardt
Secretary: Peter Grace
Treasurer: Lesley Allan
Events Manager: Tony Richardson
Gigmeister: Stephen Sandilands
IT Officer: David Pedler
Media Manager: Jo Kunde
Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt

For more details of their roles and contact details go to https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/about/bums-inc-management/


Christmas is around the corner and all through November you can buy tickets for our Christmas Is Coming raffle at all of the jams and workshops.

Thanks to Tim and the the wonderful team from Music at Noosa we have three prizes that Santa would be proud to have in his sack!

Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke

1. Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke

The Major Prize is a Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke RRP $579

    • Model LQMNACEC
    • Cut-away with Natural Stain Gloss Finish
    • Slotted headstock with Quilted Maple Overlay
    • Fishman Kula pick-up
    • Grover tuners
    • Inlaid Abalone Accents
    • D’Addario EJ88 Strings

This Ukulele is Kula Equipped!
Designed specifically for the ukulele, the Fishman Kula preamp has a three band EQ, so you can adjust the low, mid and high range to suit. Also features an onboard chromatic tuner so you can tune up wherever you go. Never search for your clip-on tuner again!

Minor Prizes 

2. Music Nomad – Premium Guitar Care Kit

Music Nomad – Premium Guitar Care Kit RRP $31.99

Premium care for stringed instruments includes

  • an all-in-1 cleaner, polish, and wax for everyday cleaning and polishing for gloss finishes in one easy step.
  • 100 percent natural Fretboard F-ONE Oil
  • a large premium suede microfiber cloth use with these products or by itself to clean fingerprints, sweat, dust, and grime.
Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine

3. Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine

Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine RRP $18.99

Enjoy making beautiful music with 10 double rows of jingles

Tickets 3 for $5

Tickets go on sale at the Chord Voicing Workshop Friday 29 October, and will be drawn at Jingle BUMS 1 December 2021.


Many thanks to Music At Noosa for our raffle this month. You can read more about what the team there can do for you in this story- Uke Can Call Us Crazy! If you don’t win and want Santa to bring you a little something  just like it check them out.



Uke Can call us Crazy – Music At Noosa

Located in Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast, Music At Noosa has serviced the Sunshine Coast with Quality Musical Instruments for 20 years. They have a HUGE range of Ukulele’s, books and accessories always in store.  With over 100 ukuleles currently on display they are definitely the destination for all things ukulele.

Wall to wall ukes

Music At Noosa pride themselves on offering a huge range of Ukes, starting from $40 to up to $8299.  Here’s one of the very limited edition Martin 5K Hawaiian Koa ukes currently in stock which retails for $8299

If you attended the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in 2021 you couldn’t have missed the huge display put on of all things ukes.
The response from both the organisers and the attendee’s was fantastic .

SCUF display


Music At Noosa pride themselves on offering the best service possible, with passionate and professional staff always instore to answer any questions.  They also offer full instrument servicing on site.

Oh and do they do DEALS ? They sure do!

Music At Noosa always have deals online and instore.  If you’re looking for something weird and wonderful they can always order it in for you at a great deal with the quality service that comes with it.

It’s definitely worth the drive – Music At Noosa

Music At Noosa
Shop 2/1 Gibson Road
07 5474 3033

The Management Committee for the 2021-2022 term of office will be appointed at the

BUMS Inc Annual General Meeting

2:00 pm Saturday 30 October 2021
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo

Bring your uke, come jam with us, and have a say in our society’s future – fresh ideas welcome!

For catering, contact tracing purposes, and mailing out purposes


are via Trybooking.
(Please note that bookings close at 5:00 pm on 23 October 2021.)


The call for nominations is now closed. Nominations were received for:
President: Salvatrice Hunt
Nominated by: Andrew Hunt        Seconded: Keryn Henderson

Vice President: Max Borchardt
Nominated by: Karen Borchardt  Seconded: Stephen Sandilands

Secretary: Peter Grace
Nominated by: Len Farina             Seconded: Diane Davis

Treasurer: Lesley Allan
Nominated by: Salli Chmura         Seconded: Graham Hall

Events Manager: Tony Richardson
Nominated by: Salvatrice Hunt     Seconded: Geoff Dancer

Gigmeister: Stephen Sandilands
Nominated by: Salvatrice Hunt     Seconded: Andrew Hunt

IT Officer: David Pedler
Nominated by: Lyn Lucas               Seconded: Max Borchardt

Media Manager: Jo Kunde
Nominated by: Salvatrice Hunt    Seconded: Andrew Hunt

Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt
Nominated by: Salvatrice Hunt    Seconded: Keryn Henderson

Thank you to all the dedicated nominees.

