Vic Kena is a Brisbane resident, of NZ origin and a professional musician for over 30 years. He is the first artist in Australia or New Zealand to be asked to join the Kanile’a Ohana as a sponsored ukulele artist, (Kanile’a are one of the top 5 best ukulele brands in the world) and is keen to assist them and promote both the Kanile’a brand and the ukulele.
Vic celebrates this honour by hosting a one night only Ukulele Extravaganza.
This night is designed for all ages, whether you play an instrument or not and encompasses all the elements of a ukulele festival in one night. There will be a uke jam; open mic; workshop; guest artists from Cairns & Alaska USA, plus his own stellar group to finish the night with a concert filled with impressive highlights featuring songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Sultans of Swing, Hotel California, The Devil Came Down to Georgia and many others.

Oct 13th 2018

Bulimba golf club. 103 Quay st. Bulimba

Evening starts 6pm til 10pm

Adults $30 Students 12yrs & under free. 

Partnered with Brisbane Ukulele Musician’s Society Inc (BUMS Inc)

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/XLSO

Seating is limited. 

Please contact:vickenaukulele@gmail.com for all enquiries.
ABOUT VIC KENA
Vic plays outstanding guitar, has played with performers like Keith Urban, and is the heart of 7pce Australian Ukulele Show who performed at The Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2017.  He routinely performs around Brisbane as Wild Card Trio; Wild Card Duo; The Kenas, and is in a number of tribute shows. He is an accomplished performer with an extensive repertoire.
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Sultans of swing

Off to a flying start … mastered C, F & G7 and looking for more?

Build your strength and confidence and master a new set of chords at Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp’s free September beginners’ course.  Attendance is specifically for beginners who can move smoothly between C, F and G7, but want to master more.

Location & Dates
Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, 219 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Q 4171
Session 1: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Session 2: Wednesday 19 September 2018.
Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Julie, John and Keryn will revise ukulele basics with Am, C, F and G7, and use mastery drills to add more chords and songs to your repertoire.

No notetaking required. You’ll be much too busy. We cover a lot of material in each session, so you’re unlikely to master everything at Bootcamp. Detailed notes with supporting resources designed to help you structure your own practice sessions will be emailed to participants after each session. Practising for 10-15 minutes most days of the week following the Bootcamp sessions will help you to consolidate what you learn.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords we’ll use for this course’s drills, chord progressions and songs include A,  Am, A7, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, Dm, D7, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registration: Please register via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/XLMU. Registrations open on Saturday 11 August 2018. Bookings are for two sessions. Please only register if you are available for both sessions. As the group size is limited to 20 participants, if you think you have missed out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Saturday 8 September 2018.

 

Find out what our society has achieved with you, and for you, in the last 12 months.

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. Here is your chance to shape the future of our society. Take part and have your say in the direction of our society – fresh ideas are welcome!

Date: Tuesday 14 August 2018
Time: Nibbles from 6:30 pm. Meeting starts 7:00 pm
Venue: Coorparoo RSL Club- 45 Holdsworth St, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Bring your ukulele as we open and close the meeting with a song.

To attend the meeting, you must be a financial member of BUMS Inc. Join here .

All positions are declared vacant before each Annual General Meeting and nominations are always welcome. Positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Media Manager, Properties Manager, IT Officer, Event Manager, Gigmeister & SPRUKE Festival Director.

Download a description of all positions BUMSInc_RolesandResponsibilities_AGM

Nominees, nominators and seconders must be financial members of BUMS Inc for the 2018–2019 financial year. To nominate, second a nomination, or be nominated for a position, please download a nomination form and return to the Secretary by Sunday 5 August 2018.
For more information contact Judy at secretary@brisbaneukulele.com

1. Download the nomination form for committee positions. BUMSInc_NominationForm_2018
2. Nominate or Second someone for a position. The nominee must sign the nomination paper accepting the nomination. A nominee does not have to be present at the AGM to be considered /elected if the nomination is submitted correctly.
3. Send in your position nomination by Sunday 5 August to secretary@brisbaneukulele.com.
4. RSVP to secretary@brisbaneukulele.com by Sunday 5 August so we can cater for you and send you the AGM agenda and minutes.
5. Come along (with your uke) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 14 August, for refreshments and a song before the meeting fun begins!
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM to bring fresh ideas to our society.