Come along to the AGM to see them ‘sworn in’. 2022 will be a great year for BUMS Inc.





A plea to all BUMS to support this important campaign from Ian Phillips.

I am a Primary School Music Teacher and have been passionate about my job for 30 years now. Not only has my passion been with children but with adults alike. Leading the Cage for so many years has certainly been a highlight for me.

Music for me has been enlightening. It is one of those subjects that allows us to be human; allows us to express feeling; and allows us to be critical.

Research about the benefits of music in our lives is enormous. One does not have to delve far when googling this on the internet to find the benefits of Music.

Back to the days of Plato it was noted by Plato himself that: I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but more importantly music; for in the patterns of music and all the arts, are the keys to learning.

It is true to say that:

  • Music improves confidence, self-expression and fosters creativity.
  • Music promotes teamwork and collaboration.
  • Music develops neural pathways and enhances brain function.

Source: Music Education | Music Australia

SPRUKE 2019 Schools Concert finale, a massed ensemble showcasing primary school musicians and their teachers.

Queensland has led the way I believe in Music Education. When I began teaching, every Queensland school had a music teacher who not only taught music to children but also empowered classroom teachers to teach music in their classes.

I am pleased to be part of a campaign within the Qld Teachers’ Union called “Music For Every Child Every Week”. Here is some of the information they have put together about the precarious state of Music Education in Qld.

Since the 1970s, Queensland has led the way in providing an in-depth study of music for children in classrooms and through world class Instrumental Music programs. These world-class comprehensive programs can only be provided if Music is continuous – every week of the year for every student. Unfortunately, Music Programs are being diminished in some primary schools.

Today’s issues

  • Music education is being reduced
  • With Classroom Music programs being cut at some schools around Queensland, the question of equity for all students is raised. Every student deserves access to sequential, continuous Music learning throughout their primary years. It should not depend on which school you attend.
  • Students in State Schools should have access to Music education – Every Child, Every Week. An understanding of Music Education, the effective teaching of a metalanguage, sound and symbol system (similar to the teaching of a language) is a very specialised area of teaching that takes many years of training to master and these skills should be valued, not minimised.
  • Without continuous (every week for every student) classroom Music programs as the foundation, the Instrumental Music Program can not be as successfully implemented and this, in turn impacts Instrumental Music staff.

We are campaigning to reinstate Music Education programs in Qld State Primary Schools. As part of that campaign (Music for Every Child, Every Week) and in conjunction with the Qld Teachers’ Union, we are asking people to sign a pledge. We are hoping to get many well-known musicians, politicians, music educators, researchers and people of influence in our field to sign this pledge. Community groups like BUMS fall into this category.

We need you to support the campaign.

  • Firstly, imagine how ukulele playing and music has made a major improvement in your life.
  • Imagine what it would be like if you had the opportunity to learn music every week of your primary school life. How might that have changed your life?
  • Imagine what it would be like not having the true value of the arts that helps us to become human. What society would we be today?

I will be seen at upcoming jams to talk about this further and hear your stories on how music has not only empowered but enlightened your life. I am hoping to gain photos of us signing the pledge to be uploaded onto social media.

I am more than happy to be contacted should you require more information. My email is ">


Download The Music for Every Child Every Week Pledge to print

Download PDF Music for Every Child, Every Week One Page (1) with more information from Qld Teachers’ Union

Music For Every Child Every Week Facebook Page 


Ian Phillips is the current leader of the BUMS Inc community band Four String Collective, and jam set-leader. He is a life member (2020), a past President of BUMS (2015-2017), past leader of The Cage community band , and Kids UkeFest innovator.


We’re gearing up for an exciting time this financial year. Answer the call, and get involved.

Start by coming to the Annual General Meeting, and REMEMBER to bring your UKE.

  • Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo QLD 4151
  • Time: 2:00 pm start
  • Format: Welcome jam, AGM, finger-food refreshments, closing jam
  • Date: 30 October 2021
  • RSVP via Trybooking by Friday 22 October 2021 (https://www.trybooking.com/BUHLN)

Management Committee Nominations

In the lead up to our AGM, nominations are called for all Management Committee positions.

According to our Rules of Incorporation:

  • all Management Committee positions are declared vacant
  • nominees, nominators and seconders must be financial members of BUMS Inc for the 2021-2022 financial year.
  • nominations must be submitted to the Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM (Email to secretary@brisbaneukulele by 16 October 2021.)
  • nominees must be published for the consideration of members at least seven days prior to the AGM (Check the BUMS Inc website from 23 October 2021.)
  • during the AGM, nominations can be accepted from the floor only for positions for which there are no nominations.

In 2021, nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Manager, Gigmeister, IT Manager, Media Manager and Properties Manager.

The newly elected Management Committee’s term of office will run from November 2021 until the 2022 AGM (usually held in October or November 2022).

Role Descriptions & Nomination Form

  1. Management Committee Role descriptions BUMSInc_RolesandResponsibilities_2021
  2. Nomination forms due by 16 October. BUMSInc_NominationForm_2021
  3. Rules of Incorporation can be downloaded from the BUMS Inc Management web page.
  4. Send a proxy by Friday 22 October. BUMSInc_ProxyForm_2021


BUMS Blast Off with a new start

The last two years have been tough for the BUMS management committee. It’s time for a new start for BUMS Inc. I started as President in October 2019 with clear ideas of how we could make BUMS bigger and better for our members. By March 2020, COVID lockdowns had started and the whole focus of BUMS turned to surviving. How could we keep BUMS going?

We turned our attention into managing the COVID crisis. We introduced online jams, a special Facebook site for members and associate members, and froze membership fees for six months. In September, we started running COVID-safe jams with limited numbers, Trybooking pre-jam ticketing, and social distancing. By Christmas, we felt we were getting back to normal.

This year has not been any easier. Short-sharp lockdowns and other restrictions have meant jam and workshop cancellations. The whole process of arranging and running jams has become logistically more complicated. We now have to arrange QR codes and contact tracing records. We tried to get a mini-SPRUKE festival going but were eventually forced to cancel it.

A swagger of performing BUMS at the Billy Bob jam. Many are committee members, set leaders, jam organisers and Community Band members.

Our member’s commitment

BUMS exists to have fun, to develop our members ukulele and performance skills and to spread the joy of the ukulele throughout the community.

BUMS is run by its members. They volunteer in a myriad of ways – large and small. For instance, some serve on the management committee: some work as crew at jams and workshops: some lead sets at jams. Some organise and play in our community bands or BUMS affiliated bands. All members spread the ukulele message just by playing it and sharing their experience with others.

I’ve worked with many volunteer organisations in my life and one thing is common across all of them – the varied level of commitment of the members. Broadly speaking, our members can be described as:

  • Passive. They value their membership but are not very involved in BUMS activities due to time constraints, other commitments or health reasons.
  • Active. They attend BUMS events regularly without being involved in the creation or delivery of the events.
  • Committed. They love the ukulele and actively participate through BUMS jams, workshops, bands and the society, sharing their experience, learning new skills and having fun. These people are happy to volunteer a few hours monthly to contribute to the running of the society for the benefit of all members.
  • Hyper-committed. In all volunteer organisations, there are people who pour enormous energy and enthusiasm into the organisation. They prioritise their commitment to the society over other calls on their time.  Volunteer-aholics if you like.

To remain vibrant and effective, volunteer organisations need to build a body of committed members who can share the workload. They need to relieve the hyper-committed members to avoid them burning out.

Sylvia, Caroline and Lesley BUMS Treasurer welcoming and jamming at the Northside door.

Fresh start

The BUMS Inc Annual General Meeting is on 30 October. The current committee members will stand down and a new committee will be elected.

I want to acknowledge three BUMS members who have decided to retire from the committee in October. It is no coincidence that they are all life members of BUMS and I consider them in the hyper-committed category.

The three people are Jo Kunde, John and Keryn Henderson. They have made significant contributions to BUMS in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Thank you.  I’ll say more about this at the AGM.

We have expressions of interest from members to form a new committee. Some current members will stand for re-election. Opportunities exist for any BUMS financial member to join the committee or be involved in the administration and operation of BUMS. They are roles for people with experience in IT, social media, graphic design, photography, video editing, marketing, accounting, administration, record keeping and more.

David Pedler, BUMS Inc President

We dare to hope that reaching COVID vaccination targets will lead to an opening up of Queensland and Australia. As we recover from the doldrums of 2021, the fun and positivity of the ukulele can be a vehicle to get us all out and about again and inspire others in South-East Queensland. If you want to be part of this adventure, contact me on "> to discuss how you can become involved.

David Pedler – BUMS Inc President 2019-2021

Find out how you can contribute in this related post: Answer the Call!


Request from the newsletter editor.

I started playing ukulele in 2012 at U3A Redcliffe. For a couple of years, I played in my back bedroom, jammed with a friend, and went to a local (but fairly lacklustre) ukulele group. I discovered BUMS jams and joined BUMS in 2014. BUMS opened up a whole new world, and gave me so many wonderful opportunities.

Peter Grace – Newsletter Editor and BUMS Inc Assistant Secretary.


Looking back on those seven years, I’m amazed at the amount of fun and friendship that BUMS has brought me. When I joined, did, I ever think I’d be performing at jams and organising one every month? Did I imagine playing at festivals, markets, fundraisers, and dinners. Arranging a ukulele opera to perform at Newcastle and Sunshine Coast festivals was the last thing I would have envisaged.

BUMS has given me so much. And it keeps on giving to me and the many musical friends I have met.

Giving back

In 2019, I was asked to join the Management Committee, and I could not refuse. BUMS and its members had completely changed my life and it only seemed fair that I should give something back.

But here’s the catch.

BUMS can’t keep giving to its members without some of them being prepared to put in time to make things happen. The Annual General Meeting of BUMS is coming up in October, all committee positions are declared vacant, and a new committee will be elected.

Being on the committee means you can influence the direction BUMS takes. You’ll work as a team to make things happen. You’ll develop your leadership and other personal skills, expand your ukulele community and help others grow. Of course, at times it will be frustrating, but, as with all things ukulele, it will be fun.

My question is….

Are you prepared to put your hand up to keep BUMS moving forward and building a bigger and better ukulele community?

If you would like to know more or register your interest, email your phone number to David Pedler () and he will call you back for a chat.

Check out Gympie Rotary “Ancient Craft, Rare Trades” Expo, October 30 – 31, 2021

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Three outstanding artisans/musicians/luthiers who will join over 45 other makers of heritage trades and crafts, demonstrating all weekend in a village-like atmosphere in the stadium and Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds.

Meet these diverse music makers at the event — be prepared for a song or three, lively jam sessions or even dueling banjos!

The luthiers will come with their handmade, beautifully crafted guitars, ukuleles, harps and more — bespoke instruments, crafted from the best of timbers, and from creative combinations of salvaged materials and innovative combinations of hemp composites, gourds and more.

These characters are not to be missed!

Bruce Walker — Sensory harp maker and guitar maker. A talented artisan, Bruce is renowned for his sensory harps, which have therapeutic benefits for people suffering with debilitating dementia. Research shows that sensory stimulation, the sensation of vibrations, the value of musical therapy help with psychological, and cognitive aspects of dementia, as well as improve the quality of life.

Ziko — Hart’s Harps is a creator of bespoke hand-made specialist instruments, crafted from a combination of traditional and modern durable materials. Check out his display of instruments, including his latest creations – hemp bodied harps.

Stan Ceglinski is the image of the timber-getters of old, the early pioneers. A true-blue mountain of a man, he evokes memories of the romantic outback of Banjo Patterson, the battler outback of Henry Lawson. He is rough and unpolished — Stan Ceglinski is the real deal.

  • Stan’s power-packed Australian Bushcraft Show
  • Jam sessions at Stan’s stall
  • Stan’s Have-a-go Bushcraft activities for kids.


TICKETS $8 per person per day

Meet the Makers: 30 -31 October 2021.  

The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd, Southside

From 9:30 am

Over 45 makers will gather at this year’s Expo, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It will be a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

The event will  be held in conjunction with the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, one of Queensland’s largest quilting and crafing events, and the Craft Beer Open Door – the age-old art of brewing, another essential craft!

Check the website for more information including the other crafts represented. https://ancientcrafts.org/