Get your tickets for Life After the 3rd Fret Workshop.

Discover chord structures and inversions beyond the usual third fret.

In this this interactive and absorbing workshop you’ll learn to identify notes on the standard tuned Ukulele and some common major and minor scales. Mick will teach you chord construction in a simplified form making it easier for you to learn to develop chords.

Designed for Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele players, you’ll gain a simple knowledge in chord structures up and down the ukulele neck, chord inversions and how to create many of the chords that alienate a lot of players like augmented, diminished, power, major, minors and their variations.

WHAT TO BRING

  • An open mind, patience so slower players can learn and an interest in learning what more can be done on a Ukulele.
  • A standard tuned Ukulele! THIS IS NOT FOR BARITONE UKULELES.
  • There’ll be a bin at the front door, please drop your egos there and pick them up on your way out!

You’ll get a link to the slides used to download at home and information sheets to assist during the workshop. Tea & Coffee is supplied for the break.

TICKETS $25

30 June 2018

10:00am-12:00pm

 Zillmere Hall-  52 Murphy Road, Zillmere.

Tickets online at Trybooking (Booking fees apply) https://www.trybooking.com/WFDX

See HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS below. BUMS members receive a massive 70% discount on the Workshop Ticket-BUMS member with their promo-code so your ticket is $7.80 ($7.50 + $0.30 booking fee).

Financial BUMS members check your email 2 June SUBJECT:  70% Discount Promo Code for BUMS Inc Workshop-Life After The 3rd Fret. Need help contact Jo via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com

ABOUT MICK ANGELES
Mick Angeles has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and has gained his musical knowledge over many, many years of being a professional musician. Although he has no formal training in musical theory, he has gained knowledge by studying and teaching himself music theory after taking up the Ukulele and all the pieces have fallen into place. This excites him and he loves to share this knowledge with others. Mick is a self taught musician starting with Guitar, then Piano and systematically then through Bass, Drums, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Harmonica and Didgeeridoo. Currently he is teaching himself to play Flute, Pedal Steel Guitar and Violin. https://www.facebook.com/MicaMusicProductionsStudios/

TRAVEL & PARKING
There is limited parking at the hall, however plenty of parking across the road and in the adjacent Merrett Avenue.
Check Translink for details about buses which travel along Murphy Road. Zillmere Hall is a short 6 min (500m) walk from Zillmere Train Station.

HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

We want all BUMS members to get a Life after the Third Fret so we have sent you an email with the promotional code for a massive 70% discount on your ticket.
It’s easy to buy your tickets online. Go to Trybooking

  1. Click the yellow BOOK NOW button (Top Right)
  2. Select your BUMS Inc Member tickets (2 tickets maximum at the discounted price)
  3. Under GIFT / PROMOTIONAL CODE enter promocode
  4. Click yellow Apply and wait for page to refresh.
  5. Complete your purchase details.
  6. Click yellow PURCHASE (scroll to bottom right) to complete your order.

Want to join BUMS and get this discount? Join now and get June FREE! Find out how. 

That right join BUMS Inc now and get 13 months for the price of 12.

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

It’s great to be a member of Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. Check out all the benefits our members enjoy.

  • Free entry to all of our large monthly jams
  • Discounts at a range of workshops and concerts
  • Discounts at certain retail outlets [on presentation of membership card
  • The right to vote at general meetings
  • The right to nominate positions on the society’s committees
  • Eligibility to join one of our community bands.

Membership is $50 which takes you up to 30 June 2019. If you come to just 12 jams at either Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove or Northside through the year you’ll save $10. If you go to all 47 jams you’ll save $185! Now add in what you $ave on workshop and concert tickets….Ka-ching!

We have some great workshops and performances planned for the rest of 2018. Life After the Third Fret is on Saturday 30 June and financial members save 75% of the ticket price!

NUMB BUMS, Walk4BrainCancer

NUMB BUMS at Walk4BrainCancer, New Farm Park, 2017.

All of our members also have the opportunity to develop their playing and performance skills by joining one of our four community bands- Just Flukey, NUMBBUMS, The CAGE and Free Range chUKES.

Read more about our bands here.

BUMS Inc now offers associate membership to ukulele players under 18 years of age (i.e. primary and secondary school students). Find how your young uke star can become a little BUM.

Membership fees help us to maintain our performance and audio visual equipment, hire venues for jams, offer concerts and workshops, and run our biennial ukulele festival, SPRUKE.

Its easy to join online OR come see us at Coorparoo Jam (6 June), Toowong Jam (13 June), Ferny Grove Jam (20 June) and Northside Jam (26 June). More info about these jams here.

HOW TO JOIN BUMS HERE

EXISTING BUMS MEMBERS – IT’S TIME TO RENEW

Annual membership fees of $50 are due on 1 July 2018 for the 2018-2019 financial year.

As incorporated body, our management committee has a legislated responsibility to keep accurate up-to-date membership records. Please help us get it right.

Complete a BUMS Membership Renewal Form to confirm your contact details, and send it to treasurer@brisbaneukulele.com with your transaction record, or fill in a form at the members’ sign-in desk if you renew on a jam night.

HOW TO RENEW YOUR BUMS MEMBERSHIP HERE

Back by popular demand … and only a few places left …

Julie, John and Keryn are offering another chance to come to Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp … absolutely FREE.

Our next Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp will run on two consecutive Wednesday evenings in June 2018.

Attendance is specifically for absolute beginners. Group size is limited to 16 participants. Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply.

In true Bootcamp style, we do the hard yards. There’s lots of boring basics, and dreadful drill and practice to build your strength and confidence. In each two-hour session we present a lot of material, so you’ll need to commit to practising 10-15 minutes a day to achieve mastery.

Sessions run from 7-9 pm on Wednesday 6 and 13 June 2018.

Registration: Please register at https://www.trybooking.com/VUMM. Registering via Trybooking enrols you in both sessions. Please only apply if you are available for both sessions. Registrations have been extended until 11:00 pm on Monday 4 June 2018.

Uke Tricks ….to make you sound like a Pro. Derek Farrell shows you how with some simple tricks, you can learn how to unleash the power of your hands and take your playing to a whole new level.

Taking a couple of simple tunes to get you started, he’ll show you how to use your chord hand and your strumming hand to really lift your songs. This is suitable for anyone who can find their way around the common chords.

One night only – this is a FREE workshop with the Ferny Grove Jam admission.

The workshop starts at 6:00 pm then stay to jam 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.

COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Workshop “Uke Tricks to make you sound like a Pro” (and the Beginners Class).

TIMES:  Workshop 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 


ABOUT DEREK FARRELL 

Derek has been teaching the Beginners Finger-style Group before the Ferny Grove Jam since 2014.

His classes have advanced members who are comfortable with ukulele chords and strumming, to the next level of playing adding basic finger style techniques. Derek has a structured lesson plan, and provides files on line to aid participants practice at home. He has generously shared lots of great resources and lessons from his finger-styling group at www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/

Derek has also taught-  Build The Blues Workshop, Left Hand Techniques, and Intermediate strumming Techniques for Brisbane Ukulele, as well as workshops at festivals around Queensland including SPRUKE Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival.

 

Uke Plays Irish meet weekly Thursdays at Toowong Bowls Club.

The celebrations keep growing – May also marks the 12 months anniversary for Ukulele Plays Irish.

The Toowong Twin Sessions are led by Brendan Williams and Peter McMeel and are designed for those players looking for a new challenge who want to advance their skills in a new direction. Read all about it here www.brisbaneukulele.com/ukulele-plays-irish/

Session One on Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 now includes the Irish harp as well as the amazing D tuned Ukuleles playing Irish Traditional Music. There’s a hint of Bluegrass sneaking into our sessions as well.

Session One is well pitched to beginners while they let their hair down in Session Two- 7- 9 PM.

The session keeps getting better and better. We have over a dozen regular players and singers.
A regular Irish Traditional Music Session is still the best free way to learn music on the planet. Our regulars would agree.

Peter McMeel

If you’d like to have a go yourself,  join Brendan and Peter at Ukulele Plays Irish this Thursday and help them celebrate their first year. DATE: Thursday 3 May – and every Thursday
VENUE: Toowong Bowls Club, 59 Gailey Road, Taringa QLD 4068
TIME: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The session extends into “All Instruments” at around 6:30 pm and continues till around 8 pm.
NOTES: Ukes tuned in D for Celtic. Notes on tuning here on the original post- Ukulele Plays Irish.

Peter McMeel

Brendan Williams

This is a fun based day of playing and improvising on a variety of instruments, but of course it is ukulele based!

Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter of IJAM music presents An exciting, brand new, all day PLAYshop- Welcome to Music!

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018

CORINDA STATE (PRIMARY) SCHOOL, PAC Hall.
330 Cliveden Ave, Corinda.

20 minutes from the CBD. Street parking.

A focus on the inclusive Orff Shulwerk approach featuring ‘Black Belt Ukulele 1 & 2 (NEW)’ and some must have favourites from other albums. Learn how to play, sing, move and teach new tunes on the ukulele for early childhood and primary school.

This PLAYshop will focus on speech, body percussion, games, singing, movement, recorders (BYO) and percussion. For the ukulele (BYO), attention will be given to finger picking, simple one, two and three finger chords and opportunities for improvisation.

This is perfect for beginners and advanced players. Activities will be in various styles including jazz, blues etc. Get ready to ‘Take Orff’ with Susie and Phil!

This PLAYshop is ideal for new ukulele players who wish to get a handle on mastering their instrument as well as for educators in BUMS to gain a valuable insight on how to alternatively teach ukulele.

TICKETS $139

Registration at 8:30. PLAY shop 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Lunch and morning tea is included.

BUMS members can receive a $10 discount on their ticket. All you need to do is inform IJAM when making your booking.

Reserve your place now, as numbers are limited! Final registration and monies due 27th of April. Contact IJAM for remaining spaces after that date.  IJAM Music Ph. 1300 663279 Fax: 1300 663219

Download the flyer with more registration details HERE.

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTERS
Workshop IJam Brisbane 18Susie Davies-Splitter is an accomplished music and movement educator and composer, whilst Phil Splitter is an experienced musician, presenter and composer and together they have developed the popular ‘Welcome to Music’ Series and presented and performed throughout Australia and around the world.

IJAM Music Education: https://www.ijam.com.au/

 

This stunning handcrafted Islander tenor ukulele could be yours!

We kick off our 2019 festival fundraising with this beautiful instrument donated by our generous SPRUKE Festival sponsors Kanileá Ukuleles from Hawaii.

Featuring
• Solid spruce top, maple laminate sides and back
• Slot-head with geared tuners
• 1.5″ at the nut
• Custom fret markers
• Pick guard
• Cut-away
• Bridge pins
• Beveled arm-rest (ebony)

This eye catching ukulele features an arm rest which means no line on your forearm when you play, and the strings are spaced nicely for easy finger-picking. Valued at $800.

TICKETS 3 for $5 OR $2 each

Tickets are on sale at Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove, and Northside jams through April and the raffle will be drawn at The Big Uke 11th Birthday Jam at Coorparoo in May.

Help us fundraise and take a book to sell or bring a few dollars to the next jam for your ticket!